Whenever you try to download an executable file in Google Chrome you are presented with the following confirmation prompt at the bottom of the browser: "This type of file can harm your computer. Are you sure you want to download..". A save or discard prompt is displayed giving you the option to either save the file to the local hard drive or discard the download. It still means that you need to move the mouse down to the prompt to select an option.
While I could not confirm it I read in user comments that even Linux users get the message.
Is there a way to get rid of the message? Yes and no. There is no switch to disable the confirmation prompt completely and retain the auto downloading functionality. There is no Chrome option or startup parameter that can be used to disable the This Type Of File Can Harm Your Computer message.
The only option that users have is to enable the option to ask where to save each file before downloading. It is not an ideal solution because it will spawn the download window on every download.
The window offers an advantage to the user. Instead of having to move the mouse to the Save or Discard prompt it is possible to complete the download by pressing enter on the keyboard, providing the right directory is displayed on screen.
There you have it. You either have the option to live with the "harm your computer" message or switch to the ask before download option to replace it with a download window.
I have not tested a third alternative: Download Managers. These programs should theoretically be able to intercept the downloads so that the files are downloaded automatic and without spawning the safety popup.
Update: Google has modified the message and options that users have in recent versions of Chrome. You now see a message like the following instead:
It reads: File name is not commonly downloaded and could be dangerous.
Only the discard button is displayed, and when you click on that, you remove the downloaded file from your computer so that it is no longer available. Since you wanted to download the file in first place, you are probably more interested in keeping the download. For that, you need to click on the small arrow icon on the right of the discard button to display the Keep option. Select Keep and the download will be saved.
There is however still no option to disable the warning message in the Google Chrome browser.
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