Blocked file madness in Windows 7

Some time ago Rytmis wrote about Windows Vista’s annoying security feature. I had similar-looking problem with blocked files, but the solution was a bit different. Specifically, I was trying to use .NET Reflector Pro’s Visual Studio add-in. I enabled Visual Studio integration from Reflector (Tools->Integration Options -> Visual Studio 2010) and all was good. However, when restarting Visual Studio I got an error message that .NET Reflector add-in cannot be loaded (of course, without any meaningful error message). It was easy to guess that this has something to do with files downloaded from the internet.But I encountered an interesting nuisance: unblocking the addin.dll seemed to work quite right, but when looked another time, the file still seems to be blocked! As per Rytmis’ suggestion, I thought “yay, I need to unblock the file in it’s original download location”. But wait a minute, as you know Reflector comes as a zip file and I can’t unblock a file inside a zip file, can I? The solution is of course as easy as it is distracting: you need to unblock the whole zip file! After doing this the files are all unblocked no matter where do you extract the archive.

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