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Process name: Windows Sidebar

Product: Windows Vista

Company: Microsoft

File: sidebar.exe

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The file implements the Windows Sidebar feature of Windows Desktop; it is found in the folder C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\. It is part of Windows "gadgets" and is associated with Windows Vista. http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/sidebar.exe.html 

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Average user rating of sidebar.exe: based on 50 votes. Read also the 32 reviews.

  • 389 users ask for this file. 24 users rated it as not dangerous. 5 users rated it as not so dangerous. 10 users rated it as neutral. 4 users rated it as little bit dangerous. 7 users rated it as dangerous. 7 users didn't rate it ("don't know").

All comments about sidebar.exe:
Desktop Sidebar is emulates the Windows Longhorn sidebar for XP/2000. Definitely not spyware/malware  See also: Link ironcladlou
Comes with windows Vista lordfirefox
Windows Sidebar for XP anon
Every time I log on it requires access to Internet and always appears in different folder in "User/Local Settings/Temp/". Although the autor of Vista Transformation Pack says there's no maleware in his software, that's doubtful. Why does it change its folder every time? Johnny
Vista system file for Sidebar JimboM
Microsoft Sidebar Windows Vista Hansebanger
sends the following message to everyone on your msn list: Hi, ich habe letztens ein paar Superheisse Urlaubsphotos von mir machen können. Die Bräute da waren einfach der Hammer! Wenn du es dir mal anschauen möchteste kannst du diese unter Folgendem Link Downloaden: [BEISPIELLINK]http://rs232.rapidshare.com/files/118877839/Meine_neuen_Urlaubspics.zip[/BEISPIELLINK] Es war halt wirklich der beste Urlaub meines Lebens Albatross
Possible hiding name of a backdoor/trojan  See also: Link Jumbo
Sidebar-Uhr-einstellen
sets abnormal ownership and permissions on C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\ appears to be related to linkjacking in browser appeared after trojan flash installer
While the sidebar in Vista may hog resources, it it not a virus  See also: Link Chris
It stop my virus scan dead in it's tracks and i want to know why... Everything else fine. Just sidebar exe. Sleepy Tiger
Not usually dangerous but some trojans use this as a cover. Be concerned if you appear to have two sidebar.exe processes in task manager
it has direct acces to my keyboard...may be some gadget in it is a keylogger...!! DOn
It is invisible to my task manager but visible to "deep scan" software so I appears to be hiding itself. I think its malicious. Bman
it is gadgets
is part of the windows sidebar search to regedit nikos pappas
Sidebar.exe that comes with vista/7 is not-malicious. But there are a few corrupted gadgets that run a second sidebar.exe that is. Always virus scan everything you download. That awesome guy, you know the one.
sidebar.exe is used in conjunction with gadgets. It creates a HTTP connection to a server owned by microsoft.. I presume for updating the gadgets (or perhaps MS is gathering info about you and your use that you are not aware of?) run NETSTAT -b to verify. Stop the process and re-rum NETSTAT -b to see. Relatively "safe", but it is just another example of MS hiding what they do.... DGR
Windows Vista/7 Sidebar for Gadgets like clock, weather, CPU Usage,... Weezy
Scary, theres two of them, one starts on startup(not concerned about) and then the other starts after the first one, like its covering its tracks to get a harmless rating, the second, im sure, is a virus, and I would reccomend stopping it Weeve Ferrelaine
Everytime I shut down, a message pops up. I can't quite see the message, but it says something about sidebar.exe not working. Sorry
if the process is in folder "C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar" its not malicious and related to the windows 7 gadgets, the process starts when i open the gadget window or a gadget itself and automatically goes away when i close it (until a gadget is open, the process will not disappear) TommyTheNice
its keeps my computer from restarting or shutting down when I ask it to.. saddletmp
Can't find it - can't remove it. It also stops me from shutting down or sleeping and often stops winmail from opening and strops IE 9 dead in its tracks Tom Dombrosky
this file is normally used as a backup for Trojans. there is a second one if there is a Trojan (in my case, a key logger). The Virus Killer
if you find it, ( i found it by luck) and you delete it, it comes back. It stops your computer from shutting down unless you force close. Icefireninja
I'm using the clock gadget that came with windows 7, which turned on the sidebar.exe Zee
Sidebar.exe is a process that makes your Start menu work. But it can also be a malicious backdoor trojan. Usually safe, but virus scan everything you downloaded if feeling suspicious. John the Computer Nerd
if the process is in folder "C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar" its not malicious and related to the windows 7 gadgets, the process starts when i open the gadget window or a gadget itself and automatically goes away when i close it (until a gadget is open, the process will not disappear) TommyTheNice tom
Sidebar monitors what gadgets are running. entering "sidebar" in program search opens the monitor window, allowing you to deactivate running gadgets Atomsmasher
This is Windows Gadgets for Windows Vista/7, but if you have XP and you have sidebar.exe, it's most likely to be a virus! eee

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