If you’re reading this, you already know why your virtual private network (VPN) got blocked. But it’s a common question: How do I unblock AVAST?
AVAST is a content-filtering service that’s widely available on smart devices like the Apple TV and mobile phones. Because it’s a popular brand, it’s frequently included in enterprise security suites like Bitdefender and Vipre.
This article will help you recover from the frustration of being blocked by AVAST, and get you back to using your VPN as usual. We’ll cover three important steps to take before, during, and after your VPN block period.
Step one: Reset your Apple TV and/or Wi-Fi router
Before you start using your VPN again, you need to reset both your Apple TV and your Wi-Fi router. Confirm that everything is back to its default settings, and then follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process.
Resetting your Apple TV is a one-time process that will allow you to remove all of the configuration details that made it incompatible with other devices or services. Similarly, your Wi-Fi router needs to be reset to its factory default configuration so that it can accept new, unauthenticated devices. You can also perform a factory reset on both your Apple TV and your Wi-Fi router from the settings screens on each device; find the menu in the upper-left corner of the screen, then choose the option to reset to factory settings.
Both of these items are essential in order for your VPN to once again work as it was intended. If you forget to reset either one of them, you’ll have to contact the company that provides your VPN service to get the process restarted. Doing so can be cumbersome, and it would be best to avoid this situation if you can.
Step two: Update your VPN client software
Most VPNs work by establishing a secure connection between your device and a remote server. Your VPN software then acts as a middleman and provides you with an encrypted tunnel that prevents unauthorized parties from eavesdropping on your activity. Your VPN software will need to be updated to be able to reconnect with the server in the event that your device loses its connection to the internet.
This process can be a hassle, especially if you have to do it manually. Luckily, most VPNs provide automatic updates, so you’ll simply have to wait for the server to reconnect and resynchronize before you can use your VPN once again. In the meantime, make sure that you’re installing the most recent version of your VPN software.
Step three: Manually configure your firewall settings
Finally, you’ll need to configure your firewall settings on both your Apple TV and your Wi-Fi router. Some VPNs, such as Hola, make this process very easy by offering to configure your firewall for you automatically in the event that you block them. Other VPNs, like ExpressVPN, require you to manually configure their service in the event that they’re blocked by your firewall.
The safest and most convenient option would be to use a VPN which provides you with a secure connection regardless of whether your firewall is on or off. This will prevent any online connectivity issues as well as intrusions from unauthorized parties. Unfortunately, we can’t recommend any specific VPNs to utilize in this manner, as each services’ terms and conditions will determine whether or not they’re suitable for this purpose.
Once you’ve taken the time to follow these three steps, you can rest assured that your VPN will work as intended and that you won’t have to worry about being blocked again. It’s an essential part of Internet security to be sure that your connections are encrypted and that nobody is listening in on your activity. While the previous two steps ensure that your VPN will reconnect and resume functioning whenever possible, this step is important for those sporadic times when it doesn’t.
If you’re worried about being blocked by a content filter again, be sure to review this article’s source for more information on how to unblock AVAST.