"Do you want to open this file" error message after you installed MS16-118

Applies to: Internet Explorer 11


You apply the MS16-104 security update 3185319  for Internet Explorer that is dated September 13, 2016. When you try to open a .URL shortcut from the Favorites folder in Windows Explorer, you receive a "File Download – Security Warning" message that resembles the following:

File Download Warning


To completely fix this issue for Internet Explorer 11 in Windows, you must also install MS16-142: Security update for Internet Explorer: November 2016 (KB3197655).

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is now available from the Microsoft Update Catalog. To get the hotfix package for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Note This hotfix is also included in the following update:

3200068 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1511: October 18, 2016

File Information

The English (United States) version of this software update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


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