Problems downloading .rar files (Incomplete downloads)

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  1. dashlite macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I am facing issues whenever I download .rar files. It just happened today, and I'm not really sure why too, cause previously it was always fine.

    Just a couple of moments ago, I tried to download a 80MB .rar file. However, my mac (in Safari/Chrome browsers) only downloaded 4KB of it and the download ended. (No issues with Internet or whatsoever)

    Anyone can help out with this? Thanks :)
     
  2. logana macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like what you you downloaded was a torrent file for the .rar file .....
     
  3. mattwiz13 macrumors newbie

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    I'm having the exact same problem. It's been going on for a few days now and I have no idea how to fix it. I've tried downloading all different types of .rar files from all different browsers and websites. It's really becoming an inconvenience. Can anyone help?
     
  4. mattwiz13 macrumors newbie

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    I'm having the exact same problem. It's been going on for a few days now and I have no idea how to fix it. I've tried downloading all different types of .rar files from all different browsers and websites. It's really becoming an inconvenience. Can anyone help?
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Care to provide a link, so we can test it?
     
  6. mattwiz13 macrumors newbie

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  7. simsaladimbamba

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    I just get
    when I click the actual link.
     
  8. mattwiz13 macrumors newbie

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  9. simsaladimbamba

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    Safari 5.0.5 gives me a never ending cycle without any download.
    Aurora (Firefox beta) works without hiccups.
     
  10. dashlite thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No. The download was from mediafire. (10MB of PDF files)


    I tried the link posted above from mediafire, and all I get after downloading is a 4KB file when it's supposed to be over 100MB.

    I am able to download the file, but why is it incomplete? (No error messages or what, all I get is an incomplete file which is in the downloads tray.)
     
  11. kirponos macrumors newbie

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    it works with rapidshare, but nothing else

    I have the same problem since about a week. the strange thing is, it still works flawlessly with rapidshare, but no other of the ten oneclick hosters I tried. The problem is definitely more than just a missing letter in the URL.




    I tried the link posted above from mediafire, and all I get after downloading is a 4KB file when it's supposed to be over 100MB.

    I am able to download the file, but why is it incomplete? (No error messages or what, all I get is an incomplete file which is in the downloads tray.)[/QUOTE]
     
  12. floydtw macrumors newbie

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    Having the same problem

    Dashlite, I'm having exactly the same problem. Running 10.6.8 on a 21in Imac. Happened a couple weeks ago. Only affects .rar files; I can download .zip files and uncompressed files, such as .mov. Problem occurs in Firefox and Safari. Also in Opera. I can resume download in Opera after it stops at 4k, get the whole .rar file, but it won't open with Stuffit. Older laptop on my network has no problem downloading .rar files, so the ISP is not at fault.

    Problem persisted after updating the OS to 10.6.8. I'm wondering if it's a java-related bug?

    Can't believe we're the only two people affected by this.

     
  13. NorthDakota91 macrumors member

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    Do you have some "strange" apps running in background? (like antiviruses or firewalls, that kind of stuff) It seems a security related question (don't know why, just intuition I guess :D)
     
  14. vaper macrumors newbie

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    I've been experiencing the same problem as described by others in this thread. Nothing has changed as far as which if any "strange" apps are running in the background. Any attempts to download .rar files result in incomplete downloads of either 4.0 KB or 5.4 KB.
     
  15. NorthDakota91 macrumors member

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    Maybe I just didn't understand the problem - you can't download ANY .rar files or just those linked above?
     
  16. Ethaneeze macrumors newbie

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    I also have been experiencing this for the past couple weeks or so. I created this account just to keep up with this thread. Every rar file I try to download crashes immediately. I don't I get connected with the hosting site, so it crashes. Sometimes, I can try the download again, immediately after it crashes, and it will start the download, and half the time those files are corrupted.

    It isn't a browser issue.
     
  17. NorthDakota91 macrumors member

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    I just found a guy on another forum that had the same exact problem - he fixed it by removing Norton Firewall. I really think that your problem is just an antivirus/firewall program that blocks the file download because it detects some kind of infection (it may be a false positive though).

    What I suggest is disabling such programs, download the file and scan it with ClamXAV (just to be sure not to spread infections to windows machines in case you share the file)

    Here's a link to that forum: http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/apple-notebooks/253539-i-cant-download-rar-files-internet.html
     
  18. Ethaneeze macrumors newbie

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    Just to make sure that is the problem, does every person (who is affected by this bug) have norton firewall active?

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    Sorry for the double post, but I just had to check if that was the problem.

    It worked for me. Disabled Norton Vulnerability Protection and now rar files seem to downloading just fine.

    Haven't tried opening one, but based on how the download starts, I'd say they won't be corrupted.
     
  19. dashlite thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. :D

    Yes, I have Norton Anti-Virus installed, and after disabling the vulnerability option, the download works. :)
     
  20. NorthDakota91 macrumors member

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    I'm glad it helped. From my experience, if you don't use your mac on a windows network and/or you don't share files with windows machines too much, an antivirus tends to be a little too aggressive and it is just a waste of money. Thinking twice before entering your admin password is a much much much better option to keep your mac intact IMHO
     
  21. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I highly recommend you uninstall it. You don't need any 3rd party antivirus software to protect Mac OS X from malware. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
    If you insist on running 3rd party antivirus software, ClamXav is a good choice, since it isn't a resource hog, detects both Mac and Windows malware and doesn't run with elevated privileges. You can run scans when you choose, rather than leaving it running all the time, slowing your system.
     
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