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.