Disable Skype Home Page pop-up
Update 4 -Victory..!
People power wins the day!
With Skype version 22.214.171.124 no more annoying Skype Home page pop-up in compact mode:
Well done to all who tweeted, posted and generally badgered Skype into submission.
Another little twitter parley with @SkypeSupport:
@SkypeSupport Regarding the Skype Homes page complaints that you promised to address. When & how will this resolved?
@dezertdezine Thank you for reporting. We know this is a frequent disturbance & relevant parties have already been informed.
@SkypeSupport That’s not an answer! The question was how and when will this be resolved. Please answer these questions
@dezertdezine Thanks for pointing this out strongly. Unfortunately there’s nothing further we can add to this being a known disturbance.
Disappointingly it’s been over a week since Skype indicated to me they were going to address this issue and still nothing has changed.
While Skype is dragging it’s feet on resolving this issue, another programmer has had time to create a programme and website dedicated to to stomping on the Skype Home page. It’s called Skype Tuner and I’ve added added it to the list below.
This morning 5th September 2011 Skype has replied to my tweet stating:
We’re aware of the complaints some users have voiced about Skype Home and we are going to address it.
I notice they’ve also updated their developer status has now been updated to Critical, so I looks like we may not have to endure this pop-up for too much longer.
Skype’s done a bad bad thing
Their latest release comes complete with an extremely annoying Skype Home page that pops up every time you start up Skype. This has infuriated Skype users so much that in the past week hundreds have signed up to their forums specifically to express their displeasure and plead with Skype to either remove it, or at least give users the option to disable it. The response from Skype has been a resounding silence, not one word of acknowledgement, something that I find almost as annoying as the pop-up screen itself. But wait, there’s more, not only is there no way to way to disable this nasty little screen, but Skype in it’s wisdom has also decided to remove the ability to disable automatic software updates giving users no option over how and when future updates are installed on their computers. And there’s even more, Skype is also auto-installing their Click and Call plug-in on your browsers, again without your permission. Really there’s only one way to describe that latest iteration of the Skype programme – Malware. In fact here’s how Skype describes Malware.
Skype’s description of malware
Malware (or malicious software) relates to software that is designed to infiltrate or damage a computer’s operating system or other programs. These are often described as computer viruses, worms or Trojan horses. They sometimes come combined with other software and load in the background.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!
Naturally, with so many incensed users, people have found work-arounds to disable the Skype Home page. The two most popular methods are the Back to Future method, in other words reverting to a happier, friendlier version and the Terminator method, which uses a separate programme to stomp on the Skype Home page before it’s spawned.
The Back to the Future method
By installing version 126.96.36.199 you will find that you are no longer bothered by that nefarious Skype Home page pop-up and also you’ll be able to disable automatic updates. You can get this version from the fabulous Old Apps site which is here:
It’s interesting to see that it’s currently the most downloaded piece of software on their site this month.
The Terminator method
As soon as the Skype Home page pop-up was invented, industrious programmers got to work on finding ways to defeat it. The first to come up with a functional programme was Andrew Worcester, the creator of Kill Skype Home. Kill Skype Home is a nifty little programme that stomps on the window before it rear it’s ugly head. The programme has now been realeased as open source software and is available from Sourceforge here:
I see that Kill Skype Home has been downloaded over 3,000 times in it’s first 4 days of being released on Sourceforge.
Another programme, Silent Skype has now appeared on the scene. This looks like it’s still in the development stage, but for the curious, the source code can be found here:
And here’s yet another freeware programme, Skype Tuner. It promises to stop Skype Home from loading when Skype starts:
The best solution
In my opinion, the best solution is one that needs to be implemented by Skype. They need to listen to their users and release a new version that allows users to configure the programme in a way that their users want.
I’ve yet to see anyone post that they actually like the new Skype Home page. If enough people continue to express their feelings to Skype, they will eventually relent and return ownership of the programme back to their users by giving them the ability to configure the programme as they want. To that end, here are some ways to make your voice heard.
Skype Feedback – No login or email required to post a comment
Skype Support Forum Thread – Disabling Skype Home Autostart
Moderators have now closed this thread
Skype Developer Forum Thread – Skype 5.5 should have an option to disable the Home screen popup in Compact view
Email Skype Directly
Anti Skype Home Facebook Page
Disgruntled Skype users who hate the ‘Home’ popup
I have just found a solution for that, it works:
1. Close Skype
2. Go to c:\users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\roaming\skype\shared_dynco
3. Open file dc.db in notepad,delete its content, save and close
4. In dc.db file properties set it up to read-only and confirm
5. Return a folder back and go to shared_httpfe
6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 in file queue.db
That’s all. One annoying thing in your life down, hundreds to go 🙂
so far works like a charm, thanks mate- it’s a lifesaver
too bad it stopped working after that auto update 🙁
Version 188.8.131.52 works fine without any hacks, no need to downgrade to version 4.
To use 5.1 or a higher version without the shitty nag the hack with deleting file works fine, and this works also for me:
– quit Skype
– Navigate to %AppData%\Skype in Explorer
– delete subfolders shared_dynco and shared_httpfe completely
– create new empty files shared_dynco and shared_httpfe here (beware giving it extension)
– restart Skype
Here’s a much simpler solution, see me post in the link below
Sadly this didn’t work for me – I tested it from a shortcut on both Windows XP and Windows 7 with Skype version 184.108.40.206
Taking your /nosplash idea I went into RegEdit with it and edited the following:
and added the /nosplash on the end thus:
“C:\Documents and Settings\your.username\Local Settings\Application Data\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe” “/uri:%l” /nosplash
Rebooted (three times to be sure), Skype loads on startup with no spalsh screen =success…
Funny thing is, when I went back into RegEdit to copy the edit for this comment my /nosplash was gone! Still seems to have done the trick though.
Win XP SP3
The other major development is Facebook integration. This is a pretty big thing, as not only does it give you your news feed in the app – anyone can do that – but adds call and sms buttons to any of your friends who share their contact numbers. If you’ve paid for Skype minutes, you can call your Facebook friends, and if they’re also signed in to Skype you can call them for free. One of the best new features is the automatic call recovery – drop a call and it’s put in pause. Restarting it is now really easy.