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Downloaded *.exe files will not be found!

Q: Downloaded *.exe files will not be found!

Any exe file I download or copy from other p/c will not run.
I get a message saying file not found , pls. use your "file find" option.
All exe files having "install or setup options" will work properly.
I got this problem after a partial software re-installation.
Thanks for helping

A: Downloaded *.exe files will not be found!

Have you tried a system restore to a date previous to this partial software re-installation?

What software were you trying to install when it failed?

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Issues - I can't get sfc /scannow to fix Windows Defender (errors at 96% saying "Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation." and when I try to run it - c:\program files\windows defender (specified path does not exist - MSASCui.exe)
I also have the issue that when I try to download any file from the Internet I get an error from Windows Defender (I believe) that says the file is infected with a virus and was deleted.
I had McAfee loaded on the machine, with a yearly subscription, but they said this issue was not covered by their software and demanded $79.99 to remove the infection.  I refused.  I have cancelled my subscriptions with them.  I removed McAfee software today hoping I could fix the issue and then install a free version of Norton provided by Comcast.
I tried running a few of the programs listed for the ZeroAccess malware but was not successful in getting it removed.  The DDS.COM program I used was downloaded in Nov 2012 (worked with someone using RogueKiller V8.3.1 [Nov 26 2012] ).   The following is the log file and I attached the Attach.txt file. 
I ran Adwcleaner, FSS, FSRT and rkill.  One of the logs said "ATTENTION: ====> ZeroAccess. Use DeleteJunctionsIndirectory: C:\Program Files\Windows Defender"  I also tried running TTDSKILLER.exe (nothing found), MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (free) and nothing found.
Please let me know when ... Read more

A:All downloaded files error saying there is a virus found via Windows Defender

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Hi Wolfe_671,
Please post the logs which were created when you ran FRST; these will be called FRST.txt and Addition.txt, and were created in the same place you ran FRST.
To recap, in your next reply I would like to se... Read more

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I downloaded Gamevance earlier in the week and found out it was a bad thing to do. I went searching and deleted some files and ran Trend Micro PC-cilin Internet Security 14, Spybot, AVG. Different programs find nothing wrong, but I keep getting warnings about being infected by a generic trojan. I then did cntrl alt delete and found _ex-08.exe running and when I looked it up, I found not so good things. I know my way around a computer sort of, but would like help getting rid of any nastiness or extra things that I don't need or that could be hurting my computer.
Here is my DDS.txt
DDS (Ver_09-07-30.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Joy at 11:13:40.84 on Fri 08/21/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1022.280 [GMT -5:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}
AV: Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware *On-access scanning disabled* (Updated) {B3891867-7230-459B-9987-E7CCFA7A7D1D}
AV: PC-cillin Internet Security - Virus Protection *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {7D2296BC-32CC-4519-917E-52E652474AF5}
FW: Webroot Desktop Firewall *enabled* {AF0CFAAE-AAB5-450a-8C74-0DEEB429DF50}
FW: PC-cillin Internet Security - Firewall *disabled* {3E790E9E-6A5D-4303-A7F9-185EC20F3EB6}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
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A:Downloaded gamevance, found _ex-08.exe on my computer

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer.We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.My name is Syler, I will be helping you to solve your Malware issues. Whilst I am helping you, I wouldbe grateful if you would note the following: Please do not run other tools or scans unless I ask you to and follow all the steps I give you, in order.
Copy and paste all logs requested in you reply, Do not attach them unless asked too.
If you don't know or understand something, please don't hesitate to say or ask before you proceed with my instructions.
Please continue to work with me, until I tell you your machine appears to be clean. Absence of symptoms does not mean that everything is clear.
If I do not hear back from you within 5 days of my last post, then this topic will be closed.Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from HereNote: If you already have Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, just update then run it.Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.If an update is found, it will download and install the latest ve... Read more

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Hello, Please help me. I have Windows 2000 Professional. I'm pretty new to all this as I have only had a computer for about a week. I got some adware threats detected by Norton Antivirus 2004 and have done a lot of reading up and I am now tring to delete them.

One of the removal instructions provided by Norton promps me to delete a file in C:\Winnt\Downloaded Program Files but when I go to view this folder it looks like there are no files inside. Now, I know there are files in there as Norton Antivirus has picked up one in there and when I view the proporties for that folder it states there are 12 files inside but when I view the folder with Windows Explorer it appears empty!

I've gone into folder option and changed the settings so it shows hidden files and hidden system files yet this still doesn't let me view the files in this folder. How can I delete this file if I am unable to view it?

If anyone can point me to a turorial that explains this or explain it to me I would really appreciate this.

Please help a n00b.

Cheers, Luke.

A:Unable to view files in C:\Winnt\Downloaded Program Files

I'm assuming you have done this to Show hidden files and folders:
Go to Control Panel/Folder Options/View and select "Show hidden files and folders"

Also,place a check in "Display the contents of system folders"
And,uncheck "Hide protected operating system files(Recommended)"

If the above doesn't work try this:
Create the REG_DWORD ShowSuperHidden (if it doesn't already exist) Set the value to 1, click OK, and close the Registry editor

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I downloaded an installer for a program i want to use (i know i know). as soon as it finished downloading my anti virus popped up saying virus detected with a box to perform an action, so i hit move to chest and a box popped up saying "cannot process "D:\DOWNNLOADS\reaper3.01.rar\reaper3.01install.exe\$PLUGINSDIR\3xl-pwn.exe\%PLUGINSDIR\3xl-pwn.exe""

so i go to try and delete the rar and a box pops up saying "this action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program".

I've run another virus scan on the rar and it popped up saying infection found, this time it let me move the infected file to the vault, but i still cannot delete the rar as it says the file is open in another program.

I believe this "3xl-pwn.exe" has hopped out and hidden itself somewhere on the computer. I'm running 2 virus checks right now and its found an infection in the rar still, same name and directory as before. but i've moved it to the vault, plus when i run a scan on the rar itself it comes up as clean.... bit confusing.

I've had a search through the computer (search function) and it can't find an exe called 3xl-pwn.exe, plus I've had a look at the processed running and there arn't any unusual ones. So is it dormant? i presume not as its 'running in another program" as mentioned.

i need some serious help on this, if my girl finds out i've gotten a virus on her... Read more

A:Avast found a trojan in a downloaded rar now i can't delete the rar as an exe within it is running somewhere else HELP!

Hello Psycho Nomad, Let's confirm what's happenning on your system.Please run MBAM (MalwareBytes Antimalware):Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button. The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top... Read more

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In internet options under temporary internet files and then under settings view objects there 5 java runtime environment active X controls with yellow exclamation points. Is this supposed to be this way and if not how do I fix this? Also, the setting in my temp internet files folder is set at 1192. Is this correct or should it be changed?

A:Downloaded program files and temp files folder

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I have OS XP(3), IE8, Office 2010

I am trying to d/l a pptx file from our organizational website (that I use regularly). The file is shown as a pptx file (as displayed by the properties feature), but when I click to d/l it, it shows up as a zip file to be opened and the computer tries to unzip it, but doesn't do a very good job in doing so.

I have tried to d/l other pptx files from other internet sites and they work (d/l) OK.

I have the same OS on another laptop and it d/ls this particular file from this particular site just fine.

I can change (rename) the extension on this file (from zip to pptx) and it works fine

I have tried everything reccomended on various PPT forums and it hasn't worked.

The file association is Microsoft PowerPoint.

The file d/ls perfectly with Firefox.

What is it about the configuration of XP/IE8 that lets this happen?

The issue here is that this particular file has been posted to the website for members of our organization to d/l and use. Many of these members are not savvy enough to be able to 'manipulate' the file and use it as it was designed. I am tryng to make this d/l as user friendly as is possible.

A:PPTX files downloaded as zip files

Read this

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Since upgrading my computer and reinstalling Windows XP Home with all upgrades, I haven't been able to run executable downloaded files (most recently openoffice but also Google Earth Pro trial). The files download properly but when I try to run them them, I get the message "This application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem."

I have no problem installing programs from CD.
I'm using IE beta 7 but have tried the same process using Firefox. All Windows Updates are complete. Running Norton AV 2003 and NVidia firewall set to Antihacking only.

Any ideas?

A:Can't run downloaded files

Look here:

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When I download files using ie the download window indicates the files are downloaded but they are not there. I've been able to see the files being deleted instantaneously after being downloaded. Thanks

A:downloaded files not there

Does this problem only occur in Internet Explorer, or do you have another browser that works correctly?

Have you tried doing a System Restore to fix the problem?

If you can, post a HijackThis scanlog:

Download and install HijackThis using the "self extractor". Run it and select "do a system scan and save the log file". Then copy/paste the contents of the log to a reply

I recall a rather similar, and unfortunately unresolved, problem in this thread. You might compare notes with it, particularly in regard to the programs you see in the Scanlog:

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I'm new to Vista after buying a new PC, i have now just downloaded iTunes 4 times to a folder on my hard-drive and each time its not appearing (3 times to d drive and 1 time to desktop)

Is there a reason or something preventing my downloaded file from saving? each time its got to 100% and seems like its downloaded fine.


A:Cannot see my downloaded files

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I have been unable to activate downloaded attachments which come down in zip format. At one time i had (?) a ZIP program Icon on my desk top as well as a 7-zip appearing in drop down menus, but neither of these programs would not connect to the downloaded attachments in zip format to unzip them. Can someone help me with this problem? Thank you !

A:downloaded Zip files

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i have tried changing the security settings of the file and also disabling avg but to no avail, any ideas?
it says

i would upload a screen capture but cant upload from file =\

A:can't run most downloaded .exe files

So what happens when you try to run downloaded exe files? Is anything else effected on the pc?

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I just did a clean install of Win 8 Release Preview, 64 bit. I moved my profile from C: (SSD) to d: (HDD) using a recommendation I found in the forum. I did not move the program data. I wanted to download and install some programs, but when I do, I can't get them to run. They are setup .exe programs. In IE if I click to open, nothing happens. I clicked on View Downloads in IE and it opens a Window with the downloads and if I try to open one a list is shown that asks how do you want to open this file and a list of programs like IE, Notepad, Paint, etc.

I've pre-ordered Win 8 to install when it is shipped.

A:Can't run downloaded files

Can you post a link to web page of the recommendation you followed to move profile from c: to d:.

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When I tried to download a file it told me that my Security settings did not allow the program to run. I shut off all security (norton 360 and Windows Internet options) but still nothing. This happens with all the programs now...Microsoft Security Essentials, Hijackthis...etc.

I think I a program called PC power speed is causing these problems...

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Hello, I have an HP laptop running Vista Home Premium 64-bit. It's actually been relatively fine for me until the last few days. I was having some problems editing video files and couldn't figure out why, so I updated to service pack 2. Around the same time, although I honestly cannot be sure that it was because of the update, none of my downloads will work. I believe it happened once or twice before I updated my sp but now I can't download ANYTHING. It's bizarre. The entire file will download and the file will show download progress just like normal. But, once complete the file shows up as 0 kb and doesn't open. I've tried using firefox 3.5.3 and IE 8...both do the same thing. I have also checked my permissions and made sure that I am allowed access to all of the folders that the documents are saved in. Nothing seems to help.

I really don't want to have to format/reinstall windows since I have quite a bit of stuff I would need to backup. Any help would be EXTREMELY appreciated. Thanks.

A:Downloaded Files are 0 KB...Need help

What antivirus are you running?

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I just downgraded from Vista SP2 to Vista SP1 and by doing so, have somehow screwed up my downloads in both Firefox and IE8. Whenever I download in either one, the download results in a file that is 0 kb.

The strange thing is, Google Chrome somehow wasn't affected by this downgrade (if that's what caused this) and I can download files fine in that browser.

Can someone tell me what's going on here and how to fix this in IE8 and FF 3.5? I've already tried reinstalling FF and it didn't help at all.

A:Downloaded Files Are 0 KB

Why did you downgrade form SP2 to SP1? Try reinstalling SP2.

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Recently - I've been having a strange problem. when I download a photo or image, or even capture a screen shot and save it to a folder, I cannot see it in that folder. I originally thought i had not hit save properly or not saved a file that I thought I had - but when i tried to re download an image or capture it again and name it the same thing - I got a message saying there was already a file by that name in the folder.

I have tried ensuring all hidden files are shown, and refreshed the window to no avail. but when i restart the computer, I am able to see the files in the folder as the should have been displayed all along. also confusing - when i look in the folder after saving...say if I've saved 12 images into the folder from the net or screen capture, but the folder is only displaying 1 image - it was say the folder only contains one image...

how can i fix this so i do not need to reboot every time i want to see newly created images?

A:Can't See Downloaded Files

Sounds like a view issue on the folder itself, to be honest.

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Whenever I download a file a small red circular icon appears on the bottom left of the larger icon for the file I have downloaded. Whenever I then attempt to open the file it tells me that the path or folder is invalid. Please help?

A:Cannot open downloaded files.

It is ok now. I have a software package called Safe Space and it was that that was blocking my opening of any downloaded files. Many thanks anyway.

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I just finished putting together my new system and just about every file I download is corrupt. It either wont unzip or stops with and error during install with file corrupt. I can download file on old computer put on cd and install on new system no problem. System includes Asus A8N32-SLI Delus motherboard, 2 Asus geforce en7800 gtx top graphic cards (SLI mode) Western Digital HD raptor 74 gig,PC power & cooling 510 sli, windows xp home sp2. There are two dual gigabyte lan ports on the motherboard. Does anyone have any suggestions?

A:Downloaded files corrupt

I would run chkdsk to make sure you don't have any errors on your drive. Go to Start, Run, and type cmd. In the command prompt window, type...

chkdsk C: /F /R

It should ask you if you want to scan on the next reboot. Type Y for yes and then reboot. Try not to interrupt the process.

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So I say this problem happened about 2 weeks ago. I've had this Compaq desktop for almost 4 years and never had this problem.

The computer one day kept receiving the error "Windows Explorer has stopped working" (problem details)
Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: InPageError
Error Status Code: c000009c
Faulting Media Type: 00000003
OS Version: 6.0.6002.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 40d4
Additional Information 2: 4062ad41ec8067256aa4c5e2b56d3c79
Additional Information 3: 40d4
Additional Information 4: 4062ad41ec8067256aa4c5e2b56d3c79

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and once I clicked "restart the program" the desktop apps would disappear and reappear and the "Windows Explorer has stopped working" error would keep repeating itself over and over again.

After finally getting rid of the problem after a couple Norton Full Scans and system restores, I downloaded an .avi file on the desktop and the error came up again. I caught a glimpse of the file before the desktop restarted itself and saw that the picture wasn't on the video file like all my other videos are. After I struggled to delete it, the problem was gone. So I thought that file was corrupt.

Only problem is that every file does that same thing. Like, I used a torrent to download a movie and the folder had several files in it, but the icon folde... Read more

A:All downloaded files are corrupted.......I think

Download and run Malwarebytes, after install check for any updates and run a full scan. When that is completed let us know the results and also run sfc /scannow a system file checker.

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Hi everyone!

I am tryng CIS free on a useless netbook (where sometimes I try sw without messing up with my primary PCs).

when I start the browser (FF) in CIS sandbox and I download files, then I can access them only in FF download manager (the arrow on the top right). I can't find them in my download folder, I can't find them in shared space.
Could you tell me where I am wrong? where should i find them? because I want to use them out of the sandbox (they remain in the sandbox)

I mean I d like to do like in SBIE .

Maybe I set the security option wrongly

Looking forward to hearing from you

thank you in advance

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I work ( well actually volunteer )  in a school with 60 plus fully updated windows
7 machines - all have IE9 and Word Starter. Recently, we made the move to Active
Directory. Word Started worked for about a month after and then the system admins made
a change to the OU with the outcome being that WS now fails to function. Their
answer to this is that WS is not really an enterprise level product and should
not have been working at all and to remove it completely. I hesitate to do this
since I cannot reinstall it as it is an OEM product. I have moved everyone over
to Open Office ( this was installed as a backup on the image ) to fix that
emergency. Now, when teachers go to web sites that serve up .doc files, upon
download with IE9 ( ironically this does not happen in FireFox ), the file extension
actually changes to a .wiz file. Luckily, Open Office will open these but, I
have to reset the default program to open this file type every few reboots. I?m
needing to know what settings in AD might have been change or need to be
changed back to restore Word Starter functionality.
Thanks for any help.

A:IE9 changing all downloaded .doc files to .wiz


I suggest to go to
tools>Internet Options>Advanced tab, click "Reset advanced settings" for
Also try to change another download location for test. And in Windows Explorer, do not show the extensions for files.
If the issue persists, you can try to reinstall IE9, or temporary return to IE8 to check if the same issue occurs.
Hope that helps.
Leo Huang
TechNet Community Support

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I am using Windows7 operating system with complete updates. I have ESET Smart security installed with the latest updates as well.
The problem I am facing is that not matter where from I download the zip or rar files, i am always getting the CRC error in files. These error recover when the files include the crc data, but in most case it is not included into the archives.
Can anyone please help me in this regard, I have downloaded archives of 2 to 3 GB but one can imagine the pain you get after getting a CRC error in it.
Help please.
I have no idea what is going on...

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Saved some files to folder I have in Program Files but when I go there, the files are not there.

But if I try to download something else to the folder, the files I have previously downloaded show up in the list of things in there. It's like they're invisible except that folder is set to show all hidden files. They don't show up in search results either.
Someone told me Windows 7 defaults to a download folder in your user profile in documents but I've searched there and found nothing.

A:Cannot find downloaded files... XD

I wasn't aware you could download to a system file . why would you download to programe files and not downloads or a different file of your choosing, not being critical just interested!
welcome to sevenforums

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Im downloading files to my desktop, but the only way i can access them is going to open containing folder option from the download box (firefox), which just takes me to the desktop folder. if i navigate to the desktop folder manually, they cant be found. nor do they come up in a search. this just started happening hours ago, so unless something out of my control made these files hidden all of the sudden, im not sure what is going on. i have downloaded different file types from different websites, so its not just a problem from one site or file type. any help would be appreciated.

A:files downloaded to desktop cant be seen, but are there

Interesting problem. I should think if you downloaded files to the desktop, and used Windows Explorer to view the desktop, then you should see the files. Why not create a folder in your Libraries called "Downloads" and configure Firefox to download files to that folder (Firefox options, options, general tab). See what happens then. Curious.

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Is it ok to delete downloaded files in the "download folder"?

A:Delete downloaded files

If you're done with them, sure. They are only things you should have downloaded with your browser from the internet, and as such if you don't need them, you should be safe to remove them.

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hello everybody ......
I'm using an hp laptop with windows 7 home basic 64 bit . I have a big problem in downloading files . Whenever I download any file from the internet with any extension and try to open it , it says "File Is Corrupt" . Also , while playing a youtube video , it stops playing suddenly , although the grey tape ( that shows the downloaded part of the video) is full . I tried many different browsers , also i tried downloading youtube videos using real player , it always doesn't work .......

Please help !!!

A:corrupting downloaded files

maybe there's a virus in your system. You should run a full system scan with your updated AV. Of maybe there's a problem in your hard drive.

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After downloading and saving an exe file from an internet site extension jpg is added so that file appears as filename.exe.jpg. This just recently started on my XP so I have done something to add the jpg file extension. If I rename the file without the jpg extension everything works fine. What have I done and how do I correct it?

A:jpg added to downloaded exe files

Not sure what happened to cause it. Since it happened recently, try system restore.;EN-US;Q306084


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I run Firefox 3.0.3 under Windows XP SP2 Home.
I have downloaded, a new batch of .jpg files from a trustworthy site that I have been using without any problem for a couple of years. With the latest batch of files I find that whenever I try to open any one with PaintShop Pro, I get an Open File - Security Warning asking me if I really want to open it from an unknown publisher.

If I check the file's properties, I find it is blocked. I can unblock each file individually, either by changing the property or by checking an option on the Security Warning.

I can see no reason for this happening suddenly. I have found various possible solutions proposed (but for slightly different environments or file-types), but they do not work for me. Is there any really proven solution for either preventing the blocking in the first place or removing the block en bloc?


A:Blocked downloaded files

Check the security settings under the Advanced tab of Internet Options.

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Hi all,

i recently used avast anti virus and changed to avg 9.0 free, after my pc started to slow down i formatted and reinstalled windows xp. However after xp has updated i cannot load any files. the files seem to download and when attempeting to extract or boot the programs the message "file is corrupt appears" anyone help?

A:all downloaded files are corrupt

Is your xp disk slipstreamed with sp3?

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I recently attempted to get help by posting this post in the HijackThis help forum. I got no response so I assume I put the post in the wrong place or something.

I really need help. My fiance's computer is about 1 year old and runs on Vista. The computer has been getting worse and worse to the point that it's almost unusable. The internet connection is unstable when using wireless, and recently it started downloading files to some weird unknown invisible temp folder. We are unable to download the Panda virus scanner in the "steps before asking the tech support forum for help" thread or any other program or thing that we try to download. I copied one of the error messages that come up when we try to download and open things:

External Protocal Request

an external application must be launched to handle this file: links.

Requested link:


Application: file

If you were not expecting this request it may be an attempt to exploit a weakness in that other program.
cancel this request unless you are sure it is not malicious.

(Launch application) (Cancel)


If I click "Launch application", nothing happens.

When we try to open and install files in .zip format, it says

"Cannot execute "C:\Users\CICUIT~1\AppData\Local\Temp\Rar$EX00.022\setup.exe"
or whatever the filename for the file is.

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This is a new problem that has cropped up. Whenever I download a file to my computer, I am unable to open it up to run or install it. I have the problem with .zip files, .PDF files, .exe files, etc. I see the download occurring, and it all seems to be going fine, but when it is done, it is not on my desktop where I have my files saved, and when I right-click on the file in the Download box (where it shows the status of the download), the option to open the file is faded and won't work. What could have happened to my settings to make this happen? Does it mean I have a virus? I have AVG virus protection and it is up to date.

I have a second computer (laptop) that is running Windows 7. I have no problem saving files to that computer, so I can copy them to my Flash drive and move them to the desktop computer, but I'm sunk when I try to get a program like Adobe Acrobat Reader that downloads and installs in one operation..... I can't save the program to bring to the desktop computer.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


A:Can't Open Files I've Downloaded

Welcome Karen
In addition to a full up to date virus scan. Download and make a full scan with malwarebytes.

If you are clean try a system restore from a few days before the problem began.
System Restore - How to
If that does not work try to reset the associations.
Default File Type Associations - Restore

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I am downloading stuff but after downloading I go to extract and I get an error message that there are "no files to extract". I am using the Windows XP Extraction Wizard, so I went online and downloaded another zip program but I can't even install it because the computer tells me that the file is corrupted, the same thing that I am told when I double-click on all the downloaded files (doubleclick = file corrupted, rightclick to extract = no files to extract).

What do I do, whats going on?


A:downloaded files won't extract!

in the run box type
sfc /scannow
and press enter

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Let me explain my problem, maybe it has to do with my windows xp or whatever.

When I download from a certain site a pdf file, that file is saved in my computer as an udeletable file. A nod32 scan of the file returns a number of either 2 or three files scanned while I only scan one! Malwarebytes detects only 1 file and both detect as clean.

It happens with both Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer!

If I save the file under a different name after opening it with Acrobat 8.1 the file becomes "normal" i.e. deletable

If I copy paste to another computer the file behaves again normally. Downloading from the same site on other computers of my network I have no problem whatsoever

Are the windows corrupted?
Did I do something in the Browser?

I thank you in advance and I appreciate your help apriori

A:Downloaded pdf files are undeletable


Can you tell me what the site is that you are having problems with and I can see what happens for me.


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I have a Downloaded Program File entry, that has "unknown status", no creation date, and it says "none" under Last Accessed.

It does claim to be 4kb's in size.

This program file has no name, but instead, is a grouping of numbers and letters, all enclosed in parenthese..{}.

Highlighting it, and right clicking it only brings up the properties of the entry.

It cannot be deleted either from the keyboard, or from the menu...File>delete..Edit>cut.

The properties of this entry show it to be an Active X control, (with no creation date, no access date and no status. It does not appear to be does not say that there are any damaged files associated with it).

I dont feel comfortable giving you the codebase http address, because Im not sure if it turns into a link that anyone can access. But I will tell you that it includes the words; fpdownload, macromedia, polarbear,

Using my search bar to go to that location brings me to a folder, with an apparent program that has yet to be installed.

There are 3 icons in this cab folder...a .dll icon, a configuration/notepad icon with the name "erma", and the remaining icon is an INSTALL icon.

Clicking on any of these icons brings up a command to "extract", or copy.

I do vaguely remember going to, ( a couple of weeks ago, and downloading and installing the adobe flash player and the shockwave player. I seem to remember that when I first began us... Read more

A:Downloaded Program Files, SOPHOS:" is normally a valid Macromedia Flash filename, and is a very good example of why you can?t trust files based on name alone. It?s pointed to in a similar way to last time so that it appears that Flash is asking you to download an update. But don?t be fooled, you definitely don?t want this ?update?."Submit it to jotti's virusscan or In the "File to upload & scan" box, browse to the location of the suspicious file and submit (upload) it for scanning/analysis. Post back with the results.

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Hello, first post here, quite a beginner with computers, and I'm danish so sorry if my description might be a bit unclear ^^;

Less then a week ago I got a message, with a countdown, that say that new installations was almost finished, and that the computer needed to be restarted to finish the installations. Then I was given the choice to restart now, or wait.

After having restarted, I got a message saying that a .dll file had been misplaced, and another .dll file could not be installed correctly, also it said that I should get a new .dll file.
I don't remember the whole thing, but both files had windows32.exe in the name. And this message appeared every time I started the computer

Then I used the system-recreating option under the maintenance part in the control panel. And then the message stopped appearing.

But then, today, I got the same message as first descriped, and it all started again.
Now I have recreated the system again, but unsure of what to do next.
I have read about the windows32.exe files. but it seems as the whole thing cannot download.

I've got microsoft windows XP 2002, and AVG Free edition, also Norton Internet Security, but is is deactivated and I have never used it.

A:Windows32.exe Files Trying To Downloaded

Please read and follow all instructions in the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log". You may have performed some of these steps already. About half way down are instructions for downloading HijackThis and creating a log.When you have done that, post a log in the HijackThis Logs and Analysis Forum, NOT here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. A member of the Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer. If you post your log back in this thread, the response from the HJT Team will be delayed because your post will have to be moved. This means it will fall in line behind any others posted that same day.Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post your log along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own. Please include the top portion of the HijackThis log that lists version information. An expert will analyze your log and reply with instructions advising you what to fix.Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it e... Read more

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I have an interesting and recent problem. If I download a file with windows explorer, its file extension is automatically converted to .exe, even if it is a jpeg, zip, or any other file. I have no idea why this happens but it is a huge problem, because I have to rename every file extension manually.

Any ideas?


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Hey guys,

When I try to download a file from the Internet, I get a box sasying "Run/Open", "Save", and "Cancel" as always. When I click on either of the first two options, however, the box simply clicks and unclicks with no actions following it. Almost as if you click "Post" in a forum, but you hold the click on it and move the cursor elsewhere, stopping the system from performing that action. On some days, I can get my system to download about 5 files before I can no longer click "Save" or "Open".

Any ideas?

A:XP not saving downloaded files

try to run a virus sweep through your pc. then try to get another browser like firefox. and see if the problem still accurs

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I downloaded an electronics design program but I can't open the tex. files. When I go to 'find online' I get another reg fix download site. I don't need another reg fix program. What do I do to open a tex. file? I'm using windows OS Home XP with service pac 3 I know this is probably a dumb question, but my screen name says it all. Please have mercy. Thanks

A:can't open downloaded files

Are you sure that they are tex.files? Maybe txt. files?

What program and the URL for it would help us.


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ok i want to save a zip file from downloading it, but everytime i click a link for a zip file it opens it directly up instead of asking to save or open it. how do i fix this?

A:saving downloaded files...

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All of a sudden I cant open any downloaded files. It shows that it downloads but then just disappears. I have even tried saving the file and it wont save. I cant figure out what is wrong. I have read some different blogs that say it could be windows defender which I do have on my computer but I am scared to remove it because I cant afford for my computer to start messing up, I start online classes on Monday! UGH...please help.

A:Can't open any downloaded files

What browser are you using? Try a different browser like Firefox. Also you can change the download location to a different directory or folder. Have tried to download the same program again? It should list the previous download location so you know where it went. Or you can do a Search for the name of the downloaded file

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My laptop suddenly has a problem. When I try to download from internet explorer or firefox I cannot complete installation. It starts downloading as normal but after clicking run the download window disappear and does not start any installation. I tried to download a new antivirus but I cannot, so now I have not got one because my old one does not start, I dont know why. And when I go to installation program
it fail to unistall it.
I did system restore because the volume icon and connection icon disappeared from the taskbar. They are back again now but I have this new problem I cannot download anything.
I dont know what I have to do. I am scanning the computer for viruses now again, because a week ago I got a pop up message from my old avg antivirus saying that there was a trojan horse backdoor generic 12. I manage to delete it I guess but I am not sure. Because when I go to my computer and click on windows and then click on download program I can see that Activex downloader say is damaged together with another file which I do not know what it is.
I tried to delete them but I get a message that I cannot do it.
Despite this my computer works fine, I can go online normally. The only thing is that I cannot download an antivirus and no other programs nor software. Do I have to do another system restore? Or what can I do. I got this laptop in May 2009 with window vista home premium service pack 2. Please help me. Thank you

Follow up to my previous message.

I scanned... Read more

A:cannot install downloaded exe files

Follow up to my previous message.
I scanned whole computer and no virus or threath was found.
When I try to download I do both option run or save.
If I click run after downloading the installation window just disappear, with no error message.
When I click save, it does not save in the end. I go check the location where I saved and nothing is there.
I tried to download AVG 9 free edition from, with no success. \
I tried to download a spyware just to check if it was working, but I have same problem. I cannot finish the download because installation process will not start.
However when a got a message to update itunes, I manage to do the update.
So I think this happen just when I dowload a file from internet from any website.
If anyone knows how to fix this please let me know. Thank you

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Whenever i try to open a downloaded file, it wont let me. The "open" option is gray. Here is what it looks like:

For some reason, i can't renew my Avast license key. It keeps saying "invalid key" each time i change it. Also, Avg 8 trial has expired. So basically, i am anti-virusless. I only have spybot available.

Since i cant download any files and open them, i cant get any new anti virus software. What should i do?

EDIT: i also have tried updating vista. It does not work.



How Soon Can I Expect Help?


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A:Can't open downloaded files! help me please


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I am having problems opening downloaded files from my email only. I don't know why. I use Windows Vista, Firefox and the email server provided at my university.

Basically what happens is this (I've included screen shots where helpful):

I get an email with an attachment and I click download to download it.

Then a window pops up saying that it has no idea what type of file this is but will save it anyway.

I look on my desktop where the file has been saved, and the icon is just a blank sheet of paper.

I double click the icon to open the file and it tells me that it doesn't know what file type this is, so I have to choose a program to open it. I choose the file type that I know this particular file is (in this instance, a spreadsheet file) and it fails to open.

Now, it fails to open for several reasons. Sometimes I'm told it's corrupted, sometimes it's the wrong file type, sometimes it needs to be converted, sometimes it's being used by another program. None of this is ever true. If we go back to the first picture, it's CLEARLY a spreadsheet file and should open in spreadsheet, no? So then why doesn't it do this?!

This happens with Word files all the time for me. I have probably 3 different versions of Word on my computer and all of them fail to open Word files downloaded from my email.

So, what's going on? Is this a problem with Vista, Firefox, or my email server? And how can I fix this?

A:Cannot Open Downloaded Files

Is that the actual filename?

You cannot have slahes in a file name. Also, the file extension = .sheet

Have the file resent or rename it with .xlsx file ext.

Regards. . .



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On a new Asus Laptop with W8.1 x64, fully updated, all downloads of executable files are suffixed _exe
instead of .exe (underscore exe instead of dot exe).

Renaming them to .exe fixes the issue but that does not fix the problem.

I have seen that there are a number of posts regarding this issue but none seem to have a definitive answer.

I was hoping that someone could steer me to an way to fix this that does not involve convoluted usage methods.



A:.exe files downloaded as _exe

Does this happen if you boot to Safe Mode with Networking? See here for how to get to Safe Mode with Networking:

How to Enable or Disable New Startup Options Boot Menu in Windows 8 and 8.1

See the last Note:

If you disable the Windows 8 Startup Options GUI boot menu, then you will be able to press F8 at boot to boot to the Advanced Boot Options screen.

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I downloaded a file and when I tried to install it, it said it was unable to download because files may be corrupted.

Since it was never installed on the computer, does it mean that I don't have the file anymore?

And if it is still on the computer, how do I find it and how do I get rid of it?

A:What happens to downloaded files that are not installed?

A file downloaded stays on the computer until you delete it. How do you find it? Look in the folder you downloaded it to. Depending on where or why the install failed, it may have left files in various places on your computer. Trying to find them to delete them could be very cumbersome and not always necessary.

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Sometimes a file gets downloaded from the internet (willingly or not) but then I cannot find it. Is there a way to search to find the most recently created new files?

A:Finding downloaded files

Aren`t they going to your downloads folder, set it up so all your downloads will go there, it`s the default location in Windows 7, unless you`ve changed it.

In Chrome it`s in Settings/Advanced Settings/Downloads

Set it to download files to the downloads folder. You can always move them someplace else later.

Internet Explorer - Change Default Download Location

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I have downloaded different files that I am trying to delete. I delete the file underdownloads but it is still under the screensavers or background.I am trying to clean up things and can't seem to get rid of them. I have windows 98 and microsoft but can't seem to get help from them. How many places are there to delete one file?

A:downloaded files won't delete.

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i download a avi movie clip over ares.somehow it went into the corrupted files folder and turned into a 'STATE' file i think.cant play it got the Error ID = 0xC00D1199, Condition ID = 0x00000000!

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i try to download a files and programs. it downloaded 100% complete but when i try to run it its does't run or open. even pictures from email that i downloaded it does't open. is there a problem in my downloading set up? help me please! thanks!

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Hi, and thanks in advance for your help.

First, please note that this download problem does not seem to be browser-related. It happened both in Firefox and IE.

When I receive an attachment in an email and click to download it on FF, a FF download window opens up and I see the "progress" of the download happening. This is all normal. But when I click to open in (or try to right click to open off a menu) --- nothing happens. If I click save instead of open --- nothing saved where I've sent it.

Same as above if I click to download a PDF or exe file from a website. (With one strange exception: if I click on a link that instead of opening a pdf file directly, opens a new tab which then, with no further action from me, somehow "opens" a pdf, either in the tab, OR as a stand alone pdf --- appearing in the tray of open programs under the Adobe icon at the bottom of my screen --- which I then can save!)

On IE, the only difference is that once the dialogue box appears asking whether I'd like to save or open, and i click on one or the other, the dialogue box closes, but nothing has been opened or saved.

I run AVG anti-virus (free version), which is up to date, and reports no problems. I run a scan using their PC Analyser, which found some registry errors ---- which i could fix using their PC Tune-up..... except I can't open the download of its exe file!

I also run Zone Alarm's free fire wall product. I have run both these prote... Read more

A:I can't open downloaded files -- HELP!

When using Firefox, the download dialog shows your file and it's progress. When it's done, if you double click on the listing, it will attempt to open or run the file. Have you tried that to see if it works?

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First I apologize if this is the wrong forum for this question. I currently have Adobe Acrobat XI Pro installed on my computer. I'm wondering what would I have to do in Windows in order to have the option to save files I download from email attachments or other ways as PDF instead of having to later on go back and save them as PDF.

Thank you

A:Save Downloaded Files as PDF

Welcome to the forum.

Are the attachments and/or other downloads, pdf files?

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Right clicking a downloaded file used to allow you to scan it before you did anything with it (like Installing) But now right clicking the file does not give that option.
It used to allow scan with my AV
and scan with Malwarebytes

Is there now a way to do this before doing anything with the downloaded file?

A:How to scan downloaded files??

Originally Posted by Harrier

Right clicking a downloaded file used to allow you to scan it before you did anything with it (like Installing) But now right clicking the file does not give that option.
It used to allow scan with my AV
and scan with Malwarebytes

Is there now a way to do this before doing anything with the downloaded file?


I just installed the 14 day trial version & played with it a bit.
You need to activate the context menu option.
A picture-

Then when right clicking a download you will see the scan option -

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Hi all,

I'm new to the forum and despite having tried lots of suggestions and followed tutorials posted on this site, I cannot unzip downloaded files - these being simple documents or spreadsheets. The zipped folder is displayed and I can choose settings to extract all files but once i browse to the extracted folder it is empty. There are no error messages. I see in my file associations that .zip is not there but have already used the tutorials to restore and re-associate the zip files with the built in utility. The only associations are for .zfsendtotarget and .zipenx. A month or so ago, I got so annoyed with this I installed Winzip but this didn't work either!

I'm using Windows Home Premium and IE8, if that's any help. I do hope someone can help me as I'm getting incredibly frustrated... Thanks

A:Can't unzip downloaded files

You said that you already read up on the subject, so it would be less than worthwhile to give another document, but maybe this may help

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The problem i have is as titled.

I have Windows XP Home SP2.

Just formatted PC yesterday.

I dont know what other information i can provide that can be useful ...

A:Downloaded .exe Files Are All Corrupted

Hi .What makes you say that all your .exe files (downloaded) are corrupted?Manufacturer/model of NIC installed?Have you checked the status of the NIC in Device Manager (looking for any indication of problem)?Have you run chkdsk /r or the Graphical Version equivalent?Have you checked Event Viewer for clues that may be related?XP Chkdsk, Using the Graphical Version (My Computer) - How To Use Event Viewer - Does your system have an nVidia chipset?Louis

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Well, the other day I swapped out my harddrive, It died trying to install a power supply (that is another story in general) but I bought a new one. I installed vista onto it, it works fine and everything, there's a few thing wrong though.

The biggest may be that I can't install any files from windows update, or anything I needed to download like Mozilla firefox. It simply says "Firefox has stopped working" right after I press allow. Get this, I'm already logged in as admin.

Another error is that youtube videos aren't working. I installed adobe flash just fine, well not just fine, there were like timestamp errors and other garbage in the way, but flash player installed.

I'm sure there are more sypmtoms.. I just can't really think of them right now.

Help would be greatly appreciated if possible, but if not, I guess i'm gonna have to waste money on a tech guy who probably won't do anything..

A:Can't install any downloaded files?

Start by checking the system clock.
If the CMOS was reset,then the clock will be set to
the default time and date.
Believe it or not that can cause all kinds of software problems.

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I just downloaded some business cards template from H-P. They downloaded, but go into a win-zip format and I can't open them. (The site says it wil download into word. This has happened to me twice. If I try to un-zip they go to pictures in my Photo Suite softwaare.) I dohave ZipMagic on my Windows ME machine.

A:downloaded files go to winzip

Welcome to TSG myodie. I'm going to put your topic in the Business Applications forum since it evidently involves Word.

But do let us know what the file extension is on the files you are trying to download (you can also try right clicking on the link and selecting "save target as" to specify a download directory if possible). Try to supply a link to the files you are having problems with so others can check them out.

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I trying to download this program. When I do it saves it as a EFW file extension. This just started when downloading stuff with this ext. on the end of files. Now I cant open and run nothing. How can I fix this ext. file problem?

A:Files downloaded with EFW extension

Hi bassfisher6522,

I had this problem a while back. It was being caused by a third party AV program (CA Security). You can fix the file extension by renaming the file with the correct ext. (Example-.exe). Should work fine.

Hope that helps.

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I have recently purchased a laptop from eBay and for some reason some .exe files don't want to open. I have tried to download Microsoft Office 2016 from the website, and uTorrent is another one I have tried as well. Whenever they download, it completes with a blank white default icon and they won't open when I try to.

I have run a full scan with malwarebytes and nothing was found. Anyone know how to fix this? I have successfully installed Firefox and Security Essentials too.

A:Can't open some downloaded .exe files

TSF does not support the use of Bit Torrent Clients like UTorrent etc. They consider this a tool to download pirated software, Mention of Torrents or UTorrent or any other Bit Torrent client will get your thread closed and a stiff warning.
That being said, Which Browser are you using? Clear the internet cache. Choose a different Download location. Try a different browser. Do you have any other security Software/Firewall configured?

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hello team i notice i have some damaged downloaded program files. Please see attachment. Is there anything i can delete there, and what can i do to fix the damaged ones? Im always trying to clean up unneccessary files, and programs etc. I dont know much but remember the list there was smaller. I do have 2 screenshots from the past if needed but this list got big quick, and seems to have lotsa damaged files?

A:Downloaded program files

You will need to be more specific as to what program this is in reference to .
Also if you could supply the other screen shots that would be of help also.


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after i do a Windows Update for XP how do i find them in my computer to make sure they installed completely? i can no longer get the Update History Page either via Tools/Windows Updates/Options 'check to see your current installed files'' to display while at the Windows Website for Updates/Downloads that used to show what my compter had installed previously when notified that ''updates' for Windows i.e. security patches/upgrades, etc. are available, ''choose custome or express'' please can you help me? thanks in advance

A:How do i find downloaded files?

I'm pretty sure that if you go into the Add/Remove programs winows, there's a checkbox that says "show updates", from there it'll list all of the updates and that would tell you if they've been installed correctly..
Sorry I'm no longer running windows xp, so i'm not positive on this

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I have two programs in this folder , one of which is my antivirus(norton) and the other is I ran an hijack this log about a week ago and it did not show up on the log. Ikeep a log to compare readings, this scan it showed up on the hjt log. Are these programs already installed and can be deleted from the folder?

A:Downloaded program files?

The Norton one will be your update ActiveX,
The Flash is macromedia ActiveX control.

Both can be deleted,

However when you next update Norton it will be reinstalled, and by deleting the shockwave control will mean you will not be able to view some websites properly

Both are legitimate controls and can be safely left on your system

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Hi '
I did a disc clean up today and noticed that in the C\Windows Downloaded Programs Files one had a Damaged , under the status its creation date was 08/27/02 last accesed today 10/15/05, the program file was 9F1c11aa-197b. Do you remove things like this, do they cause any harm all the rest looked okay allthough on 2 files it said the status was UKNOWN> Thanks Clank

A:Downloaded Programe Files

Hi there,Start > Run > copy and paste in:sfc /scannowClick 'OK'You will need your XP/2000*Grinler disk. If you don't have it and instead only have a recovery CD, there is a work around. View the following link for a tutorial: - system file checker, retrieves the correct version of the file from %Systemroot%\System32\Dllcache or the Windows installation source files, and then replaces the incorrect file.If you want to see what was replaced, right click My Computer > manage, expand event viewer > system.It's a safe way of dealing with things like that ;)..let me know if that solves the issue.Big SmilesHS

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I have a Sony VAIO pc with Win Xp media center 2005. I am trying to download updates on the VAIO . I download the files and save them into a folder called " updates". When i open the folder and open one of the files , all I get is a bunch of gibberish letters and squares. Can you explain what is happening and why I cannot see the contents of the file.

A:win xp opening downloaded files

are they 'windows updates'? can you post a screen shot?

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I believe my computer was used to access adult only video downloads. how do i delete these from my computer if there are any? windows xp

A:deleting downloaded files


With Your browser open click Tools at the top and choose Internet Options and click on Clear History button.
Also clean your Temp folders out.

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune.

Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.

If you use Firefox browser
Click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.

If you use Opera browser
Click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.

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A few days ago I started having problems with all the .exe files I download, from game patches, to AVG 9.exe at that point I also uninstalled AVG 8 to replace it with AVG 9 only find the same problem with my Men of War patch came up with the AVG 9.exe, and that is a window that pops up saying ''Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access them'' Now I'm left with an outdated game, no anti virus, and I haven't a clue what to do as I'm on the Admin account and the path in the ''cmd line'' section is what leads to the exe, so I don't see whats wrong. Anyone with the same/similar problem or able to help?

A:Problem with downloaded .exe files

I really need help. Anyone?

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I have a problem with IE6.

When I click a file to download, I am prompted with a box asking me if I want to save or open the file. If I click save, the file saves properly and I can then open it. However if I click open, the file does not seem to be created. If it is a .txt file for example, notepad opens up and says that it cannot find the file (the path is something like Temporary Internet
Files/content.ie5/something). The issue does not occur with IE7.

Any ideas ?

Thank you.

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I downloaded Norton Internet Security from the Net. Tried to install it but ran into a problem so I want to do an XP Home System Restore to a date earlier than the download. Doing so will lose all the recent downloaded Internet files so I need to find the NIS download file and burn it to CD before doing the restore. The desktop icon properties show the path but Windows Explorer only shows four temporary Internet folders, I think it creates new ones for each session, and I cannot find earlier ones. I've tried "show hidden files" but without success and have run a search in Explorer as well.

Any suggestions on how I can find older downloaded Internet files?

A:Where does IE6 put the downloaded program files?

Where the download is saved depends on your browser settings and whether you selected a folder at the time.
If you can remember the name of the downloaded file (or part of it) you can do a search for that file. If you cannot remember go back to the download site and follow the links to download and at some stage the filename will be visible.

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I downloaded a few files from my Onedrive and Internet (Application form) and when finished deleted them. I sent them to the recycle bin and emptied my recycle bin. The next day they reappeared. Every time I delete them, they still return the following day. I have tried permanently shredding and that has not worked. I have wiped all file history, cookies, cache etc. I can't access command prompt as I'm on my works computer. This has happened for months now. The computer runs on Windows 7.

A:Downloaded files keep re-appearing.

I think it is syncing with OneDrive which is what it is supposed to do. Go to your OneDrive and delete it there. At worst, I'd try going to OneDrive on the web and delete from there.

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Whenever i download a file such as .msi installer, .exe executable, or .zip archive with IE and run it, it crashes (not IE but the file that was downloaded.) This recently started happening on my Home Premium 64-bit Vista installation, and the problem remains after reinstalling Vista two times from scratch. If the file was downloaded on another PC and saved to a flash drive, it runs fine on Vista. I have tried the sfc /scannow command, as well as disabling any firewall, antivirus, etc. and changing the IE settings. This occurs on a clean installation of Windows Vista also. Here is the crash report, for example this time I was trying to install the FireFox installer after downloading it with IE:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: Firefox Setup
Application Version:
Application Timestamp: 44e24a66
Fault Module Name: Firefox Setup
Fault Module Version:
Fault Module Timestamp: 44e24a66
Exception Code: c0000096
Exception Offset: 00003d99
OS Version: 6.0.6000.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 8d13
Additional Information 2: cdca9b1d21d12b77d84f02df48e34311
Additional Information 3: 8d13
Additional Information 4: cdca9b1d21d12b77d84f02df48e34311Read our privacy statement: Microsoft Online Crash Analysis

help with this issue would be GREATLY appreciated as it has been plaguing me for months!

A:Please help - Downloaded files are corrupted

I know and understand the problems you're having as I too have had the same issues. I'm running vista business 64bit connected via wifi to a belkin router, and when I download files (zip,rar,exe etc) they would all be corrupt. However I noticed this problem would come out of the blue and then vanish without explanation. After trying countless things to resolve the issue I made what I think may be a discovery:

Last night in an attempt to resolve the issue I disconected from my own home network and connected to my neightbours instead, and all of a sudden the problem was gone. When I reconnected to my own network the problem returned.

Now for the strange part, I have a vista 32bit laptop which is connected directly to the same belkin router via ethernet cable and it never has experienced this problem, however if I have something downloading directly onto the laptop, then at the same time start downloading something on my 64bit vista workstation via wifi, the problem disappears. In other words if my 64bit downloads without using my full 8mb bandwidth the problem goes away. So now I am getting past the problem by forcing my vista 64bit workstation to download alot slower than my bandwidth allows.

I have no earthly idea why this is happening, but in my case at least it would appear that the problem is localised to the network, or router or modem. As I stated when I connect to my neighbours 2mb wifi network the problem 100% stops!

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Hello everyone,

Everytime I open a downloaded file, I see a ASCII Filter options window. The document opens up to a bunch of symbols that I do not understand. I have Open Office and the problem may be connected to that program. Anyone know how fix this problem. I have been researching this issue for a bit but have no luck finding a solution.

A:Help with opening downloaded files

Welcome to TSG. What files are you talking about, and what program are you opening them in? What is the three letter extention of these files, ie .exe, .doc, .iso ?

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When i download files which are greater than ~30mb they downloaded with MD5 corrupted.
If it executable Windows can't run it...
I suspect it happened after installin Winpcap and Ettercap.

Please help,
Thank You

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I tried to get to the new thread under dvd burning but couldnt find "new thread" - This is my 1st time here so please forgive me. How does one get a downloaded file into dvdshrink so it can be processed for burning? I have dvdsanta but trying to get the best use out of dvdshrink and dvddecrypter also. Thanks and thanks for your understanding.

A:downloaded files and dvdshrink

ok new thread is usaully under the thread chart .it's a gray button .

well first of alll u need to turn the downloaded file in dvd form.For movies, avi is only one single file. i use turn avi movies into dvd form. after u've turned the avi movie into dvd form.go to dvd shrink, but i doubt the file will be over 4.7 gb. so this is mostly done with dvd movies.that are over 4.7 gb in size so that u are able to fit it on a dvd blank disk.

for dvd shrink to work u must open dvdshrink then press open files on the top menu . then select files then once that opens u press analysis. then after that's done edit what u want i usually get rid of the french language waste of space. then press back up and then whaa laaa . once that's done burn the files onto a disk using nero or any other burning program .

dvd decrypter works similar u open the movie in a drive then decrtypt it. then if the movie is still way to big then use dvd shrink
i usually only have to use dvd shrink though because dvd shrink has a bulit in decrypter .so it's an all in one process with dvd shrink .unless the file. is really protected then use dvd decrypter. have a nice day and good luck .

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Anyone know where XP, "media player8 in particular" downloads streaming, audio video etc... files to when you download? I thought it would be a generic .tmp file, but not so. To protect content I suppose. In the olden days, (Win98) it was easy to find them... I've looked high and low, even searched the registry.


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So I downloaded mkv file in Firefox, but instead of saving it I clicked open :xp:
So after the file got downloaded the video opened by itself. I tried saving the video but it crashed while saving it.
So can I find the backed up video somewhere on my C-drive or is it deleted permanently?
I am using Win XP-SP3.

A:Can I find my downloaded files?

The file is in a hidden Temporary Internet File, looking for it would be like looking for a needle in a hay stack. You can go to Windows Explorer/Tools/Folder Options/View put a check box in Show Hidden Files and Folders, and uncheck Hide extensions for known programs. Then do a Search for *.MKV files making sure you search for Hidden Files.
It would be far easier and faster to just re-download the file.

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Hey guys. I'm not sure where to start with this bizarre problem. I'm trying to update my .net framework from the microsoft main site, but everytime I try to install it, the file's always corrupt. I've even used the cleaner and then tried again.
Also; pictures load strangely in mozilla firefox like this:
Flash based videos will bug out after 3 minutes or so, some youtube videos won't work at all, and websites don't load 100% sometimes.

I'm currently using a Dell Inspiron with Service Tag: 1KW3F1
Any help that you guys can provide will be very appreciated.

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So I say this problem happened about 2 weeks ago. I've had this Compaq desktop for almost 4 years and never had this problem. The computer one day kept receiving the error "Windows Explorer has stopped working" (problem details)

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: InPageError
Error Status Code: c000009c
Faulting Media Type: 00000003
OS Version: 6.0.6002.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 40d4
Additional Information 2: 4062ad41ec8067256aa4c5e2b56d3c79
Additional Information 3: 40d4
Additional Information 4: 4062ad41ec8067256aa4c5e2b56d3c79
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and once I clicked "restart the program" the desktop apps would disappear and reappear and the "Windows Explorer has stopped working" error would keep repeating itself over and over again.

After finally getting rid of the problem after a couple Norton Full Scans and system restores, I downloaded an .avi file on the desktop and the error came up again. I caught a glimpse of the file before the desktop restarted itself and saw that the picture wasn't on the video file like all my other videos are. After I struggled to delete it, the problem was gone. So I thought that file was corrupt.

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A:All downloaded files are corrupted.......I think

Hello and welcome to the forum.

I am sorry you are having some problems, so we need to start with this.

1. If you can go to the website and use there uninstaller to remove your anti-virus....Then install MSE here is the link and it's free and very good.

Anti-Malware, Virus, Spyware Protection | Microsoft Security Essentials

After installing run a full scan and then report back with the results.

Malwarebytes free version, Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware, anti-virus and spyware removal download

Until we know do not use any restore points, if there is something there we don't want to reinfect your system...

Run a sfc /scannow in safe mode after we make sure there is no virus or malware. Here is how,

System Files - SFC Command

Notice there is a space between the sfc and the forward slash. Please update us as to the results and then we can move forward...

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From time to time, my CPU rises to 100% and pretty much lags me out from doing anything.

- I have all the latest drivers installed.

- sometimes, the CPU is fine, and when im done downloading a song or a .zip file, the files end up being corrupted or the song ends up skipping because it wasnt downloaded correctly.

- videos on youtube tend to load very slowly at times, and its not just from the server ive tested the same videos with my laptop and all runs smooth.

I was wondering is this because of my Video card or possibly my Power supply ? im not to sure whats causing the problem. And I dont see any certain program pop out as being overworked. Firefox is being used the most at around 50% and Ive only got Winamp/ZA Firewall and Firefox open with all this lag still.

- All of my drivers are currently updated from Windows update

Heres my system specs, any recommendations or probable upgrades I should do to my Pc/ Or help is greatly appreciated

CPU: Intel Pent 4 3.06GHZ, 3065 Mhz, 1 Core (2 Logical processors)
Memory: 2 GIGS of DDR2 RAM
VIDEO: Geforce 9500 GT
Power Supply: 300 Watts
I remember before installing Windows 7, windows 7 advisor said theres probably going to be problems running Windows Aero with my Graphics card.

A:100% CPU / Downloaded files corrupted /

No, your graphics card should be working perfectly well with Aero. I highly doubt it has anything to do with power supply.

I'm beta testing ZoneAlarm Extreme myself and have found it to be excellent. They just put a new version which you might want to get and install. You can upgrade without removing the old one.

Here is a link to that:

But what you should really do is use the backup feature found within ZoneAlarm so it saves to your documents folder.

Then completely uninstall ZoneAlarm from your system. You can restore your settings from the backup easily when you want to reinstall.

Point is, get that off your system and then tell us how things are.

We have similar CPU and you use all the same apps as me. Nice.

Another recomendation, although it's unlikely will fix anything, is to visit NVidia's site and install the driver for your graphics card from there. WU drivers...well....are WU drivers...even though they are from the manufacturer too.

Here is the graphics driver you should be using:

And very good luck to you!

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hi can anyone help movie files ihave downloaded cause my computer to jam i right click the file to open with either vlc gom player or windows media player any one i chose and i get message its not responding only just started happening thats the first part of my prob the next part is over the past few weeks my pc has started to become very slow this has happend to me before my cpu is 46 percent ihave done a scan with spy bot and avast both say no trojans or viruses do all programs in the background need to be running some have system at the side of them some have my name how do i know which progs need to be running and which dont i would app any help off anyone thanks very much its driving me potty: last time this happend couldnt sort so had to reboot

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I just downloaded a file of the game rome total war (which looks amazing). But for some reason when I send the file to be compressed so I can put it in my computer, it says that it can't be compressed. When I click on it, it doesnt do anything except say its not a valid win32 application. What else can I do?? Thank you!

A:Problem with downloaded files

its probably because the download was a bogus file. Make sure its an exe other than that why do you wanna zip it up? If you use XP compression, its naff and usually gets bigger not smaller!.

Try opening other EXE's also, because there is a virus (I think its the [email protected]) that screws all the file associations and stops you opening any EXEs. For this there's a simply registry fix.

Hope it helps


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Well this a new one, yesterday I was downloading a movie, via Utorrent as I have done so many times before. As I do with all my films, I saved them in the directory downloads / Tv shows and films / films / movie title. As I expected, the torrent downloaded fine without any issues and I was about to get ready to watch the film when I noticed something odd. The folder containing TV shows had completely disappeared. Additionally, I then checked the films folder, to notice all but 4 films (Including the one being downloaded) had also disappeared. I've spent the past hour researching, running malware scans (found nothing), losing the files doesn't bother me, at most, its an inconvenience. What's concerning me is how this could have happened, as mentioned above, I have ran multiple scans and found no evidence that the torrent could have been infected. I've looked on a google for several hours and found very few cases of something like this happening. If anyone could shed any light on this situation or has experienced anything like it before, your assistance would great. Again apologies if this is not in the right place.

(edit - I should point out, when I say disappeared, I mean complete gone from my system. I have checked the recycle bin, tried searching the names of movies and so on. I only have to look at my partitioned drive to see the additional 150GB of space that it now has.)

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A:Downloaded Files Disappeared

Hey JJLyon-

Have you tried doing a search for the actual files themselves? You might want to have a look at the Everything program, which is a good search utility to have around anyhow.

Also, you might take a quick look in the OneDrive folder in case they were Auto-saved. See HERE.


I just noticed that you already did try a search, so I guess disregard that part of this post.

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hi.. I have recently downloaded quite a few mp3 files using the dowload manager called ReGet 4.0... once the file is downloaded im having a hard time finding the file in my computer.. thereofre i am unable to burn them on a disk or to add to a playlist.. I am looking where i saved the files but they just arent there.. I also tried to zip them and unzip them.. Please help!! thank you so much!

A:how to retrieve downloaded files?!?!?

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Every time I try to open IE I get a pop up "Track and View Your Downloads" which brings me to .htm file with a save prompt. I originally ran eset online and found the following infections:
MSIL/faketool.PS trojan
win32/InstallCore.PS (twice)
And several programs I was advised to use by the BC Advisor were blocked from installing. The downloads were corrupt with missing files. But I was able to use another PC to successfully download the files and completed the scans as directed.
The link to forum is:
At this point, no threats detected by Malwarebytes, Sophos, and ESET online scanner. However, both issues still exist (1) IE won't open (only the pop up appears) and (2) corrupted downloads.
We have also used Microsoft FixIt and Windows Repair (all in one)
Here is the DDS.Txt:
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 
Internet Explorer: 11.0.9600.17496
Run by cape at 15:10:30 on 2014-12-16
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.8190.5708 [GMT -5:00]
AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {4F35CFC4-45A3-FC37-EF17-759A02E39AB1}
SP: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {F4542E20-6399-F3B9-D5A7-4EE87964D00C}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ===============
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A:Keep seeing pop-ups in IE and downloaded files are corrupt

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I am using IE9 Browser on a Windows 7 Professional Platform. I would like to enable IE9 to open up a downloaded file (in this case .doc / .docx ) file directly without asking me if I want to Run / Save / Cancell the download.

(As an example : I have a word document on a website. When I click on the link for the word document I want it to open up directly in Word 2007. Without any prompts coming from the IE 9 Browser about saving or opening the file).

Is there a way to do this ?


A:How to Auto Run Downloaded Files in IE 9

1- With regards to auto opening documents IE downloaded I'm not sure that's possible.

2- With regards to wanting IE to automatically open documents once they're downloaded I'm not sure that's wise move! - Security/virus Issues.

Anyway I think #1 is intentional to prevent #2

My two cents.

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I have this problem that most every file I download gets corrupted. From music files off iTunes to .exe files, they all get corrupted. I don't know if this is stemming from the same problem, but whenever I try watching Youtube videos, the red streaming bar will continue to fill up the bar as if the entire movie has finished downloading, but the video stops dead in the middle as if I reached the end of the video. It's probably not my internet connection, because when I tried connecting my laptop to the same Ethernet cable as my desktop, my laptop doesn't experience this problem. I've tried cleaning my registry which didn't help as well. It could be malware, but unfortunately, I can't update Adaware or AVG as the update files aren't immune from this problem. My computer specs are below, and any and all help is greatly appreciated.

A:Downloaded Files Get Corrupted

may I suggest you follow the instructions on the bottom of your HJT thread 61(HJT Team)(comment posted only yesterday)If you need this topic reopened, please request this by sending the moderating team a PM with the address of the thread. This applies only to the original topic starter.YES please ; we need that thread reopened as i guess you are still infected ( and have seeminlgy a corrupted antivirus program too )and need the Team to clean you may one ask if you do P2P stuff on that computer?

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I've googled for threads on this, but no fixes. I have seen some threads on this forum regarding this as well, one where the blame is mainly put on AVG Antivirus (even though one poster reports it happening on a machine with "NO Firewall, NO AV, NO UAC, Reset IE7 OR Newly installed Firefox (downloaded via another PC), One original User ADMIN account all running in Genuine Vista Ulitmate X86, SP1 and fully updated"), and another in which using Chrome is proposed.

What I'd really like to know is why my files disappear upon download completion.

It happens in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari, but for some reason not in Chrome. I'm not switching to Chrome, so it's quite annoying having to switch between browsers to download a file. -And I guess I'm quite thankful I had Chrome installed before this happened.

I don't run a firewall other than my router's own, I have Avast Antivirus Home installed, and I've had it for several years without any problems. Disabling it doesn't change anything. I've done a full virus scan with no result, but I've never had virus issues anyway. UAC is turned off. Download location has no effect on the issue.

WHAT is going on? Anybody?

A:Downloaded files disappear

Try creating a new user account & see if it happens

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Hello, my name is Ryan and I'm having a problem with added UFO extencions to my downloaded files. I've recently put an email on a microsoft community support site, so here it is...

After downloading a specific type of file from online,
I am unable to access it in any way. This seems to happen
with files that are saved as the .UFO type. For example,
I've recently tried downloading AOL instant messenger,
which saved as Install_AIM.exe.ufo, but after double
clicking on the file, and trying to explore its contents I
am unable to open it in any way. Many other files I've
downloaded also cannot be opened. I have a windows XP home
edition, and I have netscape 7.0 as an internet provider.
Any help would be welcome. Thanks.

Hello Ryan,

It appears that some application is adding the .ufo extencion to your
downloaded files. This may be due to using some type of download manager or
even possibly some other 3rd party application running in the background,
you might want to check the settings in Netscape to see if the cause might
be with the browser. You might want to try the download using Internet
Explorer, if this is successfull then you might want to contact Netscape
support for assistance. Your example of the AOL (Install_AIM.exe.ufo)
download you might try to remove the .ufo from the file name and then
double-click the file to see it it will run.

Thank You

Bobby Mikkelson
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A:problems with downloaded files

I have never seen any files with two extensions such as .exe.ufo

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I have a Toshiba laptop running Windows 10 but cannot figure out how to scan a single downloaded file within Avast anti-virus. Can anyone help please?

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Downloaded files are not showing up in the file manager or searches when I try to access them, but I know they were saved because it won't allow me to save another file with the same name. Any ideas?

A:Can't find downloaded files in Vista

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I am running Windows Vista Hope Premium with SP 1. My system was working perfectly up until a week ago.

When I now try to download attachments or files the computer seems to download them but they do not appear in any folders on my computer.

I have seen similar posts reporting this problem on the internet, but it seems there is no solution forthcoming

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hey guys, i just got a toshiba mini notebook with windows 7 and a student micrsoft office 2007 60 trial. I recently started a powerpoint 2007 on my old laptop, sent it to my email, and downloaded it to my new laptop. i worked on it all day and finally clicked CTRL S and it said it was saving. however ive literally looked everywhere, temp files, downloads, libraries, everywhere. any help please!?

A:Powerpoint files downloaded from email

It was saved to a temporary location which was cleared when you closed out of e-mail. When you get an attachment in e-mail, you need to to do a Save As and save the file to a specific location before editing it.

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