Several days ago, lots of Skype users were ranting about EasyBits Go, an application that was supposedly installed automatically by Skype without asking or informing users. Initially mistaken for a malware, EasyBits is actually a legitimate program that is part of the Skype Extras Manager, which is included in the Windows releases of Skype software.
What the users didn’t like was that the application was installed on their computers without their knowledge or consent. According to Bradley Wint of blogtechnical.com, “It violates our rights by installing programs without our prior knowledge. If I were clueless, I could have been setting up my computer and myself for disaster, because the program could have been a sniffing tool or used as part of a botnet (just giving worst case scenarios). For such a reputable company like Skype, it really is a shame that they went ahead with such a plan, and I do hope it was more of an accident than intentional.”
Forums were bombarded with inquiries regarding the application and many asked for instructions on how to remove if from their system.
On May 29, Skype issued a formal response to inquiries: “It has come to our attention that concerns have been expressed from Skype users over the update delivered to Skype Extras for Windows by Easybits software.
The software is provided by our partner EasyBits, and is part of the Skype Extras Manager. The Extras Manager has been included in Windows releases of our software since 2006. This latest update from EasyBits included elements of their desktop games organizer in error, but it neither installs nor un-installs correctly. This update has been disabled while we work with them to correct the problems and user experience.
Skype works closely with its partners to ensure that our users receive the best possible Skype experience and is working with EasyBits to ensure this issue does not happen again.”
Skype has yet to give an update on how to remove the software, but users can try to disable the app by removing the program through the Install/Uninstall panel in the control panel.
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