Lee Kelleher

Sneaky Skype installing Firefox Extension

We’ve got an old laptop that we keep under the coffee table, so that we can quickly check IMDb or Wikipedia for mid-conversations things (very geeky I know!)

Since Katelyn arrived, we’ve been using it for web-cam too.

Yesterday we were having a few problems with voice chat on MSN, so we installed Skype on the laptop.

A couple of clicks later, Skype was installed, all was good. Then about 5 mins later I notice a little Skype toolbar at the top of Firefox! Very very sneaky!!!

There were no options during the install to let me opt-in/out of adding the Firefox Extension! Bad Skype!

I’m not impressed by companies who try to sneakily install additional software just because you use related software… *cough* Apple Safari *cough* (The number of people I’ve spoke to about it didn’t know how it got on their computers!)

I do know that Apple at least give you an opt-out of Safari (as they pre-select the checkbox for you) – but Skype didn’t even offer that choice!

Regardless of how useful the Skype Firefox Extension is… I’ve uninstalled it – just because I can!


  • http://richardsramblings.com Richard D. LeCour

    Found your righteous gripe because I’m installing Skype right now, and I Googled to figure out what the plugin does. I clicked the Options button during installation and the software allowed me to choose whether to install the plugins for Firefox or Internet Explorer — which is how I knew to Google for it in the first place. Oddly and dastardly, the IE plugin was checked by default, whereas the Firefox plugin was not. Then again, perhaps the new version I’ve just downloaded differs from the one you installed four months ago. Obviously, I unchecked the option.

    [Not that it matters one whit, but I think the closest I've ever been to Claverham is Bath (or likely even closer while on a roadtrip to Torquay), about 22 years ago. Lived in Maidenhead about 36 years ago. Damn, I'm getting old!]