Dangerous download alerts

Guardio automatically blocks downloads (files) that may harm your security and damage your computer. If you attempt to download a dangerous download, we will block it immediately and you'll receive an alert from us saying that the file contains a virus. Based on your browser, you'll see the alert differently. 

  • Chrome user: You will see the alert at the bottom left side.
  • Edge user: You will see the alert on the upper left side.

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While we do not recommend allowing malicious files that were flagged, you will always have the option to do so.

On the alert itself, click Allow this file.

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Why and how Guardio blocks dangerous files

To protect your device and your information, Guardio prevents you from downloading dangerous files. 

  • Advanced heuristics: based on large-scale data gathered by Guardio's sensors, Guardio deduces relationships between seemingly unrelated files.
  • Malware: malicious software designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer.
  • Dynamic fingerprinting: rules that evolve over time to block malicious websites that host malicious files.
  • Hash calculation: we calculate a unique signature for each file (so even if the scammer changes the file names we know that it's still the same malicious file). 

If you find a file that you think shouldn't be blocked, let us know by sending us a report via your dashboard

Important

If you're using Guardio for free, we will alert you if the file contains a virus but we won't block it. 

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