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Skype EasyBits Add-on

With a recent update, some users of Skype may have inadvertently installed "Easy Bits Go", a Skype gaming platform. In the past, this add on was available for download via Skype's add on manager. However, the recent update installed Easy Bits Go, even if the user selected not to install it.

According to Skype [1], this additional install was a mistake that has now been corrected. Easybits in a press released [2] confirmed the problem.

An additional problem came up as users tried to uninstall the software. While it does show up in your control panel, and appears to uninstall via the control panel, the actual program folder and other components are not removed. According to the easy bits FAQ [3], a special uninstaller is required to fully remove the software.

[1] http://blogs.skype.com/garage/2011/05/easybits_update_disabled_for_s.html
[2] http://www.easybitsmedia.com/NewsAndMedia
[3] http://www.easybitsmedia.com/FAQs

 

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Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
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It automatically installed and welcomed me to the new add-on when Skype upgraded for me this weekend. Thanks for the post about it!
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