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How do I stop automatically downloading exe files before I see the file size?

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How do I stop automatically downloading exe files before I see the file size?

When I click on a file link (eg "setup.exe" or "setup.zip") from a website it asks where I want to save the file and shows the file size, but the download has already started in the background before I have clicked save. I have a fairly fast connection but limited download allowance so if the file is large I will cancel it, but a few MB may be downloaded before I can stop it. If I use right click -> "save link as..." then it does not start downloading before I click save but it does not tell me the file size either, I have also changed the prefetch settings which has not solved the issue.

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Re: How do I stop automatically downloading exe files before I see the file size?

You would have to use an external Downloads Manager that supports this feature.

You can use the FlashGot extension to integrate an external Download Manager in Firefox.

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Re: How do I stop automatically downloading exe files before I see the file size?

You would have to use an external Downloads Manager that supports this feature.

You can use the FlashGot extension to integrate an external Download Manager in Firefox.

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Re: How do I stop automatically downloading exe files before I see the file size?

I installed FlashGot and Free Download Manager, after changing a few settings I an able to query the size of a file before downloading it. Thank You.