Using the Blocked & Allowed apps settings screen in Avast Antivirus

The Blocked & Allowed apps settings screen is available in paid versions of Avast Antivirus version 19.0 and higher. To upgrade your application to the latest version, follow steps in the article below:

The Blocked & Allowed apps settings screen allows you to easily manage applications on your PC that are always blocked or always allowed by at least one of the following Avast features:

The features that you can manage via Blocked & Allowed apps depends on which Avast Antivirus product you purchased. For more information about which features are included in different product versions, refer to the article below:

Open the Blocked & Allowed apps settings screen

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

The Blocked & Allowed apps settings screen shows your List of blocked apps and your List of allowed apps:

  • Blocked apps: When an application is blocked by an Avast feature, the Avast feature always prevents the blocked application from accessing your system. You are not notified when a blocked application attempts to access your system.
  • Allowed apps: When an application is allowed by an Avast feature, the Avast feature always allows the allowed application to access your system. You are not notified when an allowed application accesses your system.

Refer to the relevant section below to manage your blocked or allowed apps:

Add an app to your List of blocked apps

If an untrusted application attempts to access your webcam, sensitive documents, or protected folders, you may receive a notification from Avast asking to block or allow the interaction. If you select Block, the application is automatically added to your List of blocked apps. You can also manually add apps to your List of blocked apps:

  1. Click + Block App.
  2. Select an application using one of the following methods:
    1. Click an application from the pre-defined list.
    2. Click Select App Path, select the application's location, then click Open.
  3. Tick the Avast features that will always block this application (all options are ticked by default) and click Add.

The application now appears on your List of blocked apps and is always blocked by the Avast features you specified. You can remove the application from this list, or change the Avast features that block the application at any time.

Add an app to your List of allowed apps

If an untrusted application attempts to access your webcam, sensitive documents, or protected folders, you may receive a notification from Avast asking to block or allow the interaction. If you select Allow, the application is automatically added to your List of allowed apps. You can also manually add apps to your List of allowed apps:

  1. Click + Allow App.
  2. Select an application using one of the following methods:
    • Click an application from the pre-defined list.
    • Click Select App Path, select the application's location, then click Open.
  3. Tick the Avast features that will always allow this application (all options are ticked by default) and click Add.

The application now appears on your List of allowed apps and is always allowed by the Avast features you specified. You can remove the application from this list, or change the Avast features that allow the application at any time.

Specify which Avast features block a listed application

You can view which Avast features currently block any application in your List of blocked apps by checking which icons appear in the Blocked for column:

  • This application is always blocked by Ransomware Shield and it cannot access your protected folders.
  • This application is always blocked by Sensitive Data Shield and it cannot access your sensitive documents.
  • This application is always blocked by Webcam Shield and it cannot access your PC's webcam.

To change which Avast features block an application:

  1. Hover your cursor over the relevant application's column, select the (three dots) icon that appears, then select Change Blocked Features.
  2. Ensure the box next to Avast features that you want to block the application are ticked, then click Change.
If you want an Avast feature to block an application that is not currently on your List of blocked apps, you can add the application to your List of blocked apps manually.

Specify which Avast features allow a listed application

You can view which Avast features currently allow any application in your List of allowed apps by checking which icons appear in the Allowed for column:

  • This application is always allowed by Ransomware Shield and it can access your protected folders.
  • This application is always allowed by Sensitive Data Shield and it can access your sensitive documents.
  • This application is always allowed by Webcam Shield and it can access your PC's webcam.

To change which Avast features allow an application:

  1. Hover your cursor over the relevant application's column, select the (three dots) icon that appears, then select Change Allowed Features.
  2. Ensure the box next to Avast features that you want to allow the application are ticked, then click Change.
If you want an Avast feature to allow an application that is not currently on your List of allowed apps, you can add the application to your List of allowed apps manually.

Remove an application from your list of blocked apps

  • Hover your cursor over the relevant application's panel in your List of blocked apps, click the icon (three dots) that appears, then select Remove.

The application no longer appears in your List of blocked apps and is no longer blocked by Sensitive Data Shield, Webcam Shield, or Ransomware Shield. When the removed application attempts to access your sensitive documents, you PC's webcam, or your protected folders, you receive a notification asking you to block or allow the interaction.

Remove an application to your List of allowed apps

  • Hover your cursor over the relevant application's panel in your List of allowed apps, click the icon (three dots) that appears, then select Remove.

The application no longer appears in your List of allowed apps and is no longer allowed by Sensitive Data Shield, Webcam Shield, or Ransomware Shield. When the removed application attempts to access your sensitive documents, you PC's webcam, or your protected folders, you receive a notification asking you to block or allow the interaction.

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