REPOST "NEO" Unsafe Attachments/links Edited Registry


R

Ron

I currently have two machines one with XP and office xp
2002, the other win 2000 and office 2000. Ever since
updating outlook and office, I can not send links or
executables. I have done what this article says ie;
editing the registry and adding the extensions
like .exe;.com;.aspx;.htm with the level1add and
level1remove string value.



It is still not working and frustrating as hell. I have
not upgraded office to the 2003 version . Do you think
that is the problem? Am I doing something wrong? If I
recall when I first edited it I could send and executable
( I tried sending a program *.exe to my sister and it
worked) but then after logging off and back on it did not
work almost like it didn't save it. Looking at the
registry the entry is there.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



You have any ideas?



Thanks,



Ron



A friend responded like this; In Outlook, click the TOOLS
tab, and then the OPTIONS tab. Then, go in to the
security and privacy tabs, as well as mail format tabs.
It is there that you can tell Outlook what is safe to both
send and receive. You do not need to edit the registry.
If Outlook 2000 does not have these options reinstall.



My answer here is there is no tab like that!









Why do I get "Outlook blocked access to the following
potentially unsafe attachments: [...]" error messages
opening my email?




Problem

Outlook 2002 includes a new security feature that blocks
attachments considered unsafe. If you receive an e-mail
message that contains one of the blocked file types, you
may see the following warning message:

Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe
attachments: [.]

Although access to the attachment has been blocked, the
attachment still exists in the message. This article
summarizes what to do if you need to access the
attachment.

Discussion

This security feature provides an additional level of
protection against malicious e-mail messages. Updates were
available for earlier versions of Microsoft Outlook, but
in Outlook 2002 this security feature is implemented by
default.

Use one of the following recommended methods to obtain
access to the attached file:

Request that the sender post or save the attachment to a
file share and send you the link to it.
Request that the sender use a file compression utility
that changes the file extension.
Request that the sender rename the file extension and send
it to you. Once you receive the renamed attachment, you
can rename the file with the original extension.
If the previously recommended methods do not meet your
needs, you may use one of the following alternate methods:

If you are in a Microsoft Exchange Server environment and
your administrator has configured the Outlook Security
settings, ask the administrator to modify the security
settings for your mailbox.
If you are not in an Exchange Server environment, modify
the registry to customize the attachment security
settings.
Microsoft Exchange Server Environment

If you run Outlook in an Exchange Server environment, your
administrator can change the default attachment security
behavior.

Attachment Behavior

Attachments are divided into three groups based on their
file extension, or type. Outlook handles each group in a
specific way.

Level 1 ("Unsafe")

The "unsafe" category represents any extension that may
have script or code associated with it. Any attachment
with an "unsafe" file extension is inaccessible if you use
a version of Outlook that has the security patch applied
to it. The following list contains attachments that are
considered unsafe:

File extension File type

..ade Microsoft Access project extension
..adp Microsoft Access project
..asx Windows Media Audio / Video
..bas Microsoft Visual Basic class module
..bat Batch file
..chm Compiled HTML Help file
..cmd Microsoft Windows NT Command script
..com Microsoft MS-DOS program
..cpl Control Panel extension
..crt Security certificate
..exe Program
..hlp Help file
..hta HTML program
..inf Setup Information
..ins Internet Naming Service
..isp Internet Communication settings
..js JScript file
..jse Jscript Encoded Script file
..lnk Shortcut
..mdb Microsoft Access program
..mde Microsoft Access MDE database
..msc Microsoft Common Console document
..msi Microsoft Windows Installer package
..msp Microsoft Windows Installer patch
..mst Microsoft Windows Installer
transform; Microsoft Visual Test source file
..pcd Photo CD image; Microsoft Visual
compiled script
..pif Shortcut to MS-DOS program
..prf Microsoft Outlook profile settings
..reg Registration entries
..scf Windows Explorer command
..scr Screen saver
..sct Windows Script Component
..shb Shell Scrap object
..shs Shell Scrap object
..url Internet shortcut
..vb VBScript file
..vbe VBScript Encoded script file
..vbs VBScript file
..wsc Windows Script Component
..wsf Windows Script file
..wsh Windows Script Host Settings file

The following list describes how Outlook functions when
you receive an "unsafe" file attachment:

Any "unsafe" attachment is not accessible. You cannot
save, delete, open, print, or otherwise
manipulate "unsafe" files. The top of the e-mail message
indicates that Outlook has blocked access to the "unsafe"
attachment; the attachment is not accessible from Outlook,
however, the attachment is not actually removed from the e-
mail message.
If you forward an e-mail message with an "unsafe"
attachment, the attachment is not included in the
forwarded e-mail message.
If you send an e-mail message that contains an "unsafe"
attachment, you receive a warning message that says other
Outlook recipients may not be able to access the
attachment that you are trying to send. You can either
disregard the warning message and send the e-mail message,
or you can choose to not send the e-mail message.
If you save or close an e-mail message that contains
an "unsafe" attachment, you receive a warning message that
says you will not be able to access the attachment from
Outlook. You can override the warning message and save the
e-mail message.
You cannot open objects that are inserted into Microsoft
Outlook Rich Text messages by using the Insert Object
command. You do see a visual representation of the object,
but you cannot open or activate the object in the e-mail
message.
You cannot open "unsafe" files that have been directly
stored in an Outlook or Exchange Server folder. Although
these files are not attached to an Outlook item, they are
still considered "unsafe." The following error message
occurs in this situation:
Can't open the item. Outlook blocked access to this
potentially unsafe item.
Level 2

Level 2 files are not "unsafe" but they do require more
security than other attachments. When you receive a Level
2 attachment, you are prompted to save the attachment to a
disk; you cannot open the attachment from within the e-
mail message. By default, file extensions are not
associated with this group, however, you can add file
extensions to the Level 2 list.

NOTE: The list of files that are included in the Level 2
category can only be changed if you are using Outlook in a
Microsoft Exchange Server environment and your mail is
being delivered to an Exchange Server mailbox. These
changes must be made by an administrator.


Other Attachments

When you try to open an attachment other than those in
the "unsafe" or Level 2 lists, you are prompted to either
open the file directly or to save it to a disk. You can
turn off future prompts for that extension if you click to
clear the Always ask before opening this type of file
check box.

NOTE: If a program associates itself with a new file
extension, that file extension is treated as an "other"
attachment until you add the file extension to
the "unsafe" list. For example, if you install a program
on your computer that uses files with an .xyz file
extension, whenever you open an attachment that has
an .xyz file extension, the new program opens and runs the
attachment. By default, the .xyz file extension is not on
the "unsafe" or Level 2 list, so it is treated as
an "other" file extension. If you want attachments with
the .xyz file extension to be treated as "unsafe," you
must add the .xyz file extension to the list of "unsafe"
file extensions.

Solution

You can modify the attachment security behavior in Outlook
2002 if you are using Outlook in one of the following
scenarios:

Outlook is run outside of an Exchange Server environment.
In an Exchange Server environment, the administrator has
not configured the Outlook Security settings to disallow
changes to the attachment security behavior.
In these scenarios, modify the attachment security
behavior by making a modification to the registry. Perform
the following steps to modify the registry:

NOTICE: The following procedure contains information about
editing the Windows registry. Dell does not guarantee
success or support these actions. Any use of the
information provided herein, is performed at your own
risk. You should make a backup copy of the registry files
prior to executing any of the following steps. Incorrect
use of the registry editor and editing the registry files
can cause serious problems that may require a complete
reinstall of your operating system. Dell assumes no
responsibility, expressed or implied, regarding the
consequences of any action taken as a result of the
information provided herein.

Exit Outlook 2002, if running.
Click the Windows Start button, then click Run, in the
Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
In the left pane, click on the plus next to the following
registry keys:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Software
Microsoft
Office
10.0
Outlook
Security
Click Edit, click New, and then click String Value.
Type the following name for the new value:
Level1Remove
Press the <Enter> key.
Right-click the new string value name, and then left-click
Modify.
Type the extension of the file type that you would like to
access with Outlook 2002 as follows:
..exe
To specify multiple file types, separate them with a
semicolon, using the following format:
..exe;.com
When finished, click OK.
Exit the Registry Editor program.
When you start Outlook 2002, the file types specified in
the Windows Registry are accessible.
 
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N

neo [mvp outlook]

A local or domain policy could override user settings. Take a peek under
HKCU/Software/Policies/Microsoft/Office/<version number>/Outlook/Security
(take a look under HKLM for the same path since earlier versions might use
machine policies vs user.)

One other thing that just popped into my head. Open Outlook and select Help
About Microsoft Outlook. Just about the "this product is licensed to:"
should be line that reads "Security Mode:" , what is it set to?

Ron said:
I currently have two machines one with XP and office xp
2002, the other win 2000 and office 2000. Ever since
updating outlook and office, I can not send links or
executables. I have done what this article says ie;
editing the registry and adding the extensions
like .exe;.com;.aspx;.htm with the level1add and
level1remove string value.



It is still not working and frustrating as hell. I have
not upgraded office to the 2003 version . Do you think
that is the problem? Am I doing something wrong? If I
recall when I first edited it I could send and executable
( I tried sending a program *.exe to my sister and it
worked) but then after logging off and back on it did not
work almost like it didn't save it. Looking at the
registry the entry is there.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



You have any ideas?



Thanks,



Ron



A friend responded like this; In Outlook, click the TOOLS
tab, and then the OPTIONS tab. Then, go in to the
security and privacy tabs, as well as mail format tabs.
It is there that you can tell Outlook what is safe to both
send and receive. You do not need to edit the registry.
If Outlook 2000 does not have these options reinstall.



My answer here is there is no tab like that!









Why do I get "Outlook blocked access to the following
potentially unsafe attachments: [...]" error messages
opening my email?




Problem

Outlook 2002 includes a new security feature that blocks
attachments considered unsafe. If you receive an e-mail
message that contains one of the blocked file types, you
may see the following warning message:

Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe
attachments: [.]

Although access to the attachment has been blocked, the
attachment still exists in the message. This article
summarizes what to do if you need to access the
attachment.

Discussion

This security feature provides an additional level of
protection against malicious e-mail messages. Updates were
available for earlier versions of Microsoft Outlook, but
in Outlook 2002 this security feature is implemented by
default.

Use one of the following recommended methods to obtain
access to the attached file:

Request that the sender post or save the attachment to a
file share and send you the link to it.
Request that the sender use a file compression utility
that changes the file extension.
Request that the sender rename the file extension and send
it to you. Once you receive the renamed attachment, you
can rename the file with the original extension.
If the previously recommended methods do not meet your
needs, you may use one of the following alternate methods:

If you are in a Microsoft Exchange Server environment and
your administrator has configured the Outlook Security
settings, ask the administrator to modify the security
settings for your mailbox.
If you are not in an Exchange Server environment, modify
the registry to customize the attachment security
settings.
Microsoft Exchange Server Environment

If you run Outlook in an Exchange Server environment, your
administrator can change the default attachment security
behavior.

Attachment Behavior

Attachments are divided into three groups based on their
file extension, or type. Outlook handles each group in a
specific way.

Level 1 ("Unsafe")

The "unsafe" category represents any extension that may
have script or code associated with it. Any attachment
with an "unsafe" file extension is inaccessible if you use
a version of Outlook that has the security patch applied
to it. The following list contains attachments that are
considered unsafe:

File extension File type

.ade Microsoft Access project extension
.adp Microsoft Access project
.asx Windows Media Audio / Video
.bas Microsoft Visual Basic class module
.bat Batch file
.chm Compiled HTML Help file
.cmd Microsoft Windows NT Command script
.com Microsoft MS-DOS program
.cpl Control Panel extension
.crt Security certificate
.exe Program
.hlp Help file
.hta HTML program
.inf Setup Information
.ins Internet Naming Service
.isp Internet Communication settings
.js JScript file
.jse Jscript Encoded Script file
.lnk Shortcut
.mdb Microsoft Access program
.mde Microsoft Access MDE database
.msc Microsoft Common Console document
.msi Microsoft Windows Installer package
.msp Microsoft Windows Installer patch
.mst Microsoft Windows Installer
transform; Microsoft Visual Test source file
.pcd Photo CD image; Microsoft Visual
compiled script
.pif Shortcut to MS-DOS program
.prf Microsoft Outlook profile settings
.reg Registration entries
.scf Windows Explorer command
.scr Screen saver
.sct Windows Script Component
.shb Shell Scrap object
.shs Shell Scrap object
.url Internet shortcut
.vb VBScript file
.vbe VBScript Encoded script file
.vbs VBScript file
.wsc Windows Script Component
.wsf Windows Script file
.wsh Windows Script Host Settings file

The following list describes how Outlook functions when
you receive an "unsafe" file attachment:

Any "unsafe" attachment is not accessible. You cannot
save, delete, open, print, or otherwise
manipulate "unsafe" files. The top of the e-mail message
indicates that Outlook has blocked access to the "unsafe"
attachment; the attachment is not accessible from Outlook,
however, the attachment is not actually removed from the e-
mail message.
If you forward an e-mail message with an "unsafe"
attachment, the attachment is not included in the
forwarded e-mail message.
If you send an e-mail message that contains an "unsafe"
attachment, you receive a warning message that says other
Outlook recipients may not be able to access the
attachment that you are trying to send. You can either
disregard the warning message and send the e-mail message,
or you can choose to not send the e-mail message.
If you save or close an e-mail message that contains
an "unsafe" attachment, you receive a warning message that
says you will not be able to access the attachment from
Outlook. You can override the warning message and save the
e-mail message.
You cannot open objects that are inserted into Microsoft
Outlook Rich Text messages by using the Insert Object
command. You do see a visual representation of the object,
but you cannot open or activate the object in the e-mail
message.
You cannot open "unsafe" files that have been directly
stored in an Outlook or Exchange Server folder. Although
these files are not attached to an Outlook item, they are
still considered "unsafe." The following error message
occurs in this situation:
Can't open the item. Outlook blocked access to this
potentially unsafe item.
Level 2

Level 2 files are not "unsafe" but they do require more
security than other attachments. When you receive a Level
2 attachment, you are prompted to save the attachment to a
disk; you cannot open the attachment from within the e-
mail message. By default, file extensions are not
associated with this group, however, you can add file
extensions to the Level 2 list.

NOTE: The list of files that are included in the Level 2
category can only be changed if you are using Outlook in a
Microsoft Exchange Server environment and your mail is
being delivered to an Exchange Server mailbox. These
changes must be made by an administrator.


Other Attachments

When you try to open an attachment other than those in
the "unsafe" or Level 2 lists, you are prompted to either
open the file directly or to save it to a disk. You can
turn off future prompts for that extension if you click to
clear the Always ask before opening this type of file
check box.

NOTE: If a program associates itself with a new file
extension, that file extension is treated as an "other"
attachment until you add the file extension to
the "unsafe" list. For example, if you install a program
on your computer that uses files with an .xyz file
extension, whenever you open an attachment that has
an .xyz file extension, the new program opens and runs the
attachment. By default, the .xyz file extension is not on
the "unsafe" or Level 2 list, so it is treated as
an "other" file extension. If you want attachments with
the .xyz file extension to be treated as "unsafe," you
must add the .xyz file extension to the list of "unsafe"
file extensions.

Solution

You can modify the attachment security behavior in Outlook
2002 if you are using Outlook in one of the following
scenarios:

Outlook is run outside of an Exchange Server environment.
In an Exchange Server environment, the administrator has
not configured the Outlook Security settings to disallow
changes to the attachment security behavior.
In these scenarios, modify the attachment security
behavior by making a modification to the registry. Perform
the following steps to modify the registry:

NOTICE: The following procedure contains information about
editing the Windows registry. Dell does not guarantee
success or support these actions. Any use of the
information provided herein, is performed at your own
risk. You should make a backup copy of the registry files
prior to executing any of the following steps. Incorrect
use of the registry editor and editing the registry files
can cause serious problems that may require a complete
reinstall of your operating system. Dell assumes no
responsibility, expressed or implied, regarding the
consequences of any action taken as a result of the
information provided herein.

Exit Outlook 2002, if running.
Click the Windows Start button, then click Run, in the
Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
In the left pane, click on the plus next to the following
registry keys:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Software
Microsoft
Office
10.0
Outlook
Security
Click Edit, click New, and then click String Value.
Type the following name for the new value:
Level1Remove
Press the <Enter> key.
Right-click the new string value name, and then left-click
Modify.
Type the extension of the file type that you would like to
access with Outlook 2002 as follows:
.exe
To specify multiple file types, separate them with a
semicolon, using the following format:
.exe;.com
When finished, click OK.
Exit the Registry Editor program.
When you start Outlook 2002, the file types specified in
the Windows Registry are accessible.
 
D

Diane Poremsky [MVP]

Why are you adding things to level1add? That forces outlook to block those
extensions. you only need level1remove - or better yet, get attachment
options from www.slovaktech.com.

See http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/ol2002sp3.htm and
http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/esecup/getexe.htm for more information.


--
Diane Poremsky [MVP - Outlook]
Author, Teach Yourself Outlook 2003 in 24 Hours
Coauthor, OneNote 2003 for Windows (Visual QuickStart Guide)
Author, Google and Other Search Engines (Visual QuickStart Guide)



Join OneNote Tips mailing list: http://www.onenote-tips.net/

Vote for your favorite Outlook and Exchange utilities in the
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Ron said:
I currently have two machines one with XP and office xp
2002, the other win 2000 and office 2000. Ever since
updating outlook and office, I can not send links or
executables. I have done what this article says ie;
editing the registry and adding the extensions
like .exe;.com;.aspx;.htm with the level1add and
level1remove string value.



It is still not working and frustrating as hell. I have
not upgraded office to the 2003 version . Do you think
that is the problem? Am I doing something wrong? If I
recall when I first edited it I could send and executable
( I tried sending a program *.exe to my sister and it
worked) but then after logging off and back on it did not
work almost like it didn't save it. Looking at the
registry the entry is there.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



You have any ideas?



Thanks,



Ron



A friend responded like this; In Outlook, click the TOOLS
tab, and then the OPTIONS tab. Then, go in to the
security and privacy tabs, as well as mail format tabs.
It is there that you can tell Outlook what is safe to both
send and receive. You do not need to edit the registry.
If Outlook 2000 does not have these options reinstall.



My answer here is there is no tab like that!









Why do I get "Outlook blocked access to the following
potentially unsafe attachments: [...]" error messages
opening my email?




Problem

Outlook 2002 includes a new security feature that blocks
attachments considered unsafe. If you receive an e-mail
message that contains one of the blocked file types, you
may see the following warning message:

Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe
attachments: [.]

Although access to the attachment has been blocked, the
attachment still exists in the message. This article
summarizes what to do if you need to access the
attachment.

Discussion

This security feature provides an additional level of
protection against malicious e-mail messages. Updates were
available for earlier versions of Microsoft Outlook, but
in Outlook 2002 this security feature is implemented by
default.

Use one of the following recommended methods to obtain
access to the attached file:

Request that the sender post or save the attachment to a
file share and send you the link to it.
Request that the sender use a file compression utility
that changes the file extension.
Request that the sender rename the file extension and send
it to you. Once you receive the renamed attachment, you
can rename the file with the original extension.
If the previously recommended methods do not meet your
needs, you may use one of the following alternate methods:

If you are in a Microsoft Exchange Server environment and
your administrator has configured the Outlook Security
settings, ask the administrator to modify the security
settings for your mailbox.
If you are not in an Exchange Server environment, modify
the registry to customize the attachment security
settings.
Microsoft Exchange Server Environment

If you run Outlook in an Exchange Server environment, your
administrator can change the default attachment security
behavior.

Attachment Behavior

Attachments are divided into three groups based on their
file extension, or type. Outlook handles each group in a
specific way.

Level 1 ("Unsafe")

The "unsafe" category represents any extension that may
have script or code associated with it. Any attachment
with an "unsafe" file extension is inaccessible if you use
a version of Outlook that has the security patch applied
to it. The following list contains attachments that are
considered unsafe:

File extension File type

.ade Microsoft Access project extension
.adp Microsoft Access project
.asx Windows Media Audio / Video
.bas Microsoft Visual Basic class module
.bat Batch file
.chm Compiled HTML Help file
.cmd Microsoft Windows NT Command script
.com Microsoft MS-DOS program
.cpl Control Panel extension
.crt Security certificate
.exe Program
.hlp Help file
.hta HTML program
.inf Setup Information
.ins Internet Naming Service
.isp Internet Communication settings
.js JScript file
.jse Jscript Encoded Script file
.lnk Shortcut
.mdb Microsoft Access program
.mde Microsoft Access MDE database
.msc Microsoft Common Console document
.msi Microsoft Windows Installer package
.msp Microsoft Windows Installer patch
.mst Microsoft Windows Installer
transform; Microsoft Visual Test source file
.pcd Photo CD image; Microsoft Visual
compiled script
.pif Shortcut to MS-DOS program
.prf Microsoft Outlook profile settings
.reg Registration entries
.scf Windows Explorer command
.scr Screen saver
.sct Windows Script Component
.shb Shell Scrap object
.shs Shell Scrap object
.url Internet shortcut
.vb VBScript file
.vbe VBScript Encoded script file
.vbs VBScript file
.wsc Windows Script Component
.wsf Windows Script file
.wsh Windows Script Host Settings file

The following list describes how Outlook functions when
you receive an "unsafe" file attachment:

Any "unsafe" attachment is not accessible. You cannot
save, delete, open, print, or otherwise
manipulate "unsafe" files. The top of the e-mail message
indicates that Outlook has blocked access to the "unsafe"
attachment; the attachment is not accessible from Outlook,
however, the attachment is not actually removed from the e-
mail message.
If you forward an e-mail message with an "unsafe"
attachment, the attachment is not included in the
forwarded e-mail message.
If you send an e-mail message that contains an "unsafe"
attachment, you receive a warning message that says other
Outlook recipients may not be able to access the
attachment that you are trying to send. You can either
disregard the warning message and send the e-mail message,
or you can choose to not send the e-mail message.
If you save or close an e-mail message that contains
an "unsafe" attachment, you receive a warning message that
says you will not be able to access the attachment from
Outlook. You can override the warning message and save the
e-mail message.
You cannot open objects that are inserted into Microsoft
Outlook Rich Text messages by using the Insert Object
command. You do see a visual representation of the object,
but you cannot open or activate the object in the e-mail
message.
You cannot open "unsafe" files that have been directly
stored in an Outlook or Exchange Server folder. Although
these files are not attached to an Outlook item, they are
still considered "unsafe." The following error message
occurs in this situation:
Can't open the item. Outlook blocked access to this
potentially unsafe item.
Level 2

Level 2 files are not "unsafe" but they do require more
security than other attachments. When you receive a Level
2 attachment, you are prompted to save the attachment to a
disk; you cannot open the attachment from within the e-
mail message. By default, file extensions are not
associated with this group, however, you can add file
extensions to the Level 2 list.

NOTE: The list of files that are included in the Level 2
category can only be changed if you are using Outlook in a
Microsoft Exchange Server environment and your mail is
being delivered to an Exchange Server mailbox. These
changes must be made by an administrator.


Other Attachments

When you try to open an attachment other than those in
the "unsafe" or Level 2 lists, you are prompted to either
open the file directly or to save it to a disk. You can
turn off future prompts for that extension if you click to
clear the Always ask before opening this type of file
check box.

NOTE: If a program associates itself with a new file
extension, that file extension is treated as an "other"
attachment until you add the file extension to
the "unsafe" list. For example, if you install a program
on your computer that uses files with an .xyz file
extension, whenever you open an attachment that has
an .xyz file extension, the new program opens and runs the
attachment. By default, the .xyz file extension is not on
the "unsafe" or Level 2 list, so it is treated as
an "other" file extension. If you want attachments with
the .xyz file extension to be treated as "unsafe," you
must add the .xyz file extension to the list of "unsafe"
file extensions.

Solution

You can modify the attachment security behavior in Outlook
2002 if you are using Outlook in one of the following
scenarios:

Outlook is run outside of an Exchange Server environment.
In an Exchange Server environment, the administrator has
not configured the Outlook Security settings to disallow
changes to the attachment security behavior.
In these scenarios, modify the attachment security
behavior by making a modification to the registry. Perform
the following steps to modify the registry:

NOTICE: The following procedure contains information about
editing the Windows registry. Dell does not guarantee
success or support these actions. Any use of the
information provided herein, is performed at your own
risk. You should make a backup copy of the registry files
prior to executing any of the following steps. Incorrect
use of the registry editor and editing the registry files
can cause serious problems that may require a complete
reinstall of your operating system. Dell assumes no
responsibility, expressed or implied, regarding the
consequences of any action taken as a result of the
information provided herein.

Exit Outlook 2002, if running.
Click the Windows Start button, then click Run, in the
Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
In the left pane, click on the plus next to the following
registry keys:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Software
Microsoft
Office
10.0
Outlook
Security
Click Edit, click New, and then click String Value.
Type the following name for the new value:
Level1Remove
Press the <Enter> key.
Right-click the new string value name, and then left-click
Modify.
Type the extension of the file type that you would like to
access with Outlook 2002 as follows:
.exe
To specify multiple file types, separate them with a
semicolon, using the following format:
.exe;.com
When finished, click OK.
Exit the Registry Editor program.
When you start Outlook 2002, the file types specified in
the Windows Registry are accessible.
 
G

Guest

The product is licensed to myself with a number and OEM in
the middle of it. Not sure what you mean where do i
look? In the registry..Not too comfortable in there but
if you give detailed inst no problem. This is a home
machine w/ dialup isp fyi- Thanks,
-----Original Message-----
A local or domain policy could override user settings. Take a peek under
HKCU/Software/Policies/Microsoft/Office/<version number>/Outlook/Security
(take a look under HKLM for the same path since earlier versions might use
machine policies vs user.)

One other thing that just popped into my head. Open Outlook and select Help
About Microsoft Outlook. Just about the "this product
is licensed to:"
should be line that reads "Security Mode:" , what is it set to?

I currently have two machines one with XP and office xp
2002, the other win 2000 and office 2000. Ever since
updating outlook and office, I can not send links or
executables. I have done what this article says ie;
editing the registry and adding the extensions
like .exe;.com;.aspx;.htm with the level1add and
level1remove string value.



It is still not working and frustrating as hell. I have
not upgraded office to the 2003 version . Do you think
that is the problem? Am I doing something wrong? If I
recall when I first edited it I could send and executable
( I tried sending a program *.exe to my sister and it
worked) but then after logging off and back on it did not
work almost like it didn't save it. Looking at the
registry the entry is there.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



You have any ideas?



Thanks,



Ron



A friend responded like this; In Outlook, click the TOOLS
tab, and then the OPTIONS tab. Then, go in to the
security and privacy tabs, as well as mail format tabs.
It is there that you can tell Outlook what is safe to both
send and receive. You do not need to edit the registry.
If Outlook 2000 does not have these options reinstall.



My answer here is there is no tab like that!









Why do I get "Outlook blocked access to the following
potentially unsafe attachments: [...]" error messages
opening my email?




Problem

Outlook 2002 includes a new security feature that blocks
attachments considered unsafe. If you receive an e-mail
message that contains one of the blocked file types, you
may see the following warning message:

Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe
attachments: [.]

Although access to the attachment has been blocked, the
attachment still exists in the message. This article
summarizes what to do if you need to access the
attachment.

Discussion

This security feature provides an additional level of
protection against malicious e-mail messages. Updates were
available for earlier versions of Microsoft Outlook, but
in Outlook 2002 this security feature is implemented by
default.

Use one of the following recommended methods to obtain
access to the attached file:

Request that the sender post or save the attachment to a
file share and send you the link to it.
Request that the sender use a file compression utility
that changes the file extension.
Request that the sender rename the file extension and send
it to you. Once you receive the renamed attachment, you
can rename the file with the original extension.
If the previously recommended methods do not meet your
needs, you may use one of the following alternate methods:

If you are in a Microsoft Exchange Server environment and
your administrator has configured the Outlook Security
settings, ask the administrator to modify the security
settings for your mailbox.
If you are not in an Exchange Server environment, modify
the registry to customize the attachment security
settings.
Microsoft Exchange Server Environment

If you run Outlook in an Exchange Server environment, your
administrator can change the default attachment security
behavior.

Attachment Behavior

Attachments are divided into three groups based on their
file extension, or type. Outlook handles each group in a
specific way.

Level 1 ("Unsafe")

The "unsafe" category represents any extension that may
have script or code associated with it. Any attachment
with an "unsafe" file extension is inaccessible if you use
a version of Outlook that has the security patch applied
to it. The following list contains attachments that are
considered unsafe:

File extension File type

.ade Microsoft Access project extension
.adp Microsoft Access project
.asx Windows Media Audio / Video
.bas Microsoft Visual Basic class module
.bat Batch file
.chm Compiled HTML Help file
.cmd Microsoft Windows NT Command script
.com Microsoft MS-DOS program
.cpl Control Panel extension
.crt Security certificate
.exe Program
.hlp Help file
.hta HTML program
.inf Setup Information
.ins Internet Naming Service
.isp Internet Communication settings
.js JScript file
.jse Jscript Encoded Script file
.lnk Shortcut
.mdb Microsoft Access program
.mde Microsoft Access MDE database
.msc Microsoft Common Console document
.msi Microsoft Windows Installer package
.msp Microsoft Windows Installer patch
.mst Microsoft Windows Installer
transform; Microsoft Visual Test source file
.pcd Photo CD image; Microsoft Visual
compiled script
.pif Shortcut to MS-DOS program
.prf Microsoft Outlook profile settings
.reg Registration entries
.scf Windows Explorer command
.scr Screen saver
.sct Windows Script Component
.shb Shell Scrap object
.shs Shell Scrap object
.url Internet shortcut
.vb VBScript file
.vbe VBScript Encoded script file
.vbs VBScript file
.wsc Windows Script Component
.wsf Windows Script file
.wsh Windows Script Host Settings file

The following list describes how Outlook functions when
you receive an "unsafe" file attachment:

Any "unsafe" attachment is not accessible. You cannot
save, delete, open, print, or otherwise
manipulate "unsafe" files. The top of the e-mail message
indicates that Outlook has blocked access to the "unsafe"
attachment; the attachment is not accessible from Outlook,
however, the attachment is not actually removed from the e-
mail message.
If you forward an e-mail message with an "unsafe"
attachment, the attachment is not included in the
forwarded e-mail message.
If you send an e-mail message that contains an "unsafe"
attachment, you receive a warning message that says other
Outlook recipients may not be able to access the
attachment that you are trying to send. You can either
disregard the warning message and send the e-mail message,
or you can choose to not send the e-mail message.
If you save or close an e-mail message that contains
an "unsafe" attachment, you receive a warning message that
says you will not be able to access the attachment from
Outlook. You can override the warning message and save the
e-mail message.
You cannot open objects that are inserted into Microsoft
Outlook Rich Text messages by using the Insert Object
command. You do see a visual representation of the object,
but you cannot open or activate the object in the e-mail
message.
You cannot open "unsafe" files that have been directly
stored in an Outlook or Exchange Server folder. Although
these files are not attached to an Outlook item, they are
still considered "unsafe." The following error message
occurs in this situation:
Can't open the item. Outlook blocked access to this
potentially unsafe item.
Level 2

Level 2 files are not "unsafe" but they do require more
security than other attachments. When you receive a Level
2 attachment, you are prompted to save the attachment to a
disk; you cannot open the attachment from within the e-
mail message. By default, file extensions are not
associated with this group, however, you can add file
extensions to the Level 2 list.

NOTE: The list of files that are included in the Level 2
category can only be changed if you are using Outlook in a
Microsoft Exchange Server environment and your mail is
being delivered to an Exchange Server mailbox. These
changes must be made by an administrator.


Other Attachments

When you try to open an attachment other than those in
the "unsafe" or Level 2 lists, you are prompted to either
open the file directly or to save it to a disk. You can
turn off future prompts for that extension if you click to
clear the Always ask before opening this type of file
check box.

NOTE: If a program associates itself with a new file
extension, that file extension is treated as an "other"
attachment until you add the file extension to
the "unsafe" list. For example, if you install a program
on your computer that uses files with an .xyz file
extension, whenever you open an attachment that has
an .xyz file extension, the new program opens and runs the
attachment. By default, the .xyz file extension is not on
the "unsafe" or Level 2 list, so it is treated as
an "other" file extension. If you want attachments with
the .xyz file extension to be treated as "unsafe," you
must add the .xyz file extension to the list of "unsafe"
file extensions.

Solution

You can modify the attachment security behavior in Outlook
2002 if you are using Outlook in one of the following
scenarios:

Outlook is run outside of an Exchange Server environment.
In an Exchange Server environment, the administrator has
not configured the Outlook Security settings to disallow
changes to the attachment security behavior.
In these scenarios, modify the attachment security
behavior by making a modification to the registry. Perform
the following steps to modify the registry:

NOTICE: The following procedure contains information about
editing the Windows registry. Dell does not guarantee
success or support these actions. Any use of the
information provided herein, is performed at your own
risk. You should make a backup copy of the registry files
prior to executing any of the following steps. Incorrect
use of the registry editor and editing the registry files
can cause serious problems that may require a complete
reinstall of your operating system. Dell assumes no
responsibility, expressed or implied, regarding the
consequences of any action taken as a result of the
information provided herein.

Exit Outlook 2002, if running.
Click the Windows Start button, then click Run, in the
Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
In the left pane, click on the plus next to the following
registry keys:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Software
Microsoft
Office
10.0
Outlook
Security
Click Edit, click New, and then click String Value.
Type the following name for the new value:
Level1Remove
Press the <Enter> key.
Right-click the new string value name, and then left- click
Modify.
Type the extension of the file type that you would like to
access with Outlook 2002 as follows:
.exe
To specify multiple file types, separate them with a
semicolon, using the following format:
.exe;.com
When finished, click OK.
Exit the Registry Editor program.
When you start Outlook 2002, the file types specified in
the Windows Registry are accessible.


.
 
G

Guest

That was an error. Only leve1remove was added to the
registry. I will try this though it seems odd that I
would need a third party addin to fix the problem doesn't
it?
-----Original Message-----
Why are you adding things to level1add? That forces outlook to block those
extensions. you only need level1remove - or better yet, get attachment
options from www.slovaktech.com.

See http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/ol2002sp3.htm and
http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/esecup/getexe.htm for more information.


--
Diane Poremsky [MVP - Outlook]
Author, Teach Yourself Outlook 2003 in 24 Hours
Coauthor, OneNote 2003 for Windows (Visual QuickStart Guide)
Author, Google and Other Search Engines (Visual QuickStart Guide)


Outlook & Exchange Solutions Center: http://www.slipstick.com
Join OneNote Tips mailing list: http://www.onenote- tips.net/

Vote for your favorite Outlook and Exchange utilities in the
Slipstick Ratings Raffle at http://www.slipstick.com/contest/

I currently have two machines one with XP and office xp
2002, the other win 2000 and office 2000. Ever since
updating outlook and office, I can not send links or
executables. I have done what this article says ie;
editing the registry and adding the extensions
like .exe;.com;.aspx;.htm with the level1add and
level1remove string value.



It is still not working and frustrating as hell. I have
not upgraded office to the 2003 version . Do you think
that is the problem? Am I doing something wrong? If I
recall when I first edited it I could send and executable
( I tried sending a program *.exe to my sister and it
worked) but then after logging off and back on it did not
work almost like it didn't save it. Looking at the
registry the entry is there.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



You have any ideas?



Thanks,



Ron



A friend responded like this; In Outlook, click the TOOLS
tab, and then the OPTIONS tab. Then, go in to the
security and privacy tabs, as well as mail format tabs.
It is there that you can tell Outlook what is safe to both
send and receive. You do not need to edit the registry.
If Outlook 2000 does not have these options reinstall.



My answer here is there is no tab like that!









Why do I get "Outlook blocked access to the following
potentially unsafe attachments: [...]" error messages
opening my email?




Problem

Outlook 2002 includes a new security feature that blocks
attachments considered unsafe. If you receive an e-mail
message that contains one of the blocked file types, you
may see the following warning message:

Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe
attachments: [.]

Although access to the attachment has been blocked, the
attachment still exists in the message. This article
summarizes what to do if you need to access the
attachment.

Discussion

This security feature provides an additional level of
protection against malicious e-mail messages. Updates were
available for earlier versions of Microsoft Outlook, but
in Outlook 2002 this security feature is implemented by
default.

Use one of the following recommended methods to obtain
access to the attached file:

Request that the sender post or save the attachment to a
file share and send you the link to it.
Request that the sender use a file compression utility
that changes the file extension.
Request that the sender rename the file extension and send
it to you. Once you receive the renamed attachment, you
can rename the file with the original extension.
If the previously recommended methods do not meet your
needs, you may use one of the following alternate methods:

If you are in a Microsoft Exchange Server environment and
your administrator has configured the Outlook Security
settings, ask the administrator to modify the security
settings for your mailbox.
If you are not in an Exchange Server environment, modify
the registry to customize the attachment security
settings.
Microsoft Exchange Server Environment

If you run Outlook in an Exchange Server environment, your
administrator can change the default attachment security
behavior.

Attachment Behavior

Attachments are divided into three groups based on their
file extension, or type. Outlook handles each group in a
specific way.

Level 1 ("Unsafe")

The "unsafe" category represents any extension that may
have script or code associated with it. Any attachment
with an "unsafe" file extension is inaccessible if you use
a version of Outlook that has the security patch applied
to it. The following list contains attachments that are
considered unsafe:

File extension File type

.ade Microsoft Access project extension
.adp Microsoft Access project
.asx Windows Media Audio / Video
.bas Microsoft Visual Basic class module
.bat Batch file
.chm Compiled HTML Help file
.cmd Microsoft Windows NT Command script
.com Microsoft MS-DOS program
.cpl Control Panel extension
.crt Security certificate
.exe Program
.hlp Help file
.hta HTML program
.inf Setup Information
.ins Internet Naming Service
.isp Internet Communication settings
.js JScript file
.jse Jscript Encoded Script file
.lnk Shortcut
.mdb Microsoft Access program
.mde Microsoft Access MDE database
.msc Microsoft Common Console document
.msi Microsoft Windows Installer package
.msp Microsoft Windows Installer patch
.mst Microsoft Windows Installer
transform; Microsoft Visual Test source file
.pcd Photo CD image; Microsoft Visual
compiled script
.pif Shortcut to MS-DOS program
.prf Microsoft Outlook profile settings
.reg Registration entries
.scf Windows Explorer command
.scr Screen saver
.sct Windows Script Component
.shb Shell Scrap object
.shs Shell Scrap object
.url Internet shortcut
.vb VBScript file
.vbe VBScript Encoded script file
.vbs VBScript file
.wsc Windows Script Component
.wsf Windows Script file
.wsh Windows Script Host Settings file

The following list describes how Outlook functions when
you receive an "unsafe" file attachment:

Any "unsafe" attachment is not accessible. You cannot
save, delete, open, print, or otherwise
manipulate "unsafe" files. The top of the e-mail message
indicates that Outlook has blocked access to the "unsafe"
attachment; the attachment is not accessible from Outlook,
however, the attachment is not actually removed from the e-
mail message.
If you forward an e-mail message with an "unsafe"
attachment, the attachment is not included in the
forwarded e-mail message.
If you send an e-mail message that contains an "unsafe"
attachment, you receive a warning message that says other
Outlook recipients may not be able to access the
attachment that you are trying to send. You can either
disregard the warning message and send the e-mail message,
or you can choose to not send the e-mail message.
If you save or close an e-mail message that contains
an "unsafe" attachment, you receive a warning message that
says you will not be able to access the attachment from
Outlook. You can override the warning message and save the
e-mail message.
You cannot open objects that are inserted into Microsoft
Outlook Rich Text messages by using the Insert Object
command. You do see a visual representation of the object,
but you cannot open or activate the object in the e-mail
message.
You cannot open "unsafe" files that have been directly
stored in an Outlook or Exchange Server folder. Although
these files are not attached to an Outlook item, they are
still considered "unsafe." The following error message
occurs in this situation:
Can't open the item. Outlook blocked access to this
potentially unsafe item.
Level 2

Level 2 files are not "unsafe" but they do require more
security than other attachments. When you receive a Level
2 attachment, you are prompted to save the attachment to a
disk; you cannot open the attachment from within the e-
mail message. By default, file extensions are not
associated with this group, however, you can add file
extensions to the Level 2 list.

NOTE: The list of files that are included in the Level 2
category can only be changed if you are using Outlook in a
Microsoft Exchange Server environment and your mail is
being delivered to an Exchange Server mailbox. These
changes must be made by an administrator.


Other Attachments

When you try to open an attachment other than those in
the "unsafe" or Level 2 lists, you are prompted to either
open the file directly or to save it to a disk. You can
turn off future prompts for that extension if you click to
clear the Always ask before opening this type of file
check box.

NOTE: If a program associates itself with a new file
extension, that file extension is treated as an "other"
attachment until you add the file extension to
the "unsafe" list. For example, if you install a program
on your computer that uses files with an .xyz file
extension, whenever you open an attachment that has
an .xyz file extension, the new program opens and runs the
attachment. By default, the .xyz file extension is not on
the "unsafe" or Level 2 list, so it is treated as
an "other" file extension. If you want attachments with
the .xyz file extension to be treated as "unsafe," you
must add the .xyz file extension to the list of "unsafe"
file extensions.

Solution

You can modify the attachment security behavior in Outlook
2002 if you are using Outlook in one of the following
scenarios:

Outlook is run outside of an Exchange Server environment.
In an Exchange Server environment, the administrator has
not configured the Outlook Security settings to disallow
changes to the attachment security behavior.
In these scenarios, modify the attachment security
behavior by making a modification to the registry. Perform
the following steps to modify the registry:

NOTICE: The following procedure contains information about
editing the Windows registry. Dell does not guarantee
success or support these actions. Any use of the
information provided herein, is performed at your own
risk. You should make a backup copy of the registry files
prior to executing any of the following steps. Incorrect
use of the registry editor and editing the registry files
can cause serious problems that may require a complete
reinstall of your operating system. Dell assumes no
responsibility, expressed or implied, regarding the
consequences of any action taken as a result of the
information provided herein.

Exit Outlook 2002, if running.
Click the Windows Start button, then click Run, in the
Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
In the left pane, click on the plus next to the following
registry keys:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Software
Microsoft
Office
10.0
Outlook
Security
Click Edit, click New, and then click String Value.
Type the following name for the new value:
Level1Remove
Press the <Enter> key.
Right-click the new string value name, and then left- click
Modify.
Type the extension of the file type that you would like to
access with Outlook 2002 as follows:
.exe
To specify multiple file types, separate them with a
semicolon, using the following format:
.exe;.com
When finished, click OK.
Exit the Registry Editor program.
When you start Outlook 2002, the file types specified in
the Windows Registry are accessible.


.
 
R

Ron

Problem fixed. Thank You!!
-----Original Message-----
I currently have two machines one with XP and office xp
2002, the other win 2000 and office 2000. Ever since
updating outlook and office, I can not send links or
executables. I have done what this article says ie;
editing the registry and adding the extensions
like .exe;.com;.aspx;.htm with the level1add and
level1remove string value.



It is still not working and frustrating as hell. I have
not upgraded office to the 2003 version . Do you think
that is the problem? Am I doing something wrong? If I
recall when I first edited it I could send and executable
( I tried sending a program *.exe to my sister and it
worked) but then after logging off and back on it did not
work almost like it didn't save it. Looking at the
registry the entry is there.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



You have any ideas?



Thanks,



Ron



A friend responded like this; In Outlook, click the TOOLS
tab, and then the OPTIONS tab. Then, go in to the
security and privacy tabs, as well as mail format tabs.
It is there that you can tell Outlook what is safe to both
send and receive. You do not need to edit the registry.
If Outlook 2000 does not have these options reinstall.



My answer here is there is no tab like that!









Why do I get "Outlook blocked access to the following
potentially unsafe attachments: [...]" error messages
opening my email?




Problem

Outlook 2002 includes a new security feature that blocks
attachments considered unsafe. If you receive an e-mail
message that contains one of the blocked file types, you
may see the following warning message:

Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe
attachments: [.]

Although access to the attachment has been blocked, the
attachment still exists in the message. This article
summarizes what to do if you need to access the
attachment.

Discussion

This security feature provides an additional level of
protection against malicious e-mail messages. Updates were
available for earlier versions of Microsoft Outlook, but
in Outlook 2002 this security feature is implemented by
default.

Use one of the following recommended methods to obtain
access to the attached file:

Request that the sender post or save the attachment to a
file share and send you the link to it.
Request that the sender use a file compression utility
that changes the file extension.
Request that the sender rename the file extension and send
it to you. Once you receive the renamed attachment, you
can rename the file with the original extension.
If the previously recommended methods do not meet your
needs, you may use one of the following alternate methods:

If you are in a Microsoft Exchange Server environment and
your administrator has configured the Outlook Security
settings, ask the administrator to modify the security
settings for your mailbox.
If you are not in an Exchange Server environment, modify
the registry to customize the attachment security
settings.
Microsoft Exchange Server Environment

If you run Outlook in an Exchange Server environment, your
administrator can change the default attachment security
behavior.

Attachment Behavior

Attachments are divided into three groups based on their
file extension, or type. Outlook handles each group in a
specific way.

Level 1 ("Unsafe")

The "unsafe" category represents any extension that may
have script or code associated with it. Any attachment
with an "unsafe" file extension is inaccessible if you use
a version of Outlook that has the security patch applied
to it. The following list contains attachments that are
considered unsafe:

File extension File type

..ade Microsoft Access project extension
..adp Microsoft Access project
..asx Windows Media Audio / Video
..bas Microsoft Visual Basic class module
..bat Batch file
..chm Compiled HTML Help file
..cmd Microsoft Windows NT Command script
..com Microsoft MS-DOS program
..cpl Control Panel extension
..crt Security certificate
..exe Program
..hlp Help file
..hta HTML program
..inf Setup Information
..ins Internet Naming Service
..isp Internet Communication settings
..js JScript file
..jse Jscript Encoded Script file
..lnk Shortcut
..mdb Microsoft Access program
..mde Microsoft Access MDE database
..msc Microsoft Common Console document
..msi Microsoft Windows Installer package
..msp Microsoft Windows Installer patch
..mst Microsoft Windows Installer
transform; Microsoft Visual Test source file
..pcd Photo CD image; Microsoft Visual
compiled script
..pif Shortcut to MS-DOS program
..prf Microsoft Outlook profile settings
..reg Registration entries
..scf Windows Explorer command
..scr Screen saver
..sct Windows Script Component
..shb Shell Scrap object
..shs Shell Scrap object
..url Internet shortcut
..vb VBScript file
..vbe VBScript Encoded script file
..vbs VBScript file
..wsc Windows Script Component
..wsf Windows Script file
..wsh Windows Script Host Settings file

The following list describes how Outlook functions when
you receive an "unsafe" file attachment:

Any "unsafe" attachment is not accessible. You cannot
save, delete, open, print, or otherwise
manipulate "unsafe" files. The top of the e-mail message
indicates that Outlook has blocked access to the "unsafe"
attachment; the attachment is not accessible from Outlook,
however, the attachment is not actually removed from the e-
mail message.
If you forward an e-mail message with an "unsafe"
attachment, the attachment is not included in the
forwarded e-mail message.
If you send an e-mail message that contains an "unsafe"
attachment, you receive a warning message that says other
Outlook recipients may not be able to access the
attachment that you are trying to send. You can either
disregard the warning message and send the e-mail message,
or you can choose to not send the e-mail message.
If you save or close an e-mail message that contains
an "unsafe" attachment, you receive a warning message that
says you will not be able to access the attachment from
Outlook. You can override the warning message and save the
e-mail message.
You cannot open objects that are inserted into Microsoft
Outlook Rich Text messages by using the Insert Object
command. You do see a visual representation of the object,
but you cannot open or activate the object in the e-mail
message.
You cannot open "unsafe" files that have been directly
stored in an Outlook or Exchange Server folder. Although
these files are not attached to an Outlook item, they are
still considered "unsafe." The following error message
occurs in this situation:
Can't open the item. Outlook blocked access to this
potentially unsafe item.
Level 2

Level 2 files are not "unsafe" but they do require more
security than other attachments. When you receive a Level
2 attachment, you are prompted to save the attachment to a
disk; you cannot open the attachment from within the e-
mail message. By default, file extensions are not
associated with this group, however, you can add file
extensions to the Level 2 list.

NOTE: The list of files that are included in the Level 2
category can only be changed if you are using Outlook in a
Microsoft Exchange Server environment and your mail is
being delivered to an Exchange Server mailbox. These
changes must be made by an administrator.


Other Attachments

When you try to open an attachment other than those in
the "unsafe" or Level 2 lists, you are prompted to either
open the file directly or to save it to a disk. You can
turn off future prompts for that extension if you click to
clear the Always ask before opening this type of file
check box.

NOTE: If a program associates itself with a new file
extension, that file extension is treated as an "other"
attachment until you add the file extension to
the "unsafe" list. For example, if you install a program
on your computer that uses files with an .xyz file
extension, whenever you open an attachment that has
an .xyz file extension, the new program opens and runs the
attachment. By default, the .xyz file extension is not on
the "unsafe" or Level 2 list, so it is treated as
an "other" file extension. If you want attachments with
the .xyz file extension to be treated as "unsafe," you
must add the .xyz file extension to the list of "unsafe"
file extensions.

Solution

You can modify the attachment security behavior in Outlook
2002 if you are using Outlook in one of the following
scenarios:

Outlook is run outside of an Exchange Server environment.
In an Exchange Server environment, the administrator has
not configured the Outlook Security settings to disallow
changes to the attachment security behavior.
In these scenarios, modify the attachment security
behavior by making a modification to the registry. Perform
the following steps to modify the registry:

NOTICE: The following procedure contains information about
editing the Windows registry. Dell does not guarantee
success or support these actions. Any use of the
information provided herein, is performed at your own
risk. You should make a backup copy of the registry files
prior to executing any of the following steps. Incorrect
use of the registry editor and editing the registry files
can cause serious problems that may require a complete
reinstall of your operating system. Dell assumes no
responsibility, expressed or implied, regarding the
consequences of any action taken as a result of the
information provided herein.

Exit Outlook 2002, if running.
Click the Windows Start button, then click Run, in the
Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
In the left pane, click on the plus next to the following
registry keys:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Software
Microsoft
Office
10.0
Outlook
Security
Click Edit, click New, and then click String Value.
Type the following name for the new value:
Level1Remove
Press the <Enter> key.
Right-click the new string value name, and then left- click
Modify.
Type the extension of the file type that you would like to
access with Outlook 2002 as follows:
..exe
To specify multiple file types, separate them with a
semicolon, using the following format:
..exe;.com
When finished, click OK.
Exit the Registry Editor program.
When you start Outlook 2002, the file types specified in
the Windows Registry are accessible.


.
 
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Diane Poremsky [MVP]

the advantage of the 3rd party program is that it creates the correct
registry entries - one typo when you add them and it won't work.
 

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