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post #1 of 21 Old 01-21-2011, 10:04 AM - Thread Starter
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http://blog.mozilla.com/addons/2011/01/20/blocking-the-skype-toolbar-in-firefox/
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The current shipping version of the Skype Toolbar is one of the top crashers of Mozilla Firefox 3.6.13, and was involved in almost 40,000 crashes of Firefox last week. Additionally, depending on the version of the Skype Toolbar you’re using, the methods it uses to detect and re-render phone numbers can make DOM manipulation up to 300 times slower, which drastically affects the page rendering times of a large percentage of web content served today (plain English: to the user, it appears that Firefox is slow loading web pages). We believe that both of these items constitute a major, user-facing issue, and meet our established criteria for blocklisting an add-on.

As a result, we’ll add all versions, up to and including the current shipping and beta versions, of the Skype Toolbar to the Mozilla Firefox Blocklist for all versions of Firefox. The blocklist entry will be a “soft block”, where the extension is disabled and the user is notified of the block and given the option to re-enable it if they choose. It’s also important to note that the Skype application itself will continue to work as it always has; only the Skype Toolbar within Firefox is being disabled. The blocklist entry will be added sometime in the next 48 hours, and will be in addition to the existing soft block on earlier versions of the Skype Toolbar.

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I'm uninstalling the toolbar right now.
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Good because Skype Toolbar, crashes Chrome and firefox, it is really annoying.

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Good because Skype Toolbar, crashes Chrome and firefox, it is really annoying.
Ugh, what a headache.
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Yeah skype just isn't a friendly thing. Especially in Linux. I hate how it's the only thing people seem to want to use for video chats now though.
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Yeah skype just isn't a friendly thing. Especially in Linux. I hate how it's the only thing people seem to want to use for video chats now though.
They offer a really good video service. Much better than MSN and any other video service I've tried. The videos play smooth and sound quality is much clearer.


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Anyone who uses a 3rd party toolbar of any kind is asking for trouble, IMO.
I *facepalm* every time I use someone else's PC and see these atrocious leeches.

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They offer a really good free video service. Much better than MSN and any other video service I've tried. The videos play smooth and sound quality is much clearer.
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so you have to spend 5 seconds disabling the firefox add-on. Move along please.

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Anyone who uses a 3rd party toolbar of any kind is asking for trouble, IMO.
I *facepalm* every time I use someone else's PC and see these atrocious leeches.
Agreed.
Also, Skype's peer to peer algorithm is brilliant and effective.

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