Microsoft installs Skype inadvertently – Here’s how to remove it

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How did Skype get on my PC - NJ Small Business IT Solutions

How did Skype get installed on my PC?

This week Microsoft released an update that inadvertently installed Skype on machines that did not already have it installed.  The update should have only updated existing installations but a coding error resulted in full installations where Skype was not already found.

According to Microsoft the issue only effects sites that have a WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) server in place.  Microsoft has since removed the update.

What is WSUS?

WSUS is a server application that allows updates to be downloaded from Microsoft once and deployed from the server to machines on the local network.  This reduces internet traffic and increases update deployment times.

How to remove Skype

If you don’t want Skype on your PC simply uninstall it from the control panel or you can use this command:

MsiExec.exe /X{EE7257A2-39A2-4D2F-9DAC-F9F25B8AE1D8}

If you have multiple devices that need Skype uninstalled you can do it from a central location with either of the following commands:

psexec \\computername -h -s MsiExec.exe /X{EE7257A2-39A2-4D2F-9DAC-F9F25B8AE1D8} /qn

Or using a txt file with all the computer names…

psexec @C:\pclist.txt -h -s MsiExec.exe /X{EE7257A2-39A2-4D2F-9DAC-F9F25B8AE1D8} /qn

Disclaimer – I have tested these commands personally and had no problems. You, your IT department or IT services company should test them as neither I nor Plenary Technology make any guarantees nor assume any responsibility for problems that may arise from the use of these commands. 

If you need assistance with removal please feel free to contact us at 866-753-6279 or via email.

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