We figured out what was going on. We have six computers in out lab. After trying two XP downloads we tried it with kali-linux and got the correctfile
We provide the following warning. If you use XP to download posted files from these sites look very closely at the file that is actually loaded onto your computer. Open up your folder where you downloaded it and read the entire file name.. Look to see if it is an .exe file. Do not run this file.
Furthermore NEVER Click RUN from any of these sites, load the file and inspect it closely.
For example you might load a file called ABCDEF.tar.gz. When you get the yellow rectangle asking to run or save, the file name will say ABCDEF.tar.gz. BUT when you get the file saved you will get something like ABCDEF.tar.gz.exe If you run this your antivirus will go nuts AND you will get a ton of useless files asking to check your computer or provide some sort of service. We tested this exe file with a persistent usb version of XP that we were going to trash. We even had icons showing up in notepad.
However if you download the file with kali-linux you get what you asked for, and are not sent to viral land of spyware and products no one wants or will ever need.
We have no knowledge about Windows 7 but we suspect the result would mimic XP