Unable to download files

August 29, 2006 at 06:51:24
Specs: Windows XP, 248mb of Ram

I am unable to download any files on Windows xp what so ever. The download begins but the green bar doesnt move and the percentage doesnt increase then a message comes up saying "Internet explorer was not able to open this internet site". I have been on internet options in the control pannel and i have tried to change my security settings to custom level so that i can enable my downloads but when i click apply nothing happens and then my security settings automatically go back to Medium level which does not allow me to download, please help? Thanks in advance.

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August 29, 2006 at 07:30:52

I hate to sound like a broken record, but here I go: Use another browser..firefox, opera, or any of the other ones available..

Life is more painless for those who are brainless.

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August 29, 2006 at 08:19:24

i have tried to use another browser but i cant because to get firefix i have to download it which my computer wont let me do. thanks for the help anyway.

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August 29, 2006 at 08:19:29

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August 29, 2006 at 08:34:47

Download starts one i click that link but then it simply freezes and the percentage will not increase then it just stops.

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August 29, 2006 at 09:05:26

is this computer at work?


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August 29, 2006 at 09:07:59

I've started using FreshDownload from FreshDevices. It's free. Might be worth a try.

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August 29, 2006 at 09:25:48

No its a home computer.

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August 29, 2006 at 09:27:42

Ok thanks i will give it a try

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August 29, 2006 at 11:52:05

Try uninstalling/reinstalling Internet explorer:

Control Panel > Add Remove programs > Add Remove Windows Components.

Do yourself a favor BACKUP!

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August 29, 2006 at 12:27:33


In internet options > security tab...reset the tabs in all icons to default levels.. If you have third party pop-up blocker/security program you will need to reset the cookie handling protections. and same thing for anti virus programs...

You are allowed to go to the site but are not allowed to open it...this is caused by security settings being set wrong for those sites or they are not true websites but pop-up windows of a website. Gaming sites use a lot of these pop-up windows and you are not allowed to access them from just typing in the web page listing...no shortcuts allowed. You have to go through the proper sequence to access them.

As to the security settings issue...if you are trying to hide behind a proxy server and disallowing cookies from being installed on your computer...a lot of sites are not going to allow you to open their web pages...especially high security sites for money or credit or purchasing.

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