I'm clicking on a regular page link but my browser downloads the page--could I have spyware or a virus?

The past couple of days, I've noticed that sometimes when I click on links within my browser page (Firefox is my default browser), instead of the page opening, it will download to my desktop instead. I haven't been right-clicking at all, just left-clicking to open links. Could this be a sign that I've got spyware or a virus on my computer? FYI, I've got Norton Antivirus on my computer and I run a scheduled scan each day. I've also got AdAware anti-spyware program, but haven't run it in a couple of weeks. Norton hasn't indicated any viruses. Any ideas what this could be and where I should look to find any problem files?

Asked By: Pastor Chad from - 8/13/2007
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Try uninstalling it then reinstalling it... More
Answered By: Mike - 8/13/2007
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I don't think it is a virus. I've actually had the same problem happen to me occasionally when I updated Firefox to It may be just a bug, go to BugZilla to find out or to report it.
Answered By: Jason Walker - 8/13/2007
Few things to try 1) Try using the same on a different browser 2) Run a complete SPY ware test on your computer. 3) Check if this happens to all the website. 4) Make sure your SPyware and Anti Virus is updated to the latest signature
Answered By: Bani - 8/13/2007
I don't think its a virus I think that for some resean firefox is configured to save the webpage instead of opening it. Or if its just happening on one link it may just be a download link not one directing to a webpage
Answered By: what_ever101 - 8/13/2007
The association of file types and their programs are handle by the so called MIME type. the MIME type is included in the invisible information sent in the header of the webservers answer. For example a normal web page may have the MIME type "text/html... More
Answered By: Thomas K - 8/13/2007
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