So... last night I chanced to look at my notification panel and found SKYPE running.
And I went... wait... I didn't load Skype. What is this?
So pull up the control panel, look for it to uninstall it... frowning because I can't find it... so thinking it's a virus, I run a scan and do some research.
It's NOT a virus... but rather Microsoft being Microsoft.
So, On Windows 10, there is a program that is a part of the OS that is the Microsoft Store. From the store you can get these apps... like Netflix and certain games that you can only get on XBox normally or your cell phone. So what installed onto my computer was an APP, which is why it doesn't show up in the programs and features of the control panel... because it's an APP!
Now here's what that app did when it installed without my knowledge of authority:
Looked at my Windows and saw that I was logged in on an account there
Connected to that account
Set itself as Online and live for ALL THE WORLD TO SEE!
Looked at my outlook, and then loaded in ALL MY CONTACTS!
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Introvert malfunction! Privacy Violation!
So here's how you get rid of it:
1> Click on your start menu
2> Type the word "Skype" - don't worry about a box to type it in like Windows 7, just start typing and it'll input. Then hit enter
3> In the search results, if this got installed on you, you will find a Skype App, which is a White S on a Dark Blue Square. The traditional icon for Skype is a White S on a Light Blue bubble shape.
4> Right Click on this icon and select uninstall
To verify that it did uninstall, search for Skype again. It should be gone now.
And if you're wondering if you should look... Do you have windows 10 and you have windows update turned on? Then yes you do.
I've seen it on both my computers at home, my computer at work, my boss's computer, and the computer of several of our clients. Luckily it's quick to remove...
Thanks Microsoft (Sarcastic)...
This is also affecting Windows 8.1 and possibly Server 8 and 12
Listening to: Silence
Reading: Writing lotsa stories
Watching: Iron Man Blue Ray
Eating: Health food (ick)
Drinking: Water (tweaking something fierce for some dew)