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AVG AntiTrack for Windows - Getting Started

Applies to

Products:

  • AVG AntiTrack 2.x for Windows

Operating systems:

  • 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

NOTE: This article assumes that AVG AntiTrack is already installed and activated on your PC. For detailed instructions, refer to the articles below:

Refer to instructions in the sections below to start using AVG AntiTrack:

Open the AVG AntiTrack user interface

You can open the AVG AntiTrack user interface using either method below:

  • (A): Double-click the AVG AntiTrack icon on your Windows desktop.
  • (B): Click the AVG AntiTrack system tray icon on your Windows taskbar.

Install browser extensions

AVG AntiTrack automatically checks for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera browsers on your PC when you open the application for the first time. You are prompted to install the AVG AntiTrack extension for each browser you have installed. If you skip this step, or need to install the extension later, refer to the article below:

Navigate the AVG AntiTrack dashboard

When you open AVG AntiTrack, the main application dashboard displays your privacy score, which is an indication of how effectively AVG AntiTrack is configured to protect your privacy.


To improve your privacy score, review the 4 component tiles on the main application dashboard. Each tile's color reflects the component's current status:

  • Red tiles: components that are not fully enabled and are preventing AVG AntiTrack from protecting your online privacy.
  • Orange tiles: components that you can configure to further improve your online privacy.
  • Green tiles: components that are enabled or configured effectively to protect your online privacy.

NOTE: Hover your cursor over a tile for more information about how you can configure the relevant component to boost your privacy score.

Refer to the sections below for detailed information about each component tile:

Anti-tracking

The Anti-tracking tile allows you to enable or disable the application component that actively stops third-parties tracking the websites you visit. If Anti-tracking is disabled, AVG AntiTrack can detect tracking attempts, but cannot block them.

The Anti-tracking tile is red if this component is disabled. To re-enable Anti-tracking:

  1. Click the Anti-tracking tile.
  2. Click the red (ALLOW) slider so it turns green (BLOCK).

Browser protection

The Browser protection tile allows you to enable or disable the AVG AntiTrack browser extension. This tile may be red or orange if the browser extension is disabled or not installed on multiple browsers.

NOTE: You are prompted to install the AVG AntiTrack browser extension during initial application setup. If you skipped this step, refer to the article below for detailed instructions to install the AVG AntiTrack browser extension:

After the AVG AntiTrack browser extension is installed, you can easily enable or disable it on an individual browser:

  1. Click the Browser protection tile.
  2. Perform the relevant step below:
    • Enable a browser extension: Click the red (Not protected) slider so it turns green (Protected).
    • Disable a browser extension: Click the green (Enabled) slider so it turns red (Not protected).

NOTE: If you disable the AVG AntiTrack browser extension on a particular browser, AVG AntiTrack cannot block tracking attempts while you use that browser, even if Anti-tracking is enabled.

Browser cleanup schedule

The Browser cleanup schedule tile allows you to schedule automatic cookie clearing on your browsers, and instantly clear browser data stored in a browser. This tile may be red or orange if cookie clearing is not scheduled for installed browsers, or if you have not cleared browser data for a long time.

Schedule cookie clearing

  1. Click the Browser cleanup schedule tile.
  2. Click the drop-down menu next to a browser, then select how regularly cookies are cleared.

Cookies for the selected browser now clear automatically as configured.

NOTE: To clear cookies from a selected browser, it is necessary for the browser to be closed. If the browser is open when cookies are scheduled to be cleared, you will see a popup advising you to close the selected browser.

Clear browser data

  1. Click Clear Data next to your chosen browser, or alternatively click Clear All Browser Data Now... to clear data from all installed browsers.
  2. Tick the boxes next to types of data that you would like to remove, or tick the box next to Select all to remove all types of browsing data.
  3. Optionally tick Save these settings, then click Clear Selected. If prompted, click Yes to allow AVG AntiTrack to close necessary browsers.

The selected browsing data is now cleared.

Whitelisted websites

The Whitelisted websites tile allows you to stop AVG AntiTrack clearing cookies from certain websites. This tile may be red or orange if a large number of websites are whitelisted.

To add whitelisted websites:

  1. Click the Whitelisted websites tile.
  2. Either tick websites from the popular options drop-down menu...

    ...or enter a website URL into the left text box, and click Add.

To remove a whitelisted website, click the trash icon in the website's panel.

Monitor tracking attempts

Via the reports screen, AVG AntiTrack allows you to see exactly when tracking attempts are blocked and which websites are attempting to track you. To open the reports screen:

  1. Click the graph icon at the bottom of the main application dashboard.
  2. Select See All Reports.

From the reports screen, you can view the following:

  • (A): graphs showing fluctuation in tracking attempts over time. Hover your cursor over the red dot above a month or a day to see the number of tracking attempts.
  • (B): the websites that have attempted to track you most frequently since you installed AVG AntiTrack.
  • (C): a list showing the most recent tracking attempts, including the name of the website that tried to track you and the time and day of the tracking attempt. Tracking attempts that AVG successfully blocked are green. Tracking attempts that AVG detected but did not block are orange. To ensure AVG can successfully block tracking attempts, install and enable the AVG AntiTrack browser extension on each browser you use.

Manage your AVG AntiTrack settings

To access the application settings, click MenuSettings.


The following options are available from the Settings screen:

General settings

  • Start AVG AntiTrack when I start my computer (enabled by default): allows AVG AntiTrack to start automatically each time you turn on your PC.
  • Minimize AVG AntiTrack when started: minimizes the AVG AntiTrack interface at launch.
  • Show notifications for fingerprint changes: displays a notification each time your digital fingerprint is changed.
  • Allow filtering of HTTPS traffic for tracking detection (enabled by default): allows AVG to detect tracking attempts when you browse 'secure' websites that are authenticated by a recognized certificate authority.
  • Notify me of blocked tracking attempts: Use the drop-down menu to specify how often you see notifications about blocked tracking attempts.

Your subscription status

  • Find the activation code linked to your purchase. This is useful if you want to use your subscription on another PC.
  • If you are currently in free-trial mode, click Activate to manually activate a purchased subscription. For detailed activation instructions, refer to the article below:

NOTE: If your paid subscription is already active, the Activate button does not appear.

Updates

  • Check your current application version number.
  • Click Check For Updates to check for available updates to the application.

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