I decided to update Windows just because I hadn't done it in so long. At some point I disabled automatic updates because I always regretted updating due to Microsoft's continous stupidity. Well, here we go again.
After the update - I also installed Internet Explorer 7 to see if they've made any CSS compatibility improvements - I started getting this message every time I opened a program on our shared network drive:
Open File Security Warning
The publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this software?
Well, I clicked on it, didn't I?
After stumbling around a bit, here is the solution that seemed to help me:
Control Panel, Internet Options, Security tab, Local Intranet, Sites, Advanced, add \\Server\share as a website to the "zone".
It adds the drive as "file://server" but it seems to help prevent the pop-up from occurring.
There is also this option that may help with programs on a local drive:
Control Panel, System, Advanced, Performance Settings, Data Execution Prevention...
You can turn DEP on for everything "except those I select", and manually add them to the list.
Changing the DEP setting requires a reboot. Of course.
Could the beast get any more bloated and cumbersome?