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Allowing all permissions for AVG AntiVirus on macOS

After installing or upgrading AVG AntiVirus or AVG Internet Security on a Mac that is running macOS version 10.13 (High Sierra) or higher, you need to allow permissions so that your AVG product can fully protect your system. The AVG setup wizard guides you through this process. For detailed instructions, refer to the steps in this article.

You need to allow permissions if you see any of the following messages in your AVG product:
  • You are not (fully) protected
  • To turn on this shield, you need to first allow us to protect you

Allow protection

Allowing permissions enables AVG to protect your Mac using the real-time protection features.

  1. Click Fix All to open the AVG setup wizard.
  2. Click Open Privacy Preferences.
  3. Select the General tab in the Security & Privacy preferences window.
  4. If your settings are locked, click the lock icon, then enter your Administrator Password and click Unlock.
  5. Click Allow.
  6. In the AVG setup wizard, click Continue.

The necessary permissions are granted. If you are using macOS 11 (Big Sur), the AVG setup wizard prompts you to add DNS proxy configurations. If you are using macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or lower, the AVG setup wizard prompts you to allow full disk access.

Add DNS proxy configurations

Adding a DNS proxy to your Mac enables AVG to actively monitor websites for threats while you browse the internet.

  1. Click Open Confirmation Dialog.
  2. Click Allow.
  3. Click Continue.

The necessary DNS proxy configurations are added. Continue with the steps below to allow full disk access.

Allow full disk access

Allowing full disk access enables AVG to scan your entire Mac for hidden threats.

  1. In the AVG setup wizard, click Open Privacy Preferences.
  2. Ensure the Privacy tab and Full Disk Access are selected.
  3. If your settings are locked, click the lock icon, then enter your Administrator Password and click Unlock.
  4. Select your AVG product using either method below:
    1. Tick the box next to your AVG product.
    2. Click the + icon, then select your AVG product, and click Open.
  5. If prompted, click Quit Now.
  6. Click Continue.
  7. Click Got It.

Full Disk Access is granted for your AVG product. All necessary permissions are now enabled.

Further recommendations

For more information about the features available in your AVG product, refer to the following article:

  • AVG AntiVirus 19.7 for Mac and higher
  • AVG Internet Security 19.7 for Mac and higher
  • 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)

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