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No Internet Connection when I try to download software

by Bournestorm / January 21, 2012 6:55 AM PST

I recently tried to download some file off of CNET, something i have done sucessfully in the past on my home pc. However, when i tried to download something onto my laptop, it loaded, asked if it was ok to open this, i clicked run and then a message popped up saying i had no internet connection or the firewall was blocking it. my internet was connected however and i even turned off my firewall and tried again. i checked for proxy's as well but there are none. Please help!

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I would do it differently
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 22, 2012 5:34 AM PST

It is always risky to "Download & Run" files from the internet.

Instead, "Download and Save" the file to your hard drive; I always use my Desktop as a temporary storage area. Then you can scan the file with your anti-virus before opening it.

I suspect that doing it this way may also solve the "no internet" problem.


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Information gathering
by richtheguru / January 11, 2014 11:28 PM PST

Contrary to the previously entered answer. You have no doubt found out, "Download & Save" does not change the result. I have attempted a couple different programs on

As a collaboration, I will running Windows 7 within a virtual(box) machine. It is connected via a "Local Area Connection". It is also connected via a Network group.

This VM is a very recent creation where only apps from Ninite have been installed.

P.S. This is reporting that this is an old thread, but apparently it hasn't been resolved. Maybe it should be bumped up.

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Use external download link..
by charls-in-black / January 12, 2014 2:00 AM PST

I happened to have the same problem...used different browsers, turned off my antivirus but didn't help.
The only way i could download a file from CNET was using the external download link button..
Downloaded it directly from the provider.

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