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Windows 7: suddenly cannot download exe files?

02 Feb 2010   #1

Win7 Home Premium x64
 
 
suddenly cannot download exe files?

Very very odd issue suddenly appeared, maybe someone has some insight?

All of a sudden, I can no longer download exe files. Other file types appear fine, just not exes. If attempting to do so in firefox, it appears to download fine, but, will show up in my download folder as a 0 KB file, and the download window shows "canceled" as status. In IE, a little window pops up that says my current security settings will not allow this file to be downloaded.

I suspect it's IE related, as I had to play with my IE security settings to allow access to my work's website at home, and I haven't installed/changed anything else recently. But, I even tried turning off all of IE's security settings, also tried putting them back to default, yet neither allowed IE or firefox to download exes again.

I've of course attempted closing the browsers, no luck, even rebooting had no effect.

Avira finds no malware, and it is not stopping the downloads.

Any clues?

Thanks

My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Feb 2010   #2

 

are these exe files through FTP? and what security software are you using?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Feb 2010   #3

Win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Nope, standard http downloads (tried the shark 007 codec packs, some random apps via download.com etc) Avira premium security suite.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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02 Feb 2010   #4

 

it could be a few different things causing this issue. Since you said you're "allowed" to download then, but they just show up as 0kb files, it leads me to believe that something is 'stripping' them. Such as a security software of some kind OR a browser addon. Try disabling your Antivirus then downloading them again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I agree with the above poster. Try disabling Avira. Sounds like something the A/V would cause.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Feb 2010   #6

Win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Nope, no go. Disabled the firewall and virus protection, and had same result.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Feb 2010   #7

windows
 
 

list what addons you have for the browsers also check you firewall settings to make sure something did not get changed. some firewalls as well as a/v programs do not completely disable even though you told them to.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Feb 2010   #8

Win7 Home Premium x64
 
 



No addons at all for IE.

I don't notice anything unusual in the settings for Avira, unfortunately.

Thanks for all the input though, I appreciate every suggestion!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

One piece of info, as far as IE goes, at the highest stock clampdown mode fo rthe internet zone, you can still DL a program from the net but Windows will NOT let you run it (A good setting for your kids accounts!!!)

But, it does actualy DL the file...

It's entirely possible that FF or an addon is doing the same sort of thing but one little step further by not allowing the DL at all...

But something that affects both FF and IE.. that sounds like something external...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I would try removing your anti-virus altogether. If it works, try the free A\V Microsoft Security Essentials, and see if it gives the same problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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