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Program info

Estimated safety rating


sidebar.exe is a application which is probably NOT a virus. So, if sidebar.exe is on your laptop or desktop computer, it is probably ok, and will NOT be a cause for concern. Even if your PC is clean, it is still recommended to purchase a good antivirus with a good track record, in order to defend yourself against threats.

Executable file path

 C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe

The default name and path where this program is stored is
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe.

MD5 hash of the executable file


The MD5 fingerprint for this executable is 8ed639b723dd0e57f7721727220453db.

Is running as a service


This program is NOT registered as a Windows service. This is very good.

Accesses the internet


This program uses the Internet to communicate. Today this is ok. For example, most of the programs on your computer check for new updates. In order to do this, Internet communications are required.

Is a 32 bit executable file


This executable runs as a 32-bit program. It can not use the full set of features of modern computer CPUs. This ordinarily happens because the authors did not upgrade it to use the x64 instruction set.

File description

 Windows Desktop Gadgets

The description present in the file is Windows Desktop Gadgets.

File version

 6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423)

File version stored as a property 6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423).


 Microsoft Corporation

Maker Microsoft Corporation.


 c Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Copyright notice c Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved..

Has valid windows


sidebar.exe appears to have a visible user interface. This is good because it doesn't run in a kind of stealth mode. Its operation is clearly shown to you.

Digitally signed


A digital signature is missing from this program. The authors did not sign it. This is usually bad.

Can be uninstalled


This executable does NOT have an uninstall routine set up in registry.