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[RESOLVED] Unable to d/l Fx 3.6.6

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Tom T.
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[RESOLVED] Unable to d/l Fx 3.6.6

Tried twice, a week apart. Click "Download" bar. Get directed to SourceForge. Endless looping of "transferring data from (x)" in lower left of browser. Tried allowing the entire planet in NoScript, Adblock, etc. No luck. Tried the "direct link". No luck. Tried another mirror or two. No luck. Any ideas?

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Worked for me

Some other 3rd party software is blocking you from downloading it perhaps? Try disabling your anti-virus program temporarily.

I'm using 3.6.6, downloaded from Sourceforge so it does work. Just to be doubly sure, I just downloaded it again, a moment ago and it worked fine.

In the worst case scenario somebody could provide you with a temporary alternative download location. Wink (if this is against forum/site policy then moderators please delete the link)

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@ Darkbee, thanks for taking

@ Darkbee, thanks for taking the time to reply.

I've been d/l-ing Fx Portable since 2.0.0.20, had the same AV for years (Avira free home edition,) and never had a problem before. Always d/l installer .paf.exe without problem, moved to USB, then ran the installer. If for some reason AV *did* detect a threat, it would give visual and audible alerts, not just block it silently and invisibly. So it's hard to see that that is the issue.

I don't have a problem with the alternate site, (I'd scan the file for viruses and checksum before running it), but it seems that you have to have an account there. Mostly, I'm trying to figure out what's preventing the "normal" d/l when I just click the "Download" icon, a problem that's never occurred before, right up through 3.6.4. (I missed 3.6.5.) Will keep checking things. Thanks again for answering.

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At a loss

So you're only blocked from downloading from Sourceforge, or more odd yet, the Firefox Portable Installer?

I'd say that if you can't download anything from Sourceforge then you may have a virus/spyware blocking you. In which case I'd run a full system scan with Avira, followed by a second opinion from Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. If you want a third opinion then try Spybot Search and Destroy. (or maybe you had something modify your system but it's since been removed but the modifications remain e.g your HOSTS file)

If it's just Firefox installer then I'd say it's like a browser/cache issue. Have you tried a different browser? Internet Explorer for example? Perhaps try completely emptying all temporary Internet files from the Firefox cache.

Other than, it gets more complicated to troubleshoot from there (more complex issue).

Good luck.

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Your setup?

@ Tom T,

You don't need an account do download from that alternative location, just need to enable JavaScript to allow the download box to appear.

By the way, I wonder, too, if you are able to download other portable apps, or anything else from the sourceforge.net? One reason for not being able so, could be a severe bandwith throttling by your ISP. It's not something unheard of!

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Could be a browser issue

So if he can't download from MediaFire either then perhaps it's a browser issue. Tom, maybe you've inadvertantly turned JavaScript off or something? Or you've got Cookies turned off or blocked? I'd try disabling some add-ons and/or check your Firefox security/privacy settings.

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Curious?

Is it all of Sourceforge? If so wonder if it is due to the new restrictions placed on certain geographical areas not being able to download?

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Mediafire worked

@ Mik,

It "looked" like you needed an account there, because of the "Save to my account" button being visible, but not a "download" button. It's one of those sites with "cascading" JS. You allow mediafire in NoScript, and then another script, cdn.mediafire.com, tries to load. So it, too, must be allowed in NoScript. You're right, as soon as enough of their JS was temp-allowed in NoScript, d/l box appeared. D/l with no trouble, scanned with AV (clean), MD5 hashed perfectly. Thanks!

@ Others re: SourceForge: I did try to d/l some randomly-chosen product there, and ran into the same issue, even with the entire page allowed. Bandwidth benchmark tests usually show 6+ Mbps, close to the "up to 7Mb" as advertised. But if the ISP were blocking it, then it seems I wouldn't even be getting the endless loop of "transferring data..." Which, btw, includes from scorecardresearch.com, something I'd normally block, but temp-allowed for this purpose. So I doubt it's an ISP issue.

@ Darkbee: If Sourceforge itself were blocked in the HOSTS file, I'd get a "can't establish a connection", rather than a failure to d/l. However, I just searched HOSTS, and found these entries:

# [Savvis / SourceForge][216.34.181.0 - 216.34.181.255]
0.0.0.0 images-aud.freshmeat.net
0.0.0.0 images-aud.slashdot.org
0.0.0.0 images-aud.sourceforge.net

Pinged sourceforge.net, and got quick replies from one of the IPs in the above range, with no loss. So apparently, the sub-domain images-aud.sourceforge.net was reported as spyware or malware to the producer of this particular HOSTS service. And apparently, that's enough to block downloads.

I don't use sourceforge very often, so probably won't bother to research this further, especially since Mediafire solved the problem.

Thanks to all who took the time to reply.

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