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Problem with d/l of Advanced WindowsCare Personal

by nafetshcir / October 16, 2007 4:41 AM PDT

When I downloaded the latest version it came as an EFW file rather than an exe file. I have no way of accessing this file to upgrade the program. What's up with that?

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It's not on Cnet's end...
by John.Wilkinson / October 16, 2007 7:28 AM PDT

The download worked correctly here, with the 4.51MB AWCSetup.exe file executing properly upon a successful download. The EFW extension is actually characteristic of Computer Associates antivirus, which is integrated into other commercial security suites. It will rename .ZIP and .EXE files as a protective measure under certain circumstances, although exactly what triggers that security feature is uncertain. What I can tell you is that the download is indeed safe, and you should be able to launch the installer by renaming the extension from .EFW to .EXE as it was intended.

Hope this helps,

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is on CA's end
by nafetshcir / October 16, 2007 9:57 PM PDT

Thanks, you were right it has to do with my CA security program. Though I could not change the file name, I fould that if you change the setting of the CA incoming e-mail protection to off you can download the file and it comes through as an exe. file. Thanks again for your help.


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renaming file from efw to exe
by kylesmaw1225 / August 23, 2008 7:36 AM PDT

Im having this exact problem myself. I turned off the CA Security Suite but that didnt help. You say rename the file. How do I do that so that my computer will recognize the change and open the installer?

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turning off CA
by kylesmaw1225 / August 23, 2008 9:09 AM PDT

Problem solved. I was turning off CA but not in the correct section. If you are having this problem open CA, go to the firewall section, click on advanced settings, on the left of the screen you will see several choices. Click on e-mail settings. Turn off inbound and outbound, Go back to Cnet and redownload. It should download as an EXE file this time. Now your on your way.

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That's strange.
by BrianZachary / October 16, 2007 7:35 AM PDT

I've never heard of that file extension. When the download window popped up, you didn't accidentally change the file extension, did you? You could try downloading it again and see what comes up as the extension before clicking to download it. If it has the efw extension again, try changing it to exe, download it and see what happens.

I have that program, but mine is version When I update it, it stays the same version, just updates the database. For some reason, I don't know if it's my computer or browser or if it's the download link at, but it is taking a really long time for the page to finish loading so the download will start. So, I can't check the link myself at the moment.

Try what I suggest at the top of my post and let us know what happens. Someone else may have a solution for you.

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I had no problem.
by BrianZachary / October 16, 2007 4:44 PM PDT
In reply to: That's strange.

I was able to download and install the latest version and had no problem. It downloaded the exe file no problem.

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