"We will be talking about our research into creating malicious gadgets, misappropriating legitimate gadgets and the sorts of flaws we have found in published gadgets." Presumably, the presenters will demonstrate how easy it is to create Trojan-horse malware in the form of gadgets.It's likely that the problem lies with third-party gadgets, not Microsoft's own, but Cluley found it noteworthy that Microsoft isn't even trying to fix the problem.For example you can add a preview of the application to the sidebar.This way you can keep track of some applications on the side.If you're running Windows 7 and really want to see them, right-click on your desktop and select "Gadgets." But Microsoft now wishes you really wouldn't.Its security advisory points to a download page that contains a tool users can run to disable Gadgets and, in Vista, the Sidebar.
Here you can add a gadget to your desktop by double-clicking on it. "Disabling the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets can help protect customers from vulnerabilities that involve the execution of arbitrary code by the Windows Sidebar when running insecure Gadgets," states a security advisory released Tuesday (July 10) by Microsoft.