I can't seem to finish downloading any .exe files. When the download starts, it will proceed as per normal except that it will be stuck once it hits 99%. I had noticed this problem since a looong time ago and it still persists today despite this post being already past 16 months old.

I've tried using Chrome, Safari, Opera, and Internet Explorer but they all have this behavior; Chrome screenshot:

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and IE screenshot:

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etc, etc. I've probably read all the threads on Google but none of the solution works.

What may be causing the problem?


Now, it's totally weird because if I download the PhpStorm exe file using another computer and upload it directly to Google Docs, then try to download it from Google Docs using this computer, it works perfectly, even though that exact same file cannot be downloaded directly from the link http://download-cf.jetbrains.com/webide/PhpStorm-8.0.1.exe .

  • Do you have free space on the volume? – Dan D. Jun 2 '13 at 5:14
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    Why would "SmartScreen Filter" have checked the download before it finished? (Look at the bottom of the first image.) – David Schwartz Jun 2 '13 at 5:26
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    This happens with all files? addition to executables? – stderr Jun 2 '13 at 15:45
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    Since you have no firewall or antivirus, maybe you've been infected with some malware and this is an odd side effect of that? It's a good idea to do regular scans anyway. – jjlin Jun 2 '13 at 18:10
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    @NorbertWillhelm, yea gs.statcounter.com/press/… – Pacerier May 1 '14 at 15:55

I would suggest using lftp. You will get better diagnostic messages. However, lftp itself must be downloaded first, e.g. as a part of cygwin or from the above mentioned link (not an exe file!). That archive must be unpacked into some directory where lftp can be executed. Cygwin version includes lftpget:

lftpget -c http://example.com/JavaSetup7u21.exe

Bare-bones lftp command is a bit less obvious:

lftp.exe  --help
lftp.exe  -c get http://example.com/JavaSetup7u21.exe

To answer your non-question

The Opera browser was playing similar tricks on me as in your case, aborting downloads. That was probably due to poorly configured or poorly working router that dropped packets. Lftp has superior reconnection abilities and would still download the files completely.

  • Doesn't work, it says "unknown command".... – Pacerier Apr 28 '14 at 18:00

Temporarily disable your Anti-virus or/and Anti-malware programs

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    This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. – Doktoro Reichard May 3 '14 at 15:45
  • While the OP has indeed indicated they do not have any anti virus installed (weird...), I still feel this answer might help others that have the same issue, @Doktoro. (And that's what Stack Exchange is about, right? A library of generic questions and answers?) – Arjan May 3 '14 at 16:03
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    @Arjan I do agree with you, if this was a generic question. The phrase regarding the inexistence of a firewall or an antivirus suite can be understood as that the user has disabled the firewall/antivirus and yet it didn't work for him. As such, I felt this didn't answer this particular question when reviewing this. – Doktoro Reichard May 3 '14 at 16:07
  • The title is generic enough for me, @Doktoro. (Even more, with that many details in the question, I'd almost vote to close as being "too localized" but that's non-existing nowadays...) – Arjan May 3 '14 at 16:10
  • @RMazi, Anti-virus would be the first thing anyone would check... but no I couldn't disable it because I don't even have it installed on this machine. – Pacerier May 4 '14 at 1:54

I would suggest you to use download manager & then report back if there are any problems. You can try this. Its free!

Secondly why are you downloading to temporary folder? Try downloading to another folder.

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    He's most likely copying to a temporary folder because the download is for demonstration purposes only. I can't see why a separate download manager rather than the one built into IE or Chrome would be helpful. – WindowsEscapist Jun 6 '13 at 12:45
  • Maybe the user has no privileges to write executables on that temporary folder. – Jaime Santa Cruz Oct 11 '13 at 11:32
  • @JaimeSantaCruz, I'm having full admin status. – Pacerier Jan 3 '14 at 5:39

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