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.