He subido un rar y un exe al host de la siguiente manera
<a href="programa.rar"> Descarga</a>
<a href="programa2.exe"> Descarga</a>
los archivos estan ubicados en ........htdocs/programa.rar y htdocs/programa2.exe
En ambos casos al intentar descargarlos obtengo el siguiente mensaje
You don't have permission to access.
If you are encountering a Forbidden error chances are that the action or resource you attempted to access has been forbidden such as trying to view the contents of a directory versus accessing a specific file inside of the directory.
For example many sites do not allow the directory listing such as in the /images directory so when you attempt to access the directory through your browser, you may be met with a forbidden error whereas if you load an image directly within the directory such as /images/logo.gif you can see the image.
Other causes of the 403 error can be permissions issues or .htaccess syntax issues so if you're the webmaster and you see this error, you should check your file and directory permissions and the syntax of your .htaccess file(s) to ensure they are correct and appropriate."