Monthly Archives: June 2009

Custom installer without warning dialog… (TrustedInstaller.exe)

If you start an custom install program which is not digital signed, then Vista and later (at least Win7RC1) warns you, that your installer is not digital signed and “do you really wnt to do that”…

This feature is implemented with an shim (in a separate article I will explain shims later).
In short it works like: if an application is started, it checks the shim-database (in general %SYSTEMROOT%\AppPath\sysmain.sdb) if this application matches specific conditions.

For “Installer detection”, there are several conditons. Here is a list, what is checked (Vista and Win7RC1):

  • Productname contains “*instal*” or “*setup*” or “*update*”
  • Companyname contains “*instal*” or “*setup*” or “*update*”
  • Internalname contains “*instal*” and app is not named “TrustedInstaller.exe”
  • Originalfilename contains “*instal*” and app is not named “TrustedInstaller.exe”
  • Filedescription contains “*instal*” and app is not named “TrustedInstaller.exe”
  • Filename contains “*instal*” and is not named “TrustedInstaller.exe”
  • Exportname contains “setup.exe” or “install.exe” or “stub32” or “stub32.exe” or “signstub.exe”
  • Filename contains “*patch*” or “*setup*” or “*uninst*” or “*update*” or “lhaca*.exe”
  • Filedescription contains “*instal*” or “*setup*” or “*update*” or “*uninst*”
  • Originalfilename contains “*setup*” or “*update*”
  • Originalfilename contains “*setup*” or “*update*”

What is the conclusion: If you want to prevent the message box, just name your installer “TrustedInstaller.exe” 😉

You can simple test this by renaming any EXE to “abcinstaldef.exe” and try to execute it 😉 and the rename it to “TrustedInstaller.exe” 😉

On the other hand: Never name your app anything of the above!