Resolved! Download failed, virus message detected in Windows 10

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Repair! Download failed, virus message detected in Windows 10: - Everyone makes mistakes, even Windows. Sometimes you think of a file as a potential threat, even if the file is actually safe for your system. You are so eager to download software from a verified official site and that's when Windows tells you that the file could harm your system. But you are so sure that the file is genuine and fully functional for your system. At this point, you have no choice but to ignore the warning presented by Windows. The error message would be similar to the following screenshot.

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Proceed with the following steps only if you are sure that the file you are trying to download is from a trusted and trustworthy source. If you are so sure of the authenticity of the file, you have the option to set an exception in your antivirus software to download the potentially malicious file to your system. Read on to learn how to effectively avoid Download Failed - Virus Detected Message on Windows 10 with just a few clicks.

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  • To avoid the failed download, virus messages detected by Windows Defender, you must first start Windows Defender. For this, start typing windows in Cortana's search box and this will cause Cortana to show you a range of search results. Click the one called Windows Defender Search Results to start Windows Defender.


  • The execution of the last step will begin. Windows Defender as shown in the following screenshot.


  • From the window that opens, click on the last tab, which is the Eyelash History file. Now select the radio button corresponding to All detected items. Once done, click the button called See details at the bottom of the window.


  • Now from the list of items listed under the detected items, you need to find the one that was blocked without it being a real threat to your system. The name and path of the item, the date it was detected as a threat, its warning level, and the action that was taken on the item will be shown to you by Windows Defender. Check the cell corresponding to the suspicious item. This will result in disabling the gray color of the button named Allow article in the background. Just click on it to run the program on your system. That's all. Now you can try to download the file again.

If you still can't download the file, it means that you have other antivirus software activated and running on your system. Proceed similarly to set exceptions in those software as well, to avoid the error message. Hope you found the article useful.

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