sidebar.exe - Is sidebar.exe spyware, adware, or a virus?

what is sidebar.exe?
Purpose of sidebar.exe:



Process or task name:

Be sure to always double check your spelling if you are concerned about spyware, as often spyware will use a very similiar spelling of system processes or other common tasks. sidebar.exe

File type:
Exe program - Files with an extension of "exe" are executable programs.

Purpose of this file:
Sidebar.exe is a program most likely was already installed on your computer since the day your purchased. Always double check the disk location, as that will help verify if it is spyware or virus related, or if it is installed in the proper disk location. The disk location is shown below. This program is part of the Microsoft gadgets and gadget software, and its always found on Vista. A new computer with Vista will have this in the startup. You can terminate it if you want, but you will see your gadgets and software bar disappear. This file is considered safe and is not spyware or virus related. Visit sidebar.exe for complete information on this task or process. If you would like help on other tasks or processes, you can view the entire process and task directory here.

What is the sidebar.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
This file will be found at "C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun


Note on file and folder locations: Remember that although many files are always in default file locations, some files can easily be moved to different locations or change names like many spyware, adware, or popup programs do. If you suspect you have spyware or adware, check to see if you see a similiar names stored elsewhere. It always helps to check your tasklist also to see what is currently running on your computer. You can always view the tasklist on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view your "task manager", and then click the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running on your computer. Dll files will NOT show on your computer tasklist, as dll files are actually part of other processes. You may see similiar program names running if spyware or adware is on your computer, for example, sidebar.exe may be slightly misspelled to keep you from finding it, or spyware and adware may be named very similiar to a system file. Make sure always check the location of tasks or processes if you are concerned. sidebar.exe can also be used by other programs or software, as there is no standard on software program names what companies choose.

  • Is sidebar.exe spyware?
        No.

  • Is this considered adware or popup related?
        No.

  • Is this considered a virus or trojan?
        No.

  • Would you recommend that I remove sidebar.exe?
        No, I would not remove this file.

  • View All Tasks and Processes
    Sidebar.exe is a program most likely was already installed on your computer since the day your purchased. Always double check the disk location, as that will help verify if it is spyware or virus related, or if it is installed in the proper disk location. The disk location is shown below. This program is part of the Microsoft gadgets and gadget software, and its always found on Vista. A new computer with Vista will have this in the startup. You can terminate it if you want, but you will see your gadgets and software bar disappear. This file is considered safe and is not spyware or virus related. This file will be found at "C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun Please feel free to check www.what-is-exe.com for any future lookups or updates, as this index is continually changing and expanding.