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What’s Widgets.exe? Is it safe or a virus?

Are Microsoft's "Widgets" ever going to catch on? I don't know anyone who uses these things on modern versions of Windows, but maybe I'm wrong. Regardless, it looks like we're going to be seeing this common executable on Windows PCs for awhile...

Widgets.exe is a safe executable as long as it's signed by Microsoft. I verified that this common Widgets process is running on all the PCs here at our SpyShelter cybersecurity lab in Austin, Texas.

Widgets.exe by Microsoft Windows is a process that is responsible for running the widgets and gadgets that appear on the desktop. These widgets can include things like clocks, calendars, weather updates, and other small applications that provide quick access to information and tools. The widgets are designed to provide users with easy access to helpful information and functionality without needing to open a separate application. Widgets.exe runs in the background, allowing the widgets to be displayed and updated as needed. While widgets can be useful, some users may choose to disable Widgets.exe if they find that it consumes too much system resources or if they simply do not use the widgets.

You can kill widgets.exe in your Windows Task Manager, or quarantine/terminate it with our free SpyShelter Antispyware app if you prefer. However, it's fine to just leave it humming along...

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes Widgets.exe?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of Widgets.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is Widgets.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the Widgets.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find Widgets.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 3, 2024

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