I subscribe to a certain financial website and visit it almost every day. Apart from the audio commentary on world markets and the c17000 charts, they have extensive textual content on investing matters, which I rarely have time to read.
Two weeks ago last Friday there was something I wished to read and the link would not work. Trying every link that day I found some opened and most didn’t. The next week I tried every link each day, with the same result. So on the second Friday I sent an email asking them to check their links, as I did not think it could be my PC in view of the variable results. I detailed the result of each individual link the previous day. The reply stated that they had found no problems with the links and had not received any other complaints, so felt the problem must be at my end.
Further investigations revealed that:
1. It’s is only PDF reports which will not open, neither with Foxit or Nitro readers,
2. there is no problem if using IE, and
3. they open using Firefox on my wife’s PC
So the problem is FF on my XP machine. I have disabled the BetterPrivacy and Close n forget add-ons in case they were the cause, without success.
Today I discovered that if I save the link to the desktop it will open from there, which is easier than changing browser or PC. However, in the meantime another issue has arisen.
FF will not accept downloads - the screen shows the file downloading, then says ‘Done’ but is otherwise blank, and it can not be found anywhere. So I have to switch to IE to download, which involves making it the default browser.
I feel that these issues are probably related, due to the proximity in time between the two, and they both involve downloads, but the absence of any similarity between the settings in FF and IE does not help find the solution.
Any suggestions on how to proceed would be much appreciated.