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Suddenly Saved Downloaded files MIA

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#1 zestyaz


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Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:32 PM

Up until 12-12-2012, I could download a file from my credit card company that would open automatically with excel - then save it to the directory of my choice on my pc and rename it eg visa201212.xls.

Suddenly, when I do this there is normal indication that the file is saved but when the file is closed it is not physically found in the directory.
When in excel, if I try to open visa201212.xls the file name does not appear list.
If I try to save a new file to visa201212.xls it tells me that that filename already exists
Windows explorer does not show the file.

I tried showing all files including system files.
Searching for visa201212.xls in my computer
Running Bleeping computer unhide program

I have run both Malwarebytes and ZoneAlarm scans and found no viruses

If I copy the data to a new spreadsheet and save it, everything works fine - but I never had to do that before.
*** only if I open a new instance of Excel. Otherwise, same as above.

It is a concern that something evil may be lurking on my computer

Hope you have some suggestions for me.


ps Firefox 17.0.1

Edited by zestyaz, 17 December 2012 - 08:23 PM.

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#2 zestyaz

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:02 PM

This thread can be closed. The problem turned out to be a surprise feature of my security software.

fyi - My system
Win 7 64 home premium
ZoneAlarm Extreme Security version: ==>> I have used ZAX software for YEARS!
Browser Firefox 17.0.1

Anyway, it was Microsoft community that help me uncover the problem.
1. use safe mode with networking to duplicate. The problem vanished.
2. msconfig after hiding microsoft components, turn off all services
3. enabled a number of services and restarted (took me 4 times) until the problem software was identified.
look here if you are interested.
RE: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/unable-to-find-files-downloaded-to-computer/d9114757-192d-4323-882a-f6cad05ffb70

It turned out to be web security feature of ZAX
This also stopped ability to use open folder containing function from download page.

I disabled it - restarted - then reenabled it and now be computer behaves as before.
Maybe something tripped it - I don't know.
But I am now a happy user once again.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

Thank you for the update.
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