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Downloading and Uploading Files from Internet

Last Updated : 21 Jul, 2021
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The terms downloading and uploading are generally used while browsing the Internet. Receiving data or a file from the Internet on your computer is referred to as “downloading.” Uploading refers to the process of sending data or a file from your computer to a remote location on the Internet.  
Remote Site: A remote site is one that is physically located in a different location than the user’s site. 

Downloading Files from Web

The process of copying a file (such as a game or utility) from one computer to another through the internet is known as downloading. The transmission of a file from a server or remote computer system to a user’s PC is known as downloading. Downloading a file, from the perspective of an Internet user, is making a request for a file from a server computer and receiving it.
When you download a game from our website, you are transferring it from the author’s or publisher’s web server to your own computer. This enables you to install and run the software on your own computer. Using Download, Click Here, etc. types of links on Web pages, downloading photos, articles, and apps from the Internet has become a pleasure.

Steps to Download a File:

To download a file (from a remote server), perform the following steps:

Step 1: Select the software you wish to download by clicking on the download link. There are different websites that may provide download URLs for the same program, select one from them.
Example: To download zoom on Windows: Go to the URL: “” and then click on the download button.

Step 2: You might be prompted whether you wish to save or run the file from its present location. Select “Save“(if asked).

Note: Some browsers will choose “Save” for you automatically. 

Step 3: A regular “Save As” dialogue box will appear, prompting you to select the folder where you want to save the application or file. Before selecting the “Save” button, select the folder where you want to save the file. Generally, by default: “C:\Download,” is chosen.

Step 4: Your file’s download will start. Your web browser will display a progress bar that fills up as you download to keep you informed about the download’s progress. 
In the example above, the file will be saved as “F: \ZoomInstaller.exe”.

Depending on the sort of file you downloaded, what follows next is different. Most of the files you download will have one of two extensions. 

  • EXE files: .exe files means executable files. It is an application that can be executed. From there, follow the on-screen directions to install the program on your computer and learn how to use it after it’s installed.
  • ZIP files: ZIP is a popular file format for compressing and combining files to make them download faster. Some versions of Windows (such as XP and ME) can read ZIP files without the need for additional software. You’ll need an unzipping application to read these ZIP files if you don’t have one.

Uploading a File to Remote Site

The process of transferring data from one remote system to another is referred to as “remote uploading“. Some internet file hosting services employ this.
Remote uploading is also utilized in circumstances when the computers that need to share data are on a different high-speed LAN and the remote control is done via a slower dial-up modem connection.

If a website accepts file uploads, it will feature an upload tool to assist with the process. This method is handled differently by each website, however, we’ll provide some instances. The site’s help sections will usually assist you through the upload process.
Many websites feature a button that opens a dialogue box when you click it.
Downloading is the process of sending a file from a server or remote computer system to a user’s computer. From the standpoint of an Internet user, downloading a file entails requesting a file from a server computer and receiving it. The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is an Internet service that allows you to download and upload data.

Example: Facebook has an upload option that uploads photos/videos on your wall.

Steps to Upload a File:

Step 1: Choose the upload photo/video option.

Step 2: After that, a dialog box opens for choosing the file to be uploaded. Here we choose an image from the Pictures folder.

Step 3: After choosing the desired image, it will be uploaded to your wall, once you click on the post.

Some Tips for Safe Downloads:

  • To stay safe if something goes wrong while downloading, close all vital applications.
  • Close all apps running on your computer while downloading any file, and only allow one set-up file to execute at a time.
  • Scan all files after downloading them, whether from websites or links in e-mails.
  • Set up firewalls and antivirus to scan all the things you download on a regular basis.
  • Never download things such as music, video, games, or other types of media from untrustworthy websites, and don’t rely on recommendations from friends or random online comments.
  • To help detect and eliminate viruses and spyware from the application you want to download, keep your antivirus, spam filter, and spyware up to date.
  • Before you download anything, make sure your browser settings are secure.
  • Only download from websites that are worthy of your time. Don’t click on any links on unauthorized websites to download anything.
  • If any offensive phrases appear on the website, close the window immediately, regardless of how important it is, because spyware may be placed on your computer as a result of visiting such sites.
  • Don’t just click the link or file and wait for it to download; instead, download the file and save it where you want it to be saved before running it on the application.
  • Read the instructions carefully before installing or running the application. That is to say, read the terms and conditions before proceeding.
  • Before you download, check the file’s size; it may appear to be extremely small at first, but once you click, the file’s size rises.
  • Never trust anything that claims that if you click on this link, your computer settings will be modified and your PC will be transformed into an XBOX and you will be able to play infinite games on it.
  • Anything that offers you a free download may include dangerous software, so don’t accept it.
  • Don’t download anything until you’ve read all the website’s material and determined whether it’s an original company’s website.

Sample Questions

Question 1. How can you measure the speed of data transfer?


Bits per second is a commonly used measure for assessing data transfer speed. It depicts the average data transfer rate between a computer and a data transmission system. 

Question 2. Differ uploading & downloading.


The process of transferring web pages, photos, and files to a web server is known as uploading. The process of acquiring online pages, pictures, and data from a web server is known as downloading. You must upload a file to make it visible to everyone on the internet.

Question 3. Why do you need to upload & download the files?


When we need a file that is stored on the server, we must download it, which entails sending the file from the server to the user’s computer. Similarly, if we wish to share something, such as a file or a photograph, we must upload it to the Internet, which entails sending the material from the user’s computer to the server.

Question 4. What kind of files do we upload commonly?


We upload the following file types in general:

File Type Extension
Upload a Video MP4, MPG, AVI
Upload a Document DOC, DOCX, TXT, ODT
Upload an Audio File MP3
Upload a PDF PDF
Spreadsheet CSV, XLS, XLSX, ODS
Presentation PPT

Except for all these many other types of files are there that can be uploaded(but not commonly) like ZIP, EXE, GLF file, etc.

Question 5. 1 KBps is equal to how many Bits per second?


As 1 KB = 1024 bytes = 1024 * 8 bits = 8192 bits.
So 1 KBps is equal to 8192 bits per sec.

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