downloading some files
I have the latest Vivaldi browser installed. Sometimes when I download some files I get this message:
"This type of file can harm your computer. Do you want to keep..........(name of file) anyway? And there is a block that says "cancel" or "keep"
I have another browser on my computer, and if I use this one, this message does not come up. Is this the anti-virus that is sending this out? Recently I changed to another anti-virus, and tried downloading certain files, using Vivaldi, and again the above message would come up.
Someone advise me on this
mib2berlin last edited by
Hi, this a security feature of the Chromium code base using by Vivaldi. Chrome should show the same message for .exe .msi files, for example. On Linux it is the same for .rpm .deb files.
An .exe can harm your system very easy when one not know what exactly is it.
There is no way to disable it at moment.
Thanks for responding, and for letting me know that it is a security feature, not from my anti-virus, but from the Chromium code base used by Vivaldi.
But I am also concerned with what you said:
"An .exe can harm your system very easy when one not know what exactly is it".
You know exactly what you are downloading, like, say, an application file or program, and the file has .exe
Does that still make a difference, even though what you are downloading is from a known reputable company?
Pathduck last edited by
@james40 This is just security theatre, a show to make users feel secure while not actually doing anything, and ending up delaying and frustrating users trying to do things.
I hope Vivaldi will give us the option to never show this irrelevant message. Vivaldi users are intelligent (unlike Chrome users), and able to make our own decisions what is safe or not.
Thanks, Pathduck for coming up.
I have never heard the term "security theatre" being used, and I am happy to read about it. In fact, I have bookmarked the term from your link. You hear about people, places and events full of "flash" "hot-air" - a society being reactionary. No one never thought of putting up a rail near a precipice, until someone fell in, until someone gets hurt.
It does not happen in Google Chrome, and I hope Vivaldi takes that message off in later updates.
I disagree completely. This is a wonderful feature. Of course, it is useless when it is useless. But, what if you were just browsing around and not intentionally trying to download anything and that message came up because some malware advertisement had a button called close which you clicked and it really downloaded their malware.
The message is to alert you should anything manage to download to your computer without your knowledge. Why wouldn't everyone want this protection just in case?
The whole printnightmare windows security flaw exists because printer drivers can be installed and if a false certificate exists, they install silently, without user notification. Why can't they ALWAYS ask whether this potentially dangerous driver should be installed?
Same thing here, except Google is asking.
mib2berlin last edited by mib2berlin
Hi, I've always wondered how many .exe files people download per day to find that annoying.
I find it much more annoying all Windows applications and settings as me: "Are you sure you want to do/close me?" if I hit the OK/Close button.
After years on Firefox, I decided to try Vivaldi. This has been almost enough to to get me to change back.
Not only is it happening regularly, it happens after the download, and the default option is 'cancel.' That means that if you happen to hit enter at the same time the thing pops up, the browser kindly deletes the file you just downloaded.
It's happened to me twice in the last two days with larger files that took a while to download, and in each case it meant that I not only had to redownload the file, but I had to sit there and try to figure out which of the multiple active downloads had just been canceled.
Security has to be balanced with usability, and I don't need Windows UAC on my machine twice.