Windows Vista forum

General discussion

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?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Safe to install third-party gadgets after scanning?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Safe to install third-party gadgets after scanning?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
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.

Mark

Collapse -
Probably
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.

Collapse -
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.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

CNET FORUMS TOP DISCUSSION

Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?