Get rid of Desktop Gadgets and Windows Sidebar ASAP!

Security blogs have lit up this week of a vulnerability in Windows Desktop Gadgets and Windows Sidebar.

If you are using the Windows Sidebar there is new news going around about how new malware can easily exploit the Windows Sidebar and everyone, including Microsoft, is advising to get rid of the Windows Sidebar ASAP.

More info…

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The Fixit is offered part way down the page in this Sophos blog post. Disable Windows Sidebar and Gadgets NOW on Vista and Windows 7. Microsoft warns of security risk

by Graham Cluley on July 12, 2012 | Sophos
Clearly Microsoft is worried about the security researchers’ findings, and has issued a “Fix It Tool” which will protect Windows 7 and Vista users by entirely disabling the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets functionality.

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