Skype Installing CrapWare Automatically On Your PC? Easy Bits Go?
Out of no where, I got a popup message in Skype about installing some software to play games. I click on the X to close it. Another popup appears and I close that too. Then, I actually check my computer, and it seems that Skype, without my consent, or even with the annoying popup every time you want to make a change to your PC, Skype just goes ahead and installs Easy Bits Go.
Now literally WTF Skype? Why are you installing crap on my computer. I never asked you to install it, so what the hell is going on!
This is not acceptable. A reputable program, goes ahead, and automatically installs programs on your computer. That is defiantly not on. If you weren’t so good, I would piss you off, but that’s just not possible.
Has this happened to anyone else? It happened to me around 12:20am Sunday 29th March AEST.
Update: Seems to just happened to a lot of people as well:
Update 2: Skype has released a press release regarding this issue. The release also states that “This latest update from EasyBits included elements of their desktop games organizer in error, but it neither installs nor un-installs correctly.”
Therefore, I first recommend to perform a System Restore, and follow these uninstallation tips to uninstall EasyBits Go:
- In Skype, go to Tools –> Options –>Advance –> Advance Settings –> Manage other programs access to Skype and remove EasyBits Go
- Uninstall EasyBits Go from Add/Remove Programs
- Your user profile Application Data and delete the EasyBits Go Folder (Application Data folder may be a hidden file, so you have to turn on “Show Hidden Files” For example, delete C:UsersJackAppDataRoaminggo
- Go to the Registry, and delete HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftware and delete the EasyBits folder
- Go to C:/Windows/Prefect and delete the EasyBitsGo.exe file
Only perform these instructions if you know what you are doing, otherwise you may make things worse.
This post came up high on google rankings, it happened to me today as well as soon as I updated to Service Pack 3 for XP (May or may not be related)
I solved the problem doing the following: (For XP)
1. Uninstalled EasyBits Go from Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel
2. Deleted the Skype Plugin Manager folder from C:Program FilesSkype
3. Deleted the EasyBits Go Folder from C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication Data
You may run into a “Cannot Delete” problem for steps 2 and 3. When I tried to delete the Easybits Folder, several times I was denied access. I found out later that it was because SkypePM.exe was accessing. (As you know you can’t delete programs currently accessed in the computer’s memory)
I downloaded a program called Unlocker http://www.filehippo.com/jp/download_unlocker/
which alls you to delete a program, even if there is another process access it.
In summary, the root of the problem was SkypePM.exe
I also expect the short outage that took place yesterday (link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/26/skype-down-problems-_n_867332.html , additional news on this can be found on google news) was probably because of their attempt to implement the stupid EasyBits Go Crapware onto everyone’s computer. The spyware probably couldn’t be installed on older versions of Skype so it crashed alot of user’s computers, and inexperienced computer users probably upgraded their versions of skype to the newest version(which supports ads) thinking that it would fix the problem but instead they just opened the door for Micro$oft to feed crap to Skype users.