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Problems with Email attachments

I am having problems when downloading email attachments in any format. Downloading from web pages are fine. I have this same problem when using both Yahoo or Hotmail. I am using Internet Explorer 6 with service pack 2. And my operating system I am using is windows XP with service pack 3. I can download from any websites and have no problems, as soon as I download an Email attachment I get the problem that you can seen below on the photo. I have disabled the fire wall and downloaded the same file but am getting the same problem with the fire wall disabled. My anti virus updates and all windows updates have been completed.

The attachment does download but the speed and % that you should be seeing is missing and showing the small square box, in the download box is missing, as you can see in this photo?

I have attached photo if any one can help?

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  • jduarte1126 Feb 26, 2009

    I have the same problem downloading email attachments in yahoo mail. It will work sometimes if I save the attachment(which I really don't need to do) and it always works if I download the attachment on my laptop.

  • Jordan Harband
    Jordan Harband May 11, 2010

    There are a couple things you need to do to narrow down what the problem is.

    1) Install Windows XP Service Pack 4
    2) Acquire Firefox and test to see if you can download things in Firefox (
    3) Upgrade to Internet Explorer 7, since Internet Explorer 6 doesn't work on many websites, and see what happens.



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You don't have to disable any addons or extentions!!!You guys are not going to believe this I figured out the problem it's really dumb...ok here goes the attachment uploader loads seperate so I got to thinking it's a popup so I went to options content and under block pop ups there is an option exceptions click on that and in the box type and hit allow pow its fixed!!!!! :-)

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Yahoo mail attachment doesnot work from 2 days how fix that

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