Report: Skype Hogged PC Resources, Manual Update Will Fix

Report: Skype Hogged PC Resources, Manual Update Will Fix

Dualshockers reports that version 6.09 of Skype has been hogging processing power, but the new build version 6.13 resolves the issue.

Giuseppe Nelva at Dualshockers reports that Skype version 6.09 is responsible for slowing down gaming PCs over the last few months. Nelva reports that Skype version 6.09 had a severe incompatibility with Google Chrome set as the default browser. The incompatibility resulted in additional load on the CPU, cutting framerates and performance in video games. Fortunately, the answer seems to be manually upgrading to version 6.13 of Skype, but that's cold comfort for gamers who may have spent the last three months facing poor performance. Skype version 6.13 was released January 22.

Nelva demonstrated the difference in CPU load for versions 6.09 and 6.13 of Skype using benchmarking tests for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Unigine's Heaven benchmark. Version 6.13 scored almost four hundred and fifty points higher on the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn benchmark. Unigine's Heaven benchmark showed a drop of 16.7 in maximum frames per second when Skype version 6.09 is running over version 6.13. The Batman: Arkham Origins benchmark showed an average drop of 3 frames per second.

Have you experienced a similar slowdown because of this version of Skype? I haven't been able to test Nelva's report on my PC, but the screenshots he provides are pretty convincing. If you have been experiencing stutters or instability in the last few months, and you run Skype and Google Chrome, it sounds like updating Skype might be a good call.

Source: Dualshockers

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Well that's wonderful to hear now, after trying to record gameplay while in a Skype call, easily getting 40+ frames with no other programs running, but only 24 while recording and Skype.

Oh well, it won't be an issue anymore at least.

This is why you stop all unnecessary processes running on your machine at start up regardless of what they are. Skype and other programs have bloated background processes even when you aren't running them that you need to route out and stop running on start up if you don't want your system to be a slow, bloated mess.

Personally I've stripped down my start-up operations to the bare minimum. Antivirus, some select anti-spyware, Graphics forceware and sound settings. Those are the only things i allow to run any processes on my system without being manually opened apart from actual operating system components.

This is good practice on almost any personal machine.

This is why you use older versions of Skype cuz MS only fucked it up more and more after they bought it.

Grabehn:
This is why you use older versions of Skype cuz MS only fucked it up more and more after they bought it.

No, thats one of the reasons why you use Teamspeak 3 instead.

Skype is ressource heavy since they changed to a heavier client (don't know when it was, when the lightweight clients became incompatible; at least I couldn't manage to run them on a current system), so I generally don't like it and only use it if I have to.

Scrumpmonkey:
This is why you stop all unnecessary processes running on your machine at start up regardless of what they are. Skype and other programs have bloated background processes even when you aren't running them that you need to route out and stop running on start up if you don't want your system to be a slow, bloated mess.

Personally I've stripped down my start-up operations to the bare minimum. Antivirus, some select anti-spyware, Graphics forceware and sound settings. Those are the only things i allow to run any processes on my system without being manually opened apart from actual operating system components.

This is good practice on almost any personal machine.

Indeed, mscofig.exe is your friend. I run it every few months or after installing some programs. It's bad enough that every install wizard nowadays has those "do you want to install McAffetoolbarsystemhog.exe? or some other useless shill we added to get more money" dialogs, which you'll skip without reading and unchecking the box if you just want to get it over with. Now many programs want to launch at start up "for your convenience" by default, some older ones switch it on patches.

Hell, I even missed one of those McAffe things recently when I had to update Flash and found the bastard running scheduled scans when that's the first time I've ever seen the program on my system. "For your convenience" my ass. I'll run what I want when I want, not your bloatware.

Now I know which version to update Skype to when I dust that off, at least.

Hairless Mammoth:

Scrumpmonkey:
This is why you stop all unnecessary processes running on your machine at start up regardless of what they are. Skype and other programs have bloated background processes even when you aren't running them that you need to route out and stop running on start up if you don't want your system to be a slow, bloated mess.

Personally I've stripped down my start-up operations to the bare minimum. Antivirus, some select anti-spyware, Graphics forceware and sound settings. Those are the only things i allow to run any processes on my system without being manually opened apart from actual operating system components.

This is good practice on almost any personal machine.

Indeed, mscofig.exe is your friend. I run it every few months or after installing some programs. It's bad enough that every install wizard nowadays has those "do you want to install McAffetoolbarsystemhog.exe? or some other useless shill we added to get more money" dialogs, which you'll skip without reading and unchecking the box if you just want to get it over with. Now many programs want to launch at start up "for your convenience" by default, some older ones switch it on patches.

Hell, I even missed one of those McAffe things recently when I had to update Flash and found the bastard running scheduled scans when that's the first time I've ever seen the program on my system. "For your convenience" my ass. I'll run what I want when I want, not your bloatware.

Now I know which version to update Skype to when I dust that off, at least.

Hmmmm after re-reading I think the reason people are running Skype is to use it as a way of having people in call for multiplayer chat and such. For that kind of application pretty much any other light VIOP program is a better option as I've always found Skype to be a resource hog compared to the alternatives.

You can get some nice, light Voice over IP software pretty much anywhere such as Mumble or the classics like Ventrillo or Team-Speak

Thank the gods, now I can play League with my friends without framerate issues.

This sounds like an excuse. I don't even use Google Chrome and I still had skype using 50% of my CPU on v6.09.
Downgraded and everything is good.

If it really is fixed I might give v6.13 a shot.

Scrumpmonkey:

Hmmmm after re-reading I think the reason people are running Skype is to use it as a way of having people in call for multiplayer chat and such. For that kind of application pretty much any other light VIOP program is a better option as I've always found Skype to be a resource hog compared to the alternatives.

You can get some nice, light Voice over IP software pretty much anywhere such as Mumble or the classics like Ventrillo or Team-Speak

I'm not sure about others, but I keep it running in the background as a "hey, guys, I'm online, ping me if you want to play a game" type of thing. Honestly, my Skype list is generally reserved for my closer friends.

gigastar:

Grabehn:
This is why you use older versions of Skype cuz MS only fucked it up more and more after they bought it.

No, thats one of the reasons why you use Teamspeak 3 instead.

Actually that's almost as good an example of an earlier version of the same service being better.

I had this same problem, it would consume easily 50% of my CPU, and prevented most games from even working at all while it was open. I've been running a much older version of skype ever since.

Skype is a piece of shit. I only use it when I need it, rest of the time it's turned off.

No wonder league have been lagging like crazy.

Yeah I couldn't even watch a Youtube video or have more than two tabs of Chrome open while I had Skype running since that update without experiencing a massive slowdown.

You should just assume that every version of Skype is a) using way too much CPU for what it's doing, b) 'borrowing' your bandwidth, c) serving up malware, d) spying on what you say. 50% of these are even considered features.

Scrumpmonkey:

Hairless Mammoth:

Scrumpmonkey:
This is why you stop all unnecessary processes running on your machine at start up regardless of what they are. Skype and other programs have bloated background processes even when you aren't running them that you need to route out and stop running on start up if you don't want your system to be a slow, bloated mess.

Personally I've stripped down my start-up operations to the bare minimum. Antivirus, some select anti-spyware, Graphics forceware and sound settings. Those are the only things i allow to run any processes on my system without being manually opened apart from actual operating system components.

This is good practice on almost any personal machine.

Indeed, mscofig.exe is your friend. I run it every few months or after installing some programs. It's bad enough that every install wizard nowadays has those "do you want to install McAffetoolbarsystemhog.exe? or some other useless shill we added to get more money" dialogs, which you'll skip without reading and unchecking the box if you just want to get it over with. Now many programs want to launch at start up "for your convenience" by default, some older ones switch it on patches.

Hell, I even missed one of those McAffe things recently when I had to update Flash and found the bastard running scheduled scans when that's the first time I've ever seen the program on my system. "For your convenience" my ass. I'll run what I want when I want, not your bloatware.

Now I know which version to update Skype to when I dust that off, at least.

Hmmmm after re-reading I think the reason people are running Skype is to use it as a way of having people in call for multiplayer chat and such. For that kind of application pretty much any other light VIOP program is a better option as I've always found Skype to be a resource hog compared to the alternatives.

You can get some nice, light Voice over IP software pretty much anywhere such as Mumble or the classics like Ventrillo or Team-Speak

Myself, staika and TizzyTheTormentor have been giving Razer Comms a test and it's actually a great alternative for a lightweight VOIP and IM with game overlay that thus far I've not found to clash with anything.

It also doesn't require you to actually own anything made by Razer, which is great, because their mice feel like toys to me.

Edit: What CPU's are you people running? And how much RAM? I have OBS and Shadowplay on all the time, aswell as Skype, Razer Comms, various bits of useful firmware and monitoring tools,. and many firefox tabs and windows, and it's never used more than 5%. Core i5 4670K @4.0GHz

Edit again: Also 16GB's of 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance LP at 10-10-10-27. I do need the 16 for video encoding before anyone tells me otherwise.

Luckily I use Skype version 5.0.0.152

It's works the best and looks nice too

Honestly I stopped using Skype after last year when Microsoft updated it, and it just completely stopped working and I've been using Google Hangouts ever since. Apparently Google can make that work, but likes to keep breaking YouTube.

skype hogs resources? and the sky is blue perhaps? my point is that skype ALWAYS was a resource hog and still is and is gotten only worse since MS took control. They already ran MSN into the ground to the point of having it shut down. is skype next? god i hope so.

mindfaQ:
Skype is ressource heavy since they changed to a heavier client (don't know when it was, when the lightweight clients became incompatible; at least I couldn't manage to run them on a current system), so I generally don't like it and only use it if I have to.

they dropper support for the "lite" version somewhere back in 2010

gigastar:
No, thats one of the reasons why you use Teamspeak 3 instead.

now, if only i had the power to magically make [insert every single person trying to contact me] to have anything but skype.....
I use skype only because i must. And i must because most of my contacts dont use anything else.

Hairless Mammoth:
Now many programs want to launch at start up "for your convenience" by default, some older ones switch it on patches.

yeah those are the worst. especially when i was using an older version of a program jut fine, decided to update and it would start isntalling bloatware without asking me if i wanted it in its setup. i jut go nope and go back to the old version. worst offenders are those download websites now that instead of allowign you to download the setup file downloads the downloader crap that installs 10 bloatware programs before getting to the actual program i want. i turned to boycott these websites as that should be made illegal.

Scrumpmonkey:
You can get some nice, light Voice over IP software pretty much anywhere such as Mumble or the classics like Ventrillo or Team-Speak

getting these problems isnt a issue. forcing your relatives to use them however.....

Grabehn:

gigastar:

No, thats one of the reasons why you use Teamspeak 3 instead.

Actually that's almost as good an example of an earlier version of the same service being better.

ill have to disagree here. i disliked TS2 and preferred ventrilo over it, however since i started using TS3 for one clan that used it i learned to love it far more than ventrilo.

The White Hunter:

Edit: What CPU's are you people running? And how much RAM? I have OBS and Shadowplay on all the time, aswell as Skype, Razer Comms, various bits of useful firmware and monitoring tools,. and many firefox tabs and windows, and it's never used more than 5%. Core i5 4670K @4.0GHz

Edit again: Also 16GB's of 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance LP at 10-10-10-27. I do need the 16 for video encoding before anyone tells me otherwise.

you pobably dont notice it because your computer can just take any punishment and eat it without choking. meanwhile me sitting here with 2x2,4ghz cores (not even the i series even) count every mhz thats running :P
Oh and i always like to have more ram than is "necessary" because i tend to weer towards things that are ram heavy i noticed. sadly this machine only has 4 gb and the next planned to get is only 8 gb but that may be upgraded in the future.

Neronium:
Honestly I stopped using Skype after last year when Microsoft updated it, and it just completely stopped working and I've been using Google Hangouts ever since. Apparently Google can make that work, but likes to keep breaking YouTube.

google hnagouts is fun, but its a huge resource hog and the chat is pretty much unusable once more people get in (it starts flashing and stuff). also it has 10 person limit. i find myself unable to play games with hangout open, and yet i can with skype call to same people.

Neronium:
Honestly I stopped using Skype after last year when Microsoft updated it, and it just completely stopped working and I've been using Google Hangouts ever since. Apparently Google can make that work, but likes to keep breaking YouTube.

Same, I deleted the app when microsoft bought it. It seems I was right too.

This explains a lot actually. I've been having framerate problems with DOTA2 and just couldn't figure out what was causing it.

Strazdas:
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Well, I just tried my old dual core Pentium @3GHz/ATI 4770/3GB DDR3 @773MHz, and it managed just fine, albeit with much lower settings than my main rig.

havent noticed it. maybe because once i finish talking i deactivate skype so its not running in the background. good to know anyway that something has been done about it.

The White Hunter:

Strazdas:
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Well, I just tried my old dual core Pentium @3GHz/ATI 4770/3GB DDR3 @773MHz, and it managed just fine, albeit with much lower settings than my main rig.

your "old" rig is above the average skype user you know. heck, you know my rig and it doesnt come close.

Thought i got to say the resource hogging has actually gone down last year, which is a bonus i guess.

Strazdas:

The White Hunter:

Strazdas:
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Well, I just tried my old dual core Pentium @3GHz/ATI 4770/3GB DDR3 @773MHz, and it managed just fine, albeit with much lower settings than my main rig.

your "old" rig is above the average skype user you know. heck, you know my rig and it doesnt come close.

Thought i got to say the resource hogging has actually gone down last year, which is a bonus i guess.

My 6 year old piece of shit is relatively overpowered? It was 350 bloody new.

I don't know your laptyop actually xD

The White Hunter:

Strazdas:

The White Hunter:

Well, I just tried my old dual core Pentium @3GHz/ATI 4770/3GB DDR3 @773MHz, and it managed just fine, albeit with much lower settings than my main rig.

your "old" rig is above the average skype user you know. heck, you know my rig and it doesnt come close.

Thought i got to say the resource hogging has actually gone down last year, which is a bonus i guess.

My 6 year old piece of shit is relatively overpowered? It was 350 bloody new.

I don't know your laptyop actually xD

2x3ghz is still more than average person has according to steam statistics. and steam is actually biased towards powerful computers and we must remember there are plenty people like my aunt whos sole purpose of PC is web briwsing and skype.
I have hard time believing you paid 350 for that 6 years ago. now - sure.

My 5 year old laptop is 2x2,4ghs (dual core duo intel centrino) with a 8600m GS and 4gb of DDR2 ram (dont remember frequency now, i think it was 666 or something like that, could be wrong).

Strazdas:

The White Hunter:

Strazdas:

your "old" rig is above the average skype user you know. heck, you know my rig and it doesnt come close.

Thought i got to say the resource hogging has actually gone down last year, which is a bonus i guess.

My 6 year old piece of shit is relatively overpowered? It was 350 bloody new.

I don't know your laptyop actually xD

2x3ghz is still more than average person has according to steam statistics. and steam is actually biased towards powerful computers and we must remember there are plenty people like my aunt whos sole purpose of PC is web briwsing and skype.
I have hard time believing you paid 350 for that 6 years ago. now - sure.

My 5 year old laptop is 2x2,4ghs (dual core duo intel centrino) with a 8600m GS and 4gb of DDR2 ram (dont remember frequency now, i think it was 666 or something like that, could be wrong).

It costs 350 6 years ago, it's got a crap PSU and motherboard and the GPU was borrowed from a friend.

Skype does take up an unreasonable amount of power for what it is though, but half the CPU is abnormal, update it and try binding it to a single core if you have more than one.

The White Hunter:

Strazdas:

I have hard time believing you paid 350 for that 6 years ago. now - sure.

My 5 year old laptop is 2x2,4ghs (dual core duo intel centrino) with a 8600m GS and 4gb of DDR2 ram (dont remember frequency now, i think it was 666 or something like that, could be wrong).

It costs 350 6 years ago, it's got a crap PSU and motherboard and the GPU was borrowed from a friend.

Skype does take up an unreasonable amount of power for what it is though, but half the CPU is abnormal, update it and try binding it to a single core if you have more than one.

Well, yeah, if you got a free GPU that changes things significantly. in this case i can udnerstand the price. anyway, we sort of hijacked this thread, hide before the mods show up.

i never tried binding skype to single core actually, i shoudl try it if its acting up. i got 2 cores after all, even though basically anything manages to use both of them now.

Strazdas:

The White Hunter:

Strazdas:

I have hard time believing you paid 350 for that 6 years ago. now - sure.

My 5 year old laptop is 2x2,4ghs (dual core duo intel centrino) with a 8600m GS and 4gb of DDR2 ram (dont remember frequency now, i think it was 666 or something like that, could be wrong).

It costs 350 6 years ago, it's got a crap PSU and motherboard and the GPU was borrowed from a friend.

Skype does take up an unreasonable amount of power for what it is though, but half the CPU is abnormal, update it and try binding it to a single core if you have more than one.

Well, yeah, if you got a free GPU that changes things significantly. in this case i can udnerstand the price. anyway, we sort of hijacked this thread, hide before the mods show up.

i never tried binding skype to single core actually, i shoudl try it if its acting up. i got 2 cores after all, even though basically anything manages to use both of them now.

You'd be amazed how much stuff just ignores a multicore CPU still and sits squashing a single core.

I just had a really weird thing happen, windows forgot my HDD storage was there, then I rebooted, had some weirdness where windows explorer and my avp crashed and had to hard reset
and now it's seemingly fine?

Hmm. This is what I get for defragmenting things.

The White Hunter:

I just had a really weird thing happen, windows forgot my HDD storage was there, then I rebooted, had some weirdness where windows explorer and my avp crashed and had to hard reset
and now it's seemingly fine?

Hmm. This is what I get for defragmenting things.

hah, i remember those. windows not finding its file where it left it, panics and shuts down the drive. i remember i could hear the drive actually spin down on the loud drives as its being turned off. then only things that sit in ram works, mainly mosue cursor and anything thats just repeating same animation without needing to update.

i didnt knew that still happens, nice to see MS still not fixing that.

Strazdas:

The White Hunter:

I just had a really weird thing happen, windows forgot my HDD storage was there, then I rebooted, had some weirdness where windows explorer and my avp crashed and had to hard reset
and now it's seemingly fine?

Hmm. This is what I get for defragmenting things.

hah, i remember those. windows not finding its file where it left it, panics and shuts down the drive. i remember i could hear the drive actually spin down on the loud drives as its being turned off. then only things that sit in ram works, mainly mosue cursor and anything thats just repeating same animation without needing to update.

i didnt knew that still happens, nice to see MS still not fixing that.

Well my PC still worked cuz the OS and a bunch of other key stuff thats always on lives on my SSD but I tried to play some music and it was like I CANT FIND IT HALP!

The White Hunter:

Strazdas:

The White Hunter:

I just had a really weird thing happen, windows forgot my HDD storage was there, then I rebooted, had some weirdness where windows explorer and my avp crashed and had to hard reset
and now it's seemingly fine?

Hmm. This is what I get for defragmenting things.

hah, i remember those. windows not finding its file where it left it, panics and shuts down the drive. i remember i could hear the drive actually spin down on the loud drives as its being turned off. then only things that sit in ram works, mainly mosue cursor and anything thats just repeating same animation without needing to update.

i didnt knew that still happens, nice to see MS still not fixing that.

Well my PC still worked cuz the OS and a bunch of other key stuff thats always on lives on my SSD but I tried to play some music and it was like I CANT FIND IT HALP!

at, i never had a non-primary hard drive do a trick like that. but i guess why not (zoidberg). that should have been quite scary till you got it back.

Strazdas:

The White Hunter:

Strazdas:

hah, i remember those. windows not finding its file where it left it, panics and shuts down the drive. i remember i could hear the drive actually spin down on the loud drives as its being turned off. then only things that sit in ram works, mainly mosue cursor and anything thats just repeating same animation without needing to update.

i didnt knew that still happens, nice to see MS still not fixing that.

Well my PC still worked cuz the OS and a bunch of other key stuff thats always on lives on my SSD but I tried to play some music and it was like I CANT FIND IT HALP!

at, i never had a non-primary hard drive do a trick like that. but i guess why not (zoidberg). that should have been quite scary till you got it back.

It was, all of my stuff is on that drive and the weird thing is it did it maybe an hour after I had defragged the drives and closed the tools. I'm gonna go grab a couple drives for replacement and redundancy and chalk it up to "random Windows stupidity".

 

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