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WeatherBug Gadget

What is WeatherBug Gadget?  (from AWS Convergence Technologies)

WeatherBug manages and operates its own weather network that pin points weather conditions in your neighborhood like no other weather service can! WeatherBug Tracking Stations provide live weather information. Other weather companies' "live" data is often an hour or more old. Along with the National Weather Service a...  Read more


WeatherBug Gadget is a program developed by AWS Convergence Technologies. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The programs's main executable is sidebar.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 42.66 MB of memory. The software installer includes 3 files. A majority of the PCs this is running on, most OS versions are Windows 7 (SP1).
WeatherBug Gadget has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{209CDA54-D390-46A2-A97C-7BF61734418D}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)

Program filesFiles installed by WeatherBug Gadget

Program executable:sidebar.exe
Name:Windows Desktop Gadgets
Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Path:C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
Gadgets are simple mini-applications that give users fast access to personally relevant information and simple tasks—without getting in the way. For example, the Weather Gadget provides real-time information that is available at a glance,...
Additional files:
  • sbdrop.dll (by Microsoft) - Sidebar droptarget (Microsoft® Windows® Operating System)
  • wlsrvc.dll (by Microsoft)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • sbdrop.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Gadgets' with a class of .
Scheduled Task
  • sidebar.exe is scheduled as a task named 'SidebarExecute' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • sidebar.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Sidebar' and executes as C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun.
Network connections
  • sidebar.exe connects to (port 80).
  • sidebar.exe connects to (port 80).
  • sidebar.exe connects to export.yandex.ru ( port 80).
  • sidebar.exe connects to server-204-246-175-221.jax1.r.cloudfront.net ( port 80).
  • sidebar.exe connects to server-54-230-144-187.sfo4.r.cloudfront.net ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:42.66 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0035462199%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00160496%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00194126%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:18,995,359
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:93.66 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:1.24 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove WeatherBug Gadget?

You can uninstall WeatherBug Gadget from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program WeatherBug Gadget, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove WeatherBug Gadget.

Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 49%
Keep it 51%
Windows 7 (SP1)

About AWS Convergence Technologies

Automated Weather Source (AWS), now Earth Networks, whose purpose was to create a network of weather stations located at public schools and recreational facilities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
Publisher URL: www.earthnetworks.com


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