How to prevent the download of files from the Internet in Windows 10

In Windows 10, there are several ways to prevent the download of files from the Internet. Each method will depend on the browser you usually use. Below, we show you the detailed process for each of the most common browsers.

Blocking downloads in Internet Explorer

To block downloads in Internet Explorer, we must use the Internet options. Access them by searching for Internet options.

Internet optionsInternet options

Then, under the Security tab, click on Custom Level.

Custom security levelCustom security level

In the pop-up window, locate the Downloads section and disable all options.

Disable downloads in Internet ExplorerDisable downloads in Internet Explorer

Save the changes to take effect. From that moment on, Internet Explorer will no longer have permission to download files.

Block downloads in Google Chrome

To block downloads in Google Chrome, do the following. Open the registry editor by searching for regedit.

Open the registry editorOpen the registry editor

Then, go to the path Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome. If it does not exist, you must create it. To do this, right-click on Policies, go to New and click on Key. First, create the Google key, and following the same method, create the Chrome key.

Create a new ruleCreate a new rule

The result should be what you see in the next screenshot.

Rules created in the registryRules created in the registry

Create a DWORD value (32 bits) by right-clicking. The new value should be called DownloadRestrictions.

Create a value in the registryCreate a value in the registry

Double click on it and change its value to 3.

Modify the valueModify the value

Restart the browser to apply the changes. From that moment on, Google Chrome will no longer download to your computer.

Blocking downloads in Firefox

In the case of Firefox, you must use an extension called Public fox.

Once activated, go to your settings, in the Firefox extensions area.

Extension optionsExtension options

It is time to specify what type of files should be locked. Also, you can set a password to prevent anyone from making changes to these settings and to let each file be downloaded individually

Specify which extensions cannot be downloadedSpecify which extensions cannot be downloaded

When you save your changes, Firefox will no longer automatically download the formats you have specified.

Blocking downloads on Microsoft Edge

In the case of the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, you can block downloads using the same procedure in Google Chrome. However, the new registry value must be created in the path Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Edge. If it does not exist, you can create it in the same way that we indicated in the section of Google Chrome. In the following image, you can see the result.

Create a registry for Microsoft EdgeCreate a registry for Microsoft Edge

Similarly, by doing this, Microsoft Edge will not be able to download any files from the Internet.