Release 4.4.0.1: Old version on free-downloads.net

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Release 4.4.0.1: Old version on free-downloads.net

Post by EMathews3 » 2020 May 04, 13:24

Downloading from that site today gave me 4.0.0.1 from 2018. Had to download from zabkat to get the current version.

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Re: Release 4.4.0.1: Old version on free-downloads.net

Post by nikos » 2020 May 04, 13:56

you make it sound like you had to make your hands dirty!? :)
free-downloads is no longer a supported mirror, in fact there are no mirrors, only zabkat.com

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Re: Release 4.4.0.1: Old version on free-downloads.net

Post by EMathews3 » 2020 May 04, 19:27

Okay well, I followed the links at https://www.zabkat.com/alldown.htm labeled "MAIN download server" and that's how I ended up at that unsupported mirror. Also the buttons at https://www.zabkat.com/x2-64bit.htm lead over there too. In my confusion I installed the wrong version for my license. However "Check for Updates" sees no problem. Could you please post a link for downloading the current Ult 64-bit? All the links I find go to that blasted other place.

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Re: Release 4.4.0.1: Old version on free-downloads.net

Post by nikos » 2020 May 05, 08:34

when I try it, all the downloads are coming from zabkat.com as expected!?

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Re: Release 4.4.0.1: Old version on free-downloads.net

Post by EMathews3 » 2020 May 05, 18:21

Are you seeing the same target URLs as below when you right-click/hover on a source link? I would examine your php script. Two browsers both take me to the bad place.

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|Source page                        |Label                                   |Target URL / Query                         |Destination page                                            |
|-----------------------------------|----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|------------------------------------------------------------|
|https://www.zabkat.com/alldown.htm |          xplorer² ULTIMATE     (64 bit)|https://www.zabkat.com/download.php?p=3&u=1|http://www.free-downloads.net/programs/xplorer2_ultimate_x64|
|                                   |          Latest version: 4.4.0.1       |                                           |                                                            |
|-----------------------------------|----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|------------------------------------------------------------|
|https://www.zabkat.com/alldown.htm |          xplorer² professional (64 bit)|https://www.zabkat.com/download.php?p=3&u=0|http://www.free-downloads.net/programs/xplorer2_64_bit      |
|                                   |          Latest version: 4.4.0.1       |                                           |                                                            |
|-----------------------------------|----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|------------------------------------------------------------|
|https://www.zabkat.com/x2-64bit.htm|Click for xplorer² ultimate      64 bit |https://www.zabkat.com/download.php?p=3&u=1| <same as ultimate     above>                               |
|https://www.zabkat.com/x2-64bit.htm|Click for xplorer² professional  64 bit |https://www.zabkat.com/download.php?p=3    | <same as professional above>                               |
|-----------------------------------|----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|------------------------------------------------------------|
|<none>                             |testing from browser address bar        |https://www.zabkat.com/download.php        |http://www.free-downloads.net/programs/xplorer2             |
|-----------------------------------|----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|------------------------------------------------------------|

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Re: Release 4.4.0.1: Old version on free-downloads.net

Post by nikos » 2020 May 05, 18:33

do you perhaps strip the referrer information in your browser? That could be the explanation

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Re: Release 4.4.0.1: Old version on free-downloads.net

Post by EMathews3 » 2020 May 06, 20:13

"referrer information" Assuming this comes into play only when one website sends traffic to another, I don't understand how it would be relevant.

"strip the referrer information in your browser" Not sure what this means really, but testing shows the main browser *is* doing something unusual, because two other browsers do proceed with a download as expected, instead of diverting to the other site. Thank you :)

Nuts - I was sure I had already tested with a second browser and duplicated the wrong behavior.

Next step: install the new download and confirm it is the current version.

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Re: Release 4.4.0.1: Old version on free-downloads.net

Post by BRX » 2020 May 11, 14:19

nikos wrote:
2020 May 04, 13:56
you make it sound like you had to make your hands dirty!? :)
free-downloads is no longer a supported mirror, in fact there are no mirrors, only zabkat.com
And no direct downloads anymore, correct?

I had a convenient little batch where I downloaded the current executables with wget when a new version was announced.
When I ran it for 4.4.0.1. I got 2-byte-sized files with, well, 2-lettered content.

Was there a misuse? No harm done and of course I can go through the browser but I was wondering about the harsh comment.

[P.S. Just read https://www.zabkat.com/blog/ddos-zabkat.htm after posting and assume that was the reason]

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Re: Release 4.4.0.1: Old version on free-downloads.net

Post by nikos » 2020 May 11, 17:04

yes, blame it on stoopid hackers. :evil:

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