Windows 10: Internet Explorer 11 Downloading Issue

  1.    07 May 2016 #1

    Internet Explorer 11 Downloading Issue

    The behaviour of Internet Explorer 11 has changed of late, probably after some Windows updates.
    When I attempt to download pictures or software from legitimate sites such as Flickr, Adobe or AVG for example, I receive the “This file can’t be downloaded” error message. This did not happen in the past.

    Most references to this problem suggest as a solution to reset IE completely – I tried this and the problem remains.
    I tried running IE without add-ons and that did not help.
    I temporarily disabled my AVG Internet Security software – no help.
    I did a system restore, but no help as my restore points don’t go back far enough.

    The only workarounds I am able to find are

    1. Run IE11 as administrator
    2. Uncheck “Enable Protected Mode” under IE security tab

    Both remove the problem though I don’t like either.

    It would appear that lots of people experience the same issue but I have not been able to find a solution, only the workarounds above.
    Is anyone able to assist?
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  2.    08 May 2016 #2

    Hum, after "upgrading" to Windows 10 on my wife's PC she can't get Internet Explorer 11 to even run. I set up my very same model PC a month ago and my IE 11 runs fine. Seems like M$ is adrift in dumb ideas.
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  3. davidhk's Avatar
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       08 May 2016 #3


    .............. “This file can’t be downloaded” error message....................

    Is this the complete error message ?

    Give this a try:
    Open IE11 > Tools > SmartScreen Filter > Check/tick Turn off SmartScreen Filer

    Will that help ?
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  4.    09 May 2016 #4

    Thanks for your response.
    I tried to follow your suggestion, but in my version of IE11 under "Tools" there is no SmartScreen Filter option so I was unable to follow this through.
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  5. davidhk's Avatar
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       09 May 2016 #5

    Sorry, I can help you any further.
    Pleas wait a bit for someone else to come along.

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  6.    09 May 2016 #6

    Thank you.
    I see that there are in fact two different "Tools" menus. I found the one you referred to and turned off SmartScreen Filter. Unfortunately it didn't solve the download issue
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  7. davidhk's Avatar
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       09 May 2016 #7

    Sorry that I am of no use to you.

    Please wait a bit for someone to come along.

    Good luck.
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