Can I get rid of this Skye ‘virus’?

Just in case you’re wondering, I am using the word ‘virus’ loosely. I have multiple machines, 1 for work, which uses SfB, Skype for Business and my home machine and a side laptop (Surface Go, yes, I like it – as a side device). I notice this same occurrence on all machines. Skype is installed. I know. Duh. I don’t use Skype regularly. That is to say, maybe twice a year on the family / main pc. On all devices, in Task Manager, I continue to see Skype run in the background, including my work machine which uses SfB. I kill the process in Task Manager. I do not regularly turn off my machines, instead putting them in sleep mode. So, how is it for machines that don’t reboot, without me using the program – at all – that even after a couple of hours, if I go into Task Manager, I’ll see Skype back running?! Hence the ‘virus’ label. I kill the process and yet.. it comes back on its own. WHY?! Seriously, why?! How?!

I’m not even sure if it can be uninstalled. Like I said, I do use it – but very infrequently. It would be a nuisance to install it each time I decide to use it but, seriously Microsoft, why is Skype continually being resurrected after I kill the task? If Windows 10 is so efficient, why start services/programs that users don’t want started?

Conversation 3 comments

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    16 December, 2019 - 10:32 am

    <p>We have the same problem with Teams at work.</p><p>We have Office 365, but Teams is disabled globally and for each user, yet it gets re-installed on every machine when it reboots! In the end we had to blacklist the installer in the AV software.</p>

  • evox81

    Premium Member
    16 December, 2019 - 10:50 am

    <p>If those few MB of RAM are going to make or break you, you can uninstall Skype. (right click on the start menu and click uninstall)</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

  • lvthunder

    Premium Member
    16 December, 2019 - 2:25 pm

    <p>Just go into the Skype settings and uncheck the start at startup box and see if that works.</p>


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