Google Chrome blocks downloads

Chrome automatically blocks downloads that try to cause problems on your computer or device, 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

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 you tried to download the file from has been known to distribute malware.
More info for software developers and website owners

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, learn how to avoid mixed content and downloads on your site.

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