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My files are being downloaded as binary files, how do I stop this?

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every time I download from firefox now, it downloads in binary files without any choices.

every time I download from firefox now, it downloads in binary files without any choices.

Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

approximately 6 months ago

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 11.1 r102
  • Google Update
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_29 for Mozilla browsers
  • 4.0.60831.0
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.4.5"
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • NPWLPG
  • Office Live Update v1.3
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • np-mswmp
  • Office Plugin for Netscape Navigator

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:8.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/8.0

More Information

cor-el
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See: *http://kb.mozillazine.org/File_types_and_download_actions *https://support.mozilla.com/kb/Managing+file+types

Question owner

This did not help. I could not find the browser setting posted to reset it. Do I need to remove Firefox and reload it? If I do, I will lose all my favorites.

This did not help. I could not find the browser setting posted to reset it. Do I need to remove Firefox and reload it? If I do, I will lose all my favorites.
cor-el
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You can use this button to go to the Firefox profile folder where you will find the mimeTypes.rdf file:

  • Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Open Containing Folder
You can use this button to go to the Firefox profile folder where you will find the mimeTypes.rdf file: *Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Open Containing Folder