I'm not able to search particular folders in the Downloads folder in my Home directory, using Finder's 'Searching this Mac' through 'File: Find' in the top menu. When I click on the folder I want to search, it seems to always revert to my Downloads folder for the search. (This also happens when I try to search other folders.)
Through 'get info.,' I set permissions on my Home directory for everyone and all enclosed folders.
I've used Disk Utility online (through the 'Command + R').
Sharing was on (with another computer used only by me), but has been off for some time.