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Webcam Protection - Getting Started

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

This article assumes that AVG Internet Security is already installed and activated on your PC. For instructions to install and activate AVG Internet Security, refer to the following articles:

Refer to the relevant sections below for instructions on using Webcam Protection in AVG Internet Security:

Adjust sensitivity

  1. Open the AVG Internet Security user interface and click the Privacy tile.
  2. Click Settings (the gear icon) in the top-right corner.
  3. Ensure Full ProtectionWebcam Protection is selected in the left panel, then use the drop-down menu to define Webcam Protection sensitivity. The following options are available:
    • Smart mode: 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 mode: 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 mode: Automatically blocks all applications that attempt to access your webcam.

Blocked and allowed applications

When Webcam Protection is set to Smart mode or Strict mode, you receive a notification each time an unknown application attempts to access your PC's webcam, asking you to block or allow the application. After selecting your preference, the application is added to the Blocked & Allowed apps screen. You can also manually add applications to the Blocked & Allowed apps screen to ensure they are always automatically blocked or allowed by Webcam Protection.

To open the Blocked & Allowed apps screen:

  1. Open the AVG Intenet Security user interface and go to MenuSettings.
  2. Go to GeneralBlocked & Allowed apps.

The Blocked & Allowed apps screen is now open, and you can start adding applications to either your List of blocked apps or your List of allowed apps.

For detailed instructions to use the Blocked & Allowed apps screen, refer to the following article:

Disable Webcam Protection

  1. Open the AVG Internet Security user interface and click the Privacy tile.
  2. Click the green (ON) slider above Webcam Protection.
  3. Specify for how long Webcam Protection will remain disabled, then if prompted by the AVG Component stop dialog, click OK, Stop.

Webcam Protection is now temporarily disabled. To enable it, follow step 1 above, then click the red (OFF) slider so that it changes to green (ON).

  • AVG Internet Security 20.x
  • 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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