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suddenly downloads cant be recognized

by laar / September 19, 2008 8:10 PM PDT

i suddenly find windows cannot recognize downloads from cnet. it says windows cannot open this file and i should go online to find a program that can.. i today downloaded the top five computer utilities and cannot instal any of them as windows say it cannot open the files.... does anyone know why this has happened now. i have vista home, dam- download manager and my system is a dell m1730.

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Can you download and install from other sites?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 19, 2008 10:39 PM PDT

What is dam- download manager? What happens if you attempt to download a file from CNET without using a download manager, save it to your hard disk first, virus check it, then try to install it?

If that still fails, try downloading one of these utilities from the author's own web site, or some other trusted source, eg MajorGeeks.

If that fails as well, then you appear to have a problem other than files from CNET.

Let us know.


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reply to mark
by laar / September 19, 2008 10:59 PM PDT

dam is download accelerator manger and is from cnet downloads, and yes things download from other sites with or without download manager. i just cant understand as i have used for donkeys years without a prob. the documents appear in my files as plain white documents that cannot be opened by windows. i will try to get the files from the source sites now, many thanks for your reply.. laar

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OK, and...
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 19, 2008 11:06 PM PDT
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also have a look at John Wilkinson's Forum Sticky, here about problems with downloading from

Good luck.


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second reply
by laar / September 19, 2008 11:15 PM PDT
In reply to: OK, and...

thats sorted it..... many thanks for your help mark.... jobs a good one!!

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Good. Glad I could help
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 19, 2008 11:24 PM PDT
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What did I do? Happy

How did you sort it?


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how it was sorted
by laar / September 19, 2008 11:42 PM PDT

the john wilkinson forum that you sent me to said that some of the download accelorators can destroy the downloads and in this case it was... have disabled it when using and that has dealt with it, although it is still good at getting other programs to download quicker from other sites so i will keep it for just them.. many thanks again Laar

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 20, 2008 5:30 AM PDT
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Thanks for that laar, and good work getting solving the difficulty.


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I use Flashget
by PudgyOne / September 21, 2008 2:18 AM PDT
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does it cost
by laar / September 21, 2008 5:49 AM PDT
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do they charge you for it, or is it like limewire and there is a free version.. laar

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It's a freebie.
by John.Wilkinson / September 21, 2008 6:50 AM PDT
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And I should note that Limewire is also freeware...most paid versions floating around are scams.


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limewire ect
by laar / September 21, 2008 7:47 PM PDT
In reply to: It's a freebie.

i was one of the people that used morpheus free version for years and bought the pro version of it the day before they made the program worthless and useless... and have steered clear of that sort of thing ever since.. but thankfully we all have cnet to supply us with reliable software many thanks john, and pudgy.. laar

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