If you are a user of the Google Chrome Web browser, you have surely noticed that before downloading any item from a Web page, you must confirm said download when said site tries to proceed automatically to said download. This occurs due to the default settings of the web browser.
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Sometimes when you download a file in your browser, the website tries to download another file immediately after the first one finishes. While there are normal and trusted circumstances in which this often occurs “legally”, there are websites that use this download strategy maliciously to force the download of malicious scripts or viruses without your knowledge or permission.
However, thankfully for security reasons, Google Chrome now asks you when a website tries to download multiple files. What’s more, Chrome also allows you to create a blacklist with specific websites, to prevent them from downloading multiple files automatically without your consent:
How to disable multiple automatic downloads of files from visited websites in Google Chrome.
– Open the Google Chrome browser, click on the three horizontal stripes icon and in the menu select the Settings option.
– Once in the Settings, scroll to the bottom and next line click on: Advanced Settings.
– Locate the section Privacy and security for the line followed by clicking on the option: Website configuration.
– Scroll down the list of settings until you see the option “Automatic downloads” that you will have to click on.
– By default, the feature is set to ask for permission when a site tries to download files in a row automatically. This is the recommended setting.
– However, if you don’t even want to be asked next, you can deactivate the switch. In this way, no website will be able to download multiple files automatically.
From this point on, you will no longer receive alerts when a website tries to download multiple files one after the other.
How to enable automatic file downloads but block specific sites
It is not recommended to completely disable the automatic file download after the first file, as it will block all attempts, regardless of their origin, even legitimate ones if you want to download automatically. However, if you want to keep this feature enabled and block download questions from specific websites you trust downloading multiple files.
You can also create a blacklist of websites that will not be able to download consecutive files under any circumstances or even receive questions about it.
– For this you will have to go back to Settings> Website Settings> Automatic Downloads.
– Make sure the switch is on.
– Now, click the “Add” button next to the Block heading.
– Enter the URL of the website that you want to blacklist to prevent successive files from being downloaded. To confirm the URL you will have to click on the Add button.
Note: When you provide the web address, if you want to block the entire website, you must use the prefix [*.] for this setting to affect all subdomains of the website.
That’s all about it. Repeat this process for as many websites trying to download multiple files. Whenever this website tries to download multiple files, Chrome automatically blocks your attempt and you will not receive download notices either.
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