Webcam Shield - Getting Started

Webcam Shield, available in the latest version of Avast Premier, prevents applications and malware from accessing your PC's webcam without your consent. With Webcam Shield enabled, untrusted applications cannot capture images or videos and send the content outside of your PC to compromise your privacy.

Access or disable Webcam Shield

  1. Open the Avast user interface and go to PrivacyWebcam Shield.
  2. To disable the feature, click the green slider (ON) so that it changes to red (OFF).

Adjust Webcam Shield behavior

  1. Open the Avast user interface and go to PrivacyWebcam Shield.
  2. Click and hold the white marker, then slide it to define Webcam Shield sensitivity with one of the following options:
    • Smart: automatically allows trusted applications to access your webcam. If an untrusted application attempts to access your webcam, a notification appears asking you to allow or block the application. After selecting an option, the application appears on the Blocked & Allowed apps settings screen where you can view its status and select additional actions.
    • Strict: notifies you every time any application attempts to access your webcam and allows you to decide if the application is blocked or allowed. After selecting to block or allow an application, the application appears on the Blocked & Allowed apps settings screen where you can view its status and select additional actions.
    • No Mercy: automatically blocks all applications that attempt to access your webcam.

Block applications

When Webcam Shield is set to Smart or Strict mode, you receive notifications when applications attempt to access your PC's webcam. Select Block to block the application with Webcam Shield and add it to the blocked apps list. You can also block applications manually:

  1. Open the Avast user interface and go to MenuSettings.
  2. Select Privacy in the left panel, and click Webcam Shield.
  3. Click View allowed / blocked apps to open the Blocked & Allowed apps settings screen.
  4. Click +Block App.
  5. Locate the relevant app in one of the following ways:
    • Select an app from the predefined list.
    • Click Select App Path, select the app in file explorer, then click Open.
  6. Tick the box next to the Avast features that will block the selected app (all ticked by default). Click Add to confirm.

You can now view your blocked apps under the App name section of the Blocked & Allowed apps settings screen.

Allow applications

When Webcam Shield is set to Smart or Strict mode, you receive notifications when applications attempt to access your PC's webcam. Select Allow to allow the application to access your webcam and add it to the allowed apps list. You can also allow applications manually:

  1. Open the Avast user interface and go to MenuSettings.
  2. Select Privacy in the left panel, and click Webcam Shield.
  3. Click View allowed / blocked apps to open the Blocked & Allowed apps settings screen.
  4. Click +Allow App
  5. Locate the relevant app in one of the following ways:
    • Select an app from the predefined list.
    • Click Select App Path, select the app in file explorer, then click Open.
  6. Tick the box next to the Avast features that will allow the selected app (all ticked by default). Click Add to confirm.

You can now view your allowed apps under the App name section of the Blocked & Allowed apps settings screen.

Manage Blocked & Allowed apps

You can change the features allowed to interact with each app, or remove an app from either the blocked or allowed apps lists directly on the Blocked & Allowed apps settings screen.

To change which features interact with an app:

  1. Open the Avast user interface and go to MenuSettings.
  2. Ensure General is selected in the left panel, and click Blocked & Allowed apps.
  3. Hover your cursor over the app you want to remove from either list, then click the icon, and select Change blocked features or Change allowed features from the menu that appears, depending on the list you want to update.
  4. Tick the box next to the Avast features that will interact with the selected app depending on the list you want to update, then click Change.

The features able to interact with the app are now updated.

To remove an app from either list:

  1. Open the Avast user interface and go to MenuSettings.
  2. Ensure General is selected in the left panel, and click Blocked & Allowed apps.
  3. Hover your cursor over the app you want to remove from either list, then click the icon, and select Remove from the menu that appears.

The app is now removed from the list.

Manage Webcam Shield settings

  1. Open the Avast user interface and go to PrivacyWebcam Shield.
  2. Click the gear icon on the right-hand side of the Webcam Shield screen.
  3. Manage the following settings:
    • Enable or disable Webcam Shield: Webcam Shield is enabled by default. To disable it for temporary troubleshooting purposes, click the slider so that it changes from green ( ON ) to red ( OFF ).
    • Sensitivity: use the drop-down menu to select how sensitively Webcam Shield monitors apps trying to access your Webcam (Smart mode is selected by default).
    • Allowed / blocked apps: click this option to view your Blocked apps list and your Allowed apps list, or add new apps to either list.
You can also access the Webcam Shield settings from the main Avast user interface by clicking MenuSettingsPrivacyWebcam Shield.
  • Avast Ultimate 19.1
  • Avast Premier 19.1
  • 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

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