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your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded

May 2016

Security settings are an integral part of computing. These settings not only guard against unauthorised access but also protect against any kind of malware or virus attacks, propagating through internet or external drives, which can harm the computer. The most important part, however, is to choose these security settings judiciously otherwise day-to-day computer activities like downloading can be hindered. If the user is facing downloading problems due to settings issues, then one simply has to access the Custom Level option from Tools to make the required changes.

Error message: Your security settings do not allow this file to be dowloaded


You are trying to download a file or software, but the following message is displayed:
  • "Your security settings do not allow you to download this file......."


  • Open Internet Explorer.
  • Go to Tools/Internet Options/Security/ Custom Level
  • Scroll to "Launching applications and unsafe file"
    • Select "Prompt".
  • Click on OK to validate.

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Original article published by vanina14. Translated by jak58. - Latest update by Jeff
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