unblock files downloaded from the Internet

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With my free unblock tool, you can easily unblock files downloaded from the Internet or sent by e-mail using drag & drop instead of clicking on 'Unblock' in the properties of each individual file.


Office file blocked by Windows

Are you also annoyed that you have to authorise each Office file that you have downloaded from the Internet or received by e-mail individually via the context menu? Do you wonder why it suddenly takes so long to open zip files or process XML files?

Blocked files must always be authorised individually

Microsoft wants to protect us from (macro) viruses, but makes it unnecessarily difficult for experienced users to unlock files from trusted sources.


My free tool unblock does (most of) the work for you. Simply drag one or more files, folders or both mixed onto the programme icon (or the shortcut) and all passed files are automatically authorised individually.

With unblock, simply unblock files and folders via drag & drop


The unblockSetup.exe copies the tool to a folder (default: "C:\DaBaMa\") and creates a shortcut on the desktop. To uninstall, use the Control Panel or the unins000.exe in the installation folder.
The portable version contains the same unblock.exe, which you can place in any folder (e.g. right on the desktop).


The tool can only unblock files that are already in the file system, just as you can do by hand. This means, for example, that you must first save email attachments (e.g. by dragging and dropping them onto the desktop) before you can unblock and then open them. In addition, the file must not be write-protected and you must be authorised to edit the file.


You can also call unblock via the command line or in a script to integrate it into your workflow. For example, if you regularly receive templates by e-mail, you can simply drag them first to your desktop and then from there to the VB script. They are then automatically unlocked and moved to your template folder:

' Unblock files and move them to the template folder

Set oArgs = WScript.Arguments
Set oApp = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
Set oFso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

sApp = "C:\DaBaMa\unblock.exe"
sFolder = "C:\Users\Raphael Hein\MyTemplates\" 

If oArgs.Count = 0 Then
    MsgBox "Drag and drop all files to be processed onto this script.", vbInformation, "Info"
   For i = 0 To oArgs.Count - 1
      oApp.ShellExecute sApp, """" & oArgs(i) & """", "", "", 0
      WScript.Sleep 1000  ' give unblock some time to unblock the file
      oFso.CopyFile oArgs(i), sFolder, True 
      oFso.DeleteFile oArgs(i)  
End If


Installation File
(File: unblockSetup.exe, ca. 1,900 KB - Version 1.0)

Portable Version
(File:, ca. 400 KB - Version 1.0)