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Disabling Skype Home Window

Skype is a dog’s dinner of an app and has been for a while, and I feel slightly guilty I may have contributed to the rot when I suggested that Skype was a social network, not a telephone service.

But one of the most annoying features of the software for Windows users is the ridiculous Skype Home popup window that can’t be disabled when running in compact view. There are workarounds but they’re ugly.

Thanks to a guy called Andrew Worcester it is not possible to kill Skype Home through a small system tray app he’s written called, logically enough, Kill Skype Home, or KSH for short.

It does exactly what it’s supposed to:

Download the app.

Install it.

You’ll see a little circle in the system tray.

Right click on it and select "Start with Windows" (assuming you want the app to run automatically on startup.

Restart Windows.

Check Skype Home doesn’t appear.

Make donation to Andrew for his excellent work.

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How To Disable Skype’s Plug-in Manager

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:

skype plugin manager

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:

skype plugin manager3

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:

skype plugin manager2

That should do it.

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