01-08-2011 10:21 - last edited on 13-10-2011 17:22 by Bruno
How do we get SKYPE to listen/read and understand.....I do not want them unilaterally entering my computer and DOWN grading me to a system that does not work.This has been going on for weeks......SKYPE 5.3 does not run on my machine (Vista Home Basic), and I have ''corrected''all the stupid things that SKYPE support tell me is causing the problem....to no avail!! But auto updates keeps on hijacking my machine whenever I try to make a call.
What to do??
Anyone got any ideas??
EDIT : title/message case changed
01-08-2011 10:40 - edited 08-10-2011 12:36
One of many threads on this topic was active just in the last days. You might wish to read on taming unacceptable practices of updating to an extent and a timing that is just and reasonable in fulfilling the TOS.
Hi I added the Skype server address into AvAST site blocker, then went onto Skype to make a call and the updater got me again!!! Can you confirm the address as 22.214.171.124??
01-08-2011 16:10 - edited 01-10-2011 09:03
Yes. it is effective if 126.96.36.199 is entered in the outbound packet filter as destination IP. If the firewall of the router is used, the entire network is protected.
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I too am irritated with the position Skype has taken that automatic updates can be foisted on me without warning or permission especially after their EasyBits game channel fiasco, so here’s what I’ve done to try to disrupt their update process.
I discovered the name of the file they were downloading and not only deleted it but created a 0 length file with the same name (details below). I then opened the permissions for that file and added user “Everyone” and “denied” all access to that user effectively making that file inaccessible to everyone except the file owner … ME.
So far Skype Automatic Update hasn’t said anything ... Your (our) mileage may vary.
First, cancel the Automatic Update request.
Next, discover the name of the file Skype downloaded and delete it (Remember the name though – write it down!) ... I used “Windows Key+R” (Run) and gave it %Temp% as the search argument to find “SkypeSetup.exe” in my C:\Users\”YourName”\AppData\Local\Temp folder. Right click and delete it. Now look for any zero length files in your temp folder and make a copy of one of them, renaming it to SkypeSetup.exe or whatever filename Skype used on your system.
Now the tricky part. Right click on the new file you just created and ask for properties. Next left click the security tab then left click the advanced button. Now left click “Change Permissions” and then “Add”. Enter “Everyone” (without the quotes) where it sez’, “Enter the object name to select (examples):” and click “OK”. Now check the “Deny” box for “Full control” and click “OK”.
Your system should complain mightily about how you just denied access to that file for everyone and only the owner can access that file now … click “OK” … that’s exactly the way you want it!
04-08-2011 19:01 - edited 04-08-2011 19:01
5.3 "Skype may in its sole discretion require you to automatically download and install Updates from time to time in order to allow you to use the Software and you agree to accept such Updates subject to these Terms."
Have you figured out that Skype is not mandatory for any of these users? That your competitors are offering similar (maybe better) solutions? Welcome to accountability - you need to fix the problem or the users will desert.
Thanks to the rest of you for posting the workarounds; no matter how these guys try to force their use model there will always be a solution - even if that amounts to switching it off.