I received a question from subscriber Allan Pendlebury, who had a problem with a malfunctioning add-on for Firefox:
Here is a post I made on Windows 7 Forum with a small problem.
Default Browser is Firefox 3.6.10. And I have the "OpenDownload Addon" Which gives me the "Run" as in IE. I also have Secunia installed which points out updates required. Say I’m upgrading Java and I click on "Run". It downloads the update into a temp folder I guess, but I get this Download error:
"C:UsersAllanAppDataLocalTempmozOpenDownload could not be saved, because you cannot change the contents of that folder.
Change the folder properties and try again, or try saving in a different location."
I received this response:
Are you using the latest version?
If so, perhaps try taking ownership of that folder?
Take Ownership Shortcut
Neither worked; any ideas?
Also I am using Secunia to correct a supposedly insecure program; so maybe Secunia is the problem as the Browser "Run" command works when on a download site.
I wrote back to Allan that I do not like Internet Explorer’s option to download and run a program – I prefer to download always and then run.
I prefer Firefox’s default behavior that requires you to save the file. Then, you can use Firefox’s Downloads console (Tools > Downloads, if you have Firefox set to close the Downloads console upon finishing the downlaod) to run the program – just double-click it.
Apparently his problem is with the function of the “OpenDownload” add-on for Firefox. It might be a problem caused by the add-on, by Firefox changes, by Windows 7 or Windows Vista (I’m not sure which je’s using), or by another add-on or program he’s running.
By looking at Mozilla.com’s Firefox add-on’s repository, the latest version is from March 5, 2007, although it’s reported to work with Firefox 1.0 through some Firefox 3.6 versions (it’s noted not to work with version 3.6.6).
Since it doesn’t work with 3.6.6, and since the Firefox develoeprs apparently are not interested in making this a Firefox feature (from the comments on the add-on’s web page at addons.mozilla.org), I suspect you’re not going to be able to use it.