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Damaged Downloaded Program Files?? What's this all about??

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by parrotplay, May 17, 2003.

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  1. parrotplay

    parrotplay Thread Starter

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    :confused: I have "Damaged" downloaded program files, all of them at this status. What the heck could cause this? And what are these files in the first place? I have copied them prior to this damaged thing, on floppy disks. Do not know what the heck to do with the copies, but have them.
    1-What are these "downloaded program files" and what do they mean to me, my system?
    2-What could have caused them all to show as "damaged" in the status of each file? How do I figure out what caused this so it does not repeat itself? (had only 1 prob that day, with install of Microsoft updates?). Really think I should find out if I did something naughty that system did not approve of, so I can apologize to it and fix it up so it is happy with me again.
    3-How do I use the copies of these files, if I need to, and do the "out with the old, in with the new" dance...how do I install the new files back into the system and get the damaged ones out?
    Thanx for you help, again...have a great day!! ;) :D
     
  2. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    Downloaded program files are ActiveX controls and Java programs that are downloaded automatically from the Internet when viewing certain pages. They are temporarily stored in the Downloaded Program Files folder on your hard disk.

    These can include perfectly legitimate applications, like Macromedia Flash player, Quicktime player, the Google toolbar installer, and the like, but also spyware.

    The best way to view them is as follows:

    Go to Internet Options > Temp Internet Files > Settings > Show Objects.

    If any of them are damaged, right click them, and choose Remove from the context menu.

    You'll just be prompted to download them again whenever Windows or an application needs them.

    Cheers,
     
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