Windows Vista And Windows 7 Gadgets Prove To Have A Very Real Security Flaw

Personally, I don’t see much value in Windows Gadgets, but there are many Windows Vista and 7 fans that do make use of them on regular basis. The problem is that gadget users are about to find that Microsoft is ripping them away with a new security patch. You might be curious about what kind of possible security risk a widget on your desktop could have, but apparently they are bad news. Recently, MS made the realization that desktop widgets have a web-based code that has flaws that could easily allow gadgets that look normal to be malicious spyware. Because of the way gadgets work, these things could use backdoors that would make it much easier to affect computers negatively than other methods.

As a result of this discovery, Microsoft has created a new patch that disables the gadgets entirely, though its not entirely clear whether or not the company has intentions to fix the security problems and put gadgets back, or if they decided to just ax them permanently. Just curious, any Windows users here that actually make use of these gadgets? If so, how do you feel about MS just ripping them away? I understand security is important, but surely there has to be other ways to fix these vulnerabilities.

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  1. I found the analog clock and the calendar very useful gadgets. They disappeared after the last MS Windows 7 update, and I wish I could find a way to get at least some of them back.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The indexing gadget is a nice to have but the reality is that since Google Desktop went away MS obviously didn’t feel the need to compete in the space – gadgets have been basically deprecated for some time and now it’s all “you should be looking at Win8 and Metro tiles”. Just goes to show that if MS aren’t pushed in a given field they slack off.

    • Weird Harold says:

      I’m running Win 7; my gadgets are still here. Maybe MS is just removing them from Win 8?

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s in a specific brand new security patch, it sounds like it’s not fully enforced yet and technically optional, but is considered highly recommended by MS and the only way to prevent the security hole within widgets from being exploited.

  3. dude says:

    next thing you know ms will be ripping internet browsers from us.

  4. Em says:

    I’m really upset about the gadgets being gone. All I want is CPU meter and a Calender. Windows just needs to fix all these virus issues, I’m getting tired of virus this and virus that-if I wasn’t such a gamer I’d just switch to Mac.

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