(I pathologicaly avoid clicking on a file with exe extension ;-) )
this statement I can subscribe too ;-))
but on my XP netbook (32 bit too) I dont have to click on an exe file like you're saying. On my XP its the same as under my win7 64 bit OS Internet Explorer:
klicking on link http://download.kolor.com/app/beta/win32/22.214.171.1242 http://download.kolor.com/app/beta/win32/126.96.36.1992
I dont klick on an exe file but on a link with an folder... and I assume there is on webserverside some sot of redirect to the exe file.... so theres no nead to fear for unknwon exe files... it pop ups a window where you've the choice to say execute the file or save as...
and right klick & destination save as link gives me the absolute same on my win XP with name "AutopanoPro_win32_250RC2_2011-01-14" and filetype "Anwendung" in english I think "executable" or "program"...
so if your PC does not show this behaviour than something really unusual is going on your PC...
PS: "which triggers DAP in my case" ??? what is DAP ???