Avast SafeZone Browser is a built-in tool that is installed when you install the Avast Antivirus on your PC. So, if you have recently installed Avast Antivirus then don’t be surprised if you see a SafeZone browser icon on the desktop. Now if you want to remove Avast SafeZone browser, here is how to uninstall AvastSafe Zone browser with ease from your computer.
What is Avast SafeZone Browser?
The Avast SafeZone browser is a web browser by Avast that comes wit built-in privacy features. It is a forked version of Chromium. It also comes with features like ad-blocking and blacklisting of non-secure pages. There are other built-in features in the tool that Avast says will help in providing better privacy and safety to the user.
However, problems begin when the Google researcher Travis Ormandy revealed in 2016 that the Avast SafeZone browser may put users at risk when installed on the PC. Though Avast tried to fix the issue, the trust factor with SafeZone browser has always been low since.
Avast SafeZone Browser serves no purpose if you are not using it other than taking up storage space on your PC. Now if you want to remove it, here is how to do it.
There are two ways uninstall Avast SafeZone browser from PC. The first method is to install Avast antivirus without SafeZone browser and the second method is to uninstall it if you already have it installed.
Install Avast Antivirus without SafeZone Browser
If you are installing Avast antivirus for the first time then you have the option to customise the installation setup and choose not to install Avast SafeZone browser. The thing is, the option is not available directly but hidden under the customise link which most of the users may not bother to click. Here is how to do it.
Download and run the Avast antivirus setup. When the first screen appears, click “Customise” link below the “Install” button.
In the “Customise Installation” screen, uncheck “SafeZone Browser” option.
There are several other unnecessary components that you can uncheck, including:
- Security Browser extension
- Safe Price browser extension
- Mail Shield
- Browser cleanup
- Clean and Game Mode
- Secure Line VPN
Once unchecked, click “Install” button to proceed with the installation of Avast antivirus. That’s it. You have successfully installed Avast antivirus without Avast SafeZone browser.
Uninstall Avast SafeZone Browser
Now if you have Avast antivirus already installed and the SafeZone browser also got installed, then you need to remove it manually. Here is how to uninstall Avast SafeZone browser from Windows PC.
- Open Control Panel. Search for Control Panel using the Cortana/Search bar.
From the Control Panel, go to “Programs” and click “Programs and features” option.
Scroll down and find “Avast Antivirus“.
Right-click on “Avast Free Antivirus” and select “Change” option.
From Avast screen, click “Modify” option.
Now uncheck “SafeZone browser” and click “Change”.
Now you should wait till Avast removes SafeZone browser from your computer. When the process is complete, it will ask you to restart, select “yes” and restart your PC.
Now you need to follow one more step to completely remove Avast SafeZone browser from your PC.
Even after the uninstallation of SafeZone browser, Avast does not delete the SafeZone browser files stored on your computer. This allows Avast to install the SafeZone browser again by prompting the user to install it.
What we need to do here is that delete the Avast SafeZone browser folder itself to avoid accidental installation in future. Follow these steps to know how to do it.
- From the taskbar, right-click on Avast icon, go to “Avast shield control” and select “Disbale Avast for 10 minutes“.
Next, go to C:\Program Files \ Avast Software and here you will see SZBrowser folder.
Right-click on it and select “Delete“.
Once the SZBrowser is deleted, restart your PC and you should have successfully uninstalled Avast SafeZone browser from your PC.