Downloads cause all Brave windows to become unresponsive

Whenever I download a file of any type or size, there seems to be a > 50% chance that Brave will become unresponsive and I have to “force quit” the process. It’s not consistent, but it’s made the browser practically unusable at this point; before any download, I have to make sure I don’t have any precious tabs open.

Recently, I’m getting the feeling that the probability of freezing upon download is increasing the longer it’s been since the last system reboot, but I don’t know how to concretely test this.

I found a few posts of similar behavior, but none have actually been resolved.

How can this issue be reproduced?

  1. Download any file

Expected result: browser continues operating as usual.
Actual result: browser becomes unresponsive, with probability > 0.5

Brave Version: Version 1.31.87 Chromium: 95.0.4638.54 (Official Build) (x86_64)

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