Avast Secure Browser - FAQs

General

What is Avast Secure Browser?

Avast Secure Browser is a web browser, with built-in security and privacy features designed by Avast to keep you safe online. The distinctive Security & Privacy Center includes a collection of tools and features that enable you to manage your online privacy, identity, and personal data. Secure Browser is offered when you install the latest version of Avast Antivirus.

How can I get Avast Secure Browser?

Avast Secure Browser is available when you install any Avast Antivirus product.

Is Avast Secure Browser compatible with other browsers?

Yes. Avast Secure Browser is designed to work easily alongside your other browsers. You can easily import bookmarks and data from Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.

What happened to my SafeZone Browser?

Avast SafeZone Browser has been updated to Avast Secure Browser, built on the latest, most secure version of Chromium. The newly designed Avast Secure Browser still has the main SafeZone Browser functionality and many of the old SafeZone Browser features, but now includes the Security & Privacy Center, which provides extra security tools, settings, and features.

How do I open Avast Secure Browser?

You can open Avast Secure Browser in the following ways:

  • Double-click the Avast Secure Browser shortcut on your desktop.
  • Click the Avast Secure Browser icon on your taskbar.
  • Open the Windows Start menu and select Avast Secure Browser.

How does Avast Secure Browser protect my security and privacy?

Avast Secure Browser includes a range of features and tools that are designed to maximize your online security, such as Bank Mode, Webcam Guard, and an improved version Anti-Fingerpriting. All built-in security and privacy features are available in the Security & Privacy Center.

Features

What is the Security & Privacy Center?

The Security & Privacy Center is a console of tools, features, and settings that allow you to manage your online activity.

When you go to the Security & Privacy Center, you can view all the built-in tools and features, then select which ones to use. By using these tools, you not only create a more secure browser, but a more secure PC.

To access the Security & Privacy Center and configure Secure Browser, click the orange Avast icon in the top-right corner of the Avast Secure Browser screen.

What is Avast Antivirus?

Avast Antivirus protects you in real-time against viruses, ransomware, spyware, and other malware. Once installed, the antivirus runs silently in the background to prevent threats on your PC.

The Avast Antivirus tile in the Security & Privacy Center detects if the Avast Antivirus software is installed on your PC. Click Free Download on the Avast Antivirus tile in Avast Secure Browser to install it.

What is Default Browser?

The Default Browser feature allows you to select Avast Secure Browser to automatically open a web page or web link.

To access this feature, go to the Security & Privacy Center or click Menu (three dots) and select Settings, then scroll to the Default browser section.

What is Adblock?

Adblock stops advertisements from loading on the webpages you visit, which improves the speed and safety of your browsing sessions. Adblock is enabled by default.

To disable this feature, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click the slider on the Adblock tile so that it changes from green to gray.

What is Password Manager?

The Password Manager feature in Avast Secure Browser allows you to select a password manager. A password manager securely stores your passwords in one location while you only have to remember one master password.

To select a password manager, go to the Security & Privacy Center, click the Password Managers tile, then use the drop-down menu to select which password manager you want to use.

What is Anti-Phishing?

Anti-Phishing blocks malicious websites and phishing attempts while you browse the web. It also prevents you from downloading potentially malicious content from the web, which may try to infect your PC. Anti-phishing is enabled by default.

To disable this feature, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click the slider on the Anti-Phishing tile so that it changes from green to gray.

What is SecureLine VPN?

VPN refers to a Virtual Private Network. SecureLine VPN functions as a private tunnel through the internet, which encrypts your data and secures your connection when using public Wi-Fi connections, such as those in cafes or airports.

To enable SecureLine VPN, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click the slider on the SecureLine VPN tile so that it changes to green.

To change the VPN location, click the Avast SecureLine VPN tile, then use the drop-down menu to select your preferred location. Changing the VPN location can be useful to bypass geolocation restrictions or to access your favorite content while traveling.

The SecureLine VPN feature is only available when Avast Antivirus is installed and running on your PC:

What is Stealth Mode?

Stealth Mode is a privacy feature that prevents your browsing history from being stored and deletes any tracking cookies or web caches you acquire during your Stealth Mode browsing session.

To open a web page in Stealth Mode, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click Launch Window on the Stealth Mode tile.

What is HTTPS Encryption?

HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure) is a more secure version of the standard HTTP connection. HTTPS adds encryption which prevents others from eavesdropping, and helps ensure that you are connected to the intended server. The HTTPS Encryption feature in Avast Secure Browser ensures that each website you visit uses an HTTPS connection where supported. HTTPS Encryption is enabled by default.

To disable this feature, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click the slider on the HTTPS Encryption tile so that it changes from green to gray.

What is Anti-Tracking?

The Anti-Tracking feature protects your privacy by preventing websites, analytics companies, advertising networks, and other web services from tracking your online activity. It also uses filters to completely remove web bugs, tracking scripts, and other information collectors from the sites you visit. Anti-Tracking is enabled by default.

To disable this feature, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click the slider on the Anti-Tracking tile so that it changes from green to grey.

What is Privacy Cleaner?

Privacy Cleaner clears your browsing history as well as other data stored in your browsers, such as cached images and cookies. This protects your privacy and clears disk space on your PC.

To use Privacy Cleaner to clear your history, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click Launch Cleaner on the Privacy Cleaner tile.

What is Extension Guard?

Extension Guard prevents untrusted extensions (also known as add-ons and plug-ins) from being installed in Avast Secure Browser. This feature is enabled by default.

To disable Extension Guard, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click the slider on the Extension Guard tile so that it changes from green to gray.

What is Flash Blocker?

Flash-based content opens your PC to security vulnerabilities, takes up space on your PC, and can use a large percentage of your PC's battery life. The Flash Blocker feature blocks Flash-based content from running on your PC, unless you choose to allow it.

What is Bank Mode?

Bank Mode provides a virtual desktop that acts as a safe and clean PC within your real PC. This protects against a potentially hijacked host or network, and prevents keyloggers and network-based eavesdropping from capturing any of your data. We recommend using Bank Mode each time you want to access a banking website.

To access Bank Mode, go to the Security & Privacy Center and click Open on the Bank Mode tile, or click Menu (three dots) and select New Bank Mode Window. To learn more about Bank Mode, refer to the following article:

The Bank Mode feature is only available when Avast Antivirus is installed and running on your PC:

What is Webcam Guard?

Webcam Guard gives you more control over which websites can access your webcam. Each time a website you visit tries to access your webcam, a notification appears asking you to Allow or Keep blocking the website.

To temporarily disable Webcam Guard, go to the Security and Privacy Center, then click the slider on the Webcam Guard tile so that it changes from green to gray.

What is Anti-Fingerprinting?

Websites and ad networks can use your unique browser configuration, referred to as your browser fingerprint, to track you. Your browser fingerprint is comprised of data related to your device configuration, browser, and history of your online behavior, which is continuously stored while you interact with webpages. Anti-Fingerprinting helps disguise your digital fingerprint to prevent websites from identifying and tracking you without your consent.

The Anti-Fingerprinting feature can hide information that certain websites need to operate properly. If you encounter problems with a website you normally visit, you can temporarily disable the feature. Go to the Security and Privacy Center and click the slider on the Anti-Fingerprinting tile so that it changes from green to gray.

What is Hack Check?

Hack Check is a feature within Avast Secure Browser that allows you to check if your email address has been involved in a data breach. Your login details are checked against Avast's internal database of stolen email addresses for possible leaks.

To use this feature, open the Security and Privacy Center, and click the Hack Check tile. Type your email address into the text box, then click Check to ensure none of your login details have been compromised.

What is Video Downloader?

The Video Downloader feature allows you to easily download video and audio content from your favorite sites.

To use this feature, click the Video Downloader icon in the top-right corner of the screen, then select Download next to the video you want to download.

Video Downloader may not be compatible with all websites.

How do I check if a site's connection is secure?

When visiting different websites with Avast Secure Browser, you can check the security of a site's connection:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser and navigate to a website.
  2. Locate the icon that appears to the left of the web address:
    • Lock icon: indicates that the site's connection is secure.
    • Information icon: indicates that the site is not secure or more information is available.
    • Warning icon: indicates that the site is not secure or dangerous.
  3. Click the icon to view a summary of the site's connection.

Settings

How do I change the default search provider?

To change the default search provider:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Click Menu (three dots) in the top-right corner of the screen and select Settings.
  3. Scroll to the Search engine section.
  4. Click the drop-down menu next to Search engine used in the address bar and select your preferred search engine.

How do I reset Avast Secure Browser settings to default?

To reset your Avast Secure Browser settings:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Click Menu (three dots) in the top-right corner of the screen, then select Settings.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Settings screen, and click Advanced.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen again and click Restore settings to their original defaults, then select Reset settings to confirm.

How do I pin applications to the Bank Mode taskbar?

To add your favorite applications to the Bank Mode taskbar:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Click Menu (three dots) in the top-right corner of the screen, then select New Bank Mode Window.
  3. Click the + symbol on the Bank Mode taskbar.
  4. Select the application you want to add, then click Open.
  5. In the Add Application dialog that appears, click Add to confirm.

The application's icon appears on the Bank Mode taskbar. Click the relevant icon to launch your application. To remove an application, right-click the application’s icon and select Unpin this program from the taskbar.

Use caution when adding unknown applications to the Bank Mode Taskbar, as all apps can access information on your screen, even while in Bank Mode.

How do I change the browser’s language?

To change the language of Avast Secure Browser:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Click Menu (three dots) in the top-right corner of the screen, then select Settings.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Settings screen, and click Advanced.
  4. Scroll to the Languages section and click Language.
  5. Click Add languages.
  6. Tick the box next to your preferred language and select Add.
  7. Click Menu (three dots) next to your preferred language, and tick the box next to Display Avast Secure Browser in this language.
  8. Click Relaunch to start a Secure Browser session in your preferred language.

How do I clear my browsing history?

To clear your browsing history:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Go to the Security & Privacy Center.
  3. Click Launch Cleaner on the Privacy Cleaner tile.
  4. In the new Privacy Cleaner window that appears, select your preferences.
  5. Click Clear data.

How do I make Avast Secure Browser my default browser?

To make Avast Secure Browser your default browser, go to the Security & Privacy Center. When a banner appears at the top of the screen, click Make Default. If a banner does not appear, Avast Secure Browser might already be your default browser.

To ensure Avast Secure Browser is your default browser:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Click Menu (three dots) in the top-right corner of the screen, then select Settings.
  3. Scroll to the Default browser section, where Avast Secure Browser is your default browser should be visible.
  4. If Secure Browser is not your default browser, click Make default.

How can I import bookmarks and other settings from my other browsers?

Avast Secure Browser allows you to import browsing history, bookmarks, saved passwords, cookies, and more from your other browsers. Syncing browser data is especially useful if you want to use different browsers for different activites without sacrificing your customization. To import browser data:

  1. Click Menu (three dots) in the top-right corner of the screen, then select Settings.
  2. Scroll to the Bookmarks and Settings section and click Import bookmarks and settings.
  3. Use the drop-down menu to select the browser you want to import data from, then tick the boxes next to the data types you want to import.
  4. Click Import, then click Done.

You can import browser data from Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.

Troubleshooting

What should I do if Avast Secure Browser crashes or won't open?

If Avast Secure Browser crashes or won't open, try the following troubleshooting options:

  • Close Secure Browser and open it again.
  • Close Secure Browser and restart your PC.
  • Uninstall Secure Browser and reinstall it.

What should I do if Bank Mode does not load properly?

To use Bank Mode, Avast Antivirus needs to be installed and running. If you have trouble loading Bank Mode, try to restart Avast Secure Browser. If the issue continues, update your Avast Antivirus software to the latest version and restart your PC:

  1. Open the Avast Antivirus user interface.
  2. Select MenuSettingsGeneralUpdate.
  3. Click Check For Updates under Your application is up to date.
  4. When the update is complete, restart your PC.

How do I configure Bank Mode to open automatically?

To manually set a website to open automatically in Bank Mode:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Go to the Security & Privacy Center.
  3. Click the Bank Mode tile, then select Advanced Settings.
  4. Click Add in the Automatically open Bank Mode on the following websites section.
  5. Type the website's URL into the text box, then click Add.

To remove a website from the list, click Menu (three dots) on the panel for the relevant website, then select Remove. Your changes are saved automatically.

Why can't I access the Security and Privacy Center?

The latest version of Avast Secure Browser, which contains the Security & Privacy Center, is not supported on older versions of Windows. For security reasons, we recommend updating your operating system to the latest version of Windows.

After you update Windows to versions 10, 8, or 7, you can install the latest version of Avast Secure Browser.

How do I uninstall Avast Secure Browser?

To uninstall Avast Secure Browser, follow the steps below according to your version of Windows:

  1. Close all Avast Secure Browser windows and tabs on your PC.
  2. Click the Windows Start Menu, then click the gear icon to go to Settings.
  3. Click System, then select Apps & Features from the left-side menu.
  4. Find and click Avast Secure Browser, then click Uninstall.
  5. Tick the box next to Also delete your browsing data to delete your profile information, such as bookmarks and history.
  6. Click Uninstall.
  1. Close all Avast Secure Browser windows and tabs on your PC.
  2. Point your cursor to the top-right of your screen, then click Settings ▸ Control Panel.
  3. Click the Windows Start Menu icon, then click Control Panel.
  4. Click Uninstall a program or Programs and Features.
  5. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  6. Double-click Avast Secure Browser.
  7. Tick the box next to Also delete your browsing data to delete your profile information, such as bookmarks and history.
  8. Click Uninstall.

For more details, refer to the following article:

How do I reinstall Avast Secure Browser?

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