Fix: “Current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded” on Windows 10

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Keeping your PC safe from online threats is a priority, but sometimes your security settings can interfere with your work. Windows 10 users reported Current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded error on their PC, and since this error will prevent you from downloading files, it’s crucial to know how to fix it.

“Current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded” error on Windows 10, how to fix it?

Fix – “Current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded”

Solution 1 – Change Internet options

Sometimes this error can occur due to your Internet options, but you can easily fix that problem by following these simple steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter internet options. Select Internet Options from the menu.
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  2. Go to Security tab. Select Internet and click the Custom level button.
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  3. List of settings will appear. Scroll down to the Downloads section and enable File download and Font download.
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  4. Optional: In the Miscellaneous section check Prompt option for Launching applications and unsafe files and Launching programs and files in an IFRAME.
  5. After doing that, click OK to save changes.

As you can see, sometimes just one setting can prevent you from downloading files, but you can easily fix that by following the instructions above.

Solution 2 – Reset Internet Explorer settings

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  2. Click “Start Scan” to find Windows issues that could be causing PC problems.
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Your Internet Explorer settings can sometimes interfere with file download and cause Current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded error to appear. To fix this problem, you need to reset Internet Explorer settings by following these steps:

  1. Open Internet Options and go to Advanced tab.
  2. While you’re in Advanced tab, locate Reset Internet Explorer settings section and click the Reset button.
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  3. Confirmation dialog will appear. Check the Delete personal settings option if you want to delete your browsing history, cookies, password and other data. Click the Reset button.
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  4. After the reset process is completed, restart your browser and check if the problem is resolved.

Solution 3 – Temporarily disable your antivirus software

Antivirus software is important because it protects you from malicious files, but sometimes your antivirus can cause these types of problems to appear. Many antivirus tools will scan files before you download them in order to protect you from malicious users, but that can sometimes cause this problem to appear. To fix this problem, you might want to temporarily disable your antivirus and check if that fixes the problem. If the problem problem still exists, you might want to try removing your third-party antivirus software and check if that solves the issue.

Solution 4 – Change your mail settings

Users reported that they are unable to download XPS files on their PC, but you can easily fix that problem by changing one setting. To fix this problem, simply go to Mail settings, select Tools > Options and uncheck Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus. It seems that Windows sees XPS documents as potentially dangerous for some unknown reason, but after disabling this option the problem should be completely resolved.

Solution 5 – Unblock this file

According to users, sometimes certain files can’t run simply because they are blocked by your PC. This might be useful if you download a malicious file by accident, but this option will block all non-malicious downloaded files as well. To fix this issue, you need to right click the problematic file, and select the Properties option from the menu. When Properties window opens, look for Unblock option and click it. After doing that, the problem should be completely resolved. Keep in mind that you’ll have to repeat this process for every downloaded file.

Solution 6 – Set the security level to default

If you changed your Internet security settings, you might encounter Current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded error on your Windows 10 PC. One of the fastest ways to fix this problem is to reset your security level to default. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Internet Options and go to Security tab.
  2. Select Internet Zone and click the Default level button.
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  3. Restart your browser and try to download the file again.

Some users are also suggesting to use Reset all zones to the default level option, so you might want to try that as well.

Solution 7 – Disable User Account Control

User Account Control is a useful feature of Windows that prevents you from running certain commands that require administrator privileges. Thanks to this feature malicious applications won’t be able to perform any changes to your system unless you allow them. We can see why this feature is so useful, but sometimes this feature can interfere with your work and cause certain problems to appear. To fix the Current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded error, you can try disabling User Account Control feature by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter user accounts. Select User Accounts from the menu.
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  2. When User Accounts window opens, click on Change User Account Control settings option.
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  3. Lower the slider all the way down to Never notify and click OK to save changes.
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After turning off User Account Control check if the problem is resolved. Bear in mind that turning this feature off poses a slight security risk, but as long as you don’t download any malicious files and you have your antivirus software running, you shouldn’t have any problems.

Solution 8 – Add the site to Trusted sites zone

In Internet Properties there are several zones available, and one of those zones is Trusted sites. To fix the problem with file download and security settings, it’s recommended to add the website that you’re downloading files from to the Trusted sites zone. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Internet Options.
  2. Go to Security tab and select Trusted sites. Click the Sites button.
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  3. When Trusted sites window opens, enter the name of the site from which you’re trying to download this file and click Add. For extra security, you can check Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone option. Click Close.
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  4. After that, click Apply and OK to save changes.

Few users reported that adding the download site to the Trusted sites zone fixes the problem for them, so be sure to try this solution.

Solution 9 – Run Command Prompt

Few users reported that they successfully fixed the Current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded error simply by running one command in Command Prompt. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the list.
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  2. When Command Prompt opens, enter regsvr32 urlmon.dll and press Enter.
  3. After the command is executed, close Command Prompt and check if the problem is resolved.

Solution 10 – Export registry keys from a working computer

Users reported that they managed to fix this problem by exporting registry keys from a working computer or from another user account on the same computer. If you want this process to work, we suggest to export these keys from a user account that doesn’t have this problem. If necessary, you can even create a new user account just for this purpose. If all user accounts are affected by this problem, you can transfer the necessary registry keys from a different computer that runs on the same version of Windows 10. To export registry keys, do the following:

  1. Go to the healthy PC or user account, press Windows Key + R and enter regedit. Press Enter or click OK.
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  2. When Registry Editor opens, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones key in the left pane.
  3. Right click Zones key and choose Export option from the menu. Select the save location and enter the name for the registry file, for example, working_zones.reg. Click the Save button.
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  4. Close Registry Editor and switch back to problematic PC / user.
  5. Open Registry Editor on a problematic user account / PC and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones key and export it. You’ll use this file as a backup in case anything goes wrong.
  6. Rename the Zones key to Zones_error or delete it and close the Registry Editor. Now locate working_zones.reg file that you created in Step 3 and run it. This will add the exported key to your registry.

After adding the key to your registry, check if the problem is resolved.

Fix – “Current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded” pdf

Solution – Enable Allow active content to run in My Computer option

Users reported that they are getting Current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded message while trying to view or download .pdf files. One simple way to fix this problem is to change your Internet Options by following these steps:

  1. Open Internet Options.
  2. Go to Advanced tab. A list of settings will appear.
  3. In the Security section check Allow active content to run in files on My Computer.
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  4. Click Apply and OK to save changes.

Fix – “Current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded” FTP

Solution – Add the website to the Trusted sites zone

Many webmasters and web developers user FTP to upload files to the server, but sometimes this type of problem can appear. To fix this problem, first you need to add the website that you’re trying to establish an FTP connection to to the Trusted sites zone. We already explained how to do that in one of our previous solutions so be sure to check it out. After adding the website to the Trusted sites, start Internet Explorer and go to the following url: ftp://username:password@ftp.your_website_name.com/. After doing that, you should see the list of all available files. Simply right click the file that you want to download and select Copy to Folder option and you should be able to download it without any problems.

Current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded error can interfere with your work, but you can fix this problem in most cases simply by changing your Internet Options. If that doesn’t work, feel free to try any other solution from this article.

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