Howto: download a web browser from Windows when your web browser doesn’t work

Suppose your Windows machine has a broken Internet Explorer – How are you supposed to get online to download patches and utilities to fix the problem? Use the built-in Windows FTP tool to download Firefox from a mirror site!

This was found on the SANS Internet Storm Center web site:

To start FTP, click StartRun and type cmd to launch a command prompt

From the command prompt window, type the following commands:

ftp ftp.osuosl.org
User: anonymous
Password: {your email address}
cd /pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/2.0.0.11/win32/en-US/
binary
mget *.exe

(say yes to getting Firefox Setup 2.0.0.11.exe)

quit

Now that you’re back to the command prompt, run this command, including the quotes as the file has spaces in the name:

"Firefox Setup 2.0.0.11.exe"

Thanks to William Stearns for these instructions! As newer versions of Firefox are released, replace the version number of Firefox Setup executable file with the appropriate numbers.

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