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I want to turn off automatic updates

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Novel Tourist

Dear Skype,

No offense, but NOTHING on my system updates automatically. Not even my system. I prefer to be notified that updates are available (or search for them) and download them myself.

I just turned my computer on and not only did Skype immediately start to update, it did so wihtout giving any choice in the matter, and it would not let me stop the download when I tried. In other words, your update hyjacked my system. This is NOT SAFE. Kindly tell me how to turn automatic updates off. And if there is no such option, might I suggest that you create it. I an NOT happy right now.

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Power User

 

Unfortunately, there is currently no way to stop automatic updates.  

 

 

 




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Super Adventurer

If in your firewall the outgoing packet-filter blocks 204.9.163.158 (in Jan 2012: 204.9.163.247), attempts to download a pushed update from the update server will fail. Future updates will have to be illicited manually in a moment of your choice. Moreover, with this firewall setting, the little Skype installer files cannot do their work any longer. Either you will have to temporarily disable your filter setting, or to use the full installation file instead. You always get the most recent version from

download.skype.com/SkypeSetupFull.exe

paste the blue line into the address bar of your browser, hit ENTER



These measures make sense 

1. for mobile computers with mobile internet with low network coverage (EDGE) or limited traffic volume

2. as a protection for (business/intimate) calls that are not to be interrupted by no means.

 

 



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Novel Adventurer
That's weird, because someone in this form just told me that there was a newer version than what I was using, and when I asked Skype to update, it said I was already using the latest update. But when I checked, there was indeed a newer version, which I then had to download and install.
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Super Adventurer

That was reported a couple of times and experienced by myself. If I dont confound something, it's the behavior of 5.5.0.110 beta, while 5.5.0.112 is already available. Maybe an additional reason for manually checking versions.



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Novel Adventurer

thanks kicks

Skype use to let you decide if you wanted to update. One friend that I talk with on skype has an old version and she will not let them update her machine. I now wish I had kept that version...

I am trying the firewall block... but I can tell you now the avast firewall leaves a lot to be desired as to following rules.

Hopefully this will not make the little skype installer files run continuosly like other skype files sometimes do...

 

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Novel Adventurer

You can go back to the latest version that lets you do that, it is 4.2.0.187. 

But it really is a shame, that such a good programme as Skype paternalises its users and does not give them the choice to do an update or not. If there was an alternative, I'd deinstall it just for that. It is not treating your users with respect, by all means.

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Super Adventurer

Strider wrote:

Skype used to let you decide if you wanted to update.



Avigea wrote:

the latest version that lets you do that, it is 4.2.0.187. 


@Avigea: nope, unfortunately mistaken. there is a storm of complaints that the 4.x settings to uncheck updates are not respected by Skype update servers.

 

4.x requires particular protection,

either by blocking the update server,

or by having it as additional installation.

community.skype.com/t5/Windows/Disabling-Skype-Home-autostart/m-p/96100#M10031

paste the blue line into the address bar of your browser, hit ENTER



 



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Novel Adventurer

So, how about giving priority to this feature?? I got a VERY uneasy feeling when - yes hijacking is really the right word here - Skype hijacked my computer and forced an update on me, which I didn't want to have.

 

There must be SOME way of stopping automatic updates. Don't tell me anything else. Any program can be modified in this manner.

 

And on top of it all - the newest version is ugly to look at. The emoticons for example are cheap and awful in comparison to the old ones, which were really sweet to look at.

 

 

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Reliable Adventurer

Users have been asking for a stop to the Automatic Updates for years on this forum.

 

What is wrong with Skype management?

 

I am planning to uninstall Skype, and reinstall it only when I want to use it.

I use it infrequently, so this will not be a big deal, although it SHOULD BE UNNECESSARY.

 

It is indeed infuriating to try to be forced to accept a download.

 

I will never pay Skyp a penny for this or any other product they come out with due to this, now or ever.

 

As soon as a worthwhile competitor exists, I will be happy to never have to deal with this company again.

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