Q&A: Why Is Searching on Google Downloading Files to My Computer?

Question by leblancphotography: Why is searching on Google downloading files to my computer?
So I don’t normally ask too many questions on here, but trying to search for “google search download” isn’t really too useful in any search engine.

So I use Google Chrome on a Macbook Pro (Mac OS X 10.6.8) and the problem occurs when I’m on Google’s web site. Not every time I search, but every so often my computer will automatically download a file named “search.” There’s no extension to the file, but on my computer it automatically opens in TextEdit. I’ve uploaded the file to a Cloud Server for anyone to see it, although I believe looking at it probably won’t help.


What is causing this download? And how can I prevent it? I’m tired of my downloads folder getting filed up with files named “search,”search (2),” “search (3),” etc.

Thanks for your help.

Best answer:

Answer by David Baner
If you use Google Toolbar then that could cause your symptom. Either disable/remove it or upgrade it to the most recent version (for your browser type).

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