Don't start downloads automaticly

  • Opera starts downloading files automatically when the download prompt pops up. It shouldn't be doing this because it is sometimes downloading things I don't want and they could potentially be dangerous.

  • Afaik this is how all browsers work. When you click on a download link you are saying the browser (and the server) that you want to get that file.

    it is sometimes downloading things I don't want

    What do you mean?

    If a file is being downloaded without your consent, then you may already have a serious malware in your computer or that file is placed on the page in a way that it is downloaded with the page.

    hey could potentially be dangerous.

    Only if you open them, most of the times.

    1. It seems to be exclusive to chromium, I'm sure that Firefox and Internet Explorer don't do it this way. They don't start downloading until after I select a location for the download.

    2. I mean if I click a link thinking it will take me to a page where I can read details about a download but get the actual download instead. Or if a site is trying to force me to download something without asking me. In either case Opera has already started the download before I can click cancel.

    3. Yes, most of the time. However there is still an unnecessary risk when you download things without confirmation.

  • It seems to be exclusive to chromium, I'm sure that Firefox and Internet Explorer don't do it this way. They don't start downloading until after I select a location for the download.

    Most browser nowadays don't even prompt for a download folder by default. They just start the download as soon as you click on a download link.

    I mean if I click a link thinking it will take me to a page where I can read details about a download but get the actual download instead

    Well, if you click on a link that says "download something" then it means that you want to download it.

    Or if a site is trying to force me to download something without asking me.

    And why a serious site would do it?

    n either case Opera has already started the download before I can click cancel.

    Opera works that way since the old Presto era. And i'm pretty sure that other browsers do the same.

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