Avast Secure Browser Bank Mode - Getting Started

Bank Mode is a feature in Avast Secure Browser that provides a virtual desktop, which acts as a clean, safe PC within your real PC. The Bank Mode virtual desktop protects you against injection of malicious scripts, keystroke logging, and screenshot attempts by third-party apps. We recommend using Bank Mode each time you want to access a banking website or pay online.

Install Avast Secure Browser

To use Bank Mode, you need both Avast Antivirus and Avast Secure Browser installed on your PC.

For detailed instructions to install your preferred version of Avast Antivirus, refer to the relevant article below:

For detailed instructions to install Avast Secure Browser, refer to the following article:

Open Bank Mode

  1. Double-click the Avast Secure Browser icon on your Windows desktop to open the browser.
  2. Click the green Security & Privacy Center icon to the right of the address bar.
  3. Click Open on the Bank Mode tile.

The Bank Mode virtual desktop opens. You can now safely visit banking websites or execute online payments.

You can also open Bank Mode by pressing the Ctrl key and B key simultaneously on your keyboard while you use Avast Secure Browser.

Manage Bank Mode

Once Bank Mode is open, you can easily switch back to Avast Secure Browser, add applications to the taskbar, or turn off Bank Mode completely.

 

Switch between Bank Mode and Secure Browser

Bank Mode continues to run in the background when you switch from Bank Mode to Secure Browser.
  1. Click the Standard Desktop button in the bottom-left corner of the Bank Mode virtual desktop to return to Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Click the Bank Mode button in the bottom-right corner of the Avast Secure Browser screen to return to the Bank Mode virtual desktop.
 

Pin an application to the Bank Mode taskbar

  1. Click the + plus icon in the bottom-left corner of the Bank Mode virtual desktop.
  2. Select the application you want to add to the Bank Mode taskbar, then click Open.
  3. Click OK in the confirmation dialog that appears.
  4. To remove an application from the Bank Mode taskbar, right-click the application icon on the taskbar, then click Unpin this program from the taskbar.
 

Turn off Bank Mode

  1. Click Close in the bottom-left corner of the Bank Mode virtual desktop.
  2. Click Close in the confirmation dialog that appears.

Settings

Although we recommend using Bank Mode for all online payments and banking websites, you can configure some settings within Bank Mode. To access Bank Mode settings:

  1. Double-click the Avast Secure Browser icon on your Windows desktop to open the browser.
  2. Click the green Security & Privacy Center icon to the right of the address bar.
  3. Click the Bank Mode tile.
  4. Click Advanced settings on the screen that appears.
  5. On the Bank Mode settings screen, you can configure the following settings:
    1. Show Bank Mode notification prompt on banking websites (enabled by default): Enables Bank Mode to show you a notification banner at the top of your screen when you visit a banking website. Click Open In Bank Mode on the notification banner to open the website with the Bank Mode virtual desktop, and keep your financial data protected.
    2. Automatically open Bank Mode on the following websites: Enables Bank Mode to open automatically when you visit specific websites. Click Add, type the URL for the website, and click Add again to confirm.
    3. Don't show Bank Mode notification prompt on the following websites: Prevents Bank Mode from showing a notification banner when you visit specific websites. Click Add, type the URL for the website, and click Add again to confirm.

Troubleshooting

If you experience issues with Bank Mode:

  1. Ensure the latest version of Avast Antivirus is installed on your PC and your operating system is up to date. For detailed instructions to manually update your Avast Antivirus application, refer to the following article:
  2. Restart your PC. You may need to repeat this step more than once.
  3. If Bank Mode still doesn't work, try to uninstall then reinstall Avast Secure Browser.
  • Avast Secure Browser 85.x for Windows
  • 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 2, 32 / 64-bit

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