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Google Chrome - Downloads are blocked

Chrome automatically blocks harmful downloads that try to cause problems on your computer, like

  • Giving your viruses
  • Leaking your private data
  • Changing your browser and computer settings
  • Adding unwanted extensions or toolbars to your browser

Why the download was blocked

Your file download may have been blocked for one of two reasons:

  • We think it might be a malicious, unwanted, or uncommon file.
    • Malicious: You tried downloading malware.
    • Unwanted: You tried downloading a deceptive piece of software. This program, disguised as a helpful download, may actually make unexpected changes to your computer.
    • Uncommon: You tried downloading an unfamiliar and potentially dangerous piece of software.
  • We've found that the website you tried to download the file from has been known to distribute malware.
To help protect users, Google maintains a list of websites that are known to host malicious downloads and a list of trusted software publishers. 

For more information, please visit the Google Support website.
*This article's content was directly sourced from the Google Support website. 

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:google chrome blocking download windows mac   Doc ID:73106
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-05-04 08:46 MSTUpdated:2019-04-16 10:25 MST
Sites:New Mexico State University
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