HTTP error 403 when try to download

By LeChuck ยท 10 replies
Apr 25, 2006
  1. I have the following config:
    -Internet Explorer 6 on WinXP SP2;
    -Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Pro;
    -ZoneAlarm Pro.

    I've recently installed an internet connection at home and everything seems just fine, but I've discovered that when I try to download anything I get that nasty HTTP error 403 (forbiden etc). I don't know what's causing this, probably I didn't set something right.

    Can you help me? I can't even download from my own webpage :D...
  2. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    Possibilities -

    "1)One possible cause is an Internet Explorer 6 update installed by Windows Update. Some users found that this problem could be resolved by changing an Internet Explorer setting:

    In Internet Explorer, from the Tools menu, select Internet Options.
    Click the Advanced tab.
    Under Browsing, clear the checkbox for Show friendly HTTP error messages.
    Click OK.
    Restart the Internet Explorer browser.

    If this problem persists after changing this setting and restarting your browser, it may be caused by spyware or deceptive software on your computer."

    From HERE

    2)Try using a better browser like FIREFOX or OPERA If they work,it`s an IE problem.

    3)Your not a nice person and nobody wants you.Not even your own site.

    4)Many more ideas HERE
  3. LeChuck

    LeChuck TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, I did that and also installed Opera. Now both browsers show me the "This object has been blocked." message when I try to dowload a zip file, for example. I don't see any pop-up blocker being active or something so... who's blocking it?

    [Edit] I read that link you gave me before posting, but I don't see anything that would match my problem :(
  4. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    Have you tried accessing the sites from another computer/setup ?

    Have you just changed service providers/web hosts ?

    Try deleting all temp files/cookies.Use CCleaner.

    Is your system free of spyware ?

    Look in the Hosts file,for anything named "I`m a baddie"

    I dunno.
  5. LeChuck

    LeChuck TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It seems that all I had to do was to go to ZoneAlarms's Control Panel > Privacy > Main Tab and turn OFF Mobile Code Control :)

    I don't wanna be rude, but people should reply to a question only if they know the answer, ok?

    PS: I've just seen Doom, the movie: realy awsome!!! :D
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Your problem could`ve been caused by what Peddant said, as the article he linked you to plainly said. The HTTP 403 forbidden error has many possible causes, and we are not psychic.

    It`a very difficult to diagnose a problem straight away, as we rely heavily on the information that is provided. Not to mention it`s damn difficult when we can`t actually see your computer.

    If you want concrete answers straight away. I suggest you pay for professional tech support.
  7. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Posts: 420

    Peddant probably thought you would have been smart enough to have done that already...
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    The HTTP 403 reply is a SERVER side issue, not a client/browser issue so leave
    your browser/firewall settings alone.

    HTTP access to a specific directory requires permissions 755 on the directory
    and 644 on the specific file. Your ISP interface needs to not only give you
    FTP access, but some means to set the permissions.
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    sample interface for setting permissions

    see attached

    Attached Files:

  10. LeChuck

    LeChuck TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey, I know to take a joke, but I don't realy think that
    was very helpful :D

    Especially when I got the answer from another forum, in one single reply, based on the same configuration that I displayed here... So, lucky for me, there's no need for that expensive "pay for professional tech support" (as if ever was...).
  11. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    All feedback is welcome on this site,even if it`s bad.
    We try to improve our services all the time.:)
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