Turn off or Disable Avast’s WebRep Safety Ratings for Websites and Search Results

by Venkat eswarlu on February 5, 2011

in Firefox,Internet Explorer,tips and tricks

We’ve covered about Avast WebRep module which shows safety ratings for websites and search results in Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers. WebRep installs as a plug-in for Firefox and IE browsers with install of Avast 6.  If you’re already using WOT or Norton SiteAdvisor tools to know the reputation ratings for the sites and search results, you can uninstall WebRep plugins for IE and Firefox to stop Avast WebRep from showing the safety ratings.

Avast WebRep ratings thumb Turn off or Disable Avast’s WebRep Safety Ratings for Websites and Search Results

Uninstalling Avast WebRep Plugins for IE and Firefox Browsers

1. Open Firefox, from Tools Menu select Add-ons, select “Avast WebRep“add-on and click “Uninstall” button and restart the Firefox browser.

2. Similarly for IE, open Internet Explorer and from Tools Menu>select Manage Add-ons select “Avast WebRep” add-on and click “Disable” button.

Update 28/2/11 : As commenter Cytronix said you can easily delete WebRep plugins for IE and Firefox from Avast ‘s user interface.

Uninstall WebRep Plugins Turn off or Disable Avast’s WebRep Safety Ratings for Websites and Search Results

Open Avast User interface, Click Additional Protection and then WebRep click  Uninstall buttons for IE and Firefox plugins.

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Hippydude February 24, 2011 at 7:16 am

Thanks man for that info on turning off that webrep for avast.

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Cytronix March 1, 2011 at 2:20 am

Alternatively you can simply uninstall it in Avast itself.

1.) Open Avast
2.) Click on Additional Protection
3.) Select WebRep
4.) Uninstall

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Venkat March 1, 2011 at 6:57 am

yep you’re right not found this option when I was using Beta. Will update the post.

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Trish August 3, 2011 at 4:51 am

This is still not working for me. I still get it even after disabling Avast.

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Barry Kennedy September 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Why would you possibly recommend doing this? WOT’s ratings are community based, which means it’s ratings are subjective and the opinion of amateurs, not created by a company of professionals. I believe Avast WebRep pulls from the Site Advisor servers as well as Avasts, and some other sites..I haven’t bothered to sniff the traffic. Not that this is strictly related, as Avast WebRep is just a reputation metric, but Avast s one of the best AVs on the market, and it is particularly effective at blocking webthreats. It’s also light on resources, and the free version is better than any product McAfee sells. Why can these big companies not realize that they need to refocus on their core business? Malware and Virus protection. Get that right before you throw in every other kind of protection under the sun.

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M H September 15, 2011 at 5:34 am

It is as simple as some people not wanting it running.

It installs itself without asking when you install Avast and is not obvious to the uninformed how to turn it off. Not only that, in ie it adds an extra line to the top of the program reducing the amount of space displaying the page that I want to view.

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Tommy Tutone December 19, 2011 at 8:39 pm

THAT CORRECT, WE DONT NEED IT….

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Marc December 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

Thanks for the info, couldn’t find the setting in the 12 settings tabs, because it isn’t there :)

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Venkat December 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm

You can’t find them there , open Avast UI expand additional protection where you find WebRep thing and so the options to uninstall plugins for browsers.

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Barry Kennedy December 22, 2011 at 8:00 am

Unlock your toolbars, and rearrange them. Really difficult.

the webrep plugin uses almost no system resources, and it is this component that uploads data about malicious sites to Avast.

Again, how is the fact that Avast
installs this component evidence of some kind of nefarious or suspicious motivation on Avasts part?

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Cricket February 25, 2012 at 2:04 am

Avast’s uninstall doesn’t work. I don’t want it running because it slows things down, and isn’t of any use to me, and it’s visually extremely annoying. And because I get very annoyed at being lied to.

Has anyone found a fix that actually works?

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linda March 9, 2012 at 4:34 am

it consumes about 200 m ram and make browser a lot slow

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barbara September 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm

The above does not work on a permanent basis. Every time I turn on my computer, the f—–thing is back. Avast leaves me no choice–I will remove it.

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Venkat September 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Haven’t found uninstall links of WebRep for browsers as shown above in screenshot? have you uninstalled them? or not?

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