I ran into a problem recently with my windows batch script files because I use this great utility called URL2FILE.exe which is a free 32bit Windows console-mode application able to retrieve and save the content of a World Wide Web content to a local file. Well, for some unknown reason our company virus scan software, VirusScan, decided that URL2FILE.exe was a Generic PUP.z virus and cascade deleted all copies of the file on our server! In an instant all my services that use the file was rendered useless!

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With limited knowledge of Windows Script Hosting and VbScript, I’ve managed to write up a small vbscript file that pretty much does what url2file aims to do with text files (please note that the script does NOT work with binary files). To effectively create a script that replicates the download of web pages similar to what url2file.exe does, then do the following:

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Save the following code as URL2FILE.vbs:

'Wscript.Arguments(0) - Website  URL
'Wscript.Arguments(1) - Full File Path
Dim lngResolveTimeout, lngConnectTimeout, lngSendTimeout, lngReceiveTimeout, retVal
'30 Min timeout when accessing web page
lngResolveTimeout = 1800000
lngConnectTimeout = 1800000
lngSendTimeout = 1800000
lngReceiveTimeout = 1800000
'Valid URL continue validation
Dim xml, txresponse
Set xml = CreateObject("MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP")
xml.setTimeouts lngResolveTimeout, lngConnectTimeout, lngSendTimeout, lngReceiveTimeout
xml.Open "GET", Wscript.Arguments(0), False
'Write response to file
Dim oFs, oTextFile, iMode
iMode = 2
set oFs = createobject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
set oTextFile = oFs.OpenTextFile(Wscript.Arguments(1), iMode, True)
oTextFile.Write xml.responseText
set oTextFile = nothing
set oFS = nothing

To run the script in a command prompt session:

url2file.vbs [URL] [FULL OUTPUT FILE PATH]
eg. url2file.vbs http://localhost/test.htm c:\temp\test.htm

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