Computer Not Downloading Files From The Internet: What Should I Do?


Did you know that almost 70,000,000 downloads happen on the internet worldwide? In addition, more than 1.2 trillion searches happen on the internet, and more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are uploaded every day on the web.

Among this ocean of data, it’s pretty common that your computer is not able to download files from the internet. However, if you try to download a movie or music file from, and it hinders your download, that means the issue is serious.

But, if this issue is so common and severe, shouldn’t we have some solutions to fix these problems? Of course, we have. So, read this article until the end, and familiarize yourself with new solutions to fix your downloading problem.

What To Do If Your Computer Is Not Downloading Files From The Internet?

Before we dive into the solutions, let us tell you that these solutions are made keeping in mind the Windows 10 device requirements. Hence, if your computer uses any other operating system, you should probably update it first and then try downloading files from the internet.

1: Check Your External Programs

There may be some external program blocking your download because it uses your entire bandwidth. So, before you check some other solutions, make sure you are not downloading anything else from your Torrent client.

For example, if you are already downloading a vast game from Steam, that will exploit all your data and won’t leave anything for you to download another file. It may also happen that Windows is already downloading another file in the background, so check these external downloads, and stop them.

2: Clear Internet Cache

When you visit a website that asks you to accept the cookies, what do you do? You click on the accept button and move forward, right? Well, that may increase the cache and cookie memory of your system, which in turn, will block your downloads.

If you want to clear the internet cache, open the Chrome browser, go to the History tab and clear your browsing data. Wait for some time before the browser finishes clearing the cache data and verifying the download location. Now, try downloading something, and your problem will likely be resolved.

3: Install Your Browser Again

If you still can’t download files from the internet even after clearing the internet cache, maybe it’s time you should install your browser again. So, delete your browser, restart your computer, and install it again. Perhaps it will bring some changes to your download speed.

If you are not confident about deleting your browser, you can also update it. It’s pretty simple. All you have to do is navigate to the browser’s settings and check for the latest version. You can also install an Uninstaller to make sure you delete all the leftover files from your previous browser, which will do the job.

4: Free Up Your Disk Space

When your computer doesn’t have enough space, it usually hinders your download. Open your PC, and head to the Properties section. Choose the Disk Cleanup option, and tick the checkboxes that indicate temporary files.

Check your storage space once you confirm the selection and clear the temporary files. If your storage space still seems full, clear the junk files or move the large apps into your external hard disk to free some disk space. Now, try downloading the files again.

5: Check Viruses

It’s not uncommon that virus and malware threats can damage your PC in many ways you may not have ever imagined. But did you know that viruses can also block your downloads? Probably not, right?

Well, it’s possible. First, enable your antivirus, and scan the files you are downloading. If the scanner finds any malware threats on the files, it will remove them or ask you to delete them. Follow the instructions, and your subsequent downloads should be just fine.

6: Disable Firewall And Antivirus

There’s a high chance that your antivirus is blocking all your downloads. If that’s the case, disable the antivirus temporarily, and download the files you need. However, make sure the file you are trying to download is 100% safe; else, it may hamper your system storage space.

You can also try disabling the firewall. Just type Firewall in the search box, and the option will appear on the screen. Click on that option, and turn the firewall off. However, the firewall may also block certain downloading features, so disable it only if you are sure the download won’t hamper your system.

Final Verdict

If you apply these solutions, your computer will likely get rid of the downloading errors. We have mentioned a few quick fixes here to solve this problem, so you can apply these even if you don’t have any technical knowledge of handling a computer. Let us know in the comment section which solution worked for you and which one didn’t.

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