Chrome automatically blocks downloads that may try to cause problems on your device or online accounts, like:
- Giving you viruses
- Leaking your private data
- Changing your browser settings
- Changing the settings on your computer or device
- Adding unwanted extensions or toolbars to your browser
- Performing unapproved actions within your Google Account
Why the download was blocked
Your file download may be blocked for one of a few reasons:
- We think it might be a malicious, unwanted, uncommon or insecure file.
- Malicious: You tried to download malware.
- Unwanted: You tried to download a deceptive piece of software. This program, disguised as a helpful download, may actually make unexpected changes to your computer or device.
- Uncommon: You tried to download an unfamiliar and potentially dangerous piece of software.
- Insecure: You tried to download a file or program that wasn't secure but was started on a secure page. In some cases, you can choose to download anyway.
- We've found that the website from which you tried to download the file has been known to distribute malware.
- You're using Safe Browsing with enhanced protection.
To help protect users, Google maintains a list of websites that are known to host malicious downloads and a list of trusted software publishers. If you're a software publisher and your binaries are flagged by Chrome, learn how to resolve malware or unwanted software issues related to your downloads.
Chrome may also block insecure downloads from secure sites. If you can't download files from your site, find out how to avoid mixed content and downloads on your site.