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Browser Stops Responding When .Exe File Attempts to Run Instead of Download

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We strongly recommend that all users upgrade to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) version 6.0 running on Microsoft Windows Server 2003. IIS 6.0 significantly increases Web infrastructure security. For more information about IIS security-related topics, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Browser Symptoms

When you click an .exe file from a browser to download it, the fileattempts to run, causing the browser to stop responding.

NOTE: Internet Explorer does not actually stop responding. After thetimeout period eventually expires, it displays the following errormessage:
Internet Explorer cannot open the Internet site http://%3curl%3e/%3Cfilename%3E.exe

The operation timed out

Server Symptoms

In the Event Viewer on the computer running Internet Information Server(IIS), the following error is listed in the event log:
System Error, Source=W3SVC, Event ID=16

The event details contains the description:
The script started from the URL '/<filename>.exe' with parameters '' has not responded within the configured timeout period. The HTTP server is terminating the script.
The virtual directory containing the .exe file has the Execute applicationpermission enabled. This causes IIS to attempt to run the .exe files inthat virtual directory for the browser instead of downloading them.
To work around this problem, change the virtual directory applicationpermission to None or Script. To do this, perform the following steps:
  1. In Internet Service Manager (ISM), view the Properties page for the appropriate virtual directory in the Web site.
  2. On the Directory, Home Directory, or Virtual Directory tab, under Permissions, select either None or Script.

(c) Microsoft Corporation 2000, All Rights Reserved. Contributions by Kevin Zollman, Microsoft Corporation.

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Article ID: 185379 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 12:27:00 - Revision: 4.0

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