Last week it disconnected many of its customers. It has now started stuffing crapware called ‘EasyBits Go‘ onto punter’s Windows systems without permission. To make matters worse the software does not actually work.
It all started when Skype started to ask for third-party access to an executable called easybitsgo.exe. This was a real program and being installed by Skype. Easybit creates game apps and is supported by the likes of HP, Dell, Acer and er Skype.
Now if you are like me, you have no interest in the software. Skype is for talking to people and life is too short to play games with them. If you are like me you would also be a bit miffed that a game you didn’t want was trying to install itself on your machine.
Going on Skype’s support forum it turned out that the regular users of Skype were also jolly cross with some threatening to uninstall the software if such crapware was not purged from their computer.
Others saw it all as a Microsoft plot, but then again, most people see things as a Volish plot even when the outfit has yet to get its paws under the desk at Skype.
To soothe punters, Skype issued a statement which said that the software was provided by its partner EasyBits, and is part of the Skype Extras Manager. The Extras Manager has been included in Windows releases of Skype software since 2006, a spokesSkype said.
This latest update from EasyBits included elements of their desktop games organiser in error, but it neither installs nor un-installs correctly. This update has been disabled while Skype works with them to correct the problems, Skype said
Hang on. So code that did not work was shipped out forcibly to all customers who were then asked to install broken code on their machines? How on earth did that happen and are their any plans to crucify the people that allowed it?
Skype has removed the download although this will not help those who installed the broken code. It has not said when the download will appear again or how you stop it from being installed in your computer.