Fix Failed Network Error When Downloading Using Google Chrome

Google Chrome is the most popular browser being used today which is available in various platforms. It is preferred by a lot of people for its speed and minimalistic design. Although this is quite a solid and stable browser there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the failed network error when downloading using Google Chrome issue.

How To Fix Failed Network Error When Downloading Using Google Chrome

Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps listed below it’s best to restart your computer first. This action refreshes the operating system and remove any corrupt temporary data that could be causing the problem.

The failed network error message usually occurs when trying to download a file over the internet using Chrome. There are several factors that can cause this problem which we will be identifying and hopefully fix.

Disable HTTP/Port Checking on Your Antivirus

One of the main causes of this problem is the antivirus software which keeps on scanning the website certificate. This slows down the download speed which results in this problem.


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  • Open the antivirus user interface by double-clicking on its icon in the system tray.
  • The HTTPS scanning setting is located in different spots for different antivirus tools.
  • Kaspersky Internet Security: Home – Settings – Additional – Network – Encrypted connections scanning – Do not scan encrypted connections
  • AVG: Home – Settings – Components – Online Shield – Enable HTTPS Scanning (uncheck it)
  • Avast: Home – Settings – Components – Web Shield – Enable HTTPS Scanning (uncheck it)
  • ESET: Home – Tools – Advanced Setup – Web and Email – Enable SSL/TLS protocol filtering (turn it off)

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Change the Default Downloads Location

There are instances when the problem is caused by Chrome unable to access the Downloads folder. To check if this is what’s causing the problem you should try to change the default downloads folder location.

  • On theGoogle Chrome browser, click on the three horizontal dots at the top right part which says “Customize and control Google Chrome” when you hover above it.
  • Click on the Settings option near the bottom of the dropdown menu.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of this page and click the Advanced button. Scroll down until you see the Downloads section. Click the Change button under the Location option and choose a different folder for Chrome downloads. Confirm the changes
  • Restart your browser.

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Update your network drivers

There’s a chance that the problem is caused by outdated network drivers in your computer. Try to check if an update is available and download it accordingly.

  • Type “Device Manager” into the search field next to the Start menu button to open the Device Manager utility.
  • Expand the “Network Adapters” section to display all network adapters that the PC has running at the moment.
  • Right click on the network adapter you want to uninstall and select “Uninstall device”. This will remove it from the list and uninstall the device. Click “OK” when prompted to uninstall the driver completely.
  • Remove the adapter you are using from your computer and go to your manufacturer’s page in order to see the list of available drivers for your operating system. Choose the latest one, save it, and run it from the Downloads folder.
  • Follow the instructions on-screen in order to install the driver. If the adapter is external such as a Wi-Fi dongle for desktop PCs, make sure it stays disconnected until the wizard prompts you to connect it to your computer. 
  • Restart the computer.

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