If you got the latest Windows Live Messenger 2011 (WLM2011) and you can’t send any files then you have to know that this issue is quite common and affect a lot, if not all, Windows Live Messenger users. Despite the fact that the new Microsoft chat client has got a lot of enhancements, improvements and new features, in some cases such new options seem to create “never-seen-before” problems which did n0t exist in the previous versions. If you want one example, just read my articles about the display name issue or annoying ads to have an idea. In this article I will talk about an “apparent bug” which blocks the regular file transfer, also warning you that “you have chosen to transfer a file which may be unsafe”. The solution in this case is quite easy to spot but some users might be at loss on how to proceed mainly due to the lack of proper instructions.
You have to know that Windows Live Messenger 2011 (wlm) doesn’t allow you to send so called “unsafe files” over the Internet. I am talking about files which have got the following extensions: exe;.bat;.com;.cmd;.reg;.vbs;.inf;.msi;.htm;.htm. As a result, you will get a dialog box with the following error message “you have chosen to transfer a file which may be unsafe”. Also, the Send file is greyed out meaning that you won’t be able to click it. The reason behind this choice is to prevent viruses to spread on other computers. In fact such extensions are used by hackers to hide virus, spyware and other malware.
To solve this situation simply install a proper antivirus or click the Install button on the dialog box to download and install a free virus scanner for Messenger provided by Microsoft. Remember, this is a “set-up and forget” solution. In fact, you will be required to perform such action only once. After installing an antivirus you will manage to send file regularly.
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