I began noticing an extremely problematic issue with FireFox somewhat recently.
I noticed that a vast majority of downloads I attempted through FireFox (v126.96.36.199 [and previously in 188.8.131.52]) would "hang" at random periods during the download process.
It didn't matter if it was downloading by itself, or along with multiple other files simultaneously.
At one point, I noticed that both IE7 (RC1) and FireFox were having problems loading web pages (ex: blank pages would immediately appear after typing in the URL, "Connection Was Reset" messages would appear randomly, etc.)
I've tried deleting "downloads.rdf"
I've tried clearing the downloaded programs list.
I've tried everything suggested on MozillaZine.org
So, I decided to fully uninstall FireFox (and manually delete the Profile folder), and perform a clean re-install. That seemed to have taken care of the web page loading (or lack thereof) problem, but the download failure problem remains.
The problem seems to be confined to downloading .exe files, but that may be a false symptom, since a vast majority of files I download are .exe's.
I've thoroughly exhausted all options alluded to through MozillaZine's articles on FireFox hanging/downloads hanging/web pages not loading.
I've deleted all ancillary themes/extensions, but again, to no avail.
I'm running WinXP Media Center Edition 2005 (w/ Rollup 2)
I have Kaspersky AV 6.0 and ZoneAlarm Pro (paid firewall version) installed.
In that regard, I've tried re-configuring ZA Pro's program database and tried doing a "full allow" w/ FireFox, but to no avail.
I've even set ZAPro to accept "pings" from my ISP - to no avail.
I've tried everything I can possibly imagine.....nothing has worked.
If anyone has ANY ideas/suggestions as to how I can possibly fix this extremely annoying problem, they would be GREATLY appreciated.