SOLVED: Current Security Settings Do Not Allow This File to Be Downloaded

Sometimes, when trying to download a file using Internet Explorer, you may receive the following error message: “Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded.” In most cases, affected users see this error message while attempting to download files from untrusted websites. However, this error message has also been reported by users trying to download files from highly trusted websites like the official Microsoft website. Therefore, the trustworthiness of the website from which you are trying to download the file may be entirely irrelevant.

This error essentially prevents you from downloading a file that you wish to download, making it a particularly pesky little bugger. Thankfully, for anyone affected by this issue, it is relatively easy to resolve. Here’s how you can fix the ‘Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded‘ error message and download as many files as you desire on Internet Explorer, regardless of the types of files you want to download:

If you’re using Windows XP, Vista, or 7, open the Start Menu and click on Control Panel to launch it. If you’re using Windows 8, on the other hand, right-click on the Start Menu to open the WinX Menu and click on Control Panel to launch it.

Navigate to the Security tab in the Internet Options.

Of the four zones provided at the top of the window, click on the Internet

Once the Internet zone has been selected, click on the Custom Level.

Scroll down to the Downloads.

Locate the ‘File Download’ under the ‘Downloads‘ section and enable it.

Click on ‘OK.’

Click on ‘Apply‘ and then on ‘OK‘ in the Internet Options window, and then exit it. Restart your computer, launch Internet Explorer, and try to download the same file you were attempting but failing to download previously. Now, you should be successful in downloading the file.

If the solution listed and described above does not fix the issue for you (a rare instance), the following is another highly effective solution that you can try:

Launch Internet Explorer.

Click on the gear icon in the top-right corner (or, in older versions of Internet Explorer, the Tools button).

Click on Internet Options in the contextual menu.

Navigate to the Advanced

Under the “Reset Internet Explorer Settings” tab, click on “Reset.

Make sure that the Delete personal settings option is checked and then click on Reset to confirm the action.

Restart your computer, and once it boots up, launch Internet Explorer to check whether the problem has been resolved or not.


Kevin Arrows

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