Google Chrome will show different types of errors when you try to download files from the Internet. Whether it’s a small or a big file, you may see an error conflicting the download operation. There could be many errors like downloads blocked, network failed, no file or the file is missing, forbidden, insufficient permissions etc. These problems may arise from wrong browser settings, third-party applications or malicious software installed. If you are frequently facing download errors in Google Chrome, you can easily fix them using the below suggestions.
Before Troubleshooting Download Errors
Before you try to fix download errors in Google Chrome, we recommend to check the following basic things.
- Check whether your Internet connection is working or not.
- Restart your router, sometimes your router’s or connected device’s IP may be conflicting.
- Close and restart your Google Chrome, in most cases this fixes the issues. If required, you can also reset Chrome to initial setup by removing all your custom settings.
- Clear your browser’s cache and cookies.
- Update the version of your Google Chrome installed.
- Try downloading the file in the incognito mode, this helps a lot.
- Uninstall recently installed apps from your PC.
The above steps will really help in fixing most of the Google Chrome errors. If that does not help then the troubleshooting depends on the type of error you get.
Fixing Various Download Errors in Chrome
Below are some of the most common errors you will see while downloading files in Chrome. Earlier Chrome versions used to show the error in status bar at the bottom left and now you can see the error on top right next to address bar along with the file name that you are trying to download. It is also possible to pause the download and resume anytime when you need. Note that Chrome by default will open PDF files in a new browser tab. This is not an issue and you can change the behavior to download the file from Chrome settings. Go to “chrome://settings/content/pdfDocuments” URL in Chrome and select “Download PDFs” under “Default behavior” section.
1. Downloads Blocked
The downloads blocked error arises when your computer’s security settings are not allowing you to download that file in Google Chrome. This is because that file may be infected with virus or there could be some malicious software in that file. In other words, Chrome protects your system because that file could be harmful to your computer. You will see a warning message as shown below and click on the “Keep” link and allow downloading the file. We recommend to enable downloads only if you trust the source of the file.
If all downloads are blocked, then you can fix the issue by changing Internet settings in your Windows PC.
- Press “Win + R” shortcut keys to open “Run” dialog box. Type “inetcpl.cpl” and hit enter.
- You will see the “Internet Properties” dialog box opens. Go to “Security” tab, choose “Internet” as zone and then click on “Custom level…” button.
- Find “Downloads” section and make sure “Enable” option is selected.
Chrome also uses security settings to protect your computer. If you see “Insecure download blocked” error for a file you trust, go to “chrome://settings/security” command URL and select “No protection (not recommended)” under “Safe Browsing” section. Now you can download the file without blocking.
After downloading the files, make sure to change Chrome security settings like before to Enhanced or Standard protection mode.
2. Virus Detected or Virus Scan Failed
Chrome shows the virus detected error generally when the security level or antivirus software blocks the download. In this case, you have to be safe about the file download. Here are some useful tips to fix this:
- Press “Win + R” and open Run box.
- Type “inetcpl.cpl” and press enter to open “Internet Properties” dialog.
- Go to “Security” tab, select “Internet” as zone and click on “Custom level…” button.
- Find “Miscellaneous” section in “Security Settings – Internet Zone” dialog.
- Under this section, find “Launching applications and unsafe files” and select “Prompt (recommended)”.
- Press “OK” buttons to save your changes and close the dialog boxes.
This will fix your virus detected error and allows to download files with a prompt in Chrome. If your antivirus blocked the file download, then check the error log of antivirus app to find the reason. We strongly recommend not try to download the malicious files that your antivirus blocks.
3. Network Failed or Check Internet Connection
This error indicates that your Internet connection is disconnected and hence make sure you have stable network connection. Generally, network failed error happens when using VPN or proxy to bypass your default Internet connection. The VPN or proxy server may disconnect intermittently causing the download to terminate with network failed error. So, disable VPN or proxy and try to download the file again. Otherwise try to use reliable and premium VPNs for anonymous browsing.
Sometimes, network failed error can also happen when you try to install Chrome extensions. In that case, you can fix this error easily by following these steps:
- Check whether some recently installed third-party software is blocking the download. There is an easy chance that your antivirus software is blocking it. So, try turning off your antivirus software.
- Try Guest Mode – certain times logged in users cannot download the file. You can simply logout of Chrome or use guest mode and try again. Open Chrome and click on profile icon showing at the top right corner. You will see the guest mode option and click on it. Now, you can try downloading the file.
4. Insufficient Permissions or System Busy
Sometimes you will see Chrome showing “Insufficient Permissions or system busy” error when trying to download a file. To fix this error you can follow the steps given below:
- Cancel and try downloading again – simply hover on the downloading file name and click cancel icon. Alternatively, go to “chrome://downloads/” URL to view the download status and cancel it.
- Try saving it to another location – you can change the download location by going to “chrome://settings/downloads” section. Click “Change” button against your current downloads location and select a new folder. If required, you can also enable “Ask where to save each file before downloading” option so that you can select the location each time.
- Instead of downloading file by clicking on a link, try through “Save Link As…” option by right-clicking on a download link. In this way, you can select the location where you have permission to save the file on your computer.
5. Disk Full or Insufficient Storage
This error arises when you have insufficient storage space on your hard disk. If you are having low partition storage, your download may not even start or sometimes stops in-between. To fix this problem:
- Simply try to delete all temporary files including the items in trash.
- Delete junk and large files that you don’t want and cleanup your computer.
- Cleanup the browsing history and temporary internet files from Chrome.
If you are using Mac, learn more on cleaning up you Mac.
6. Needs Authorization Error
This error indicates that you don’t have permission to download the file similar to HTTP status code 401 – unauthorized request or authentication required. Most site owners set password or login authorization for downloading free files. So, you can login by registering on the site or try to contact the website owner explaining that you are not able to download the file.
7. Forbidden Error
This error is similar to HTTP 403 – forbidden error indicating the site owner is preventing you from downloading the file. It happens when your IP address is blocked by Web Application Firewall (WAF) used by Content Delivery Networks (CDN) like Cloudflare. Since many people use free VPN servers for illegal purposes, firewall services will block these IP addresses. So, make sure to disable VPN or proxy and try to download the file using your ISP provided IP address. Also, check whether you need to sign in for downloading the file.
If the download link is correct, then get in touch with the site owner explaining the issue.
8. No File or File Missing Error
There are lot of situations, site owners move the original location of the file to another location on the server. If proper 301 redirect is not setup, then accessing the previous file location will result in file missing error similar to 404 – not found error. Only website owner can fix this by redirecting old file link to correct URL. In other words, try contacting the website owner to fix this issue.
In the above guide, we have explained how to fix various download errors in Google Chrome. First try preliminary steps as they can help to fix the issue easily and saves time. Also, ensure to download files from reliable sources and avoid downloading virus infected files by skipping the security settings.