Windows Explorer shows the owner of a file as a non-trusted owner but Application Manager allows it

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    Introduction

    When the "Owner" column is added to Windows Explorer folder views, it may show an executable file as being owned by a non-Trusted Owner but Application Manager allows it to run anyway.

    Detail

    If the file is within the user's profile folder hierarchy then the owner of files is always displayed as the user owning the profile, regardless of the actual owner of the individual file.

    Microsoft have confirmed that this is by design.

    If the actual file owner is a trusted owner, as defined within the Application Manager configuration, then if no other rules, such as a prohibited digital signature or folder, would cause the file to be prohibited then it will be allowed.

    When viewing NTFS file ownership, do not use the "owner" column in Windows Explorer. Instead use one of the following methods:

    1. View the file properties in Explorer, navigate to the Security tab and then view the Owner via the Advanced button.
    2. Run a "dir /q" command for the specific file in a command prompt.