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Safe to install third-party gadgets after scanning?

by itspaul / November 2, 2009 3:56 AM PST

I downloaded several gadgets from the Windows Vista website, however, all but one are published by "Microsoft and partner companies". I managed to install that one and it works great, but whenever I try to install the other gadgets I get a warning saying: "This file does not have a valid digital signature that verifies its publisher. You should only run software from publishers you trust." OK, my question is this: if I previously scan the files with my virus protection program (Microsoft Security Essentials) and they are clean, is it safe to install them on the sidebar?

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If you downloaded them
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 2, 2009 4:13 AM PST

from the official Microsoft Windows Vista web site, then I would say they are safe.

Publisher certificates sometimes do not get updated, although I would say it would be quite embarrassing that Microsoft have failed to certify their own products.

But apart from that I see no problem.


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by Jimmy Greystone / November 2, 2009 4:16 AM PST

Probably, but then all it really takes is one rogue app.

I'm unaware of anyone having used Vista/7 gadgets for malware purposes, though clearly the potential exists.

Also not positive, but I think the gadgets Microsoft lists on it site go through some kind of review process to ensure they don't have any obvious signs of malware, etc. So if you get it off of Microsoft's website, it's probably pretty safe. If you're downloading a gadget off of some random person's personal website on the Internet, then I'd say it's a 50/50 chance it's not a piece of garbage.

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If it came from a Microsoft domain...
by jeff_windows_team / November 2, 2009 8:14 AM PST

... you can bet that it's been scanned and reviewed thoroughly, and is safe to download.

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