Just a note of caution to anyone reading this thread: Do not click on links that might have problems.
After reading your post I wondered if you might have been the victim of a 'drive-by downoad'. About 1 out of 1000 websites will automatically download stuff onto your computer without your prior approval, or sometimes knowledge. Usually this is to install malicious software on your computer.
However, I went the site with my shop computer, which is perfectly fine for testing potentially dangerous sites and all that happened to me was the book downloaded into a frame on the page. It took about 3 seconds for me before I was able to begin reading the book, the remaineder of the book took a few minutes to finish downloading. (I am using DSL). The book loads into RAM (memory) in the computer.
It seems that your computer does not have much RAM in it. Apparently you ran out of available RAM when the book was downloading onto your computer.
Go to: Start
> right click on My Computer
Tell us how much RAM your computer has.
Typically Windows XP requires 512 MB (1/2 gig) of RAM to run properly, but more and more I see a full gig of RAM is required. It really depends upon what programs are currently running on your computer, as programs load into RAM and run from there.
EDIT: I just noticed I did not answer all of your questions. Yes, when you turn off your computer everything that has been loaded into RAM vanishes. You must SAVE something for it to be saved in your long-term storage (your hard drive).
Edited by Albert Frankenstein, 02 August 2008 - 07:02 AM.