Google doesn’t allow us to access a certain list of files, sites and pages because the company has flagged these as malicious. The product was previously used by Google on its own browser i.e. Google Chrome and just recently it has implemented it in Firefox as well. Firefox handles the it in a different way, whenever a user attempts to access pages or download files, it’s checking a local copy of the blocklist first and will contact the sever only if a match is found.
This feature is called as Safe Browsing and an issue associated with it is that you can run into false positives easily. Sometimes Firefox shows a message that reads, “Blocked: May contain a virus or spyware”. Chrome also displayed the similar message that the file is malicious and Chrome has blocked it. But with Chrome you can recover the download file anyway by moving into, ://download. But Firefox doesn’t provide the option, so you can follow below a short list of suggestions on how to download blocked files in Firefox.
- You can use different browsers like Internet Explorer or Opera which doesn’t rely on Google’s Safe Browsing technology.
- Use a download manager to download files that are being blocked by the browser.
- You can Disable Safe Browsing in Firefox. To do so you will have to move into Preferences option of the browser. It is alternatively possible to set the preferences browser .safebrowsing .enabled and browser .safebrowsing .malware .enabled to false on the about: config page.