This file is dangerous, Chrome has blocked it: What’s the deal with this prompt?

By: Aleksandar Ognjanovic
3 minute read
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Chrome is at the top for a good reason. If we exclude the resource-hogging nature of the Google’s native browser, we have a lot of things going for it. It’s fast and reliable, and if you’re an owner of Android, syncing between the devices is as simple as possible. On the other hand, over the years Google had added a myriad of new things and some users are lost in the transition. Like the “This file is dangerous, Chrome has blocked it” security measure which prevents downloading harmful files to your storage.

In order to shed some light on this, we provided you with ways to disable or circumvent this measure. You can find out how below.

How to disable “This file is dangerous” downloading prompt in Chrome and why you shouldn’t

In a few recent years, both mainstream and alternative browsers introduced security checks while opening the untrusted links or downloading suspicious files. And Chrome is leading the trend with the built-in antimalware and anti-phishing system. It will automatically determine harmful file extensions and block them accordingly. At the first glance, this looks great. With this option, you can somewhat substitute the anti-virus online security. On the other hand, this can be a nuisance if you really want that file regardless of what Chrome ‘thinks’ about it.

With that in mind, we can understand why some users want to avoid this security measure. Nonetheless, this is, like it or not, something which is there to protect you, so disabling it might have unwanted consequences. Especially since you can’t disable the Download check individually. If you disable anti-phishing and anti-malware protection, you’ll completely dismiss further warnings. And that isn’t recommended.

It seems that this warning focuses on installation extensions, so the chance is it’ll block most of the .exe and .msi files you’ll try to download. Of course, this concerns only downloads from the untrusted and deceptive sites. The best thing you can do is manually approving every blocked file you find to be non-malicious. If it’s not malicious in your books, it’s your choice.

How to disable Chrome security prompts and restore blocked downloads

Now, firstly, we’ll show you how to allow certain file pass the blockage imposed by Chrome. Here’s how to restore and use the blocked file:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Press Ctrl + J to open Downloads.
  3. Right-click on the blocked file and choose “Recover malicious file“.

If you already have the online-based protection and deem this Chrome’s feature unusable, you can disable it completely in the Advanced Settings section. If you’re in need of one, Bitdefender Internet Security is the best online-based antivirus out there. Check it out here. Follow these instructions to do so in a few simple steps:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the 3-dot menu in the far right corner and open Settings.this file is dangerous chrome has blocked it
  3. Scroll down and expand the Advanced section.
  4. Navigate to Privacy & security.
  5. Disable Protect you and your device from dangerous sites.this file is dangerous chrome has blocked it

After that, Chrome pop-ups shouldn’t bother you anymore. If you are a webmaster and have had a lot of reports of blockage of your site, we recommend contacting Google. Also, don’t forget to share your questions or thoughts on this occurrence in the comments section below.


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