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Windows 7: Unable to download any .exe files from any browser

02 Feb 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Unable to download any .exe files from any browser

Hello Experts,

I'm using Windows 7 x64 bit OS from past few days i have been encountering with downloading any .exe files from any browser. I just tried with IE, Mozilla, Chrome and Safari but the result is same.

I have tried to download Yahoo Messenger but encountered with below error, not only with yahoo but any software which I'm trying to download its ending with same result

Below are the errors which i have just copied from Mozilla and IE

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Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at rd.software.yahoo.com.





The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few
moments.
If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer's network
connection.
If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure
that Firefox is permitted to access the Web.

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IE

Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage










What you can try:

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Using below links i tried to fix the issue by myself but which didnt happened

Unable to download .exe files - Microsoft Community

Downloaded exe fix registry files from below link and tried to merge but it encountered with below error

Solved: unable to download .exe files - Tech Support Guy Forums

FIX: EXE or LNK files will not open or not working in Windows 7





I have disabled and antivirus and tried to run this reg file, which didnt worked also tried to do a clean boot also ended with no result.


Please do let me know if you need any more details


Pa1

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02 Feb 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro 32/64 bit and Windows 8 Pro 32 Bit/64bit
 
 

Are you sure you have no virus or Trojan Is your antivirus program updated and ran scans?
If you can get on another computer using a flash drive. Download Malwarebytes and run a full scan
Also what AV. Are you using
Also download Superantispyware pro from another computer and run a full scan
First determine if it is a virus or spyware causing this
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02 Feb 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Hello pa1rocks Welcome to the Seven Forums!

I tend to agree with some of the replies seen on the MS Community discussion thread there about executables needed to be zipped up in either a zip or rar archive type file with the various browsers seeing security measures put inplace to prevent unintended malware infection. As for the FireFox browser you may also want to review their support page about this seen at What to do if you can't download or save files | Firefox Help

For simply not being able to run any exe type file another reference provides different possible soluttions one being for 2000 and XP while the other two are for all versions seen at Windows - Unable to run executable files (. Exe)

Solution #3 covers both the 64bit as well as 32bit Windows XP, Vista, and 7 with advice on downloading the scr form of rts associations or Lan protocols in pdf form.

Besides any malware as robinb9 suggested one question to ask here would be about a problem that can occur when you have more then one user account on the machine and not being seen as logged into the admin account and denied access.

Someone else at the Tom's Hardware site also ran into a similar problem of not seeing web pages for downloads open correctly with a different solution of copying and pasting the url on Opera when having problems with FF. [Solved] Download *.exe with Firefox failes - Internet-Applications - Applications
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03 Feb 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Robin,

Appreciate your response, I have got Microsoft essentials running on my system and it gets updated automatically. Yeah, i have run the full AV on my system and couldn't able to find anything ....of course what ever it has found we have removed those items and my system is clean and updated.Do you want me to try installing any other antiware or spyware on my system? If yes please could you suggest me the best one.

Thank you.
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03 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If there is concern for virus or Malware, or if you haven't run a scan for Malware in a while then I would recommend MalwareBytes(free).
other possibilities are that your firewall is blocking the download. There is risk with this, but to rule out the firewall you can disable it temporarily visit the TRUSTED site and attempt the download. If you are using any PeerToPeer software close it and all of its processes before diabling your firewall.
Also have a look at your AV settings.

If all else fails, default to assuming that you have some sort of Virus or Malware, find it, and kill it dead.
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03 Feb 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
Hello pa1rocks Welcome to the Seven Forums!

I tend to agree with some of the replies seen on the MS Community discussion thread there about executables needed to be zipped up in either a zip or rar archive type file with the various browsers seeing security measures put inplace to prevent unintended malware infection. As for the FireFox browser you may also want to review their support page about this seen at What to do if you can't download or save files | Firefox Help

For simply not being able to run any exe type file another reference provides different possible soluttions one being for 2000 and XP while the other two are for all versions seen at Windows - Unable to run executable files (. Exe)

Solution #3 covers both the 64bit as well as 32bit Windows XP, Vista, and 7 with advice on downloading the scr form of rts associations or Lan protocols in pdf form.

Besides any malware as robinb9 suggested one question to ask here would be about a problem that can occur when you have more then one user account on the machine and not being seen as logged into the admin account and denied access.

Someone else at the Tom's Hardware site also ran into a similar problem of not seeing web pages for downloads open correctly with a different solution of copying and pasting the url on Opera when having problems with FF. [Solved] Download *.exe with Firefox failes - Internet-Applications - Applications

Hello Nighthawk,

Thanks for your warm welcome.

Its just not about the firefox or IE or Chrome..... i can able to download and run exe files from dropbox links but i couldnt able to download from any of the direct links. Just to give an example.

Yesterday i was trying to download Yahoo Messenger from Yahoo website then it resulted in error please find the below attached screenshots from both Mozilla and also from IE




The same file we have downloaded into another system and uploaded into Dropbox and downloaded on to my system and tried to install it and it did worked out. Please find the below attached screenshot in a sequence



So i guess it wont be an issue with administrator or to save the exe files... its just not allowing me to download any of the exe files ..... for the same i have reset ted both the browsers.

I hope this information could help you more to get a better understanding on my issue.

Thanks and waiting for your reply.

Pa1


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Unable to download any .exe files from any browser-ie_error.png   Unable to download any .exe files from any browser-mozilla_error.png   Unable to download any .exe files from any browser-dropbox.png  
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03 Feb 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I got this also a few days ago, I could not download or open anything, what fixed it for me was to run sfc /scannow and then it fixed something because it worked after that.
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03 Feb 2013   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Was just going to suggest running the System File Checker myself

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

A Guy
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03 Feb 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Andreas W View Post
I got this also a few days ago, I could not download or open anything, what fixed it for me was to run sfc /scannow and then it fixed something because it worked after that.
So you just scanned the complete system and it worked out? Which software you have used to scan the computer? Could you please provide me some link for the same.
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03 Feb 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

from the command prompt as admin:
sfc /scannow

This is a built in function
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