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I'm unable to download anything from any uploading site, specially if they are big files.
Every time, the download process begins but then it stops and just stays there.
I have Windows XP Service Pack 2. I normally use Firefox, but I have this problem with IE too. I've re-installed Firefox 3 (I thought maybe it could help) but nothing happened and then I changed to Firefox 2... but still doesn't work.
I've also tried 3 different downloader managers.
FlashGet worked with 400 MB file but it took more than 3 hours, literally.
Yesterday I disable the Firewall while I tried to download a file from an uploading site, it worked (it took a long time) but I don't want to keep my firewall on and off and on again every time I want to download something. Besides this was so sudden because everything was working fine until last week.

So, I wonder... can it be a virus? (it sounds stupid, I know. Although I've scanned my computer and it didn't find anything)
should I format my computer and re-install Windows? I really don't want to and I don't know if it's going to work, considering that this was sudden and I don't know what is causing it.

Has anyone had this problem before?

Thanks for helping me! :)
 
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