Avast SecureLine VPN for Windows and Mac - Getting Started

Avast SecureLine VPN allows you to connect to the internet via secure Avast VPN servers, protecting your connection and ensuring your privacy.

This article assumes that the latest version of Avast SecureLine VPN is installed and activated on your device. For detailed instructions, refer to the following articles:

Choose a VPN mode

Avast SecureLine VPN offers two VPN modes. You can freely switch between the following modes according to your current needs:

  • Manual (selected by default): allows you to connect and disconnect the VPN manually. When Manual VPN mode is enabled, you can select your preferred server location via the main application screen. You can customize how the application behaves while Manual VPN mode is enabled via your Manual VPN settings.
  • Smart VPN: automatically connects or disconnects the VPN based on your current activity. By default, Smart VPN always connects you to the fastest server location available. You can customize how the application behaves while Smart VPN is enabled via your Smart VPN settings.
  • The Smart VPN feature is only available in Avast SecureLine VPN on Windows 10.
    The Smart VPN feature is only available in Avast SecureLine VPN on Apple macOS 10.15 or later.

To switch between VPN modes:

  1. Open Avast SecureLine VPN and go to MenuSettings.
  2. Ensure VPN mode is selected in the left panel.
  3. Select Manual VPN mode or Smart VPN mode according to your preferences.
  1. Click Go in the menu bar, select Applications, then double-click the Avast SecureLine VPN icon to open the application.
  2. Go to MenuPreferences.
  3. Ensure VPN mode is selected in the left panel.
  4. Select Manual VPN mode or Smart VPN mode according to your preferences.

Connect to the VPN

Avast 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 Wi-Fi network.

To connect to Avast SecureLine VPN:

  1. Double-click the Avast SecureLine VPN icon on your Windows desktop to open the application.
  2. Click the red (OFF) slider so that it changes to green (ON).
  1. Click Go in the Apple menu bar, select Applications, then double-click the Avast SecureLine VPN icon to open the application.
  2. Click the red (OFF) slider so that it changes to green (ON).
  3. If prompted, click Open Confirmation, then follow the on-screen instructions to grant Avast SecureLine VPN permission to add VPN configurations.

You are now connected to the Avast SecureLine VPN default server. You can connect to a different location if needed.

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

Connect to a different location

If you need to manually select a specific server location, first ensure that Manual VPN mode is enabled.

Avast SecureLine VPN has servers in several locations, meaning you can bypass geolocation restrictions and access your favorite content while traveling.

To connect to a different location:

  1. Click Change on the main application screen.
  2. Use the side menu to view all the servers in a specific continent, servers that offer P2P connection, or servers that are optimized for streaming.
  3. Select a country. For countries that offer multiple cities, click the down arrow and select your preferred city.
  4. Click Change location to confirm the change.

To connect to a different location:

  1. Click Change on the main application screen.
  2. Use the side menu to view all the servers in a specific continent, servers that offer P2P connection, or servers that are optimized for streaming.
  3. Select a country. For countries that offer multiple cities, click the down arrow and select your preferred city.
  4. Click Change location to confirm the change.

Your location now shows as the country and city that you selected.

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 Smart VPN settings

To manage settings that apply when Smart VPN is enabled:

The Smart VPN feature is only available in Avast SecureLine VPN running on Windows 10.
  1. Open Avast SecureLine VPN and go to MenuSettings.
  2. Ensure VPN mode and Smart VPN mode are selected.
  3. Use the following settings to customize Smart VPN behavior:
    1. Smart rules: Tick the box next to an option if you want Smart VPN to automatically connect each time you perform this action. Smart VPN always connects to the fastest server location available for the actions you select.
    2. Add sites: Add websites that always trigger Smart VPN connection. Enter the website domain (such as example.com) and optionally select a specific server location that Smart VPN will always connect to for this domain. Click Save to confirm your custom rule.
    3. Trusted sites: Click Add sites to exclude specific websites from Smart VPN connection. Enter the website domain (such as example.com) and click Save. Smart VPN never connects when you visit a trusted website, regardless of your Smart rules settings.

To manage settings that apply when Smart VPN is enabled:

The Smart VPN feature is only available in Avast SecureLine VPN running on Apple macOS 10.15 or later.
  1. Click Go in the menu bar, select Applications, then double-click the Avast SecureLine VPN icon to open the application.
  2. Go to MenuPreferences.
  3. Ensure VPN mode and Smart VPN mode are selected.
  4. Use the following settings to customize Smart VPN behavior:
    1. Smart rules: Tick the box next to an option if you want Smart VPN to automatically connect each time you perform this action. Smart VPN always connects to the fastest server location available for the actions you select.
    2. Add sites: Add websites that always trigger Smart VPN connection. Enter the website domain (such as example.com) and optionally select a specific server location that Smart VPN will always connect to for this domain. Click Save to confirm your custom rule.
    3. Trusted sites: Click Add sites to exclude specific websites from Smart VPN connection. Enter the website domain (such as example.com) and click Save. Smart VPN never connects when you visit a trusted website, regardless of your Smart rules settings.

Manage Manual VPN settings

To manage settings that apply when Manual mode is enabled.

  1. Open Avast SecureLine VPN and go to MenuSettings.
  2. Ensure VPN mode and Manual VPN mode are selected.
  3. Use the following settings to customize Avast SecureLine VPN behavior when Manual VPN mode is enabled:
    1. Turn on the VPN: configure settings relating to when Avast SecureLine VPN automatically connects, or prompts you to connect using Avast VPN servers. For more information, refer to the following article:
    2. Kill Switch: block your internet connection if Avast VPN servers unexpectedly disconnect. This ensures that your online activity always remains private.
    3. Local device access: specify if you want access to local devices and shared drives while you are connected to a Trusted (private) network.

To manage settings that apply when Manual mode is enabled.

  1. Click Go in the menu bar, select Applications, then double-click the Avast SecureLine VPN icon to open the application.
  2. Go to MenuPreferences.
  3. Ensure VPN mode and Manual VPN mode are selected.
  4. Use the following settings to customize Avast SecureLine VPN behavior when Manual VPN mode is enabled:
    1. Turn on the VPN: configure settings relating to when Avast SecureLine VPN automatically connects, or prompts you to connect using Avast VPN servers. For more information, refer to the following article:
    2. Kill Switch: block your internet connection if Avast VPN servers unexpectedly disconnect. This ensures that your online activity always remains private.

Browser integration

The Avast SecureLine VPN browser extension is an extra, installable component that allows you to conveniently control Avast SecureLine VPN behavior directly from your Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browser.

You can install the browser extension via MenuBrowser extensions.

To learn more about the Avast SecureLine VPN browser extension, refer to the following article:

The Browser extensions option only appears when you have Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox installed on your Mac.

Further recommendations

For more information about Avast SecureLine VPN, refer to the following article:

  • Avast SecureLine VPN 5.x for Windows
  • Avast SecureLine VPN 4.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

  • 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)

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