Safari automatically adding downloads straight to trash!

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by vierendelen, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2011
    So, a bizarre problem I've never seen before started taking place yesterday on my macbook pro. I'll select a given mediafire file for download in Safari, and it will dutifully appear in the downloads section of the browser. If you view the file under the "downloads" folder on the computer itself (running Lion), you'll also see it there. But the second it is finished downloading, the file disappears from the "downloads" folder and is moved straight to the trash!

    I'll have to go to the trash, get the file, and drag it back into the downloads folder.

    Does anyone have any idea why this would be? So strange!

    Before anyone asks: yes, all software is up to date.
  2. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Safari > Preferences > General > Save downloaded files to: Downloads
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2011
    yes, that setting has been in place for months, and has not changed. This issue seems to be separate from that.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2012
    I have the same problem, except for my Documents folder.

    1) I drag something to the Documents folder; 2) the file sits int he Documents fodder for a split second; 3) the file disappears from the Documents folder and moves to the Trash.

    I think OP's problem is not related to Safari, but is related to the Downloads folder itself. (Mine is related tot he Documents folder)
  5. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It sounds like you might be inadvertently pressing a key or trackpad. It's certainly not normal that anything would automatically delete itself. Right-click on the Documents folder and Get Info. Check the permissions at the bottom, to make sure you have read/write permissions to that folder.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2010
    I thought I caught this happening but I think I downloaded a zip or something, it extracted it and deleted the zip I believe. Did it maybe leave behind an extracted file in the downloads?

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