Avast Secure Browser for Mac - Getting Started

Avast Secure Browser is a web browser with built-in security and privacy features designed by Avast to keep you safe online. The newest version is equipped with the Security & Privacy Center, a collection of tools and features that enable you to manage your online privacy, identity, and personal data.

Install Avast Secure Browser

Avast Secure Browser is designed to be your standalone web browser, which works alongside other Avast Antivirus products. To download the latest version of Avast Secure Browser, click the download button below:

Download Avast Secure Browser

Open Avast Secure Browser

Open Avast Secure Browser in one of the following ways:

  • Click the Avast Secure Browser icon in the Dock.
  • In the menu bar, select GoApplications, then double-click the Avast Secure Browser icon.

Access Security & Privacy Center features

Avast Secure Browser includes a collection of tools and features that enable you to manage your online privacy and personal data. To access these features:

  1. Click the Avast icon in the top-right corner to open the Security & Privacy Center.
  2. Click a tile to learn more about each of the following features, or manage the feature directly on the tile:
    • Anti-Fingerprinting: to enable the feature, click the slider so that it changes to green. Enable this setting when you want to disguise your unique browser fingerprint online.
    • Adblock (enabled by default): this feature stops advertisements from loading on the websites you visit, which improves the speed and safety of your browsing sessions. To access Adblock settings, right-click the Adblock icon in the top-right corner of Secure Browser, then click Options.
    • Anti-Phishing (enabled by default): blocks phishing and malware websites by checking URLs you visit against Avast's list of unsafe sites.
    • Anti-Tracking (enabled by default): stops websites from tracking your online activity, which helps ensure your personal privacy.
    • Stealth Mode: opens a private Secure Browser window, where your history, web cache, and cookies are not stored or collected. Anti-Tracking, HTTPS Encryption, and Anti-Phishing are enabled automatically when you click Launch Window on the Stealth Mode tile.
    • HTTPS Encryption (enabled by default): hides all data sent to and from your browser on any given site to protect your sensitive data.
    • Password Manager (enabled by default): allows you to store your online passwords in one place, generate new passwords, and log in easily to different websites.
    • Extension Guard (enabled by default): blocks untrusted extensions or add-ons from being installed on your web browser.
    • Privacy Cleaner: cleans browsing history, cached images, cookies, download history, and other junk from your web browser. Click Launch Cleaner to configure this feature and clean your browser junk.
    • Flash Blocker (enabled by default): stops Adobe flash-based content from running in your browser, unless you choose to allow it.
    • Webcam Guard: (enabled by default): notifies you when a website you visit tries to access your webcam, asking you to Allow the website access, or Keep blocking the website.

Configurations to your settings are saved under Custom Settings. To restore default settings, use the drop-down menu in the top-right corner of your browser window, and select Recommended Settings.

Use built-in features

You can quickly access more Secure Browser features directly from an open Avast Secure Browser window. The following features are available directly from an open web page:

  • Adblock: blocks advertisements from loading and popping up on the open web page. Unless disabled, Adblock is activated automatically when it encounters and blocks an ad on a site you visit. To configure Adblock settings, right-click the Adblock icon in the top-right corner of Secure Browser, then select Options.
  • Video Downloader: allows you to easily download video and audio content from your favorite sites. Video Downloader activates automatically when downloadable content is available on the open web page. To start a download, hover the cursor over the downloadable content, and click Download in the bar that appears.

Make Secure Browser your default browser

To set Secure Browser as your default browser:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Click the Menu icon (three dots) in the top-right corner, and select Settings.
  3. Scroll to the Default browser section, and click Make default.
  4. Click Use "Avast Secure Browser" to confirm.

Avast Secure Browser is now your default browser.

Define your default search engine

To define which search engine is used in your address bar:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Click the Menu icon (three dots) in the top-right corner, and select Settings.
  3. Scroll to the Search engine section, click the drop-down menu, and select your preferred engine.

Your search engine is now defined.

Manage Secure Browser bookmarks

Secure Browser allows you to use bookmarks to save your frequently used or favorite websites for easy access.

Add a new bookmark

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser, and click the Menu icon (three dots) icon in the top-right corner.
  2. Select BookmarksBookmark this page....
  3. Optionally, rename the website in the Name text box, and click the drop-down menu to select the Folder where the bookmark will be stored. Click Done to confirm.

The website is now bookmarked. You can also bookmark your current web page by clicking the star icon in the address bar, then following step 3 above.

Edit your bookmarks

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser and go to the webpage you want to bookmark.
  2. Click the Menu icon (three dots) icon in the top-right corner.
  3. Select BookmarksBookmark Manager.
  4. Drag and drop a bookmark to your preferred location in the left panel, or click the Menu icon (three dots) on any bookmark panel to manage it individually.

Export bookmarks to another browser

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser, and click the Menu icon (three dots) icon in the top-right corner.
  2. Select BookmarksBookmark Manager.
  3. In the top-right corner of the Bookmarks screen, click the Menu icon (three dots), and select Export bookmarks.
  4. Type your preferred file name next to Save As, select the location where your bookmarks export file will be saved, then click Save to confirm.
  5. Refer to your alternative browser's support documentation to import your exported Secure Browser bookmarks.

Your Avast Secure Browser bookmarks have been exported.

Import bookmarks from another browser

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser, and click the Menu icon (three dots) icon in the top-right corner.
  2. Select BookmarksBookmark Manager.
  3. In the top-right corner of the Bookmarks screen, click the Menu icon (three dots), and select Import bookmarks.
  4. Locate the .html file containing the bookmarks from your previous browser, then click Open.

Your bookmarks have been imported to Avast Secure Browser.

Manage Secure Browser settings

Avast Secure Browser settings can be customized according to your preferences. To manage these settings:

  1. Open Avast Secure Browser.
  2. Click the Menu icon (three dots) in the top-right corner, and select Settings. Avast Secure Browser settings are now open.
  3. To view all Avast Secure Browser settings, click Settings (three lines) in the top-left corner of the Settings screen, and click Advanced.

All possible settings sections are now visible. Select a section to configure its individual settings.

  • Avast Security Browser 75.x
  • 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)

Was this article helpful?

Yes No

Need additional help?

Contact us

Avast Premium Tech Support

Solve any issue
for any device
Call now for free consultation 0800-203-620