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December 20th, 2013

avast! 2014 brings a familiar voice to British users


Patricia Rykiel, new voice of avast! Antivirus UK

The latest version of avast! Antivirus, avast! 2014 introduced many new features to our customers, but one feature we hope will please our United Kingdom users the most is the new voice they will hear reporting to them that their computer is safe. The voice they will be hearing will be that of Patricia Rykiel, voice of The London Minute which airs across North America on the Computer America show.

Here at AVAST we are always striving to make our product as user friendly and pleasant as possible, which is why we decided to ask Patricia to be the voice of avast! 2014. Her smooth, soothing and clear voice together with her knowledge and position in the computer world is the perfect fit for the voice of AVAST in the UK, to help our UK users feel more “at home” and secure by hearing a familiar accent telling them that their “Virus data base has been updated.”

Patricia is the creator and voice of “The London Minute,” a weekly audio column that airs on the US-syndicated radio show “Computer America,” as well as on the podcast “I Confess I’m a Geek,” a UK-based technology show. In addition to this, she helps people in West Sussex, England love their computer (which happens to be the name of her website!), by teaching them how to get the most out of their computer experience based on their interests and needs.

Change the voice of avast! Antivirus

For the international community of AVAST users, you can enjoy the voice of Patricia by manually changing the language to “English (United Kingdom)” by opening the AVAST user interface, and going into Appearance/Language settings, or if your regional settings are set to the UK, you will automatically hear Patricia. If you don’t see it in the listings, you will need to do a manual software update first. Right click on the avast! icon in your system tray (bottom right), then click Update and choose Program. You can also try out fun voices like the always popular “Pirate,” or just in time for the holidays get a little ho-ho-ho in your notifications with the “Santa” voice, by visiting the avast! Voices tab on Facebook.

To hear Patricia in the UK as you protect your computer, download AVAST 2014 here!

~written by Stefanie Smith

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  • AeroMcDoom

    To be honest, I prefer the old one as that voice sounds very bored.

    Also shouldn’t it be ‘Avast! Virus database has been updated”, not “Avast! Virus database, updated”.

    1) The voice sounds bored and dull
    2) She misses out “has been”
    3) I like the american accent, I’m British so I love it :3

    If this changes for me, I will put Avast! into silent mode (gaming mode)

    Anyways, thanks for reading this far! :P

    • Deborah Salmi

      Thanks for your feedback. It’s OK if the new voice isn’t your “cup of tea.” You can always choose which voice you like the best, including different languages and themes. And as you mentioned, we even have the silent gaming mode for those who don’t want to be interrupted.

  • Carolyn

    I love the new British voice which is chirpy and bright and is a welcome refreshing change – brilliant and thank you Avast.

    I am also British and think this voice is a welcome addition.
    Well done Avast and well done Patricia.

  • Tonto

    I just heard the new UK voice in my avast. I think it is a welcome change. The American voice was fine but an articulate English accent is a delight for me to hear. I just listened to a few of her London Minutes on her website. The more I hear the more I like. On my computer it does say the database “has been” updated. The audio in this blog is different to what is in the program. Nice job avast.

  • ztech123

    Carolyn and Tonto must be Seniors.
    Patricia Rykiel sounds boring and old.

    The previous American voice sounds young and energetic and sounds the best. If I hadn’t found a way of changing the voice back to the American voice, I would have uninstalled Avast!

  • gregstanton

    I must say that i find Ms. Rykiel not only quite pleasant on the ears, but a reassuring presence as well; and most certainly not in an “old fogyish” way! greg stanton

  • ComputerTweety

    Hello. Thanks for the feedback. The compliments are appreciated, along with the pointers for improvement. Best wishes, Patricia @ComputerTweety

  • justinlee

    I am from London, and I find this voice really irritating. This is not how the majority of us speak. What’s with the, ‘AVARST’ pronunciation? It is ‘AVAST’. Don’t make it sound posh just because it’s an English accent. I have changed it back to the American one.

  • Derrick229

    I dont mind which voice I hear, as long as I get to know everyything has been updated and is working fine
    I have Ozzy Osbourne on my GPS, but somehow I cant see him appearing on Avast
    I do think that a few custo voices could be made availble (like they are on a Garmin GPS, at a small charge)
    But thanks for keeping all my devices safe (including my MAC (which I thought never got bugs or viruses)

  • Deborah Salmi

    We have some interesting voices to choose from (at no charge ;)) – 13 different languages and a variety of themes such as Pirate, Redneck, or Aussie. Visit the sounds tab on our Facebook page to check them out.

  • Chris Hirst

    Prompted to find out who the voice belonged to because it sounded so much like Jaime Murray, ( H.G. Wells in Warehouse 13) :)

  • sidneejmas

    omg This voice is horrible I loved the american voice… had to change it back

  • englishangel

    I am from Sussex, and from her photo I am considerably older than Patricia, and I think she sounds like my grandmother. Liven up woman. Wasn’t keen on the US one either (South Philly?)

    • Deborah Salmi

      Thanks for your feedback, englishangel. We have some other interesting voices to choose from – 13 different languages and a variety of themes such as Pirate, Redneck, or Aussie. Visit the sounds tab on our Facebook page to check them out.

  • pgtips

    I’m English, but I don’t like hearing the new voice at all (although I’m sure in other contexts – reading an audiobook for instance – I might really like Patricia Rykiel’s voice).

    I agree about the ‘avARSt’ sounding distinctly odd, but mainly the issue is that I now feel rather like I’m hearing a bored call centre worker or automated phone voice saying ‘press 1 for sales, 2 for billing and 3 for technical support’, rather than a communication from a computer program.

    After all I do know it’s a computer-generated message, and actually I’d quite like to carry on thinking of it as that, and that for me goes much better with an American accent (think HAL!). Impersonal and slightly foreign is perfect in this context.

    I may try pirates next, but for now I’ve gone back to the American voice. (Even my family, who never stopped complaining about ‘that annoying virus update message’ before, said they wished it would go back to the American one when it changed!)

  • Norton Tech Support

    really it’s new feature of avast anti virus.i appricate.

  • Anthony Valiant

    Hate it. It reeks of a downtrodden area of the UK where people chain smoke in dilapidated houses and do nothing with their lives. I appreciate her standing and the context that the choice was made, but It’s making me so unbearably pissed off with the program, that I’m looking for alternative antivirus programs if I can’t change the voice.

  • Evelyn McCulloch

    I am Scottish…the voice sounds like an English accent to me.I’m not too sure what a British accent would sound like. Is there such a thing?

  • Evelyn McCulloch

    Well said Justin. So we both agree that it is indeed an English accent as opposed to a ‘British accent’. It certainly doesn’t sound like my accent either :)

  • jon snow

    Absolutely love the voice. So very refreshing after the awful, drony, dreary, voices that form the backdrop to all the Big Brothers, the cooking programmes etc etc

  • Simon

    I have to say that I am English through and through but I too much prefer the American voice. It’s much softer along the lines of Charlotte Green, the much-loved BBC radio newsreader (apart from the American accent of course).

    The American voice sounds like someone I’d like to listen to telling me about her day over dinner. I’m afraid the English voice sounds like someone telling me off at school for running in the corridor or some brusque and matter-of-fact nurse about to perform some unpleasant medical procedure!

    Thank-you though Avast for giving us the choice.

  • poppycockfuss

    I can’t quite decide between the John le Mesurier or Hattie Jacques option. Is it true that there is a Kenneth Williams one under development?