“Chrome blocked the file as dangerous” – how to fix it?
Google Chrome carefully monitors your every move. This means that it often makes decisions about your online safety, such as blocking web pages and downloads from sites it identifies as dangerous. When you try to open such a page or download a file, Chrome will automatically block that download, and you will see the message “Chrome blocked the file as dangerous.”
This is certainly very good from a security point of view, but this behavior of the browser can cause some inconvenience when you are trying to download a file that you are sure is safe. In this guide, you will learn how to download files and visit web pages in Chrome that Google considers dangerous. To do this, we’ll have to turn off Google’s security features that are enabled by default. You must be careful when performing these steps.
Disable security features
- Go to chrome: // settings or just click on the settings icon in the toolbar.
- Scroll down to Settings and click Show advanced settings.
- In the advanced settings, you will find a subsection “Privacy and Security”.
- In this section, find the option “Protect yourself and your device from dangerous sites” and simply disable this feature.
Once you complete all these steps, you can download any file or visit the site you need bypassing the security settings, and the message “Chrome blocked the file as dangerous” will no longer bother you.
But be careful when visiting these sites because Google marks them as a security risk to your system and device. Only download files from sources you trust, otherwise you may become a victim of all types of viruses and malware on the Internet.
It is also recommended to disable this feature only when you have a specific need to access certain “dangerous” files. This will keep you safe and secure in general, giving you the ability to override Google’s security decisions at the right time.