I have initiated downloads of several software packages from Adobe and other sites to my downloads folder.
After completion of the process the downloads cannot be found in the folder and the folder does not show any increase in content size.
If I initiate a second download of the same items to the same folder, I get the warning about replacing the existing file - which is not there according to Windows.
The file has actually been converted to a file called ffffffffffffb844.isw or something else like that and moved to the 'Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\#ISW.FS#' folder where virtual data is stored by Forcefield.
The programmes I downloaded cannot be accessed, are invisible to Windows and Forecfield tells me that it has protected my computer from endless gigabytes of harmful content - which is a load of nonesense.
What it has actually done is to convert the Firefox cache and any downloads that I initiate into inaccessible files called 'virtual data'.
If I select 'Clear Virtual Data' from Forcefield, not only does it delete all of the files in this virtual cache, but it also forces Firefox to revert to its default settings - as if installed afresh - which means I lose all of my bookmarks, saved passwords, plugins and other settings.
Forcefield is acting like malware by disabling/hiding files without user input/information - the very thing it is supposed to prevent.
If I disable Zonealarm then Firefox does not lose the downloads, etc. and everything works fine. Disable only Forcefield and everything works fine also.
This is specific to Zonealarm.