Chrome–An additional plug-in is required to display some elements on this page–Solved

Install Plug-in

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If you are receiving this error in Chrome, and finding that installing the plugin does absolutely nothing.

And clicking the":

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Takes you to a Windows media and Java error page.

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http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=95697&topic=14687&hl=en-US

Which if you bother to follow the instructions will not help you at all.

The cause

Almost certainly the cause of this problem is going to be a recent update by Skype. One could posture that it did not take long after the Microsoft purchase for Skype to become annoying, but I am saddened to say that I thin they have buggered it up without needing to call anyone from the Vista development team.

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The most recent update of Skype 5.6.0.8.442 adds a little feature to your browsers (without asking you) that reads numbers that look like phone numbers and allows you to click and call them in Skype.

It also adds a little blue Skype thing to the top of you page:

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The Solution

So the fix to stop Chrome asking you about installing a plug-in all the time is to disable the Skype plugin in Chrome.

1. Click the spanner

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2. Tools \ Extensions

3. Un-tick the Skype Extension

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That should be all you need to do to stop Skype mucking up your browser.

 

Thoughts

It is bad practice for Skype or anyone to add invasive features such as this that “take over” your experience without making it clear in the install process that this is being done. Skype did it in the past then dropped the idea. Not sure why they have returned to it, but it sucks!

I remember the annoying days of Real Player and their invasive installs that totally bombarded you with their crappy experience. I hope that Skype is not taking that path.

Interestingly the only other plugin that I found installed in Chrome that I was not asked specifically if I wanted installed was a RealPlayer extension.

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Funny that!~