How Do I Stop Windows From Blocking My Downloads?

by Kirk Bennet
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If you are downloading a file from the Internet and Internet Explorer prevents the download, stating "Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded," you must manually configure the security settings of the program. This error message is displayed when Internet Explorer is configured to deny all download requests. Some adware programs may change the Internet Explorer security settings, but it's also possible that someone else changed the settings deliberately to block your downloads.

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer, click the "Gear" icon and choose "Internet Options" from the menu.

Step 2

Click the "Security" tab, select "Internet" in the "Select a zone..." section and click the "Custom level" button.

Step 3

Scroll down to the Downloads section and enable the "File Download" and "Font Download" options to stop Internet Explorer from blocking the downloads.

Step 4

Click "OK" to apply and save the new settings, and click "Yes" to confirm the action.

Click "OK" to close the Internet Options window.


  • Do not change other security settings if you don't know what their function is.
  • Information in this article applies to Internet Explorer 9 and Microsoft Windows 7. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


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About the Author

Kirk Bennet started writing for websites and online publications in 2005. He covers topics in nutrition, health, gardening, home improvement and information technology.

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