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

I'm not a Microsoft Windows Widget fan... but maybe you are. Regardless, WidgetService.exe is a legitimate process made by Microsoft if you've just found it on your Windows PC Task Manager, and you're worried about it... Just double check it's actually signed by Microsoft and you should be good to go.

WidgetService.exe is responsible for managing and executing various widgets and gadgets on the desktop. These widgets provide users with real-time information and quick access to frequently used functions such as weather updates, news feeds, and calendar events.

WidgetService.exe runs in the background, continually monitoring and updating the widgets as necessary. While it can enhance the user experience by providing convenient and useful tools, it may also consume resources and slow down the system in some cases. Users can choose to disable or uninstall widgets to improve performance if needed.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes WidgetService.exe?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of WidgetService.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 WidgetService.exe safe or a virus?

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

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find WidgetService.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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