Windows Sidebar, Gadgets Should Be Disabled

Microsoft is advising that Windows users who utilize the Sidebar and/or Gadgets should disable them, due to the potential for tampering by malicious software. These were introduced in Windows Vista, and would show things like system information, weather, RSS feeds, etc. To make disabling them easier, Microsoft has a Fixit patch available here. No word yet if these may be forcibly disabled  via a future Windows update (although my guess is that they will at some point).

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