I haven't found any malware in Skype .
I use Vista as my OS & an older version of Skype.
I tried a newer version a while back & it just caused problems .
The Skype version I'm using is 22.214.171.124.
So I don't know if what I'm posting will help you with a newer version .
Also I don't use a web cam with Skype.
Try these tips:
1. This is an uninstall ,cleaning, & correct reinstall of Skype:
Right click on "My computer"
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Right click on "My computer"
show "hidden devices"
now delete grayed out audio drivers
NOTE: You will need to know your Skype login name and password in order to log in after this
installation, so make sure that you know them and/or have a note of them somewhere. Also, there is a
small chance that your contacts could be lost when you reinstall, so it's a good idea to back them up to
a file (Skype/Contacts/Advanced/Back up Contacts to File). Your contacts should come back when you log
in to the fresh installation, so you probably won't need this file, but just in case...
Remove Skype through (Orb) / Control Panel / Programs / Uninstall a Program. If it asks you if you
want to remove chat history or whatever, say yes.
Start Windows Explorer (click Computer in the Orb menu or on the desktop), and in the address bar
type %AppData%. In the list of folders that comes up, if there is a folder called Skype, delete it. Look
carefully, because this list is not guaranteed to be in alphabetical sequence.
Install Skype again. When the installation window first comes up, click "Options" at the lower left corner,
and in the window that brings up, un-check everything. EVERYTHING, especially the Skype Extras and
the plug-ins for Internet Explorer and Firefox.
After the installation finishes, start Skype. It should bring up the "create a new account" window. If it
doesn't, if it still knows your login name or even logs you in automatically, then you overlooked the
Skype folder in %AppData%. Repeat this procedure, and look again, carefully.
Once you get this done correctly, and the new account window comes up, click "cancel" in that window,
log in with your Skype name and password, and the audio settings should be working and saved again.
- If you are experiencing a bad sound quality in the voice over IP software skype you might want to try the following.
This can be a quite complex problem but one thing that can really do the trick is to delete the file shared.xml
which contains host cache information which is basically a list of Skype super-nodes and host pairs that are needed to run Skype properly.
This file will rebuild on reboot but will be cleaned & smaller.
I delete it about once a month.
In Vista this is located at: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Skype
- In Skype -> Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Connection
"Use port_____forÂ incomingÂ connections", choose random port number that is above 1024. Something between 20000 and 50000, and not the default port.
Uncheck " UseÂ portÂ 80Â andÂ 443Â asÂ alternativesÂ forÂ incomingÂ connections" . Restart Skype .
4.This is more in depth & involves working with the registry . If you aren't experenced in working with the registry you might want to skip this.
I can't remember but I think I had to create some of the key for Skype/Phone & the dword .