Avast SecureLine VPN: FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

This article answers the most commonly asked questions about Avast SecureLine VPN on Windows and Mac. For information about Avast SecureLine VPN on mobile devices, read the following article:

General

Connection

Setup & Licensing

Settings

Troubleshooting

Miscellaneous

What is a VPN?

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) functions as a private tunnel through the internet which encrypts your data and secures your connection when using public Wi-Fi connections such as those in cafes or airports.

What is SecureLine VPN?

Avast SecureLine VPN is an application which enables you to connect to the internet via secure Avast VPN servers using an encrypted tunnel. SecureLine can be used any time you want to connect to the internet with extra security and privacy and is especially recommended when you are connected to a public or unsecured wireless network.

SecureLine has servers in several locations which means you can bypass geolocation restrictions as well as access your favorite content while traveling.

Which Operating Systems does SecureLine VPN support?

  • Microsoft Windows 10 (any Edition except RT or Starter, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / 8.1 (any Edition except RT or Starter, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or higher (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or higher (any Edition except Starter, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.11.x (El Capitan)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.10.x (Yosemite)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.9.x (Mavericks)

We also offer mobile versions of SecureLine VPN for Android (4.0 or later) and iOS (5.1 or later). For more information, read the following article:

Can I use SecureLine VPN with any type of internet connection?

Yes, SecureLine VPN connects over any wired or wireless internet connection.

What kind of encryption does SecureLine VPN use?

SecureLine VPN uses the AES 256 bit encryption key, which is bank grade encryption. SecureLine also uses Open SSL and certificate authentication.

What ports does SecureLine VPN run on?

SecureLine VPN runs on port 1194.

SecureLine VPN runs on ports 50, 500, 1701, and 4500.

What protocols does SecureLine VPN use?

SecureLine VPN uses Open VPN on UDP.

SecureLine VPN for Mac uses IPsec.

Some routers have the option to enable or disable IPsec, sometimes displayed as VPN passthrough. For SecureLine VPN to work properly, IPSec or VPN passthrough need to be enabled.

Does SecureLine VPN allow P2P connections?

SecureLine VPN allows peer-to-peer connections through our data center locations listed below:

  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • New York City, New York
  • Miami, Florida
  • Seattle, Washington
  • London, United Kingdom
  • São Paulo, Brazil

Why is my internet connection slower when I connect to SecureLine VPN?

You may experience a slower internet connection when using SecureLine VPN. A VPN encrypts traffic and data before sending it to a server. Depending on the distance and capacity of the server, this process may cause a slightly slower, but safer, internet connection.

How do I install SecureLine VPN?

If you use Avast Antivirus, the SecureLine VPN component is installed by default and only requires activation with a paid license. For activation details, read the following article:

If you do not use Avast Antivirus, you can download the standalone version of SecureLine VPN and then insert your license. For detailed instructions, read the following article:

If you use Avast Mac Security on a system compatible with SecureLine VPN, SecureLine VPN is installed by default. Activate the product by inserting your activation code. For detailed instructions, read the following article:

How do I uninstall SecureLine VPN?

If you are using SecureLine VPN in Avast Antivirus, go to SettingsComponents and scroll to SecureLine VPN. Click the downward facing arrow to expand the panel, then click Uninstall Component. For detailed instructions, read the following article:

If you are using the standalone version of SecureLine VPN, refer to the relevant article below to uninstall the program via your Windows control panel:

  1. Open SecureLine VPN.
  2. Click Avast SecureLine VPN in the Menu bar and select Uninstall SecureLine VPN.
  3. Follow the uninstaller wizard steps.

Can I use SecureLine VPN without installing Avast Antivirus?

Yes. SecureLine VPN can be installed as a standalone application, without Avast Antivirus or Avast Mac Security installed. If you are using Avast Antivirus on Windows, we recommend using SecureLine VPN as a component of Avast.

Is SecureLine VPN licensed separately from Avast Antivirus?

Yes - SecureLine VPN is an extra service and requires a separate license to use. An Avast Antivirus license does not activate SecureLine VPN.

What should I do if my activation is unsuccessful?

SecureLine VPN requires a separate, paid license to use. If you are using Avast Antivirus, ensure that you have purchased and activated a license for SecureLine VPN. If the activation is unsuccessful, you can submit a ticket to the Avast Support Team.

How do I get started using SecureLine VPN?

When using SecureLine VPN as part of Avast Antivirus:

  1. Open the Avast user interface and go to PrivacySecureLine VPN.
  2. Click Change location and select a location from the list. If you skip this step, you are automatically connected to the Optimal location.
  3. Click Go Private.


When using the standalone version of SecureLine VPN:

  1. Double-click the SecureLine VPN icon on your desktop to open the application.
  2. Select the location of the VPN server in the drop-down menu next to the Connect button, then click Connect.
  3. Click the gear icon in the bottom right corner to access connection preferences and language settings.
  1. Select the location of the VPN server in the drop-down menu next to the Connect button, then click Connect.
  2. Click Avast SecureLine VPN in the Menu bar and select Preferences... to access connection preferences.

Can I set up SecureLine VPN to connect automatically when I start up my system?

No. SecureLine VPN for Windows cannot be programmed to connect automatically when you start your system. However, you can adjust the program to prompt you whenever you connect to unsecured wireless networks.

Yes, you can configure SecureLine VPN to connect automatically after you log into your computer. To enable this option, click Avast SecureLine VPN in the Menu bar and select Preferences..., then tick the Launch application at user login box.

Can I set up SecureLine VPN to connect automatically when I use an unsecured WiFi network?

Yes. If you are using SecureLine VPN in Avast Antivirus, go to PrivacySecureLine and click the gear icon to access settings. Ensure the slider next to Turn on SecureLine when connected to unsecured Wi-Fi networks is turned on (green), then select Turn on automatically.

If you are using the standalone version of SecureLine VPN, open the application and click the gear icon to access settings. Next to When connected to an unsecured WiFi, select automatically secure the connection from the dropdown menu and click OK.

Open SecureLine VPN, then go to the Apple desktop menu bar and select Avast SecureLine VPN. Select Preferences... from the dropdown menu. In the section When connected to an unsecured WiFi, select Automatically connect to Avast Secureline VPN.

How do I connect to a different VPN server location?

When using SecureLine VPN as part of Avast Antivirus:

  1. Open the Avast user interface and go to Privacy ▸ SecureLine VPN.
  2. Ensure that you are disconnected from SecureLine, then click Change location to select a server location.
  3. Click Go Private to connect to the new location.

When using the standalone version of SecureLine VPN:

  1. Double-click the SecureLine VPN icon on your desktop to open the application.
  2. Ensure that you are disconnected from SecureLine, then click the downward facing arrow next to Connect.
  3. Select a location from the list and click Connect.
  1. Click the SecureLine VPN icon in your menu bar to open the application.
  2. Ensure that you are disconnected from SecureLine, then click the downward facing arrow next to Connect.
  3. Select a location from the list and click Connect.

How can I prevent the WebRTC leak on my browser?

WebRTC is a feature that various browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox apply because it supports B2B applications such as voice calling, video chat, and P2P file sharing without the need for plugins. In Windows, Mac OS X, and Android systems, this feature potentially enables IP addresses to be visible even when you are connected to a VPN such as Avast SecureLine.

We are actively looking for a solution to this issue. In the meantime, protect your privacy by blocking or disabling WebRTC. You can also avoid this vulnerability by using a browser which does not apply WebRTC (such as Safari or Internet Explorer).

For more details, read the following article:

Why can't I browse the internet when I connect to SecureLine VPN on Windows?

If you can't browse the internet while connected to SecureLine, try the following solutions (for Windows systems only):

  • Check the signal strength of your WiFi. Some hotels or hotspots have weak WiFi signals.
  • Verify that you have accepted the Terms and Conditions of the WiFi hotspot provider. To do so, open your browser and, if prompted, accept the terms of the provider to connect.
  • Try using a different browser.
  • Ensure that your DNS resolver is working properly (in Windows 8 or later). To do so, disable the smart multi-homed name resolution service by following the instructions in the article below:

What should I do if SecureLine is unable to establish a connection?

If SecureLine VPN is unable to establish a connection, try the following solutions:

  • Check if your internet connection works without SecureLine. Disconnect SecureLine and try to browse the web. If the internet connection still doesn't work, check your network configuration.
  • Select a different SecureLine VPN location.
  • Disconnect other VPN services that may be running on your PC. If you are connected to another VPN, it is likely that SecureLine won't work properly.
  • Restart your PC and try to connect to SecureLine VPN again.
  • Check the configuration of your firewall. Firewall configurations vary according to the vendor/manufacturer; consult the related documentation for information about running a VPN.
  • Confirm that your SecureLine subscription is active. In Avast Antivirus, go to SettingsSubcription, then scroll down to the SecureLine VPN section.
  • Some routers have the option to enable or disable IPsec, sometimes displayed as VPN passthrough. For SecureLine VPN to connect and function properly, ensure that IPsec or VPN passthrough is enabled.
  • Consult your firewall vendor to check that UDP port 500 and UDP port 4500 are open on your firewall.

If SecureLine VPN is still unable to establish a connection, try to uninstall and re-install the software.

What should I do if the text "content not available" appears in the application window?

If the message content not available appears in the SecureLine VPN window, try the following solutions (for Windows systems only):

  • Go to Privacy → SecureLine VPN to reload the page.
  • Disconnect other VPN services that may be running on your PC. If you are connected to another VPN, it is likely that SecureLine VPN won't work properly.
  • Restart your PC.

Why did I receive the error message "SecureLine has encountered a technical issue"?

If the SecureLine VPN interface becomes empty apart from the error message SecureLine has encountered a technical issue, try the following solutions (for Windows systems only):

  • Check if your internet connection works without SecureLine. Disconnect SecureLine and try to browse the web. If the internet connection still doesn't work, check your network configuration.
  • Restart your PC.
  • If these solutions do not work, try to uninstall and re-install the software.

How do I send a message to Avast Support?

If you continue to face issues with SecureLine VPN, send a message to Avast Support by following the instructions in the article below:

When is the regularly scheduled maintenance?

Regular maintenance occurs every Saturday at 6 PM EST (GMT/UTC -5), or 6 PM EDT (GMT/UTC -4) during daylight saving time, and lasts for one hour. Your service is not typically affected by this maintenance.

Why do Gmail and Live Mail send me suspicious activity alerts when I connect to SecureLine VPN?

If you use a different location when you connect to the internet via SecureLine VPN, Gmail and Live Mail may detect this change. You may receive an email reporting suspicious activity, and will be asked to change your password if you think someone in a different location has accessed your email. Verify the VPN location you selected to ensure your security.

Why do certain websites claim that I'm connected to a different city than the city I selected as my VPN location?

Websites often attempt to identify the location of their visitors from their IP address, a process called IP geolocation. IP geolocation uses a database that pairs together IP address ranges and geographical information. The information in this database can be inaccurate for several reasons:

  • Avast does its best to provide accurate information to the IP geolocation databases, but the database providers may take extra time to update the location.
  • The website may be using an outdated version of the geolocation database.
  • Some major websites (Google, for example) maintain their own databases based on what user traffic came from the IP address in the past.
  • In certain locations, we rent dedicated servers to provide SecureLine VPN and the IP geolocation databases are updated by the server provider on Avast's behalf. Because Avast is a Czech company, these providers may indicate the location as Czech Republic. When this occurs, we work with the providers to update the information with the correct locations of our servers.

Why is SecureLine VPN a paid product when other VPN services are free?

To support the continued development of SecureLine VPN and give you access to the best VPN technology, SecureLine is a paid product.

Many free VPN services sell your data to 3rd parties, place ads and videos into your browser, and slow down your internet connection.

SecureLine VPN never compromises user experience or privacy. We do not share or sell your data to 3rd parties, nor do we monitor your internet activity. SecureLine VPN does not interfere with your internet connection and is completely ad-free.

  • Avast SecureLine VPN

  • Avast Premier 17.x
  • Avast Internet Security 17.x
  • Avast Pro Antivirus 17.x
  • Avast Free Antivirus 17.x

  • Avast Free Mac Security
  • Avast Mac Security Pro
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 2, 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home / Professional / Media Center Edition - Service Pack 3, 32-bit
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.11.x (El Capitan)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.10.x (Yosemite)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.9.x (Mavericks)
  • Apple macOS 10.12.x (Sierra)

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