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April 29th, 2011

Californian woman follows dream to become new avast! voice

What do you do when the “avast! virus database has been updated” message comes from your computer in the morning?

Aubrey Anthony, head of customer service at a California internet service provider, used to just imitate the message – but then she got an inspiration: “I told my boyfriend … what do you think about me being the voice for AVAST Software?”

The two came up with a quick answer. “We both decided it would be so cool and he told me to go for it,” remembered Aubrey. So she sent AVAST Software the following message:
The reason I am emailing is that it is my dream to be the next “avast! virus database has been updated” voice. It would be so awesome!

“I sent the email to AVAST not expecting to hear back,” stated Aubrey. But, she did get a message back – along with an invitation to send in her recording of the avast! audio announcements. An enthusiastic Aubrey enlisted a DJ friend at her local radio station to make the recordings. “Try saying ‘potentially’ with a big smile on your face, it is near to impossible!” she added.

Her recordings were added to the English language versions of the new avast! 6.0. “With around 30 million people using avast! in English, there are a lot of people that could be hearing Aubrey’s voice,” said Julia Szymanska, avast! community manager. “It’s amazing that avast! has room for our users to contact us and become ‘The Voice’ for millions of people. This will happen more often because we’ve made it much easier in the new 6.0 for people to add their own voices to the program.”

For Aubrey, having a global voice makes life more fun at home and in the office. “When I heard my voice for the first time I was so excited. I ran around the house jumping up and down like Tigger from Winnie the Pooh. It was such a rush,” said Aubrey. “At work, every customer that knows me tells me congratulations. They think it is awesome! So do I!”

And now that Aubrey is the new English voice for avast! she has changed her morning computer routine. She no longer imitates the avast! voice – but she certainly hasn’t muted the incoming “avast! virus database has been updated” announcement. “It comes through loud and clear,” she said. “I reply now ‘Thank you Aubrey’.”

PS. This was originally sent out as a release. But, I thought it is also an interesting story for blog readers. So, here it is. And, if you have any stories to tell about the avast! voice, drop me a note.


  1. April 29th, 2011 at 16:21 | #1

    Did you have an information about a man sound in version 4 too ?

  2. Rednose
    April 30th, 2011 at 00:31 | #2

    Mmm, personaly I would like to hear Mirka’s or Julia’s voice ;)

    Cheers, Erik.

  3. Tech
    April 30th, 2011 at 15:27 | #3

    Congratulations!
    Although, I had to disable the voices. In a couple of times, in the middle of a meeting, I’ve got the “virus database has been updated” and all other persons in the meeting just look at me…

  4. Fernando Gregoire
    May 1st, 2011 at 22:11 | #4

    @Rednose
    Version 4.x lets you to set any sounds from the sounds and audio devices properties in the Windows Control panel, as on Sounds tab there is an extra category called Avast! antivirus, containing events to change their sounds as you do with any other system sounds.

  5. Fernando Gregoire
    May 1st, 2011 at 22:23 | #5

    Since release 5.1 I wanted to get or create sound packs that I always imagined can be used to change Avast’s sounds and voice messages. I haven’t found any sound pack, and there are no available documentation about this feature.
    I congratulate the capability to allow community participation, but I will not enjoy this new voice because I use Avast in Spanish.

  6. May 2nd, 2011 at 13:20 | #6

    比较喜欢AVAST支持了~~~!

  7. CharleyO
    May 4th, 2011 at 04:39 | #7

    ***

    I have been wondering who the new voice was. Congratulations, Aubrey! You have done a wonderful job at creating very nice Avast AV announcements.

    And no offence to Aubrey at all, but like Rednose, I would also like to hear Mirka & Julia do the announcements sometime in the future.

    ***

  8. Chew Mei Fun
    May 18th, 2011 at 00:19 | #8

    I have sent an question to AVAST regarding my license no. which I didn’t get it and can’t install until today even though you have charged and paid through my credit card, may you please respond to me asap? is really ridiculous for a company like you never respond to customers question and with so poor customer services. thanks

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