X
Tap here to go to the mobile version of the site.

Support Forum

Firefox cannot download .RAR and .Zip Files, Solution?

Posted

Firefox fails to downloads RAR and Zip files.

Firefox fails to downloads RAR and Zip files.

Additional System Details

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/32.0.1700.107 Safari/537.36

More Information

Moses
  • Moderator
459 solutions 3607 answers

Thanks for giving me the link via Twitter. :) Also, you should've posted your information. In order to be able to find the correct solution to your problem, we require some more non-personal information from you. Please do the following:

  • Click the Firefox button at the top left, then click the Help menu and select Troubleshooting Information from the submenu. If you don't have a Firefox button, click the Help menu at the top and select Troubleshooting Information from the menu.

Now, a new tab containing your troubleshooting information should open.

  • At the top of the page, you should see a button that says "Copy text to clipboard". Click it.
  • Now, go back to your forum post and click inside the reply box. Press Ctrl+V to paste all the information you copied into the forum post.

If you need further information about the Troubleshooting information page, please read the article Use the Troubleshooting Information page to help fix Firefox issues.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Thanks for giving me the link via Twitter. :) Also, you should've posted your information. In order to be able to find the correct solution to your problem, we require some more non-personal information from you. Please do the following: *Click the Firefox button at the top left, then click the ''Help'' menu and select ''Troubleshooting Information'' from the submenu. If you don't have a Firefox button, click the Help menu at the top and select ''Troubleshooting Information'' from the menu. Now, a new tab containing your troubleshooting information should open. *At the top of the page, you should see a button that says "Copy text to clipboard". Click it. *Now, go back to your forum post and click inside the reply box. Press Ctrl+V to paste all the information you copied into the forum post. If you need further information about the Troubleshooting information page, please read the article [[Use the Troubleshooting Information page to help fix Firefox issues]]. Thanks in advance for your help!

Question owner

Application Basics
------------------
Name: Firefox
Version: 27.0.1
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:27.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/27.0
Crash Reports for the Last 3 Days
---------------------------------
All Crash Reports
Extensions
----------
Important Modified Preferences
------------------------------
browser.cache.disk.capacity: 358400
browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run: false
browser.cache.disk.smart_size.use_old_max: false
browser.cache.disk.smart_size_cached_value: 358400
browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion: 4
browser.sessionstore.upgradeBackup.latestBuildID: 20140212131424
browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID: 20140212131424
browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone: 27.0.1
dom.mozApps.used: true
extensions.lastAppVersion: 27.0.1
gfx.direct3d.last_used_feature_level_idx: 0
network.cookie.prefsMigrated: true
places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages: 77097
plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types: application/pdf
plugin.importedState: true
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs: true
Graphics
--------
Adapter Description: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
Adapter Drivers: igdumd64 igd10umd64 igd10umd64 igdumdx32 igd10umd32 igd10umd32
Adapter RAM: Unknown
Device ID: 0x0116
Direct2D Enabled: true
DirectWrite Enabled: true (6.2.9200.16571)
Driver Date: 1-27-2011
Driver Version: 8.15.10.2291
GPU #2 Active: false
GPU Accelerated Windows: 2/2 Direct3D 10
Vendor ID: 0x8086
WebGL Renderer: Google Inc. -- ANGLE (Intel(R) HD Graphics Family Direct3D9Ex vs_3_0 ps_3_0)
windowLayerManagerRemote: false
AzureCanvasBackend: direct2d
AzureContentBackend: direct2d
AzureFallbackCanvasBackend: cairo
AzureSkiaAccelerated: 0
JavaScript
----------
Incremental GC: true
Accessibility
-------------
Activated: false
Prevent Accessibility: 0
Library Versions
----------------
NSPR
Expected minimum version: 4.10.2
Version in use: 4.10.2
NSS
Expected minimum version: 3.15.4 Basic ECC
Version in use: 3.15.4 Basic ECC
NSSSMIME
Expected minimum version: 3.15.4 Basic ECC
Version in use: 3.15.4 Basic ECC
NSSSSL
Expected minimum version: 3.15.4 Basic ECC
Version in use: 3.15.4 Basic ECC
NSSUTIL
Expected minimum version: 3.15.4
Version in use: 3.15.4
<pre><nowiki>Application Basics ------------------ Name: Firefox Version: 27.0.1 User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:27.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/27.0 Crash Reports for the Last 3 Days --------------------------------- All Crash Reports Extensions ---------- Important Modified Preferences ------------------------------ browser.cache.disk.capacity: 358400 browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run: false browser.cache.disk.smart_size.use_old_max: false browser.cache.disk.smart_size_cached_value: 358400 browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion: 4 browser.sessionstore.upgradeBackup.latestBuildID: 20140212131424 browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID: 20140212131424 browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone: 27.0.1 dom.mozApps.used: true extensions.lastAppVersion: 27.0.1 gfx.direct3d.last_used_feature_level_idx: 0 network.cookie.prefsMigrated: true places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages: 77097 plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types: application/pdf plugin.importedState: true privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs: true Graphics -------- Adapter Description: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family Adapter Drivers: igdumd64 igd10umd64 igd10umd64 igdumdx32 igd10umd32 igd10umd32 Adapter RAM: Unknown Device ID: 0x0116 Direct2D Enabled: true DirectWrite Enabled: true (6.2.9200.16571) Driver Date: 1-27-2011 Driver Version: 8.15.10.2291 GPU #2 Active: false GPU Accelerated Windows: 2/2 Direct3D 10 Vendor ID: 0x8086 WebGL Renderer: Google Inc. -- ANGLE (Intel(R) HD Graphics Family Direct3D9Ex vs_3_0 ps_3_0) windowLayerManagerRemote: false AzureCanvasBackend: direct2d AzureContentBackend: direct2d AzureFallbackCanvasBackend: cairo AzureSkiaAccelerated: 0 JavaScript ---------- Incremental GC: true Accessibility ------------- Activated: false Prevent Accessibility: 0 Library Versions ---------------- NSPR Expected minimum version: 4.10.2 Version in use: 4.10.2 NSS Expected minimum version: 3.15.4 Basic ECC Version in use: 3.15.4 Basic ECC NSSSMIME Expected minimum version: 3.15.4 Basic ECC Version in use: 3.15.4 Basic ECC NSSSSL Expected minimum version: 3.15.4 Basic ECC Version in use: 3.15.4 Basic ECC NSSUTIL Expected minimum version: 3.15.4 Version in use: 3.15.4</nowiki></pre>

Modified by cor-el

cor-el
  • Top 10 Contributor
  • Moderator
17585 solutions 159079 answers

Did you check for issued caused by security (anti-virus) software?

Try to rename (or delete) the mimeTypes.rdf file in the Firefox profile folder to reset all file actions.

Did you check for issued caused by security (anti-virus) software? Try to rename (or delete) the mimeTypes.rdf file in the Firefox profile folder to reset all file actions. *http://kb.mozillazine.org/mimeTypes.rdf *http://kb.mozillazine.org/File_types_and_download_actions#Resetting_download_actions
Moses
  • Moderator
459 solutions 3607 answers

What is the error that happens when you try to download .rar or .zip file?

please provide us with a screenshot. If you need help to create a screenshot, please see How do I create a screenshot of my problem?

Once you've done this, attach the saved screenshot file to your forum post by clicking the Browse... button below the Post your reply box. This will help us to visualize the problem.

Thank you!

What is the error that happens when you try to download .rar or .zip file? please provide us with a screenshot. If you need help to create a screenshot, please see [[How do I create a screenshot of my problem?]] Once you've done this, attach the saved screenshot file to your forum post by clicking the '''Browse...''' button below the ''Post your reply'' box. This will help us to visualize the problem. Thank you!

Question owner

Here is the error.

Here is the error.
Moses
  • Moderator
459 solutions 3607 answers

Try cor-el's advice above then report back.

Try cor-el's advice above then report back.

Question owner

The problem persists.

The problem persists.
Moses
  • Moderator
459 solutions 3607 answers

What rar file are you trying to download? Can you give me a link to it?

What rar file are you trying to download? Can you give me a link to it?

Question owner

It happens with all .RAR or .Zip files.

It happens with all .RAR or .Zip files.

Question owner

Any other suggestions?

Any other suggestions?

Question owner

No idea what was causing the problem. But I apparently solved it.

Additionally: Firefox won't download previously failed .RAR files unless you delete the .part files in your Downloads folder and the instances of the files in your "Recent Files" folder.

No idea what was causing the problem. But I apparently solved it. Additionally: Firefox won't download previously failed .RAR files unless you delete the .part files in your Downloads folder and the instances of the files in your "Recent Files" folder.

Question owner

Ok apparently I didn't solve it.

Ok apparently I didn't solve it.
Moses
  • Moderator
459 solutions 3607 answers

Sometimes a problem with Firefox may be a result of malware installed on your computer, that you may not be aware of.

You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software:

Microsoft Security Essentials is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista/XP if you don't already have one.

Further information can be found in the Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware article.

Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!

Sometimes a problem with Firefox may be a result of malware installed on your computer, that you may not be aware of. You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software: * [http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/default.aspx Microsoft Safety Scanner] * [http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/ MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware] * [http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208283363 TDSSKiller - AntiRootkit Utility] * [http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro/ Hitman Pro] * [http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/ ESET Online Scanner] [http://windows.microsoft.com/MSE Microsoft Security Essentials] is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista/XP if you don't already have one. Further information can be found in the [[Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware]] article. Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!