IMPORTANT NOTE Avast SafeZone Browser has been discontinued and replaced with the brand new Avast Secure Browser in April 2018. Learn more and go to download.

Avast SafeZone (sometimes also misspelled as Safe Zone) is a free browser from Avast based on Opera and running on Chromium engine. It comes as a component (not a standalone application) with all Avast antivirus versions (Free Antivirus, Pro Antivirus, Internet Security and Premier) available on Windows computers. According to Avast, it’s the most secure browser on the market.

SafeZone browser is basically replacing old SafeZone feature within the Avast paid products and is available completely for free to anyone. The main benefit of using the SafeZone browser is the Pay Mode for private online transactions (banking and shopping). It also includes useful built-in plugins like Passwords, Ad Blocker, Video Downloader or Do-Not-Track. Unfortunately, you are not able to install any other plugins or add-ons, due to security risks.

Below is the main page of Avast SafeZone browser. The design is very clean and modern, yet nothing surprising.

Avast SafeZone Browser – Shortcuts (Starting) PageAvast SafeZone Browser – Shortcuts (Starting) Page

The full list of key features contains:

  • Top notch security provided by integrated anti-malware shield and anti-phishing scan
  • Pay Mode for doing online transactions (banking) in a safe virtual environment (sandbox)
  • Integrated AdBlocker plugin for browsing without intrusive advertisements
  • Integrated Video Downloader for downloading videos from YouTube, Vimeo etc.

How to Download and Install Avast SafeZone Browser for Free

IMPORTANT NOTE Avast SafeZone Browser has been discontinued and replaced with the brand new Avast Secure Browser in April 2018. You can download it using the button below or read our full review/test.

The only way to download and install Avast SafeZone is together with the Avast antivirus (including the free version). Technically it’s only a component of Avast, therefore it’s not available for separate download or usage. You can only use it together with Avast.

To download and install SafeZone browser follow these steps:

  1. Download latest version of Avast antivirus
  2. Run Avast installer (avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe)
  3. Select ‘Customize’ to make sure ‘SafeZone Browser‘ component is selected and confirm by clicking on ‘Install

Avast SafeZone Browser Desktop IconOnce the installation process is finished you can open the SafeZone browser from the desktop (orange circle icon with rudder) or from Avast user interface under ‘Tools‘ » ‘SafeZone Browser‘.

SafeZone Installer Unfortunately there is no standalone installer for Avast SafeZone Browser which you could upload on a USB stick for example. Therefore if you want to install on it on a different computer, you need to use the Avast Offline Installer.

Performance Test – Avast SafeZone Browser vs. Google Chrome vs. Mozilla Firefox vs. Internet Explorer

Besides the security element, one of the most important browser qualities is performance and speed. We have compared SafeZone browser against the market – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. And surprisingly Avast SafeZone is really fast, almost as Chrome!

Using various available tools for browser performance testing we found out following. Chrome (green bar) is still the fastest browser on the market, scoring high scores in all tests. While SafeZone (orange bar) is the second fastest browser nowadays. Firefox is somehow behind them and Internet Explorer is by far the slowest one.

Browser Performance Test Results – Avast SafeZone vs. Google Chrome vs. Mozilla Firefox vs. Internet ExplorerBrowser Performance Test Results – Avast SafeZone vs. Google Chrome vs. Mozilla Firefox vs. Internet Explorer

Final performance test results are highlighted on the chart above. The higher the score is, the faster the browser is. You can find more details about how we tested in the ‘Additional Notes’ section at the end of the article.

Avast SafeZone Browser Features in Detail

Let’s take a look on the key SafeZone features in detail.

Ad Blocker – No More Advertisements While Browsing

One of the pre-installed built-in plugins is Ad Blocker. Recently it raised some controversy whether it’s fair to use it and some sites even restricted content to users who are using any form of ad blocking. On the image below you can see Ad Blocker blocked 12 different ads on Huffington Post site.

Avast SafeZone Browser – Ad Blocker Plugin in Action on Huffington PostAvast SafeZone Browser – Ad Blocker Plugin in Action on Huffington Post

Ad Blocker in Avast SafeZone runs fully automatic and there is no need to set it up. Just browse the web as usual and all ads are blocked. To see the number of ads blocked click on the red icon ‘AD’ in the navigation panel. You can also disable Ad Block for a specific domain or block any other specific ad (element) on the page.

Pay Mode – Do Your Banking & Shopping in Total Privacy

The most interesting and unique feature of the SafeZone browser is Pay Mode. It basically opens any page in a virtual environment (sandbox) which is completely isolated from your system. That means any keylogger or hacker cannot see what you are doing or what is your password. Also, your system can’t be infected if you visit some ‘shady’ site.

Avast SafeZone Browser – Pay Mode Tab ActivatedAvast SafeZone Browser – Pay Mode Tab Activated

Pay Mode is automatically triggered for a majority of the online banking sites. In case your bank is not on the list you can always enter Pay Mode by clicking the credit card icon next to the navigation panel (top-right corner). You can tell the page is opened in Pay Mode if the tab has green credit card icon and font.

Video Downloader – Download Videos From YouTube With Single Click

Last but not least is the Video Downloader, again a pre-installed built-in plugin. It makes it super easy to download videos to your computer from popular servers like YouTube or Vimeo. Mostly in the MP4 format.

Avast SafeZone Browser – Downloading Video From YouTube via Video DownloaderAvast SafeZone Browser – Downloading Video From YouTube via Video Downloader

To download video simple hover over it and the orange download icon will appear (see the screenshot above). Simply click on it and video will start downloading on your computer so you can play it anytime later, even when you are offline.

Avast SafeZone Browser Review & Test Conclusion

We definitely find Avast SafeZone browser powerful, fast and secure. Pay Mode is the biggest advantage and technically it makes the browser really the most secure one on the market. It lacks some customization like custom plugins, but that makes it even more secured. It’s a perfect choice for common Internet users. And if you like Opera, you will definitely love SafeZone.

Additional Notes

For measuring the browser performance we have used following tests: Peacekeeper, Browsermark, Octane 2.0 and Dromaeo. All of them are testing browser performance and speed using various methods like re-sizing 2D/3D objects using CSS, executing JavaScripts, GPU and DOM tests. All tests were performed on the same computer running on Windows 7 Professional x64 with CPU Intel Core i7 @ 2.70GHz and 8 GB RAM.

Trying to get rid of SafeZone Browser? Check out our guide ‘How to Uninstall/Remove Avast SafeZone Browser‘.

Written by Paul B.

My name is Paul and I love Avast since the Home Edition v4.8 (2008). I am recommending it to all my friends, but I realized they don't know how to use it. So I started this site in order to help others getting maximum from this awesome antivirus. Feel free to contact me via Facebook, comments below or this form.

This article has 26 comments | Did we miss anything? Just let us know in the comments!

  1. Dave Reply

    Hello, I would like to be able to change the default Shortcuts page to my own home page, which is google. I have changed the home page in settings, and when it boots it goes right to my google home page, but every time I open an additional tab it goes right back to shortcuts, which is slower to use and I really don’t want to see it. Any suggestions?

  2. Kimos Reply

    SafeZone self-installed with the latest Avast. I finally decided to look at it and found, that while it says it can transfer bookmarks, after requesting that through settings, not bookmarks were actually transferred. I don’t want to make a browser default is I then have to copy all my bookmarks manually. What gives and is there a way to fix it?

  3. xinyi Reply

    hi, i will like to ask how to fix if the download icon does’t appear? is there any other ways to download the video?

  4. Catherine Reply

    I notice that under an article about Avast Safe Zone/ Bank Mode, PC magazine has said it is not safe to use this site. That it can be open to hackers. We have used and trusted Avast for our computers . Did this problem get fixed or not if so when?

  5. antony Reply

    1-About pay mode, you indicate that it is advisable for banking and also “your system can’t be infected if you visit some ‘shady’ site.”
    So, we should use pay mode all the time, in particular for dangerous sites?
    2-pay mode. In unsecured WiFis, it encrypts the traffic of data from my PC or smartphone?

  6. Wendy Botsman Reply

    Video Downloader does not work on my W10 system. I hover over an active YouTube and no orange icon appears. Nothing has been disabled and the system settings are as originally downloaded today.

      • George K. Reply

        When you advise Wendy to update her SafeZone Browser, please tell her (and me too) how to do this! For I couldn’t find anywhere such function. If you don’t believe me ask any browser the question “how can I update my SafeZone Browser?”.

        • Paul B. | Team Reply

          Hello George,

          Open your SafeZone Browser and type “chrome://about” into the address bar. You should see your version and potential update in the “VERSION INFORMATION” section. Hope it helps.

  7. Gman Reply

    Under Pay Mode section….. your comment is wrong.
    “That means any keylogger or hacker can see what you are doing or what is your password.”

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