How to Fix Download Errors in Google Chrome?
When it comes to downloading a file from the Internet, you might have faced some of the errors in Chrome. Whether it’s a small or a big file, there might be an error which can conflict the download operation in Google Chrome. There could be many errors like downloads blocked, network failed, no file or the file is missing, forbidden, insufficient permissions etc. These problems can arise from some third-party application or malicious software installed, there could be many reasons. If you are facing such errors then you need to know that they are easily fixable.
Before Troubleshooting Download Errors
Before you try to fix download error 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 may be conflicting.
- Close and restart your Google Chrome, in most cases this fixes the issues.
- Clear your browser’s cache and cookies.
- Update the version of your Google Chrome installed.
- Try downloading in the incognito mode, this helps a lot.
- Uninstall recently installed malicious software 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 of the download errors in Chrome depends on the type of error you get.
Fix Various Download Errors in Chrome
Below are some of the most common download error you will see when downloading the file using Chrome.
- Downloads Blocked
- Network Failed
- Insufficient Permissions or System Busy
- Disk Full or insufficient storage
- Needs Authorization
- Virus Detected or Virus scan failed
- No file or File Missing
Chrome will display the download error in the status bar along with the file name. Let us discuss how to fix various download errors in Google Chrome in detail.
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 PC because that file could be harmful to your PC. To fix this issue, all you have to do is perform the below simple steps in your PC.
- Press “Win + R” shortcut keys to open “Run” dialog box. Type “inetcpl.cpl” and hit enter.
- You will see “Internet Properties” dialog box opens. Go to “Security” tab, choose “Internet” in zone and then click on ‘Custom Level’.
- Now, you have to find ‘Downloads’, simply press D to find downloads option. Choose “Enable” option as shown below.
We recommend to enable downloads only if you trust the source of the file.
2. Virus Detected or Virus Scan Failed
Chrome shows the virus detect 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:
- It’s same as done in previous steps, when you reach the step where you need to click on ‘Custom Level’ button. After this you need to find Miscellaneous section in security settings.
- Now, scroll down and press ‘M’ to find miscellaneous, and under this option, find Launching applications and unsafe files, and hit ok.
This will fix your virus detected error and allows you to download your files.
If your antivirus blocked the file download then check the error log for the reason. We strongly recommend not try to download the malicious files that your antivirus blocks.
3. Network Failed
This error can arise when you try downloading something from Chrome like you are installing an extension. You can fix this error easily by doing these steps:
- Check whether some recently third-party software is blocking it or not.
- 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 uses could not download the file. You can simply logout of Chrome or use guest mode to try again. Open Chrome, click on profile name at the top right side of the Chrome. You’ll see the guest mode, click on it. Now, you can try downloading the file.
Network failed error also happens frequently when using VPN or proxy to bypass your default Internet connection. The VPN or proxy server may disconnects intermittently causing the download get terminated 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.
4. Insufficient Permissions or System Busy
Sometimes you will see the download error “Insufficient Permissions or system busy” when you try to download the file using Chrome. To fix this error you can easily do some steps given below:
- Cancel and try again downloading. You can cancel a download by going to the URL “chrome://downloads/” or clicking on the three dot button in the status bar next to the downloading file and choose cancel.
- Try saving it to another location that will be very helpful for you. You can change the download location by going to “chrome://settings/”. Click on the “Advanced” link at the bottom os the settings page and find “Downloads” section. Here you can change the download location where you want to save the file.
- Instead of directly saving it by right-clicking, do it through “save link as”.
5. Disk Full or Insufficient Storage
This error arises when you have insufficient amount of storage space on your hard disk. If you are having low partition storage or hard disk is having low memory, your download may not even start or sometimes stops in between. To fix this problem:
- Simply try to delete some of your temporary file from the trash.
- Delete files that you don’t want and cleanup your computer.
- Cleanup the browsing history and temporary internet files from the Chrome.
Learn more on cleaning up you MacBook.
6. Needs Authorization
This error indicates that you don’t have the permission to download the file similar to HTTP status code 401 – authentication required. Most of the time the site owner sets password or login authorization for downloading free files. So you can login by registering to the site or try to contact the website owner explaining you couldn’t download the file.
This error is similar to HTTP 403 – forbidden error indicating you don’t have necessary permission to download file from the site. This is more like the need authorization error, you need to check whether there is any need to sign in or not. If you can’t sign in, most probably you are trying to access the file illegally. This means that the site owner protected the file from public downloading which you are trying to access. If the download location is correct the get in touch with the site owner explaining the issue.
8. No file or File Missing
There are lot of situations, site owners move the original location of the file to another location. If proper 301 redirect is not set then accessing the previous file location will result in file missing error similar to 404 – not found. This is actually not a problem or error and only website owner is able to fix this because he knows where the file is. In other words, to fix this try contacting the website owner or find the same file somewhere else.