Opening Avast applications

After installing an Avast application, you need to open the user interface to access the features and settings. This article provides instructions for different methods of opening Avast applications on Windows and Mac.

When you install an Avast application on Microsoft Windows, a desktop shortcut icon and a taskbar icon are automatically created for quick access to open the application. You can also open Avast applications via the Windows Start menu. Refer to the sections below for instructions to open your Avast product.

Desktop shortcut

Double-click the Avast product icon on your Windows desktop.

Taskbar icon

Double-click the Avast product icon on your Windows taskbar.

Windows Start menu

Follow the steps below according to your operating system:

Windows 10

  1. Click the Windows Start button.
  2. Type the name of your Avast product. For example, Avast Free Antivirus.
  3. Select your Avast product from the search results.

Windows 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Win key.
  2. Type the name of your Avast product. For example, Avast Free Antivirus.
  3. Select your Avast product from the search results.

Windows 7

  1. Click the Windows Start button.
  2. Type the name of your Avast product. For example, Avast Free Antivirus.
  3. Select your Avast product from the search results.

When you install an Avast application on Mac, a menu bar icon is automatically created for quick access to open the application. You can also open Avast applications via the Applications folder or the Dock. Refer to the sections below for instructions to open your Avast product.

Menu bar icon

Click the Avast product icon on the right side of the Apple Menu bar, then select either 'Show... product name' or 'Open... product name'.

Applications folder

Click GoApplications on the left side of the Apple Menu bar, then double-click the Avast product icon in the Applications folder.

Dock icon

Click the Avast product icon in the Dock.

  • Avast Free Antivirus 20.x for Windows
  • Avast Premium Security 20.x for Windows
  • Avast Omni 1.x for Windows
  • Avast SecureLine VPN 5.x for Windows
  • Avast Cleanup Premium 20.x for Windows
  • Avast AntiTrack 1.x for Windows
  • Avast BreachGuard 20.x for Windows
  • Avast Driver Updater 2.x for Windows
  • Avast Battery Saver 20.x for Windows
  • Avast Secure Browser 85.x for Windows

  • Avast Security 14.x for Mac
  • Avast Premium Security 14.x for Mac
  • Avast Omni 1.x for Mac
  • Avast SecureLine VPN 3.x for Mac
  • Avast Cleanup Premium 4.x for Mac
  • Avast AntiTrack 1.x for Mac
  • Avast BreachGuard 1.x for Mac
  • Avast Secure Browser 85.x for Mac
  • 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 with Convenient Rollup Update, 32 / 64-bit

  • Apple macOS 11.x (Big Sur)
  • Apple macOS 10.15.x (Catalina)
  • Apple macOS 10.14.x (Mojave)
  • Apple macOS 10.13.x (High Sierra)
  • Apple macOS 10.12.x (Sierra)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.11.x (El Capitan)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.10.x (Yosemite)

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