Your Current Security Settings do not Allow this File to be Downloaded

Internet Explorer is the default web browser on Windows operating system. In some case you may have no other browser and somehow have to use Internet Explorer to download files. When you attempt to download file(s) using Internet Explorer, you may get warning message saying “Your Current Security Settings do not Allow This File to be Downloaded”. If you receive this warning, it means you are not allowed to download file from the internet. This article will explain the reason you’re getting that message and the way to fix it. This fix applies to all  versions of client and server windows Operating Systems.

Security Alert: Your Current Security Settings do not Allow this File to be Downloaded

Your Current Security Settings do not Allow This File to be Downloaded

The above error message is the result of a setting in the Internet Explorer that disables file download. To fix this issue follow these steps,

Step 1. From Internet Explorer go to Tools menu (gear icon). Select Internet Options from the drop down menu that appears.

Your Current Security Settings do not Allow This File to be Downloaded

Step 2. Click Security tab.

Your Current Security Settings do not Allow This File to be Downloaded

Step 3. Highlight the Internet icon then click on Custom level button.

Your Current Security Settings do not Allow This File to be Downloaded

Step 4. Scroll down and find the File Download setting under Downloads section. You will most likely see the setting as Disabled, and this has been blocking you from downloading file.

Your Current Security Settings do not Allow This File to be Downloaded

Step 5. Here, change the option to Enable, then click OK button.

Your Current Security Settings do not Allow This File to be Downloaded

Step 6. Restart your Internet Explorer and try to download again, you will no longer see the security alert message. In this way you will be able to download the file you need.

Your Current Security Settings do not Allow This File to be Downloaded

We strongly recommend you to consult your network administrator before performing the above steps. Making such configuration changes without consulting the administrator may put your organization in a risk. Please note that the network administrator may have disabled file download on Internet Explorer using Group Policy for security reasons. If the setting is disabled from GPO then only administrators who have correct permission to change the configuration can change this setting.

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Arranda Saputra

Arranda Saputra

ITIL Certified, CCNA, CCDA, VCP6-DCV, MCSA Administering Windows Server 2012
I am IT practitioner in real life with specialization in network and server infrastructure. I have years of experience in design, analysis, operation, and optimization of infrastructure solutions for enterprise-scaled network. You can send me a message on LinkedIn or email to arranda.saputra@outlook.com for further inquiry regarding stuffs that I wrote or opportunity to collaborate in a project.
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