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skype-large-logoThanks to some sloppy programming, Mozilla announced thatskype-large-logoThanks to some sloppy programming, Mozilla announced that it will be blocking the Skype Toolbar add-on and remotely disable it for all existing users due it will be blocking the Skype Toolbar add-on and remotely disable it for all existing users due to the bugs in the add-on which Mozilla says are crippling the browser’s performance and stability. The toolbar is an add-on developed by Skype and comes bundled with Skype software itself. The add-on typically gets installed automatically during the Skype installation and update process.

The Skype add-on identifies strings in a website and indicates them as phone numbers so users can make a call on the go. Back in November, Mozilla noticed more than half a dozen reports from its bug tracker that showed problems involving Skype’s tool bar.

Mozilla says that the tool bar performs its phone number conversion routine after every single DOM mutation severely impairing the browser’s performance. Skype did get involved and Mozilla complained about the difficulty of getting to the team responsible for the tool bar. As a consequence of this, Mozilla decided to block the Skype add-on.

Mozilla pointed out that the toolbar had caused over 33,000 Firefox crashes in the previous week alone. Lets see if Skype responds now.

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