Internet users face numerous risks to the security of our computers when we go online. Cybercriminals are seeding the network of networks with malicious files that we can find on various web pages. In this way, if we do not pay attention, we can download viruses, computer worms, ransomware and other types of malware onto our computer. Our first line of defense is the antivirus and it is convenient to keep it updated along with the operating system updates. However, modern browsers like Google Chrome also have their own defense barrier that can protect us. What happens is that sometimes it fails, and does not let us download files that are safe. In this tutorial we are going to see how to disable Chrome’s protection if it is blocking downloads due to viruses that are not actually real.
The first thing we are going to see is why this failure occurs in Google Chrome downloads. Then we will see how to disable Chrome’s protection to be able to download that file and we will also see the options that it allows us.
Why does Chrome sometimes not download a file
Sometimes the problem is a failure of the Internet connection, problems with the browser and even a lack of memory. Therefore, what must be checked first is our Internet connection, that we have the browser updated to the latest version and that, in addition, we have enough RAM available along with enough hard disk space to store that file. A simple thing that we could try is to close the browser with all its windows and restart it, testing that it works well on other websites.
Also a probable cause may be that the browser, Google Chrome in this case, blocks the download through its protection system. Sometimes we are sure that this file will not put our computer at risk, but we cannot download it. In these cases, as we will see later, the solution is to disable Chrome’s protection.
Modern browsers are much more secure today. This is because they offer tools and functions to protect Internet users and avoid problems that endanger our computers. The problem is that in some situations these defense and protection functions warn us of risks that really are not, and what we know as false positives. This causes the Google Chrome protection system to end up blocking a download.
On the other hand, although it is not usual, sometimes it is the Internet browser itself that causes the problem. What happens is that it takes a long time to analyze or verify that file and the process may take forever. In these cases, this failure usually comes from a bad installation of Google Chrome, so the most correct solution would be to uninstall it and reinstall it again .
Disable Chrome protection
We are going to explain step by step how to disable Chrome protection if we are experiencing problems downloading a file. The proper way would be to disable it momentarily until you download that file successfully and then enable it again. Regardless of what you do, when performing this action we recommend that you always have an active antivirus so that we can be protected.
The first step we are going to take is to run Google Chrome. Next, what we are going to do is go to the upper right corner where the button with the three vertical points of options is. Here what we have to do is click on “Settings“.
Next, a screen like this will appear, in which later we can disable Chrome’s protection to download that file that we cannot download right now.
The next thing we have to do on the left side is click on the ” Privacy and security ” section. Once this section is selected, the one that interests us is Security, which is in charge of offering us safe navigation against sites that may constitute a threat, in addition to other settings related to browser security.
Once inside the section that interests us, it is the Safe Browsing that is responsible for protecting us against dangerous websites. In case you don’t know, this function is activated by default so if we have not touched anything we will have this protection activated. Then we will see that we have three well differentiated possibilities to configure that additional defense that Google Chrome offers us.
As you can see, it offers us three possibilities to configure safe browsing, enhanced protection, standard protection and no protection.
Therefore, if we want to disable Chrome’s protection, we will have to choose the No protection option. Thus, after having carried out this action, we could proceed to download that file without problems.
And with this we have finished? The answer is a resounding no, once the file is downloaded we must choose between standard protection and enhanced protection. That layer of security that Google Chrome offers us is very convenient to have it activated and then we are going to delve deeper into it.
Safe browsing options
As we have already seen, disabling Chrome’s protection consists of selecting the unprotected option and we must do it in a timely manner. Then, obviously, as soon as the download is finished, we will choose between these two options, in which each one has its particular peculiarities:
Enhanced protection gives us a faster and more proactive defense against dangerous downloads, extensions, and web pages. Also, you need to send browsing data to Google. In this case, it is the ideal one, especially if you have your Google account synchronized in the browser since it offers us additional improvements such as:
- Notify if our passwords are exposed by a security breach.
- Predict and warn of dangerous events.
- Send URLs to safe browsing for you to check.
- It improves our security and that of the users of the web.
On the other hand, the standard protection is simpler, it protects us against dangerous downloads, extensions and websites. In this case it also offers:
- Detects and warns of dangerous events.
- Check URLs in Chrome against a list of sites that are not safe.
As you have seen, disabling Chrome’s protection in some cases is very useful in case it detects a file with malware that is not really malware (false positive), however, once the download is finished, our recommendation is that you activate this again protection again, for added security.