Why does a video start downloading automatically when I open video in Google Chrome?

Muhammad Faisal Wahab Khan May 8, 2013

Lately when I open a webpage with a video in Google Chrome, the video starts downloading automatically through Internet Download Manager. This does not happen on YouTube, however. How can I stop this from happening?

  1. Farhad Shah
    May 18, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Disable the IDM in tools--ads on---IDM disable

    • Faisal Khan
      May 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      thanks bro i was already fed up of IDM and when i deleted it the problem solved itself :D

  2. ha14
    May 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Prevent Automatic Downloads From Internet Download Manager(IDM)

    you can alos uncheck automatically start IDM with Windows just to check if your problem stop and it is linked to IDM.

  3. Alan Wade
    May 9, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Open IDM, click on Options then File Types and you will see a list of Automatic download file types. Edit out all the movie extensions and that should stop it.. Did on my setup at least.

  4. Shawn Zeng
    May 9, 2013 at 4:31 am

    It probably means that you do not have the plugins to view them in your browser. Try installing flash player if you haven't already done so.


    The reason youtube plays properly is that it can play videos using HTML5 and it does not need a plugin as such. I might be able to help you better if you provide an example site where this happens.

    • Faisal Khan
      May 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      let me check that

  5. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 9, 2013 at 3:13 am

    You can prevent IDM from starting the download using two ways,

    The first way is by specifying file types that IDM should automatically grip, so you can exclude the certain file type, for instance "MP3" or "MP4". To do that configuration, you have to click on "Downloads" menu in the IDM's main GUI, and then select "Options", a new small window will appear, choose "File types" tab from it. Now in the first text input box you can add or remove the file types you want

    The second way is by specifying certain sites that IDM shouldn't automatically download from them. You can find an input text box below the text box in the previous way which you can use for that purpose. for example you can add something like this: dropbox.com to prevent any automatic download from Dropbox site


    In the first way, you can enforce IDM to download from a specific link when its targets file type is not listed on the list of automatic grabbing types. to do that you should first click on "Keys..." button which is located in the "General" tab in the "Option" window, and from the window that will appear, make a tick in the second choice which will allow you specify a certain key that could be held while clicking on the desired link in order to enforce the IDM to start the Download

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