If you’re using Skype on Windows and finding that your computer is slowing down, chances are it’s the Skype Plug-in Manager hogging resources. For some reason the separate program takes over some computers—even if you’ve got no plug-ins installed.
Here’s how to close down and disable the program so it doesn’t bother you again (assuming you’re not using any of the Skype extras.)
Hit Control-Shift-Esc to bring up the Windows Task Manager.
In the Processes tab, check for skypePM.exe. This is what it should look like:
As you can see, it’s taking up nearly half my CPU.
To force it to close, click on it and hit delete. You’ll get a prompt:
Now you just need to make sure it doesn’t open automatically whenever you launch Skype. To do this, go into Options and select Advanced Settings.
In there, uncheck the box marked Automatically start Extras:
That should do it.