How to fix Google Chrome blocks downloads

When Google Chrome was introduced, it wasn’t considered too good in terms of security. One never knew when an extension would go wrong and hijack the browser’s home page.

But that has now changed. Thanks to various protection measures, such as malicious software scanning and isolated site processes, Google Chrome surely is one of the safest browsers out there.

Chrome also plays an active role in protecting your system from malware. By default, it blocks files that are considered unsafe from being downloaded to your computer. Unfortunately, this also means that you cannot download files from certain sites that you know are trustworthy, but that Google Chrome Safebrowsing thinks otherwise.

And then there’s the problem of Chrome blocking automatic downloads that come from the same source. This is sometimes annoying. While it’s not a good idea to completely and permanently disable these security features, we’ll make an exception for once.
Chrome protects you from known phishing sites and malicious downloads with an integrated feature called SafeBrowsing. If you disable this feature, the browser does not block downloads that Chrome would otherwise deem unsafe.

Since you are susceptible to online threats even without SafeBrowsing, consider disabling the feature while unblocking all restricted downloads.

Google Chrome blocks downloads

Disable SafeBrowsing in Google Chrome

Open the Google Chrome browser. In the upper right corner, click on the Chrome menu. In the Chrome menu, click Settings.

In the Chrome settings, on the left side, click Privacy and Security. Then click on the Security settings in Chrome.

Then click on No protection and accept the warning.

Turn off safe browsing

Safe Browsing protects you from attackers who try to trick you into doing something dangerous, such as installing malicious software or disclosing personal information like passwords, phone numbers, or credit cards. If you disable this feature, you should be careful when browsing unknown or untrusted sites.

You have now successfully disabled SafeBrowsing you can now download the file Chrome had previously blocked.

Disable security extension

If the download is still blocked in Google Chrome, then it is possible that you have a browser extension installed in Google Chrome that is blocking downloads.

You should check the extensions in Google Chrome. If there is an extension installed that is blocking downloads in Chrome, disable this extension temporarily.

Open the Google Chrome browser. In the top right corner, click on the Chrome menu. In the menu, click on More tools. Then click on Extensions.

Click on the security extension(s) and by clicking on the blue slider, temporarily disable the extension.

Disable chrome extension

Now download the desired file, which was previously blocked by Chrome. I recommend that you re-enable both SafeBrowsing and any extension after that.

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