Google Chrome was introduced on September 1, 2008. So it’s been around for more than a decade. The browser that started as a ‘fresh take on the browser,’ it improved a lot over the years and has leapfrogged adversaries like Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. But it’s still not all sunshine and roses. The browser still has a lot of concerns, such as security, which still pose a problem even today.
Many Chrome users have complained over time that an extension went rogue or some of that sort. It changed a tad bit with the inclusion of some protective measures that scan for harmful software and isolated site processes. It is now one of the most secure browsers out there but one problem still looms – the messy process of downloading files.
Downloads have become an integral part of any application. You see an image, video, or any file, you download it for later viewing. But Google Chrome’s understanding of downloading is still kind of vague. It’s still a toddler when it comes to downloading files, where it can’t really differentiate between a good file and a harmful one.
What Chrome does is that it blocks files that it is unsafe from downloading onto your computer but also means that you won’t be able to download files from certain sites that you know are trustworthy but Chrome has some other opinions. The other issue is the Chrome blocking automatic downloads that begin from the same source. Even if blocking these safety measures seems like a bad idea, you can see how to unblock downloads in chrome safely and alongside some other safety options in this article. So, let’s hop onto this ship!
How to Unblock Downloads in Chrome
Phishing is common and many people endure that while surfing the internet on their browser. But Google Chrome has a built-in feature known as Safe Browsing. In order to unblock downloads that Chrome would consider unsafe, turn this feature off but I must say this – AT YOUR OWN RISK!!
1. Potentially Unsafe Downloads
Step 1: Launch Chrome click on the three-dot icon and open Settings.
Step 2: Look for Sync and Google Services and click on it.
Step 3: Underneath the Other Google Services under Sync and Google Services, you can see Safe Browsing, just below Show Suggestions.
Unblock Automatic Downloads
Some sites perform multiple downloads at once, like the ones that convert files from one format to another, you can face issues, all thanks to the built-in content restriction. But this is a measure taken to restrict unsafe website from downloading malware automatically adjacent to other safe files. You can easily remove this restriction. But to keep your data safe, Google Chrome will ask your permission when you begin downloading files unless you choose to whitelist sites actively.
Step 1: Launch Chrome and go to Settings. Now go to Advanced and click on Site Settings. Scroll till you see Automatic Downloads.
Step 2: You’ll see a new window. Make sure the toggle next to Ask when a site tries to download files automatically after the first file is ON.
Step 3: Now that you have opted for this option, Chrome should now let websites perform automatic downloads. But Chrome will still ask you for permission whenever a website will initiate a download. If that’s cumbersome for you, tap on Add button next to Allow, and then add the URL of the site that you wish to whitelist. Keep in mind that you have turned off Safe Browsing so permit only those websites for downloads whom you completely trust.
Other Safety Options
You can use security extensions if you are so hell-bent on lifting the restriction on unsafe downloads. Don’t browse any random extension which will put you at risk. I have listed two of the safest and most preferred anti-virus Chrome extensions.
1. McAfee SECURE Safe Browsing
McAfee SECURE Safe Browsing extension will inform you whether if a website is secure or not. You just need to click once on the McAfee SECURE Safe Browsing icon which will give you a variety of options such as information and security metrics about malware, encryption, phishing intension, popularity, etc. There’s also the big green banner that will signify the website’s security.
Malwarebytes offers a free extension and it is efficient at recognizing malicious code in downloaded files. To use this extension to its fullest, simply right-click on the downloaded file and select Scan with Malwarebytes. It will tell you if the file is safe or unsafe. You can also do this on files that could be blocked, courtesy of Chrome’s Safe Browsing feature.
How do I unblock a download?
To unblock a download, open the Start menu > Select Documents > Go to Downloads > Locate the blocked file > Right-click on the file and select Properties from the menu > Click Unblock on the General tab > Click OK.
How do I download dangerous files on Chrome?
Don’t know why you’d want to do that but go to Chrome > More Downloads > Now find the file you want to download > Click Recover malicious file.
How do I stop Chrome from blocking 2019?
To stop chrome from blocking, go to chrome://settings or click on settings > Go to the bottom of the page and tap on Show advanced settings. You’ll find Privacy and Security under advanced settings. Look for ‘Protect you and your device from dangerous sites’ and turn it off.
How do I enable automatic downloads in Chrome?
To enable automatic downloads in Chrome, tap on Settings. Scroll down to Advanced Settings. Now find Downloads and clear your Auto Open options. So the next time you download any file, it will be saved at the location you choose.
Follow the aforementioned methods to go around Chrome’s limitations regarding automatic or unsafe downloads. But keep in mind that it’ll be wholly your responsibility once you turn off required safety options. Moreover, ensure that apart from Windows Defender, which does a great job at detecting full-fledged malware, use a malware scanner or an extension so that you are at peace.