Avast SafeZone Browser is one of the components that may gets added to your Windows machine when you install the antivirus solution.
It is selected by default and if you don't select the customize option in the installer to pick the modules that you want installed, will be installed on your system.
Avast users on sites like Reddit reported recently that Avast SafeZone Browser was installed on their system afterwards as well, which they noticed immediately as Avast put a SafeZone Browser icon on the desktop of the system.
According to Avast, SafeZone Browser has been designed with "built-in privacy features" that promises better privacy and safety while on the Internet.
While it includes features such as ad-blocking or filters that block pages with poor reputation, and specialized browsing modes for "safe transactions", it ships with a price comparison component as well.
At its core, Avast SafeZone Browser is a forked version of Chromium.
Google researcher Travis Ormandy revealed in February 2016 that the program put users at risk simply by being installed on the system. While the issue has been resolved in the meantime, serious security issues like the one discovered are not helping Avast make the case that their browser should be used for better security and privacy online.
If you are installing Avast anew, and don't have any need for the web browser to be installed on your system, then you should block its installation outright.
While that won't help you if Avast later on decides to push the browser anyway on your system, you can at least make certain that it is not installed directly by you.
To block the installation of the web browser while you are installing Avast Antivirus on a machine, do the following:
If the web browser is already installed on the system, then you can remove it from the Windows PC in the following way:
Step 1: Hit Windows-Pause to open the Control Panel of the operating system.
Step 2: Select "Control Panel Home", and on the screen that opens "uninstall a program".
Step 3: Right-click on Avast Free Antivirus (your version may have a different name), and select the change option from the context menu. Alternatively, left-click on the Avast entry and pick change from the menu at the top.
Step 4: On the page that opens, select change again. You find it listed next to update and repair.
Step 5: Locate SafeZone Browser and uncheck the box next to it. Do the same for any of the other components that you may not require. All components will be removed from the PC if they are installed. Click on change afterwards to start the removal process. You will receive a "the product was updated successfully" message afterwards.
A restart of the computer may be required to complete the process.
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