Brave blocks downloads when Safe Browsing is disabled

Description of the issue:

Brave blocks a wide range of downloads it seems “dangerous”. I have to manually click on “keep” to keep them. Protection is turned OFF in my settings.

How can this issue be reproduced?

  1. Try to download e.g. the epic launcher installer (.msi file)

Expected result:

I expect it to download a file. You know, kind of the purpose of a browser.

Brave Version( check About Brave):

Version 1.50.121 Chromium: 112.0.5615.138 (Official Build) (64-bit)

Thank you for reaching out to us. We’ve recently seen this issue occur for certain file types and believe it has to do with the Safe browsing feature. I’m reaching out to our devs with your report for review.

Can you confirm for me whether or not you have Safe browsing enabled (Settings --> Privacy & Security --> Security --> Safe browsing)? If you do not, can you please go ahead and enable it, then test downloading the file again?

Thank you

As stated in the initial post it is disabled. With Safe Browsing enabled it downloads this particular file.
The reason I disabled it in the first place is due to blocked downloads though.

I am having this exact same problem. Brave should not be blocking ANYTHING! I have an antivirus for that stuff. On top of that, it doesn’t even pop up a notice it has blocked anything. So you click on your program you are trying to download, go do other things while you think it is downloading, then check and NOTHING is download.

The smarter you people try to make things, the worse they get.

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So you’re saying that the file you’re looking to download won’t download unless Safe Browsing enabled, but there are other files that get blocked unless it’s disabled? What files are being blocked when Safe Browsing is enabled?

Yes. Happened with a fresh windows 10, fresh brave browser with .msi files. But why would it block manually initiated downloads in any case? The mere question seems to completely miss the point.

My company switched back to a reasonable browser already though, so only limited further testing from my end.

If you are on a site that claims to be legitimate but is actually a fake/scam site and you click (intentionally) to download a file that is malicious, would you not want your browser to stop the download and say “hey, that’s a malicious file you’re trying to download there”?

That said it does look like this is part of a known issue, logged here:

No, I would not. Especially when I have safe browsing disabled.

This is about file types and not site filters though and don’t get me started on who should decide what site is malicious - seen enough of those blacklists…

i have exactly this same problem. i’m having to use chrome to download

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