Can't download .exe files from a web server - 403 Forbidden nginx


Cannot download .exe files from a WordPress website hosted on the Plesk Obsidian platform. Instead of downloading the file, the following error is displayed:

nginx: 403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


The issue was caused by Plesk WordPress Toolkit security restrictions. To resolve this, open WordPress Toolkit for the website in question on your Plesk admin panel and click on the Check security link. 

WordPress Toolkit - Check Security

On the next page disable (revert) the "Block access to potentially sensitive files" policy.

Block access to potentially sensitive files

October 2021
WordPress 5.8.1
Plesk Obsidian 18.0.38


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