Posted 03 April 2008 - 01:52 PM
I have just noticed over the last month, or so, that whenever I want to download and save a file attachment from my Netzero email program, that the file has a ".url" type extension added to it, and saved as that type. After saving such a file to my hard disk, I cannot then open the file to get at the information. Instead I get a pop-up window error that says, "This Internet Shortcut cannot be opened because failed to run."
I never knowingly intended to save a "Internet Shortcut", what ever that is, nor did I anticipate that I would not be able to access the information that I thought that I had just saved. This is very disturbing to me that I would loose my informtion , and have no apparent warning or explanation that I would. Especially so when I have tried to save photographic images of my family.
A few times I successfully saved such downloaded images by first deleting the ".url" type extension from the file name before completing the save. But this is a cumbersome task.
Can anyone explain what this ".url" extension is, what it does, and why it is automatically attached to any filename that is downloaded and saved to the local computer? What can be done, if anything, to restore the downloading process to prevent the ".url" extension from being attached to a file name? What work around solutions might you have?