How to disable Avast's annoying sounds and voiceovers

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 7, 2017

The following guide offers instructions on how to turn off sounds and voiceover audio notifications in Avast Free Antivirus for Windows.

Avast Free Antivirus is a popular security software for Windows which, even for free antivirus, is pushing extra stuff such as browser extensions, the company's SafeZone browser, various tools, and a VPN service to user systems by default during installation.

Our recommendation is to select the customize option during installation, to remove components that you don't require from the installation process.

Even if you do, you may notice a couple of irritating features after installation; one of them may be sounds and voiceovers that Avast plays by default.

Disable Avast's annoying sounds and voiceovers

Avast plays sounds when it detects threats, suspicious items or potentially unwanted software, and when scans complete. It may also use voiceover sounds on top of that.

If you don't require those, you may want to disable sounds in Avast completely, or at least for the events that you don't require them.

Here is how that is done:

  1. Open the Avast Free Antivirus software, or bring it to the front if it runs already on the system.
  2. Click on the cogwheel icon in the interface to open the settings.
  3. Under General, scroll down until you find the Sounds section. You need to click on Sounds to expand it and display the preferences there.

What follows is up to you. You can turn off all sounds by removing the checkmark from "enable Avast sounds".

This blocks event sounds and voiceovers completely. If voiceovers annoy you, uncheck the box "use voiceover sounds (when available)" to turn these off on your system.

Last but not least, you may turn off the following event sounds individually as well:

  • Threat detected.
  • Suspicious item detected.
  • Potentially unwanted program (PUP) detected.
  • Scan complete.

The change takes effect immediately. You can undo any of the changes you mad at any time by repeating the process, and checking the sound and voiceover boxes again in the program settings.

Another option that you have is to set the volume of Avast to 0 using the Windows Volume Mixer. This is not required usually, as turning off sounds in Avast itself will block the application from playing sounds and voiceovers.

Still, to make use of it, right-click on the volume icon in the system area area and select Open Volume Mixer from the context menu.

Locate Avast under applications, and drag the volume slider all the way to the bottom to mute Avast Free Antivirus completely.

Now You: Do you find sound notifications useful on your devices?

How to disable Avast's annoying sounds and voiceovers
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  1. Reid said on April 7, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I have the opposite problem. I want the sounds/voiceovers and even though I have them checked I hear nothing. :(

  2. mazling said on February 8, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Avast updated today and installed “game mode” and web shield – two features I would have neglected had I been given the option at install. Fresh install gives you that option however the update insidiously does not. IIRC they installed a browser shopping safety addon that same way.

    1. Clairvaux said on February 8, 2017 at 4:00 am

      Thanks for the warning ! I had delayed updating, precisely because I don’t trust Avast, and I did not know the contents.

      Do you have any idea what this game mode is ? And what about the Web shield ? I thought they already had that in place…

      In order to avoid such surprises, set preferences this way :

      Open Avast User Interface / Settings (cogwheel) / Update / Program / Settings / Ask when an update is available (instead of Automatic Update, or Ask when Update is Downloaded — meaning : already downloaded, and presumably Avast will keep nagging you to install it).

  3. lehnerus2000 said on February 8, 2017 at 1:26 am

    I actually like the fact that Avast has its own messages/sounds.
    It makes it easier to tell whether Avast or W7 is complaining about something.

    IMO, FormatFactory and ImgBurn have more annoying alert sounds.

  4. Clairvaux said on February 7, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    What has happened to the old British saying ? Computers are like children : they should be seen and not heard.

    1. Henry said on February 7, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      Quis? Quid? Ubi? Quibus auxiliis? Cur? Quomodo? Quando? “Joachim Georg Darjes”

      1. Gary D said on February 8, 2017 at 3:29 pm

        Henry, translation please for us plebs. We are not all fluent in Mandarin :)

  5. Miriam said on February 7, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Maybe it’s the Donallt who is up to destroy alternative websites. :)

  6. M. Paquet said on February 7, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Who could anyone be so dumb as to DDOS your website which hosts nothing else than helpful and useful material. Some dude must have forgotten to take his meds to do such a stupid thing…

  7. John said on February 7, 2017 at 10:41 am

    What happened with the site???? I thought first it was my browser, but in chrome it also shows a spartan version of everything.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 7, 2017 at 10:46 am

      DDOS attack since yesterday, we have moved to Cloudflare but DNS is still propagating. Stay tuned, it will all sort itself out soon. You could try and force a refresh of the page Ctrl-F5 to see if it is a local caching issue right now.

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