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Piracy has health issues, but Talking Like a Pirate is risk free

Avast Security Blogger, 19 September 2011

Piracy has health issues, but Talking Like a Pirate is risk free

Forget the glamor; piracy has a whole boatload of health risks. Pirates get hung out to dry, lead poisoning from being shot, or trash their computers from downloading a cleverly disguised batch of malware.

This is certainly not visible in the movies where the ‘bad guys’ such as Long John Silver or Captain Jack Sparrow seem to be the only ones having a good time.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day was designed to remedy the modern blues, creating a day (today, September 19) when people can talk or dress like a historical pirate in a safer, more modern environment. Just add an ‘Arrrggghhh’, ‘Ahoy’, and an erudite ‘Whar be me rum!?’ to the daily vocabulary.

At AVAST Software, we have an even easier solution. Add Pirate English to your avast! antivirus.








You have two simple options: Pirate audio or the Pirate GUI (with the audio).

  1. For a ‘Pirate English’ audio skin, go to and follow the directions for adding a themed audio. This will give you the avast! announcements about virus database updates and malware warnings with a rather piratical Scottish accent.
  2. For the complete Pirate English language and audio skin, go to avast! settings, the language tab, select 'Pirate Talk' on the drop-down menu, and hit install. You will get the pirate-inspired GUI plus all of the audio skins. Watch the video here for step-by-step instructions.

Since its launch last year, Pirate English has been quiet hit for those in the know. With very little PR, there are now more people using Pirate English on their computers than some of the official AVAST language packs.It certainly is much easier than transforming the kitchen mop into a set of Captain Jack Sparrow dreadlocks.