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Windows 7: Gadgets/Sidebar Danger!

04 Jul 2014   #1
MourningStar

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Gadgets/Sidebar Danger!

from MS website :

Gadgets have been discontinued


Gadgets are no longer available on our website because the Windows Sidebar platform in Windows 7 and Windows Vista has serious vulnerabilities. Microsoft has retired the feature in newer releases of Windows. Gadgets could be exploited to harm your computer, access your computer's files, show you objectionable content, or change their behavior at any time. An attacker could even use a gadget to take complete control of your PC.

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04 Jul 2014   #2
HarriePateman

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This is old news
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04 Jul 2014   #3
MourningStar

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HarriePateman View Post
This is old news
it is new news to me. If you know of discussion regarding this I would appreciate a link, or a general summary of community consensus, validation, etc.

-thx
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05 Jul 2014   #4
A Guy

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Microsoft Urges Users to Shut Down Windows Gadgets or Risk Attack

My personal thought? An attack vector may exist, but if so it did from the beginning. this was only reported after 8 came out with no gadgets. MS wanted everyone off gadgets, so...

I still use my gadgets. A Guy
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05 Jul 2014   #5
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

A Guy - thank you for your reply and helpful input. It will definitely influence the perspective I have on the issue. -take care
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05 Jul 2014   #6
HarriePateman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MourningStar View Post
A Guy - thank you for your reply and helpful input. It will definitely influence the perspective I have on the issue. -take care
Sorry morningstar, for not getting back to you.

Here is a link that i use to get my gadgets.

Windows 7 Gadgets. Free Desktop Gadgets For Windows 7

And here is a in depth report on the Gadgets and why they have been discontinued.

Allen Conway's .NET Weblog: What Happened To Windows Desktop Gadgets And Why Did Microsoft Abandon Them?
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05 Jul 2014   #7
MourningStar

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thx harrie
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