Mozilla blocks Skype toolbar causing 40,000 Firefox crashes

By Emil
Jan 21, 2011
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  1. The Mozilla team has decided to block the Skype Toolbar due to serious stability and performance issues. Up to and including the current shipping and beta versions of the Skype Toolbar will be added to the Mozilla Firefox Blocklist for all versions of Firefox sometime in the next 48 hours. Since this is a "soft block," users will be prompted and given the option to re-enable it if they wish.

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  2. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    WTB survey to know if people keep using toolbars on their browsers or if they have them on because they dont know how to disable them.
  3. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 954   +193

    Toolbars were the worst idea for browsers since... well, they were the worst idea.
  4. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    I see plenty of machines with various toolbars installed in the browsers. Most applications don't make it clear they're installing something or people don't pay attention. The average user just clicks through the installer without reading anything.
  5. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 811   +26

    Bingo. Anytime my wife installs anything, I have to stand over her shoulder, otherwise she'll click "next" until there are no more "next" buttons to push. My mom is the same way. People just don't pay attention mainly because they aren't expecting it. They think they're just installing the program/app.
  6. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,677

    What drives me nuts is when people do that. Then they ask me what I DID to mess up their browser.
  7. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 727   +230

    Nobody with half a brain willingly installs these third party toolbars. What's worse is when you're trying to fix someones laptop, you open their web browser and half of the screen is just the toolbars they've installed. It makes you want to just give up, throw the laptop in the bin and set the owner on fire, because you know it'll end up in exactly the same state within a week.
  8. ...Is it just me, or does the title of this article make it sound like the act of Firefox blocking Skype toolbars caused 40,000 browsers to crash?
  9. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Indeed, that was my first guess. :)
  10. fyrfaktry

    fyrfaktry TS Member Posts: 18

    toolbars are the antichrist.
  11. Your headline is misleading and incorrect.

    "Mozilla blocks Skype toolbar causing 40,000 Firefox crashes" reads like the process of blocking the toolbar CAUSED the crashes. A better one would have been "Mozilla blocks Skype toolbar that caused 40,000 Firefox crashes."

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