Avast AntiTrack - Getting Started

Avast AntiTrack is a privacy application designed to keep your identity safe from the latest online tracking techniques.

This article assumes that Avast AntiTrack is already installed and activated on your device. For detailed instructions, refer to the following article:

Open Avast AntiTrack

Open Avast AntiTrack using one of the following methods:

  • Double-click the Avast AntiTrack icon on your desktop.
  • Double-click the Avast AntiTrack icon in your system tray.

Open Avast AntiTrack using one of the following methods:

  • Click the Avast AntiTrack icon in your menu bar and select Show Avast AntiTrack.
  • Click Go in your menu bar and select Applications. Then double-click the Avast AntiTrack icon.

On the Home screen of your device, tap the Avast AntiTrack icon to open the app.

Initial Setup

When you open Avast AntiTrack for the first time, the application automatically checks for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera browsers on your PC, and then prompts you to install the Avast AntiTrack extension for each browser you have installed. If you skip this step or need to install the extension later, refer to the following article:

The Avast AntiTrack browser extension is automatically installed and enabled on Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge browsers.

After purchasing a subscription, Avast AntiTrack prompts you to set up tracker blocking on your browsers.

  1. Tap Allow to give Avast AntiTrack access to your browsers.
  2. Tap OK to allow the Avast AntiTrack certificate to establish a VPN.
  3. Tap Allow to give Avast AntiTrack permission to access your browsers using a VPN.
  4. Tap OK to allow Avast AntiTrack to set up a local VPN connection.

Avast AntiTrack is now set up on your Android device.

Privacy Status

The Privacy Status screen displays the following information:

  1. ID & privacy protection status: Your current browser protection status. If your status shows as Disabled, enable the Avast AntiTrack browser extension in at least one installed browser to secure your digital fingerprint.
  2. Privacy Score: Your current privacy score, which you can improve by enabling more features in Avast AntiTrack.
  3. Browsing Data: The date your browser data was last cleared, including the number of items cleared during that session.
  4. Total Cookies: The total number of cookies Avast AntiTrack has cleared since activation.
  5. Tracking Activity: The most recent tracking attempts detected by Avast AntiTrack. Click View All to see details of all tracking attempts.
  6. Top Tracking Websites: The top 5 websites that have most frequently attempted to track you.
  7. Total Tracking Attempts Blocked: The total number of tracking attempts blocked by Avast AntiTrack since activation.

The Privacy status screen displays the following information:

  1. Privacy status: The message Secured from trackers indicates that Avast AntiTrack is currently active.
If you see the message You can be tracked online, or Protection paused, this means that Avast AntiTrack is not currently active. If you are connected to another VPN, first disconnect from your VPN, and then tap Enable Protection to start Avast AntiTrack browser tracking protection.
  1. Blocked tracking attempts: The total number of tracking attempts Avast AntiTrack has blocked.
  2. Fingerprint changed: The date and time that Avast AntiTrack last changed your digital fingerprint, and the number of trackers that were blocked.

Dashboard

The Dashboard screen displays the following information:

  1. Digital Fingerprint Protection: Your current browser protection status. If your status shows as Disabled, enable the Avast AntiTrack browser extension in at least one installed browser to secure your digital fingerprint.
  2. Privacy Score: Your current privacy score, which you can improve by enabling more features in Avast AntiTrack.
  3. Browsing Data: The date your browser data was last cleared, including the number of items cleared during that session.
  4. Total Cookies: The total number of cookies Avast AntiTrack has cleared since activation.
  5. Latest Tracking Activity: The most recent tracking attempts detected by Avast AntiTrack. Click the arrows to change your view, or click View Full Report to see all tracking attempts.
  6. Top Tracking Websites: The top 5 websites that have most frequently attempted to track you.
  7. Total Tracking Attempts Blocked: The total number of tracking attempts blocked by Avast AntiTrack since activation.

Browsers

After initial setup, you can manage the Avast AntiTrack browser extension from the Browsers screen. Avast AntiTrack currently supports Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Opera. To enable or disable privacy protection for each of the browsers on your device:

After initial setup, you can manage the Avast AntiTrack browser extension from the Browsers screen. Avast AntiTrack currently supports Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. To enable or disable privacy protection for each of the browsers on your device:

  1. Select Browsers in the left panel.
  2. Click the slider next to your chosen browser:
    • Enable: Click the red (OFF) slider so that it changes to green (ON).
    • Disable: Click the green (ON) slider so that it changes to red (OFF).

After initial setup, you can enable or disable privacy protection for each of the browsers on your device:

  1. Select Browsers in the bottom panel.
  2. Click the slider next to your chosen browser:
    • Enable: Click the white (OFF) slider so that it changes to green (ON).
    • Disable: Click the green (ON) slider so that it changes to white (OFF).
The first time you enable a browser, you are prompted to allow permissions for Avast AntiTrack to access your browser.

System Privacy

Your Windows operating system has many privacy related settings that Avast AntiTrack can optimize and monitor for increased privacy. If you are using Avast AntiTrack for the first time, you need to enable System Privacy to start improving your system privacy:

  1. Select System Privacy in the left panel, then click Get Started.
  2. Recommended settings are divided into three groups:
    • Keep me private from my system: Stop Windows from collecting data about how you use your PC.
    • Keep my data private: Stop Windows, other applications, and third parties from collecting data about your photos, music, and other media files stored on your PC.
    • Hide me from hackers: Stop hackers from being able to access data stored in your computer accounts.
    Click Manage next to a group to modify its privacy options.
  3. By default, all privacy options are enabled. To disable a privacy option, untick the relevant box. Then click Save.
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 above for the remaining system privacy groups. Then click Apply Settings and Restart PC.
  5. Click Yes to restart your PC.
We recommend saving your work and closing all other applications before restarting your PC.

Your system privacy settings are applied when your PC restarts. Avast AntiTrack now actively monitors your system privacy settings and notifies you if any settings are changed without your permission.

My Tracks

On the My Tracks screen, you can schedule cookie clearing for each supported browser, clear your browsing data, and add a website to your whitelist to prevent cookie clearing on specified websites.

Clear Cookies

Cookies are files that websites, trackers, and third parties leave on your browser that allow them to view your online activity. To protect your online privacy and configure Avast AntiTrack to regularly clear cookies from your browsers:

  1. Select My Tracks in the left panel.
  2. Click the Cookie clearingScheduled cookie clearing drop-down menu next to your chosen browser and select how regularly cookies are cleared.
Safari requires full disk access before you can set a cookie clearing schedule. Click Allow disk access then follow the on-screen instructions to allow Avast AntiTrack to clear cookies from Safari.

Cookies are now automatically cleared from the selected browser according to the schedule you defined.

 

Clear Browsing Data

Browsing data is information that is often stored in your browser when you visit websites. Avast AntiTrack allows you to specify exactly which types of browsing data you wish to clear:

  1. Select My Tracks in the left panel.
  2. Click Clear DataChoose data to clear next to your chosen browser.
  3. Tick the box next to each type of browsing data you would like to clear (or tick Select allEnable All).
The types of browsing data available to clear vary depending on the browser you have selected.
  1. Optionally, tick Save my settings to ensure that Avast AntiTrack remembers your preferred selections for all browsers each time you click Clear Data.
  2. Click Clear Selected Data.

The selected browsing data is now cleared from your chosen browser.

 

Cookie Whitelist

To prevent cookie clearing on certain websites:

  1. Select My Tracks in the left panel.
  2. Click Open Whitelist.
  3. Add a website to your whitelist using either method below:
    • Click Choose from popular options, then select a website from the list.
    • Click the text box and type a URL (for example, www.example.com). Then click Add.

The selected website is now excluded from cookie clearing and appears on your whitelist. To delete a website from your whitelist, click Removethe trash can icon next to the website in the whitelist.

Reports

On the Reports screen, you can review your tracking history, details of your fingerprint changes, and the settings that contribute to your privacy score.

Tracking History

To view information about tracking attempts detected by Avast AntiTrack:

  1. Select ReportsTracking History.
  2. For each blocked tracking attempt you can view the following information:
    • Tracking source
    • Website
    • Date
    • Time

To clear all your tracking activity data, click Clear Tracking HistoryClear Tracking Activity History.

 

Fingerprint Changes

Avast AntiTrack continuously changes your digital fingerprint on a randomized schedule to protect your online identity.

To view a log of changes to your digital fingerprint, select ReportsFingerprint Changes.

To clear your fingerprint change history, click Clear Fingerprint Change History.

 

Privacy Score

Avast AntiTrack includes several components that work together to protect your online privacy. Your privacy score reflects the number of components that are enabled and configured effectively to protect your privacy.

To improve your privacy score:

  1. Select ReportsPrivacy Score.
  2. View the status of each component:
    • Red statuses: Serious issues that are preventing Avast AntiTrack from protecting your online privacy.
    • Red statuses: Issues that are preventing Avast AntiTrack from protecting your online privacy.
    • Yellow statuses: Components that are partially enabled, but could be configured more effectively.
    • Green statuses: Components that are enabled or configured effectively to protect your online privacy.
  3. Click a component to adjust its settings and improve your privacy score.

Your privacy score is highest when all the components are enabled and your whitelist is empty.

The Reports screen displays information about tracking attempts that have been detected and blocked by Avast AntiTrack, and details of your fingerprint changes.

Trackers

To view information about tracking attempts detected by Avast AntiTrack, select ReportsTrackers.

Scroll down to view the following information:

  • Tracking attempts: View a visual representation of your blocked tracking attempts according to their assessed threat level.
    • Pink: High threat.
    • Yellow: Medium threat.
    • Purple: Low threat.
  • Top 5 tracking websites: View the names of the websites that have attempted to track you most frequently, and the number of times they have attempted to track you.
  • Blocked Tracking Attempts: View a list of all blocked tracking attempts. The color of the icon next to each tracking attempt indicates the threat level. Tap a tracking attempt to view more details.
 

Fingerprints

To review recent fingerprint changes, select ReportsTrackers.

Scroll down to view the following information:

  • A graph displaying the last 12 fingerprint changes and the number of trackers that were blocked for each fingerprint.
  • Additional data relating to the two most recent fingerprint changes.

Settings

Click Settings in the bottom-left corner of the user interface to modify your Avast AntiTrack settings.

The following options are available:

  • App language: Click the drop-down menu to change the user interface language.
  • Notify me of blocked tracking attempts: Click the drop-down menu to define how often you want to see notifications about blocked tracking attempts. Select Never to disable notifications.
  • Notify me of System Privacy settings: Click the drop-down menu to define how often Avast AntiTrack notifies you about changes to your System Privacy settings.
  • Enable Tracking Detection (enabled by default): Allows Avast AntiTrack to write entries in the Tracking Activity record. If you disable this setting, your browser remains protected, but Avast AntiTrack does not gather data during tracking attempts.
  • Show notifications for fingerprint changes: Displays a notification each time your digital fingerprint is changed.
  • Start Avast AntiTrack when I start my computer (enabled by default): Allows Avast AntiTrack to start automatically each time you turn on your PC.
  • Minimize AntiTrack when started: Minimizes the Avast AntiTrack user interface at launch.

Click Settings in the left panel to modify your Avast AntiTrack settings.

The following options are available:

  • Enable tracking detection and protection: Allows Avast AntiTrack to write entries in the Tracking Activity record. If you disable this setting, your browser remains protected, but Avast AntiTrack does not record data during tracking attempts.
  • Enable HTTPS filtering: Allows Avast AntiTrack to inspect HTTPS traffic for tracking attempts.
  • Show notifications for fingerprint changes: Displays a notification each time your digital fingerprint is changed.
  • Start AntiTrack at system startup: Allows Avast AntiTrack to start automatically each time you turn on your Mac.
  • Minimize Avast AntiTrack at system startup: Avast AntiTrack is visible in the Dock each time you turn on your Mac.
  • Notify me of blocked tracking attempts: Click the drop-down menu to define how often you want to see notifications about blocked tracking attempts. Select Never to disable notifications.

Click Settings in the bottom panel to modify your Avast AntiTrack settings.

The following options are available:

  • Secure your privacy: When Avast AntiTrack protection is enabled, the slider is green (ON). To disable Avast AntiTrack protection, tap the slider so that it changes to white (OFF).
  • Notifications for tracking attempts (enabled by default): Manage the notifiations you receive from Avast AntiTrack using the settings below:
    • Tracking attempts notifications: Disable all Avast AntiTrack notifications by tapping the green (ON) slider so that it changes to white (OFF).
    • Notification frequency: Change the frequency of tracking attempt notifications by selecting one of the following options:
      • Every 10 attempts
      • Every 20 attempts
      • Every 50 attempts
      • Every 100 attempts
  • Subscription: View the type and end date of your Avast AntiTrack subscription.
  • Support: Send a message to Avast Support or to visit the Avast support website.
  • Data reset: Tap Reset My Tracking Attempts if you want to delete all the tracking attempt data from Avast AntiTrack.
  • End User License Agreement: View the Avast End User License Agreement.
  • Privacy policy: View the Avast Privacy Policy.
  • Personal Privacy (enabled by default): To stop sharing your usage data with third parties for analytics purposes, tap the green (ON) slider so that it changes to white (OFF).
  • Version: Verify your app version number.
  • Avast AntiTrack Premium 1.x for Windows
  • Avast AntiTrack Premium 1.x for Mac
  • Avast AntiTrack 1.x for Android
  • 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
     
  • 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)
     
  • Google Android 5.0 (Lollipop, API 21) or higher

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