What stops a file from showing up after what appears to be a successful download to a folder on a hard drive on a Windows XP macine? I have tried to download and save a number of files from the internet. I have used several sites, including winamp.com and open-dent.com for the trial version. Each time the download appears to be workign perfectly. When I go to serach for the file, it is never in the folder to which I said save it in the download dialog. I was at first using a dial up connection. I guessed that something was happening during the long down load, but when taken to a broadband connection, I get the same result. It is only on this one machine. I turned to a second machine with the same Windows XP operating system, download the files to a flash drive and moved them to the machine that would not stored the fiels when donwloaded directly on the machine. After transfering one of the installable "exe" files, I was abel to set up the application and run it with out difficulties. However, I still have needs to download applications on the machine that will not accept a download directly. I have loaded Windows Defender and scanned my my machine with it. But I still get the same results. I have no idea why the files are not accessible or if they are even loaded on my drive after the download procedure finishes. Surely, someone else has had this experience. I am guessing it is a "security" matter, or some kind of virus or adavware disruption. I truly do not know what could cause the problem. I have never had such an experience as this until I began the first time to download "Microsoft Antispyware Beta 1 on my dial up connection. I have tried that several time before windows defender came out. It never successfully downloaded and installed. Windows Defender did successfully download and install, but nothing else has since.