Is sidebar.exe safe?
Sidebar.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if sidebar.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.
Sidebar.exe file information
The process known as Windows Sidebar or Windows Desktop Gadgets or WindowsX SideBar or Windows-Minianwendungen belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Windows Sidebar or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows or prjDeskBar by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or Lee Matthew Chantrey or Siemens Industry.
Description: The original sidebar.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. sidebar.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 1,233,920 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 1,475,584 bytes and 32 more variants.
The program has a visible window. The sidebar.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Runonce). Sidebar.exe is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 7% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
You can uninstall the program Windows Sidebar or WeatherBug Gadget, update it, or try to get help from the software vendor. Click on www.forum.oszone.ru to update it, click on www.forum.oszone.ru to visit the vendor's website, or click on Windows Sidebar or WeatherBug Gadget in Windows Control Panel (section Software or Programs) to uninstall it.
Recommended: Identify sidebar.exe related errors
Viruses with the same file name
Is sidebar.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true sidebar.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Windows Sidebar".
However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are such as Bitcoin Miner (detected by Sophos), and TROJ_BOSINEX.AD or BKDR_MEMDROP.SM (detected by TrendMicro).
To ensure that no rogue sidebar.exe is running on your PC, click here to run a Free Malware Scan.
How to recognize suspicious variants? If sidebar.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 49% dangerous. The file size is 19,968 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 23,552 bytes and 8 more variants. It is a file without information about the developer of this file. The program is not visible. Sidebar.exe is not a Windows core file.
If sidebar.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 917,504 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 688,128 bytes or 278,528 bytes. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Runonce). It is not a Windows core file. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Sidebar.exe is able to record inputs.
If sidebar.exe is located in the Windows Temp folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 19,968 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 58,368 bytes.
External information from Paul Collins:
- "Sidebar" definitely not required. Searchcentrix hijacker
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as sidebar.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the sidebar.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.
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