Microsoft warns Windows users against malicious gadgets
Microsoft has issued a security advisory to warn Windows Vista and Windows 7 users against malicious desktop gadgets. According to the company’s officials, gadgets downloaded from unreliable sources can have adverse effects on a computer. Malicious gadgets can access the files saved on a PC. They can show objectionable content on your computer or modify their functionality.
Vulnerabilities in some Windows 7 and Windows Vista gadgets can allow remote code execution. The attackers can execute malicious code on a PC by exploiting security loopholes in the gadgets. By logging in with administrative rights, attackers can install software, access the data on your PC, delete files, make new user accounts, etc.
To encounter the malicious threats posed by gadgets, the software giant has released the Microsoft Fix It solution, which can be downloaded from this link. It deactivates the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Microsoft has recommended that the Fix It solution should be applied as soon as possible.