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Lately, whenever I open an EE page in my browser I get popup messages saying "Do you want to open or save <filename>.css from www.experts-exchange.com?" where <filename> varies from message to message, and consists of seemingly random letters and numbers.

Cancelling a message does not seem to stop another one appearing a little later.

Can anyone provide an explanation?

Thanks
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Question by:tonewell
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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Never ever saw that.. need additional information
Operating System and Browser Version
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by:Dave Baldwin
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This is a typical CSS link here:
<link rel="stylesheet" href="/getCSS/index.jsp?pid=97458&amp;t=1370640779672" media="all" />

Open in new window

Note that it is actually a Java Server Page (JSP) that delivers the CSS.  I'm pretty sure the long number is a timestamp that is used to force the browser to load the file from the server and not from cache.  You can do that with any server side language but I don't know why it is giving you a problem.
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by:jcimarron
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tonewell--
You might also put this question into the Community Support forum
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/

Right click on that message|Properties.  What do you see in the URL line?

What happens if you click Yes to open or save?
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by:tonewell
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If I save the css file it appears in my downloads folder with a size of "0".  If I open it with Notepad it shows - nothing.  The saved file had name "ad0513e1.css".  Another was called "075f8946.css".

Paying closer attention, the download message appears a second or two after the results of a search are first shown.  If the search is narrowed or refreshed the download message appears again.

Right clicking on the message produces no result.  It is one of those messages that appear as a bar along the bottom of the browser window.

I will post a new version of this question in the Community Support forum
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jcimarron earned 500 total points
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tonewell--I suspect you have malware on the PC.  Have you run a scan with your Antivirus and something like MalwareBytes?
http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free
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by:tonewell
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It turns out to be an EE bug - apparently to be fixed very soon.
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by:jcimarron
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tonewell--I would think the post http:#a39235370 should be the Accepted Solution and worth an Excellent grade.  I went to the Community Support site and see they answered your question.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/EE_Bugs/Q_28154570.html
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