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AVG Online Security browser extension - Getting Started

The AVG Online Security web browser extension improves your online security and overall experience when browsing the internet on your PC. The extension also offers various settings to protect your online privacy.

Refer to the sections in this article to use the extension in any of the following web browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Microsoft Edge

Enable AVG Online Security

After you install AVG Internet Security or AVG AntiVirus FREE on your PC, you need to manually enable the AVG Online Security extension in your browser(s).

  1. Open the AVG user interface and go to MenuBrowser Extensions.
  2. Click Enable Extension next to Chrome.
  3. Click Add to Chrome in the chrome web store.
  4. Click Add extension to confirm.

AVG Online Security is now installed in Google Chrome. The AVG Online Security icon is visible in the top right of the browser window.

  1. Open the AVG user interface and go to MenuBrowser Extensions.
  2. Click Enable Extension next to Firefox.
  3. Click Add to Firefox in Firefox Browser Add-Ons.
  4. Click Add to confirm.
  5. Click Yes, Scan Web Addresses to allow AVG to see which websites you visit and advise you about their security. If you do not want AVG to see the websites you visit, click No Thanks.
  6. Either adjust the default AVG Online Security settings, or click the X icon and continue browsing the web.

AVG Online Security is now installed in Mozilla Firefox. The AVG Online Security icon is visible in the top right of the browser window.

  1. Open the AVG user interface and go to MenuBrowser Extensions.
  2. Click Enable Extension next to Opera.
  3. Click Add to Opera in Opera addons.

AVG Online Security is now installed in Opera. The AVG Online Security icon is visible in the top right of the browser window.

  1. Open the AVG user interface and go to MenuBrowser Extensions.
  2. Click Enable Extension next to Edge.
  3. Click Get in the AVG Online Security panel.
  4. When the Microsoft Store opens in a new browser window, click Get again.
  5. Click Launch next to This product is installed.
  6. If prompted, click Turn it on in your original Microsoft Edge browser window.

AVG Online Security is now installed in Microsoft Edge. The AVG Online Security icon is visible in the top right of the browser window.

Block tracking systems

Websites use tracking systems to monitor visitor behavior so they can obtain statistics and other data for marketing purposes. The AVG Online Security browser extension enables you to see details of the tracking systems used by the websites you visit and block them from tracking you. When you visit a site that uses tracking systems, the number of tracking systems is visible on the AVG Online Security icon in the top-right corner of your browser window.

The most common types of tracking systems are Social networks, Ad Tracking, and Web Analytics. Alternative types of tracking systems fall into the Others category.

To manage website tracking systems:

  1. Click the AVG Online Security icon in the top right of your browser window.
  2. Click Settings (the gear icon).
  3. Scroll to Privacy, then either tick Automatically block all trackers, or individually select the tracking systems you want to block.
  4. Click Done to confirm your preferences.

The selected tracking systems are blocked for every website you visit.

Rate a website

The AVG Online Security browser extension displays information about the browsing quality of the websites you visit based on ratings from other users.

Click the AVG Online Security icon in the top right of your browser window to see one of three possible ratings:

  • This website is safe: other users rated the website positively.
  • This site may be untrustworthy: other users rated the website negatively.
  • Unknown site: the website does not have enough ratings to determine its trustworthiness.

To contribute to the ratings, click the thumbs up or thumbs down icon depending on your experience.

These ratings help you and other users know whether the sites you visit are safe.

Manage settings

You can adjust AVG Online Security behavior to suit your preferences. To access the extension settings, follow these steps:

  1. Click the AVG Online Security icon in the top right of your browser window.
  2. Click Settings (the gear icon).
  3. Tick or untick the following settings and sub-settings:
    • Mark my search results: adds a colored shield icon to indicate the security status of search results when you use popular search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo!.
    • Show tooltips for search results: shows more information about the security status of a search result when you hover your cursor over its shield icon (only available when Mark my search results is enabled).
    • Show total trackers on a site: shows the number of active tracking systems on each website you visit.
    • Automatically block all trackers: blocks all third-party trackers from collecting data about your online activity. Alternatively, you can individually tick the types of tracking system you want to block.
    • Allow analysis of product performance and usage for new product development: share anonymous performance data with AVG for the purpose of developing new products.
  4. Click Done to confirm your changes.
  • AVG Internet Security 20.x
  • AVG AntiVirus FREE 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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