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The file is not commonly downloaded and may be dangerous Chrome, Firefox

If you see a The file is not currently downloaded message in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, when you try to download a file on your PC, this article explains what it means and what you should do.

Filename is not commonly downloaded and may be dangerous – Chrome

This file is not commonly downloaded and may not be safe – Firefox

The file is not commonly downloaded and may be dangerous

From the telemetry data that Chrome or Firefox browsers have collected from its users, it can display this message if it comes across a new or under-downloaded download. In such a case, it would display this warning. Now the file may be safe – but since it hasn’t been downloaded much, this message appears. Whether the source of the website you are downloading from is safe or not and whether the download is safe or not is up to you. Depending on your reading, you can choose to Keep Where To throw. Even if the downloaded file is malicious, your antivirus software will be there to quarantine it. Nevertheless, as a precaution, you must scan the file with your antivirus or upload it to an online service to have it scanned with several antivirus software. So your options are:

  1. Allow the file if you think it is safe
  2. Scan the webpage for malware
  3. Scan the file using VirusTotal or Jotti
  4. Clear cache and browsing data and try again

Let’s talk about it in detail.

1]Allow the file if you think it is safe

Chrome has its own antivirus, which is quite good at fixing malicious files and then blocking them. It analyzes the website and checks whether the website and/or the applications and files that its hosts are malicious. It will then inform you about the infection and ask you not to download it.

However, if you are certain that the file is not malicious, you can authorize its download.

  • To do this in Chrome, you need to click on the Arrow placed next to the To throw and click Keep.
  • Similarly in Firefox you need to select Open.

2]Scan the webpage for malware

If you can’t trust Google Chrome’s antivirus and want to try another method to verify the page. Use an online URL scanner to check if the webpage is safe or hosts malware. They allow you to paste the website and scan it for malware or viruses. It will basically use its antivirus to do the survey and if the website is not malicious, you can download the app, if not, better throw it away.

Here are some additional ways to check if a website or URL is safe.

3]Scan the file using VirusTotal or Jotti

Scan the file with Windows Defender or your antivirus or upload it to an online service to have it scanned with multiple antivirus engines. Using a service like VirusTotal or Jotti is recommended.

4]Clear cache and browsing data

Corrupt cache and browsing data can cause particular problems, including the one in question. We will clear them and restart the browser and hopefully that will fix the problem. To clear cache and browsing data in Chrome, you need to follow the prescribed steps.

  • Click on the three vertical dots and select Settings.
  • Go to Security and Privacy of the left panel.
  • Click on Clear browsing data.
  • Select Time range to All the time.
  • Check the boxes associated with the files you wish to delete and click the Erase data button.

Likewise, you can clear your Firefox browsing cache and try again.

Related reading: Explanation of Google Chrome warnings in the browser.

Why are files not downloading in Chrome?

You need to identify the type of error you are getting. If the download does not start, check your bandwidth and fix slow internet. On the other hand, the antivirus is blocking the file, try the solutions mentioned here to fix the problem. We also recommend that you check out our guide to fixing download errors in Google Chrome, as these problems sometimes require specific solutions.

How do I change my default download settings in Chrome?

Here are the settings we are going to change in Google Chrome.

  • Change download permission
  • Change download location
  • Change PDF Download Permission

Let’s see how to do the same.

Change download permission

To change download permissions in Chrome, follow the prescribed steps.

  1. Open Chrome and go to settings.
  2. Go to Privacy and Security > Site Settings > Additional Permissions > Automatic Downloads.
  3. Choose the Default behavior.

Change download location

To change Chrome download location, follow the prescribed steps.

  1. Go to Chrome settings.
  2. Click on Advanced > Downloads.
  3. Change the location.

Change PDF download settings.

To change PDF download settings, follow these steps.

  1. Open Chrome and go to settings.
  2. Go to Privacy and Security > Site Settings > Additional Content Settings > PDF Documents.
  3. Make changes

That’s it!

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