Solved! Download failed, Virus Detected Message in Windows 10

Fix ! Download failed, Virus Detected Message in Windows 10: – Everybody makes mistakes, so does Windows. Sometimes it thinks of a file as a potential threat, even if the file is actually safe for your system. You so badly want to download a software from a verified official site and that’s when Windows tell you that the file could potentially harm your system. But you are so sure that the file is authentic and is perfectly okay for your system to run it. At this point, you are left with no choice but to ignore the warning put forward by Windows. The error message would somewhat look like 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 reliable and trusted source. If you are so sure about the authenticity of the file, then you have the option to set an exception in your anti-virus software to download the potentially harmful file onto your system. Read on, to learn how to effectively bypass the Download failed – Virus detected message on Windows 10 with a very few number of clicks.

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  • In order to bypass the download failed, virus detected messages from Windows Defender, you should first launch Windows Defender. For that, start typing Windows in your Cortana search box and it will result in the Cortana showing you a set of search results. Click on the one named Windows Defender from the search results to launch Windows Defender.



  • The execution of last step will launch Windows Defender window as shown in the below screenshot.



  • From the window that opens, click on the last tab, which is the History tab. Now select the radio button corresponding to All detected items. Once you are done, click on the button named View details at the bottom of the window.



  • Now from the list of items that gets listed under the detected items, you have to find the one that was blocked without it being an actual threat to your system. The name and path of the item, the date on which it was detected as a threat, it’s alert level and the action that was taken on the item will be shown to you by Windows Defender. Check the cell corresponding to the suspected item. This will result in the un-greying of the button named Allow item at the bottom. Simply click on it, to let the program run on your system. That’s it. Now you can try to download the file again.


If you still can’t download the file, it means that you have some other anti-virus software activated and running on your system. Proceed similarly to set exceptions on those Softwares as well, to bypass the error message. Hope you found the article useful.