If you have Avast antivirus on your computer you probably know that – the female voice saying ‘Avast virus database has been updated‘. Sometimes (especially if you’re listening to music) it’s quite annoying. UPDATE Voice informing about the virus database update has been removed since Avast 2015. Though there are still many other sounds/voices.

The current version of Avast is playing sounds when following events occurs – threat detected (includes also voiceover), suspicious item detected, a potentially unwanted program (PUP) detected and scan complete (includes also voiceover).

So here’s the simple guide how to disable/set all sounds and voices in your Avast antivirus 2018. By the way, we have also a guide how to disable the Avast pop-up messages.

Quick Summary

  1. Right-click on the Avast orange icon in the Windows system tray and open Avast UI
  2. Go to ‘Settings‘ » ‘General‘ and scroll down to ‘Sounds‘ section
  3. Un-tick the box ‘Enable Avast sounds‘ and confirm by clicking ‘OK
  4. From now on you won’t hear any more audio coming from the Avast Antivirus

Read more detailed steps and other options including screenshots below

Disable Voiceover & Event Sounds via Program Settings

You can simply disable the voiceover sounds in the program settings. Open the main interface and got to settings (cog wheel icon in the top-right corner). In the first tab ‘General‘ find a section called ‘Sounds‘. Here you can

  • Disable all sounds and voices in your Avast antivirus
  • Disable specific sound including the voiceover

If you want to disable everything just un-check the option ‘Enable Avast sounds‘ and your Avast will become completely silent. If you want to disable any specific sounds just un-check it. For disabling voices you have to un-check option ‘User voiceover sounds (when available)‘.

Disabling Sounds in Avast Antivirus 2018 – Sounds Settings

Disabling Sounds in Avast Antivirus 2018 – Sounds Settings

If you’re reading this guide you probably know this situation. We really love this cartoon.

Avast virus database has been updated – Cartoon Joke‘Avast virus database has been updated’ Cartoon Joke

Additional Notes

Although we have used Avast Free Antivirus 2018 screenshots in this article, these steps are also applicable for all Avast Antivirus solutions (i.e. also for Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, or Avast Premier) running the latest version available.

Steps are relevant for all Windows versions – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (including Anniversary Update).

Please note the voice informing about the virus database update has been removed since Avast 2015.

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.

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  1. Chris Reply

    Paul. The settings option on Avast is not there. I am utilizing Free version on Win 10

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