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February 9th, 2011

WebRep and long, hot legs

I don’t know about you, but I really like taking the new avast! 6.0 features – WebRep, for example — for a test drive. With the beta 6.0 installed, I opened and quickly typed in “Longhotlegs” to see what would pop up. I even forgot to add the spaces. In my top five results, there was a stocking e-shop for women (no rating), strip bar in the UK (no rating), the TMZ celebrity blog (green rating), and – my favorite – a Wikipedia entry for Pholciadae.

This spider family includes the creature commonly known as “daddy long-legs”.

From the WebRep perspective, has a “good rating with many votes” while has a “good rating with few voters”.

Before I left Google, I voted on each of the top five. Which brings meto the participatory part of WebRep. At first glance, there was very little difference between the results served up by Google for each of the five sites. But, they provided very, very different content. This feature gives millions of avast! users a place to make their opinions and experiences count. The more people use it, the better it will be. It might even make buying  a pair of stockings for your significant other easier.

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  • jose virgilio sosa rodriguez

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    nombre: jose virgilio sosa rodriguez
    dni: 08697896

    porfavor reenviar el codigo de activacion a este correo con urgencia.

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  • vlk

    Lyle, did you vote for the sites? (at least for those that haven’t been rated?)
    You’re part of the avast! community, and without the community, WebRep won’t work… ;-)

  • Lyle Frink

    Absolutely, I voted on the top five. I was also hoping to find a suspect site to trigger the AutoSandbox.

  • Lsk

    Is there any chance you could collaborate with the Web Of Trust community? They have a similar idea and I’m sure Avast will do it in a better, more integrated way, but they must already have thousands of ratings that it would be a shame to have to start from scratch. I’ve been using their Firefox addon for quite some time and while I’m really excited about Avast having such a feature I can imagine it would be hard to compete with them considering how established they are.

  • atomic1fire

    The ratings should include Gaming/entertainment.
    Lots of sites include flash games and such, and Hobby really doesn’t describe that.

  • retyu

    browser opera is not supported. Very bad. Why then do I need this feature if it can not be used

  • Umesh N Nambiar

    I’ve been using Avast for at least a year now & have never had any infections. So, I’m quite happy. Further, never had any sort of performance issues, so at a very basic level, this product is great for me as a home user.
    Just had the “webrep” enabled but is there no plugin for Chrome?

  • Anaxagoras

    I have a question, how many votes does a website needs in order to appear “green” in WebRep ?

    Whats the write amount of votes ?

    Do anyone knows ?


  • Layman John

    Well, I just had WebRep downloaded a few minutes ago. After it installed the WebRep ‘bar’ appeared at the top of my screen, just below the command/menu bar. But the WebRep bar went clear across my screen even though only the left 1/2 inch was used to show the cancel “x” and the three bar valuation result. I couldn’t find any way to modify the long bar, to apend it to the end of my command/menu bar where there’s plenty of space, so ‘click’ on the ‘x’ and I got back the 1/2 inch vertical space the bar took up.


    je viens d’installer le WEBREP – ok – mais où se trouve son mode d’emploi – du moins ces fonctionnalités ???