Access this feature from:
Privacy ▸ Webcam Shield
Webcam Shield is enabled by default. To disable this feature, click the green
Note: This feature is available in
Adjust Webcam Shield behavior
To adjust how Webcam Shield handles applications that attempt to access your webcam, use the slider at the bottom of the screen to select an option:
Smart: 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 Webcam Shield Settings screen where you can view its status and select additional actions. Strict: notifies you each 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 Webcam Shield Settings screen where you can view its status and select additional actions. No mercy: automatically blocks all applications that attempt to access your webcam.
Note: Webcam Shield determines trusted applications based on Avast Reputation Services, which reviews the application's certification information and analyzes how many users have the application installed. The Avast Reputation Services setting is enabled by default in Avast Settings.
Manage blocked and allowed applications
Click the gear icon to view a list of your
To change an application's status, use the drop-down menu next to the relevant application and select
The following issues may occur:
- Webcam Shield does not appear in the Privacy menu: ensure you are using the latest version of
Avast Premier. To update Avast, go to Settings→ Updateand click Updatein the program section. Note: This feature is not available in Avast Internet Security, Avast Pro Antivirus, or Avast Free Antivirus.
- Webcam Shield displays popups too often: if you receive several notifications from Avast asking you to block or allow applications, ensure the slider that controls Webcam Shield behavior is set to Smart. If the slider is set to
Strict, Avast notifies you each time any application attempts to access your PC's webcam.
- Your PC's webcam stopped working: if your PC's webcam does not work after installing Avast Premier, ensure that the Webcam Shield behavior slider is set to
Smartor Strict. If the slider is set to No Mercy, Webcam Shield prevents all applications from accessing your PC's webcam.