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    Outlook Express and Unsafe Extensions (6.0)

    I was under the impression that the "Unsafe File List" in Outlook 6.0 could be modified using the following technique:

    Add file extensions you WANT OE to block here:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerUnsafeFilesInclude

    Add file extension you want OE to NOT block here:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerUnsafeFilesExclude

    However, recently Microsoft has updated the OE security page -- perhaps after one of the recent Security updates? -- and now they say the only way to do this is:
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    On the File Types tab, click to select the file type that you want to block or allow, and then click Advanced . If the file type you want to add is not listed, perform the following steps:

    Click New .

    In the Create New Extension dialog box, type the file extension you want to add to the unsafe file list.

    Click OK , and then click Advanced .

    Click to place a check mark (block) or remove the check mark (allow) from the Confirm open after download checkbox.
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    But I don't want to do that! I still *want* the "Confirm open" box to appear. I want to stop OE from blocking access to certain -- but NOT all -- file types.

    Does anyone know if I can still use the Include and Exclude registry keys? Thanks.
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    I checked out my version of shdocvw.dll and it is dated 3/5/02 -- so it is obviously quite new and therefore updated by some IE patch. Even on this page Microsoft says the extension list is coded into shdocvw.dll. However, if I open this dll with a binary file editor, I see no obvious list. It must be coded in something other than text...

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    Re: Outlook Express and Unsafe Extensions (6.0)

    I guess no one knows any more than I do about this? I tried to modify the registry keys -- and no go -- the attachments are still blocked. This has got to be one of the silliest thing Microsoft has done -- they gave us a logical method to change these extensions, and then replaced it with an illogical one. Great...

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    Re: Outlook Express and Unsafe Extensions (6.0)

    what happens if you use the check box in the options dialog?

    also - are you using the proper format for the registry keys? I know the outlook ones use ext;ext;ext; - no spaces, no periods.

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    Re: Outlook Express and Unsafe Extensions (6.0)

    Well, I really don't want to check the Options dialog choice as that will effect the "global" downloading of these file types. I only wanted to modify it for the IE Mail Client (Outlook Express), As for the registry keys, the way I read it is that they are actual "key" entries -- see the image below.

    Thanks for responding. I am just frustrated by this -- something that Microsoft seems to do to me weekly.

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