Webcam Shield - Getting Started

Webcam Shield, available in the latest version of Avast Premium Security (previously Avast Premier) and Avast Omni, prevents applications and malware from accessing your PC's webcam without your consent. With Webcam Shield enabled, untrusted applications cannot capture images or videos and send the content outside of your PC to compromise your privacy.

Access or disable Webcam Shield

  1. Open the Avast user interface and go to PrivacyWebcam Shield.
  2. To disable the feature, click the green slider (ON) so that it changes to red (OFF).

Adjust Webcam Shield behavior

  1. Open the Avast user interface and go to PrivacyWebcam Shield.
  2. Click the gear icon on the right-hand side of the Webcam Shield screen.
  3. Use the drop-down menu to select how sensitively Webcam Shield monitors apps trying to access your Webcam (Smart mode is selected by default).
    • Smart: automatically allows trusted applications to access your webcam. If an untrusted application attempts to access your webcam, a notification appears asking you to allow or block the application. After selecting an option, the application appears on the Blocked & Allowed apps settings screen where you can view its status and select additional actions.
    • Strict: notifies you every time any application attempts to access your webcam and allows you to decide if the application is blocked or allowed. After selecting to block or allow an application, the application appears on the Blocked & Allowed apps settings screen where you can view its status and select additional actions.
    • No Mercy: automatically blocks all applications that attempt to access your webcam.

Manage blocked and allowed applications

When Webcam Shield is set to Smart or Strict mode, you receive notifications when applications attempt to access your PC's webcam, asking you to block or allow the application. After selecting your preference, the application is added to the Blocked & Allowed apps screen.

To open the Blocked & Allowed apps screen:

  1. Open the Avast user interface and go to MenuSettings.
  2. Select GeneralBlocked & Allowed apps.

For detailed instructions on using the Blocked & Allowed apps screen, refer to the article below:

  • Avast Premium Security 19.x
  • Avast Omni 1.x
  • Avast Premier 19.x
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit

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