When you download something in chrome, it automatically runs an antivirus check on the file. If it detects it as dangerous, it puts a warning and a discard button in the downloads bar at the bottom. If you click the arrow you can chose Keep.

I want to disable this on my computer, as my computer's antivirus will pick it up anyway. How do I do this?

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    @Ramhound Yes but those solutions also disables the malware check when browsing. I only want to disable the download file scan.
    – Jon
    Nov 21, 2013 at 0:00
  • I wrote a patch to disable the check as it was simply based on the file extension in which is in my answer on question superuser.com/a/594800/44887 which this question might be considered as a duplicate of.
    – Dan D.
    Nov 22, 2013 at 15:07
  • If it detects it as dangerous, it puts a warning and a discard button in the downloads bar at the bottom. And it seems to be finicky and arbitrary too. It’s not clear exactly how it determines what is “unsafe”. I have seen it let one file from a web page through while nagging about another, very similar one from the same page. The only explanation is that Chrome actually contains a built-in full anti-virus scanner. If so, then it has most definitely become bloatware (which would also explain its massive growth since the first version).
    – Synetech
    Nov 26, 2013 at 5:13
  • There's now an option to save the file anyways from the chrome downloads window, FYI
    – Kevin
    Sep 26, 2015 at 5:29

2 Answers 2


Try to start chrome with this switch:


although I don't know if it works. Grabbed it from here: http://peter.sh/experiments/chromium-command-line-switches/#safebrowsing-disable-download-protection

  • Does that disable the malware check while browsing?
    – Jon
    Nov 22, 2013 at 15:13
  • No, it's download only.
    – Dim
    Nov 22, 2013 at 16:04
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    Surprise, surprise; they are planning on removing it to force the download checking whether you like it or not. Even an anti-virus program can be disabled. ¬_¬
    – Synetech
    Nov 26, 2013 at 5:09

This answer was submitted more than 7 years ago and is not accurate with more recent versions of Chrome. This answer will not be updated since it was submitted to answer the author’s question which was asked in 2013.

Disable phishing and malware detection

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings and find the "Privacy" section.
  4. Deselect the "Enable phishing and malware protection" checkbox


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    This option has been renamed as "Safe Browsing" under the "Sync and Google Services" section in Settings. Searching for "safe" in the settings search will find it, but not "malware" and "phishing", as those terms have been removed from the setting's description. Sep 2, 2019 at 21:44

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