What is YahooWidgetEngine.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the YahooWidgetEngine.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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YahooWidgetEngine.exe file information

The process known as Yahoo! Widgets belongs to software Yahoo! Widgets by Yahoo! (

Description: YahooWidgetEngine.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. YahooWidgetEngine.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,913,584 bytes (83% of all occurrences) or 2,913,840 bytes. 
YahooWidgetEngine.exe is not a Windows system file. The YahooWidgetEngine.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. YahooWidgetEngine.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 17% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with YahooWidgetEngine.exe, you may want to uninstall Yahoo! Widgets from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as YahooWidgetEngine.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the YahooWidgetEngine.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.


User Comments

Yahoo widgets (previously known as konfabulator)
  Ebi   (further information)
Das ist die Widget Engine von Yahoo!, außer das sie auf Internet zugreift, sowie wenn gewünscht Daten an Yahoo! sendet ist dieser Prozess harmlos und nimmt nur wenig CPU in Anspruch.

Summary: Average user rating of YahooWidgetEngine.exe: based on 4 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think YahooWidgetEngine.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving YahooWidgetEngine issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with YahooWidgetEngine. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the YahooWidgetEngine.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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