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Can't download anything from the Internet

By jo233
Mar 18, 2013
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  1. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,466   +622

    Easy way: uninstall Google Chrome and reinstall.

    Hard way: go to C > Program Files > Chrome > Plugins folder.. delete the above mentioned dll
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  2. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,230   +232

    St1ckM4n, are you sure about that path? C>Program files>Chrome>Plugins folder ?
    On my XP, its C>Program files>Google>Chrome>Application>25.& other numbers?
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  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,466   +622

    Yeah, I wasn't sure on the path, and I paraphrased with the > symbols. :p
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,230   +232

    Ok,no problem.:)
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,673   +879

    You're just bursting with enthusiasm for making bad judgment calls, aren't you?

    You're very close to being herded over to the malware removal forum.

    I can never figure out why people don't simply go to a products home site, and download from there.

    I know the product reviews a CNET are entertaining, but really, nowadays they're packing their downloads with enough crap to make the average crack software torrent site have feelings of remorse.

    I suggest Firefox, and some of its security add-ons such as "NoScript".

    Remember, it's not paranoia if someone actually is out to get you, and those wonderful "someones" are all over the web...:eek:
  6. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,230   +232

    Well, I've gone thru this thread again & don't believe you have mentioned what it is you are trying to download.
    As previously mentioned, you're probably better off getting Firefox & using it. But tell us what you're "trying" to download.
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  7. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Maniac Posts: 1,814   +179

    From the sounds of your complaints, You may very well be full of malware. On your computer. Try running some tpy of malware scanner. See if this helps.
  8. jo233

    jo233 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    By download, I mean just normal things from normal sites - for example itunes download etc - I dont mean CNET- didn't know what CNET was before, however I think originally the problems started when I downloaded some game thing from e.g pc-gamesdownloadfree.blogspot.com/...
    which was not a good decision (someone recommended it to me) and isn't something I will attempt again.

    However now I am talking about downloads form official sites like itunes for example.
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,230   +232

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  10. jo233

    jo233 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Ok I'll try Firefox I have IE-but that's too slow and also tried Safari -but Chrome has been my main one as it's quite quick and simple

    if I uninstall Google Chrome and reinstall, does it keep past favourites+bookmarks?

    regarding the plug in thing, I had tried that before but I couldn't figure out where the chrome folder is - it's not in program files where it obviously should be
    the closest is Google folder and it's not in there - I'll do a search though


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  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,230   +232

    Since you're using XP, I'll tell you how I'd remove/uninstall Google Chrome.
    First, download Firefox from the link I posted previously & save it to your desktop, then Go into Control panel>Add&Remove & locate Google chrome in there. Click it to remove it. Once its removed, go back to Start>Search>All files & folders & type in Google Chrome. Let it search & remove what it finds. Empty recycle bin & reboot.
    Once back up, install Firefox, then I or somebody in here can help you with it.
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  12. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,407   +314

    You have all the piggy-back junk installed and will find life much better if you remove them.

    Control Panel -> Add/Remove

    and at least uninstall:
    • Google Toolbar
    • Google Desktop Search
    • GoogleToolBarNotifier
    • Google Update (look for 3 variations of this name)
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  13. jo233

    jo233 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Attempted to download Firefox in Chrome but the 'you need free download manger' thing popped up, so did it in IE - so I now have Firefox.

    Only thing about removing Chrome, is I don't want to lose all the bookmarks from it, so is there a way of removing it and keeping the bookmarks, or does Chrome automatically re-find them when you reinstall it?

    Google Toolbar, desktop search etc. were not in Add/Remove, so maybe I removed them before and the folders remained?

    also why do Smiles not show up on twitter on either Firefox or Chome? instead it's either an empty square or a square full of text
  14. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,230   +232

    Do this
    1. Click the Chrome menu [​IMG] on the browser toolbar.
    2. Select Bookmarks.
    3. Select Bookmark manager.
    4. Click the Organize menu in the manager.
    5. Select Export bookmarks
    6. Chrome will export your bookmarks as a HTML file, which you can then import into another browser.
    7. Save them to your desktop so you can find them easier when you import them to firefox..
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  15. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,230   +232

    Might ask at twitter.
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  16. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,407   +314

    May I suggest you focus on ONE issue at a time - - far more productive for you and those attempting to lead you.
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  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,673   +879

    Every time you seem to "solve" one problem, another seems to crop up to take its place..

    IMHO, this computer is "hosed". Trashed from downloading crap, accidentally or on purpose, installing every piece of piggy back garbage on the web.

    I download free programs, free "art", free movies, etc, constantly. But, I don't have any of the issues you're reporting. I watch what I'm downloading, simple as that.

    You never "need" a "free download manager", all of the major browsers have their own, thank you very much.

    The only "relevant" additional "download managers" are intended to allow the user to "leech" the contents of entire sites, and any major download destination I've seen recently, has captchas in place to prevent them from working.

    So, any file for Windows with an ".exe" extension has consequences, and every one you click on, you do so at your own risk.

    This is the point where I'd personally accept responsibility for my actions, and reformat this turd.

    I sincerely doubt that you'll take that as advice, nor do I expect you to.

    But quite honestly, you need to take these problems over to the malware forum, and find out what is, OR ISN'T causing all these problems.

    Because here, it seems like you're chasing your tale
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  18. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,230   +232

  19. jo233

    jo233 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    OK Captain Cranky.

    'Every time you seem to "solve" one problem, another seems to crop up to take its place..'

    not necessarily - I am just bringing up a few issues that I wanted resolved (which I hoped this site could and in most cases has ).- nothing has created further problems as far as I know. I do not want to create further threads when it might be more convenient to bring other issues in this, however jobeard was correct with dealing with one issue at a time, which is maybe why this thread may seem a bit cluttered.

    'You never "need" a "free download manager", all of the major browsers have their own, thank you very much.'

    Correct as I have now learnt, however it was an isolated issue with Google Chrome - no other browsers, as I have said many times. The Chrome issue is resolved and I will end that particular issue. :)

    'This is the point where I'd personally accept responsibility for my actions'

    I agree. I definitely will not be tempted by a free game download again, on the advice of someone else.
    Not sure where the CNET rumours came from though - never used it!

    I am thankful though for all the advice from the users including @St1ckM4n @bobcat @Cobalt006 @LookinAround @B00kWyrm @learninmypc and @jobeard
  20. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,230   +232

    jo233, one don't have to go directly to cnet to download something. Usually you click an innocent link that has you click another link & so forth that goes to cnet. It has happened to me in this forum. Simple solution , watch what you click on. Good day.
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  21. jo233

    jo233 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Ahh, did not know that. I had not really known about CNET etc previous to this thread.

    I had been careful with downloads before, but slipped up (maybe became complacent) with the recent one - will be careful now.

    p.s I am already impressed with Firefox + there was an automatic option to transfer stuff from Chrome.
  22. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,230   +232

    You might add this addon https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/wot-safe-browsing-tool/?src=search
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,673   +879

    OK, if you're going to reply or rebut anything I say, by all means do so. But learn to do in in a way that is coherent. That would be by separating the issue you're going to reply to by placing it in quotes , either with the generic quote function available in the tool bar, or by copying the quote attribution header in the reply box, and adding the quote endcap to each phase you're specifically responding to.

    Second, Jobeard is a moderator, and he told you a similar tale to the one I'm telling you. Being a moderator forces a certain degree of tact upon a person, that I'm not really comfortable accepting or living up to.

    So, you had your issues lined up to post in a serial fashion. I suppose I stand corrected, or at least I would be, if I was anything other than a tiny semantic point off in my assessment. "New issue", "or old additional issuie posted anew", there's no substantial difference in the net result, is there?

    Third, I guess not including me in the list of "thank you acknowledgments" was supposed to hurt my feelings.

    But, keep in mind, I'm the one that suggested Firefox, after you broke your supposedly "unhackable / indestructable" Chrome..

    And you're welcome.
  24. jo233

    jo233 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    There is a thank you for you as well - I just didn't put it in the bit at the bottom and I should have, so take that as a non-issue.

    Looking back you did suggest Firefox first which I had not noticed so thank you for that. I had thought that Chrome was pretty fast but having used Firefox, it doesn't really seem much different apart from the simple appearance.

    Only reason I put 'OK Captain Cranky' was because I thought your response was a bit cranky, and was meant in a jokey way and nothing more and was maybe a bit rude, but as you said you are a moderator, so maybe a bit of strictness is needed.

    I will remember the quote function for when posting again, as I am relatively new to this forum.
  25. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Maniac Posts: 1,814   +179

    Well I am glad you got your issue resolve, Stay safe and good luck
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