I have been a fan and extensive user of Skype for a long time, but not any more. Yesterday I switched it off on all my machines and they have never looked back.
I understand how it uses peer-to-peer networking to make things better for everybody but it can do so without my help from now on. Last month the trading box hit 60 threads with active Skype connections to IP's all over Europe and last night the laptop got sandbagged with Skype.exe chucking 100k/s to a well dodgy IP address in Eastern Europe, but it might as well have been anywhere, I wasn't using it at the time.
I have excellent anti-virus and firewall cover and Skype support assured me there were no problems and no record of any security attacks. They then said all I needed to do to fix any performance issues was delete my browsing history and defragment the hard drive. Rolls on floor and wets self uncontrolably.
Today the laptop has never been quieter, the disk and the fans haven't moved, ditto the work box. Bye-bye Skype.
Last edited by ratfink; January 30th, 2014 at 03:02 PM.
What antivirus and firewall did you use if I might ask?
I run Skype quite often these days and I might just as well do the checks to see
Either case, that's why it's good practice to isolate your computing activities as much as possible, and from your personal information and identity too.
I personally use a virtualization platform, with various virtual machines for each need, but that's of course another topic.
I used to like Skype quite fine until MS bought it, and that was the end of a not so bad quality product in my opinion
Successful people will do what unsuccessful people won't or can't do!
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Hi @Fadi, yes I also think it has descended the usual MS slope of bloat and croak...
I use Norton (has always been trouble free and run like the wind for me) and usual router firewalls, but to monitor Skype it's easy if you set Task Manager to see all processes and also use the Resource Monitor (start button on the Performance screen of the TM), you can then see all the threads, network/memory/disk activity in more detail and per process using the checkboxes in the cpu section to filter.
There are other smarter network sniffers available but you don't really need them. It doesn't appear to use much cpu for sure, but the threads overhead and network activity is just a plain nuisance, it should be limited more than it appears to be and not a free for all.
I will miss the convenience but the difference to the machines has been significant, particularly the laptop, so I'm happy to let it go.
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I only have a small number of 'apps' on my Sony Erickson w810i ....
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