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by dd.oliver / August 13, 2010 4:36 AM PDT

I use Firefox (always up to date, currently 3.6.8) and within the past week or two, any and all downloads on CNET stopped working in this browser. When I paste the url into Chrome, those same downloads work just fine.

I haven't made any changes or added anything to prevent this (I do have the NoScript add-on running, but everything on CNET is set as "allowed")...I have even tried adding exceptions in the security and pop-up tabs in Firefox, but that doesn't fix the problem.

Any help? I would really like to continue using Firefox and CNET, which has been a great combo for me for some time now!


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 13, 2010 4:39 AM PDT
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re: is not enough
by dd.oliver / August 13, 2010 5:36 AM PDT

Thanks, but I don't see any solutions there. I have NoScript set to allow all of the sites listed on CNET/, and have included both of these in my exceptions in Firefox settings, so I'm baffled as to why the site suddenly stopped allowing me to download (I have to use Chrome)...

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Then turn noscript off till someone discovers what else.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 13, 2010 5:40 AM PDT

I've seen facebook and other sites come up when I hit cnet, but let me just tell you I don't have the entire list. I know that, is not enough.

Maybe someone will share the entire list soon.

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Required domains...
by John.Wilkinson / August 14, 2010 1:52 AM PDT

Off hand, I believe you should only need to whitelist * and * (yes, that's Note that the preceding asterisk means all subdomains...that must be included to avoid continued blocking. Regardless, let us know how it goes.

Hope this helps.

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I agree with Bob here.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 13, 2010 5:44 AM PDT

At the very least it's a good test.

Open your browser, disable NoScript. Visit CNET and try a download. if it works, then you have your culprit. If it still doesn't work then you've lost nothing from the test and we look at other possibilities.


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Re Firefox Problem cannot download anything-
by andreaborman / September 3, 2010 5:27 AM PDT

Since I have upgraded to Firefox 368,I too have had problems. Firefox crashes several times and slows down. But did you know if you have windows on your computer including Windows 7 like me.There is a new Firefox browser made only for Windows,it is Pale Moon browser. This is exactly like Firefox but with none of its problems and is much faster than Firefox.Pale Moon is not open source but has the firefox code so works the same as Firefox and all of the Firefox add ons will work with this browser. You can use it alongside Firefox or instead of Firefox on its own.I have now uninstalled Firefox and am now using Pale Moon instead it is only a Pity that C net has not yet added this new browser Pale Moon to its download list as it is exacly the same as Firefox but without all the problems Firefox has. Andrea.

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tried your cookies/cache?
by CNET_TechTracker / September 10, 2010 7:43 AM PDT

Hi dd.oliver,

I'm sorry for chiming in so late. I have just a few questions for ya:

1) What is the error message you receive, or the behavior involved?

2) Are you logged into at the time, or logged out?

I'm not sure whether or not you have tried this already, but have you tried just a cookie/cache dump of that browser and then a browser re-start? I'm wondering if there's some corrupted preference or cookie that is causing a problem.

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