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My computer won't download .exe files/open what it does download


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#1 specialrhino

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 11:15 PM

When I try to download .exe files, my computer either saves it as 0KB or downloads it and then doesn't let me open the file. No windows pop up to tell me the file is forbidden or anything - clicking just doesn't get a response. I don't think this has to do with the browser I'm using, because this happens on Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer, but for some reason my computer can open .exe files other people downloaded and put on thumb drives for me. This problem possibly predates my installation of Windows 7. (I've had this problem for over a year and a half but decided to find it entertaining rather than annoying enough to fix.)

I use Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware and have an out of date version of Avast on my computer (I would uninstall it, but that requires an .exe file on their website), if that's relevant.

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#2 noknojon

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 02:08 AM

[attachment=108624:Download.JPG][attachment=108626:Download 2.JPG][attachment=108627:Download 3.JPG]Hi -

Try doing your downloads this way -
When you download something, click Save, and either save to Desktop or Documents,.normally Documents unless told otherwise.
Next click Open and you will see the item/program you downloaded. Next Right click the Icon and click on Properties.
You may see, near the bottom, a box that says Unblock, Click on that and then click Apply.

See the pictures - This is from my XP, but Win7 is similar -




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