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    Default How to completely disable Windows sidebar?

    I am looking at the various ways to disable to sidebar (security issues, evidently). Most seem rather involved.
    Fix-It is probabaly the simplest. Some posters have reported that this fix did not work regarding Vista 32 bit!

    Why not simply rename the sidebar exe file. It could then be changed back if the user decided to re-use the programme?
    Or, change the permissions in the Windows Sidebar folder (but which ones?)
    Regarding Turning Windows Features on/off, I can't see the sidebar?

    Best wishes.

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    Ps. IF I disabled the sidebar is there a free alternative set of features?

    Os is Vista 32 bit SP2 (Home Premium)

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    Disable sidebar in "Services" ?
    I havenīt used Vista for years but if i remember correctly there is a setting in "Services"...
    Take a look.
    Admin tools → Services, or enter "Services" in a cmd-prompt.
    Remember to "run as ADMIN"...
    Last edited by hackerman1; 29th September 2013 at 12:29.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
    Disable sidebar in "Services" ?
    I havenīt used Vista for years but if i remember correctly there is a setting in "Services"...
    Take a look.
    Admin tools → Services, or enter "Services" in a cmd-prompt.
    Remember to "run as ADMIN"...
    Thanks for responding.

    I have had a look at 'Services' (via the Control Panel).

    I cannot see any reference to Windows Sidebar!

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    OK.
    As i said: "I havenīt used Vista for years...."

    Sidebar is a security-risk, here is an MS-fix that disables it: Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerabilities in Gadgets could allow remote code execution

    Google can be useful...
    Last edited by hackerman1; 29th September 2013 at 14:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
    OK.
    As i said: "I havenīt used Vista for years...."

    Sidebar is a security-risk, here is an MS-fix that disables it: Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerabilities in Gadgets could allow remote code execution

    Google can be useful...
    I have disabled sidebar by simply clicking on the sidebar and unchecking the start with windoss, under properties.

    Sidebar is no longer present on the desktop, but the program is still installed.

    Have I done enough?

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    You also need to disable the Service. Read and use this Fix It: Disable your Windows 7 & Vista Sidebar & Gadgets, if you havent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyAndyK View Post
    You also need to disable the Service. Read and use this Fix It: Disable your Windows 7 & Vista Sidebar & Gadgets, if you havent!
    Look at the comments

    'The Service' ?

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    Services are "background processes".
    fx. antimalware-programs have processes that are always running in the background.
    All those services are found under "Services": Select Admin tools → Services, or enter "Services" in a cmd-prompt.
    Remember to "run as ADMIN"...

    Follow the advice i gave you above: "Sidebar is a security-risk, here is an MS-fix that disables it
    Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerabilities in Gadgets could allow remote code execution
    "
    That should kill the "service".

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    Quote Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
    Services are "background processes".
    fx. antimalware-programs have processes that are always running in the background.
    All those services are found under "Services": Select Admin tools → Services, or enter "Services" in a cmd-prompt.
    Remember to "run as ADMIN"...

    Follow the advice i gave you above: "Sidebar is a security-risk, here is an MS-fix that disables it
    Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerabilities in Gadgets could allow remote code execution
    "
    That should kill the "service".
    I disabled sidebar using its properties.

    I cannot see any reference to sidebar in Services

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    Quote Originally Posted by anon_priv View Post
    I disabled sidebar using its properties.

    I cannot see any reference to sidebar in Services
    Look for Windows Desktop Gadgets or Windows Sidebar.......

    Anyway, just to be sure, follow the advice i gave you above: "Sidebar is a security-risk, here is an MS-fix that disables it
    Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerabilities in Gadgets could allow remote code execution
    "
    That should kill the "service".

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