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When Chrome prevents you from downloading something and starts showing messages like Network error, it is likely that it is blocking them on purpose. This is a common error that can be fixed fairly easily with a few solutions.
Chrome blocks downloads with network failure error
Something that clearly doesn’t meet Google’s strict security standards and is therefore flagged as inappropriate is fine, but forcefully deciding for someone what is good and what is not calls into question their practice. Here’s what you can try to fix the problem.
Allow file downloads in Security Settings. To do this, press ‘Win + R‘keyboard shortcuts to open’Run‘ dialog window. Enter ‘inetcpl.cpl” and press Enter.
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When redirected to ‘Features of the Internet‘dialog, go to’Safety‘tab, select ‘internet‘ in the field and then click ‘Own level‘.
Then search for “Downloading‘ and once found check the box ‘Enable‘ option.
Download failed: network error in Google Chrome
If Chrome is blocking downloads and the solutions above don’t work or don’t give you the results you want, try the following.
- Restart Chrome – Close and relaunch the browser, then try downloading again.
- Clear the cache and cookies stored by your browser.
- Check if your device meets the system requirements. To run Chrome on Windows 10 or later, your computer must support an Intel Pentium 4 or later processor with SSE2 support.
- Update your Chrome browser to the latest version.
- Try changing the destination of the download folder in Chrome.
- Check that the antivirus program installed on your computer is not stopping or preventing the download. If they are enabled, it is advisable to disable them temporarily. Also. Check if you can download files when the firewall is off, you may need to create an exception in your antivirus or firewall settings.
- If you have recently installed any programs and found their names suspicious, uninstall them immediately. Some malicious programs can deliberately cause conflicts in the Chrome browser. If you’re using Windows, try the Chrome Cleanup Tool.
- Try downloading the same file from a different network connection.
- Try downloading the file from another web browser such as IE, Firefox, or Safari.
- Sometimes the user profile can get corrupted. If so, create a new user profile in Chrome.
This article offers additional suggestions on how to fix file download errors in Google Chrome.
That should finally solve your problem!