If you download multiple files from Google Chrome Browser, chances are, you are creating a path for the transfer of harmful viruses, malware etc. to your computer. For example, you may have witnessed an extra file getting downloaded along with files that you set for download. Some of these unwanted files can carry harmful objects with them.
Being an internet user, you must frequently or at least at some point in time, have downloaded files from the internet. Songs, videos, software or document – there are a variety of things to download every day.
And hence, it is imperative to know about the stuff being downloaded and ways to deal with it.
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How exactly do harmful objects get downloaded?
Although at most times the intention of multiple file download is good and useful, there is a possibility that some websites may try to sandwich a file that contains a virus, or links for phishing, along with the files you clicked to download.
If you have not enabled the setting on Chrome to ask for our approval before downloading the next file, it may happen on its own and you won’t even notice it.
How to control Multiple File download?
The Google Chrome web browser understands the concerns arising out of this and thus, offers you the power to change its settings related to multiple downloads.
- Open your Chrome browser
- Go to the main menu button, present in the upper right-hand corner of the window
- From the drop-down menu, choose the Settings. You’ll now be able to see Chrome’s Settings in a new tab
- Scroll down and click on Advanced settings
- With this, you’ll be able to view your browser’s Privacy settings. Choose Content Settings. A pop-up window will start up
- Scroll down to find the Automatic Downloads It’ll be containing the following three options:
- Allow all sites to download multiple files automatically: this gives your web browser the right to download several files to your computer by taking the permission of one. These files can contain malware, virus, etc. Even Google does not recommend this option
- Ask when a website is trying to download files automatically after the first file: this is the option that is recommended and active by default. It asks you each time a website tries to automatically download several files after the first one.
- Do not allow websites to auto-download multiple files: this blocks all automatic subsequent file downloads after the first one. In this, you can allow certain websites to automatically download several files by adding them to the related whitelist by going to the Manage exceptions option
Choose the option that suits you best.
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Seeing the number of hacks in the past decade on the biggest corporates like LinkedIn, Sony and even on one of the biggest giants in the internet space – Yahoo.com, it is essential to make your online searching and downloading more secure than ever. If the said names can get hacked, so can you.
And, people who perform hacking or phishing look for getting into your laptop, therefore, keeping a check on multiple file downloads from Chrome is a must.