Download protection in firefox

Download protection in firefox ?

Before beginning a download, Firefox will attempt to protect you from potentially malicious or unsafe downloads. See the Mozilla blog posts, "Enhancing Download Protection in Firefox" and "Improving Malware Detection in Firefox" for more information. If something is suspected, the download will not begin, but rather:
Potentially malicious downloads are detected using Google Safe Browsing Service. A red dot will appear on the Download arrow:

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Click on the red-tagged Download arrow to open the Downloads panel. The file name will be displayed along with the warning message,
  • This file contains a virus or malware.

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Other files covered under download protection may be potentially unwanted downloads (explained in the Google Policy) that may make unexpected changes to your computer. Or, a download may not be malicious or unwanted but simply not commonly downloaded. A yellow dot will appear on the Download arrow:

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Click on the yellow-tagged Download arrow to open the Downloads panel. The file name will be displayed with one of these warning messages:
  • This file may harm your computer.
  • This file is not commonly downloaded.

How do I handle unsafe downloads?

When you see a malicious file or other types of potentially unsafe files in the Downloads panel, click on the right-facing arrow to choose what to do with the file, as shown in this example:
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You will be given more information about the type of unsafe file and the option to open or remove the file:
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Tip: The (right-click) context menu includes other options for handling any potentially harmful or malicious files listed in the Downloads panel that are pending download:

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For example: Right-click on one of the potentially unsafe files that are pending download and select Allow Download to save the file to your computer.

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