Mozilla has slapped down Skype’s official Firefox plug-in for causing untold amounts of browser crashes and page slowdownsand is officially adding the toolbar to Firefox’s blocklist. According to the Mozilla Blog, the toolbar is causing “browser crashes and it slows down certain processes by up to 300 times.”
The Skype Toolbar is usually installed when Skype is installed, but it can also be installed when Skype is updated, which Mozilla says leads to a large number of Firefox users having it installed. All versions of the Skype Toolbar, including betas, are to be “soft blocked”; this means that the extension will be disabled and the user given the option to re-enable it. The Mozilla developers have made contact with the Skype Toolbar developers and are working with them to identify the issues behind the problems; they plan to lift the block when future versions of the Toolbar address those issues.
The Skype Toolbar is installed automatically in Firefox when the Skype application is installed or updated. It allows you to call directly from web pages but Mozilla says: “The current shipping version of the Skype Toolbar is one of the top crashers of Mozilla Firefox 3.6.13, and was involved in almost 40,000 crashes of Firefox last week. We’ll add all versions of the Skype Toolbar to the Firefox Blocklist for all versions of Firefox.”.