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Temp directory not working with firefox

When I click on a download link, a Firefox dialog appears to ask em what to do. If I choose to 'open with' a selected program, FF downloads the file to my temp directory but gives an error saying:

''DRIVEPATH....something.zip could not be opened, because an unknown error occurred.
Try saving to disk first and then opening the file.''

Its driving me nuts. I reinstalled Firefox with no luck.

Any serious ideas?

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  • mauicomp Jan 18, 2009

    Yes, I have 7zip and winrar. It happens with any filetype I try to 'open with selected application'. The extensions and applications aren't relevant tot he issue as it happens no matter what it is.

  • mauicomp Jan 19, 2009

    Thanks for putting effort into this debogeek.
    My machine runs clean, no malware or viruses.
    My I have quite a few carefully selected extensions(trial and error over two years) that work well and help me do my job. I am not interested therefore, in reinstalling from scratch.

    I am hoping someone with a deeper knowledge of Firefox might know why or how this is happening.


  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard May 11, 2010

    It is downloading compressed files. Since it is a .zip file you need WinZip or another utility to open it. Do you have such a program?

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Possibly you have some kind of malware. Download malwarebytes' anti-malware and scan your computer to get rid of any such malware.

http://www.malwarebytes.com/mbam,php

If still no luck, then re-install firefox to another folder, say firefoxnew or some new name. This should work.

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