Local downloads for Installer/Portable not working in certain regions


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This seems to be a problem for some time now, the local download option for the Installer/Portable variants opens a new tab that simply redirects back to the download page, while it's working fine for the DOS variant. It happens in all browsers, in all OS', even with a plain CURL request, the download requests for local files will always return a 302 with the Location header pointing to `https://www.hwinfo.com/download.php`.

Maybe it's a Cloudflare related problem, as it seems to be region specific. From Germany or UK, no luck, from US or Netherlands, works fine.

$ curl -IXGET https://www.hwinfo.com/files/hwi_722.zip

HTTP/2 302 
date: Sat, 02 Apr 2022 15:07:06 GMT
content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
location: https://www.hwinfo.com/download.php
cache-control: max-age=16070400
expires: Sun, 03 Apr 2022 11:13:41 GMT
cf-cache-status: HIT
age: 100405
expect-ct: max-age=604800, report-uri="https://report-uri.cloudflare.com/cdn-cgi/beacon/expect-ct"
report-to: {"endpoints":[{"url":"https:\/\/a.nel.cloudflare.com\/report\/v3?s=Td7AsSy9Ta1S9St%2BAwxkM1%2BfQWNUd7r7JBFUyjto1IJGQ1vtQUc2J%2BBy%2FjeuwuRCvfVSSHsaB%2F566icg2dSsK5SiR5Zjm6KHsk%2FEj7cbjvx8oECTjGL7X%2Bj4AExJjjruOQ%3D%3D"}],"group":"cf-nel","max_age":604800}
nel: {"success_fraction":0,"report_to":"cf-nel","max_age":604800}
server: cloudflare
cf-ray: 6f5a78e4efb91e61-MUC
alt-svc: h3=":443"; ma=86400, h3-29=":443"; ma=86400
This is due to hotlink protection, those files cannot be directly downloaded (or linked from external sites), the download must be initiated from the HWiNFO page.
Maybe, maybe not. The problem is that it happens in browsers too, as mentioned it shows the same exact behavior in all browsers (via links on the page, those that open in `_blank`), I only brought up CURL to show that it's the same behavior irrespective of the client.

If I use a proxy located in the US, then I can download the file, and my browser's request looks identical to the one without a proxy.
Please try if the same happens in Private Browsing mode or when you right-click and do Save-As.
Private mode, normal mode, save as (redirects too and downloads the download site HTML), fresh browser profile, fresh browser install, fresh OS install (VM), it's the same behavior everywhere, only when I change my location it starts working, depending on the location sometimes all downloads work, sometimes only the Installer variant download, sometimes only the Portable variant, but the DOS variant seems to work always.
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Then I suppose this might indeed be caused by CloudFlare's regional servers. I will try to look into this, but they don't provide options for dedicated centers.
Did you change something? It seems to work now, even with TOR, which previously wasn't working at all, no matter the location of the exit node.
I am also seeing this issue, noticed it yesterday and continues today

Coming from the https://www.hwinfo.com/download/ page and clicking on any of the Local (U.S.) download links only results in a 302 redirect back to https://www.hwinfo.com/download/

I've tried in Private tabs to eliminate local caching issues, and from 3 different computers/internet connections (home, work, friend) in my region

I know I can download with other mirrors, this is just a FYI as it seems like there is an ongoing issue
I can see the problem now with the Portable version but not with the Installer (exe).