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Why isn't RUN an option when downloading files?

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When I download executable files (such as an upgrade for Firefox), a box appears that asks what I want to do with the file: Save or Cancel. There is never a Run option. Why?

Every time I download something, I need to use Internet Explorer.

When I download executable files (such as an upgrade for Firefox), a box appears that asks what I want to do with the file: Save or Cancel. There is never a Run option. Why? Every time I download something, I need to use Internet Explorer.

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This happened

A few times a week

This started when...

This started when I started using Firefox.

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I always have to use Internet Explorer when downloading files. There is no option in Firefox to RUN executable files (such as the upgrade for Firefox) when downloading them.

TonyE
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It's a security feature to help prevent spread of malware/viruses.

You can add a run option by using one of these add-ons:

It's a security feature to help prevent spread of malware/viruses. You can add a run option by using one of these add-ons: * OpenDownload² - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/opendownload-10902/ * OpenDownload (fixed) - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/opendownload-271182/
cor-el
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You can open the file via the Download Manager after the download has finished via the right-click context menu. That makes it possible for your anti-virus software to scan the file.

  • Tools > Options > Privacy > History: "Remember download history"
You can open the file via the Download Manager after the download has finished via the right-click context menu. That makes it possible for your anti-virus software to scan the file. *Tools > Options > Privacy > History: "Remember download history"
James
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Think about it for starters. If a newer computer user were to run a Iamreallyatrojan.exe with Firefox, who are they going to likely blame, Mozilla or themselves? is another reason besides the should be obvious security.

Even IE downloads it first before running it without doing any scanning first.

Think about it for starters. If a newer computer user were to run a Iamreallyatrojan.exe with Firefox, who are they going to likely blame, Mozilla or themselves? is another reason besides the should be obvious security. Even IE downloads it first before running it without doing any scanning first.