How to deal with Microsoft Edge “is not currently downloaded” warning


All downloads in the Microsoft Edge web browser are scanned using Microsoft Defender’s SmartScreen feature. Designed to eliminate malicious files before they land on the user’s system, SmartScreen is the first line of protection when it comes to file downloads.

One of the problems with SmartScreen is that it also blocks file downloads for new and unusual files. If a file is not known to SmartScreen at all, or is not commonly downloaded, it may be blocked automatically. The file itself may be perfectly harmless, but it will not land on the user’s system unless explicitly allowed.

Some users can solve the problem by using another browser or program for the download. Others may want to use the controls provided by Microsoft Edge to persist the download.

While the latter is relatively easy, it may not be immediately obvious how it’s done. Edge displays different SmartScreen warnings depending on why it is blocking the download.

edge warning download

In the case of new files, it displays:

FILENAME is not commonly downloaded. Make sure you trust FILENAME before opening it.

The interface has no options to deal with the problem by default. All icons shown are standard icons which do not help. You have to move the mouse over the entry of the blocked file to obtain a list of actions. Even then, it’s limited to a trash can icon to delete it and a three-dot menu.

edge smartscreen more actions

Clicking on the three-dot menu displays more options, including “keep.” The file is saved to the local system download folder when you select Keep, but not immediately.

Edge shows another warning and explanation to block the file download in the first place.

edge download warning

It reads:

Make sure you trust FILENAME before opening it.

Microsoft Defender SmartScreen could not verify if this file is safe because it is not commonly downloaded. Make sure you trust the file you download or its source before opening it.

Edge displays the filename below and the publisher, or unknown, if the publisher is not known.

The entire prompt does not have a “keep” option by default. There is a big Delete button and a Cancel button. Delete removes the downloaded file, undo stops the process, but does nothing else.

You must activate the “Show more” link to view additional options.

edge download keep

Once enabled, show more reveals new options, including “keep anyway”. Enable the option to — finally — get the saved file to the local system.

Note that Microsoft Defender may scan the file once it lands on the local system and you may also need to deal with it by interfering with the file.

Closing words

The whole process is designed to discourage Edge users from downloading tagged files. While this is an understandable approach for malicious files, it is not the case for files that are blocked simply because they are new.

Now you: what is your opinion on the process? How do you handle browser blocking file downloads?


Microsoft Edge makes it very difficult to download new files

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Microsoft Edge makes it very difficult to download new files

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Microsoft Edge uses Microsoft Defender SmartScreen to scan files during file downloads. New files, with certain file extensions, may be automatically blocked by the browser, even if they are not malicious.


Martin Brinkman


Ghacks Technology News




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