Avast SecureLine VPN for Windows and Mac - Getting started

Avast SecureLine VPN enables you to connect to the internet via secure Avast VPN servers that protect your connection and ensure your privacy. This article describes how to use SecureLine VPN as a component in Avast Antivirus. If you use SecureLine VPN as a standalone application, refer to the following article:

Select your device and refer to the sections below for instructions to use SecureLine VPN:

Install and activate SecureLine VPN

The SecureLine VPN component is installed by default in Avast Antivirus and requires activation with a paid license. To install Avast Antivirus, refer to the following articles:

To activate SecureLine VPN, refer to the following article:

If you use Avast Security on a compatible Mac system with, SecureLine VPN is installed by default. To install Avast Security for Mac, follow the steps in this article:

To activate SecureLine VPN, refer to the following article:

Connect to SecureLine VPN

SecureLine VPN can be used any time you want to connect to the internet with extra security and privacy and is especially recommended when you are connected to a public or unsecured wireless network.

To connect to a SecureLine VPN server, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Avast user interface and go to PrivacySecureLine VPN.
  2. Click the Off slider so that it changes to On.
  1. Click the Avast SecureLine VPN icon on the right side of the menu bar and select Open Avast SecureLine VPN.
  2. Click the Off slider so that it changes to On.

You are now connected to the SecureLine VPN server. You can also change the default VPN server location if needed.

If SecureLine VPN is unable to establish a connection, refer to the following article:

Connect to a different location

SecureLine VPN has servers in several locations which means you can bypass geolocation restrictions as well as access your favorite content while traveling.

To connect to a different location:

  1. Click Change location.
  2. Select your preferred country or city, then click Change Location to confirm.

To connect to a different location:

  1. Click Change location.
  2. Select your preferred country or city, then click Change Location to confirm.

If certain websites claim that you are connected to a different city than the city you selected as your VPN location, refer to the following article:

Manage SecureLine VPN settings

  1. Click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the SecureLine VPN screen to open settings.
  2. Adjust your preferred settings:
    • Turn on SecureLine when connected to unsecured Wi-Fi networks: this setting is enabled by default to ensure maximum protection. To adjust this setting, tick the Turn on automatically or Ask before turning on option according to your preferences. To disable this option completely, click the slider.
    • Show SecureLine in the Windows notification area: specify if you want to receive notifications about the privacy status in the Windows notification area. This option is enabled by default. To disable this setting, click the slider.
  1. Click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the SecureLine VPN screen to open settings.
  2. Adjust your preferred settings:
    • General: manage notifications, startup preferences, and content language within the SecureLine VPN interface.
    • Network Security: automatically enable SecureLine VPN when connected to an unsecured Wi-Fi network.
    • Subscription: manage your license and check the expiration of your subscription.

      For more information about how to manage your Avast Secureline VPN subscription, refer to the following article

  • Avast SecureLine VPN 1.x for Windows
  • Avast SecureLine VPN 2.x for Mac
     
  • Avast Ultimate 18.x
  • Avast Premier 18.x
  • Avast Internet Security 18.x
  • Avast Pro Antivirus 18.x
  • Avast Free Antivirus 18.x
     
  • Avast Security Pro 12.x for Mac
  • Avast Security 12.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, 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 2, 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home / Professional / Media Center Edition - Service Pack 3, 32-bit
     
  • 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)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.9.x (Mavericks)

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