How to Stop IE File Download Blocker

By Nicholas Balducci

The Internet can be a dangerous place, complete with spam, phishing programs, adware and viruses. Lucky for Windows users, Microsoft has a number of measures to protect web surfers. One such tool is the file download blocker, which prevents applications from downloading themselves on your computer without permission. Some users, however, are confident the sites they visit do not have viruses and would like to disable the download blocker. Below are instructions on how to disable this safety tool.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows XP connected to internet

Step 1

In Internet Explorer, click the "Tools" tab on the menu and select "Internet options."

Step 2

Click on the "Security" tab.

Step 3

Under "Security level for this zone," click on the "Custom level..." button, which will allow you to configure several settings that can make your computer more or less secure when surfing the Internet.

Step 4

Under the "Downloads" subcategory, click the "Disable" radio button under the "Automatic prompting for file downloads" option. This will disable the file download blocker.

Step 5

Click "OK" to save your settings and to exit the security options.

Tips & Warnings

  • If a Web site is coded to automatically download a file upon loading a page, Internet Explorer will recognize that as a potential threat to your system and immediately prevent the action. The download blocker also may appear if you clicked on a link to request a file, but the delay between request and the actual download was lengthy enough that the computer recognized the final action as an automatic or unwanted download, according to Microsoft’s Web site.