I was looking into all of the applications installed on my Windows XP laptop and noticed Skype Web Features which I was unfamiliar with so I looked into the details. I wanted to know specifically what the Skype Web Features application did, how it was related to Skype itself, and if I could and/or should remove the application.
It appeared to me to be an add-on by Skype which if this was the case is annoying since I am not a fan of when you install an application if it also installs secondary applications without your full knowledge. Typically in this scenario the application add-on is not necessary as if it was it would be built into the primary application itself.
What is the Skype Web Features?
I wasn’t able to find out a ton of information about Skype Web Features but the information I was able to find on Skype’s web site leads me to believe that Skype Web Features is basically an add-on for every browser. The add-on itself will highlight numbers on every web page you visit and allow you to dial those numbers with one click from Skype itself. To me this is not necessary since it will require extra processing on each page. Below I will explain how to remove Skype Web Features.
Should Skype Web Features be removed from my Windows computer?
Unless you need the ability to one click dial any phone number on any web page I would suggest removing Skype Web Features. While this add-on can be disabled on a per browser basis I found numerous articles and forum postings relating Skype Web Features to slow down issues with browsers including Internet Explorer and FireFox.
How to Remove Skype Web Features:
Removing Skype Web Features from your PC is easy. Follow the directions below to remove this application from your Windows XP computer.
- Open Control Panel: Click the Start button in the lower left hand corner of your PC and select Control Panel from the pop up menu.
- Open Add or Remove Programs: Now click on the “Add or Remove Programs” link to open up the Windows XP application control window.
- Remove Skype Web Features: Scroll down and highlight Skype Web Features in the application list as shown below.
Once highlighted click the Remove button to the right of Skype Web Features to remove the application from your computer. Once the Remove button is clicked a application removal process window will open as shown below.
- Verify Removal: Now just verify that Skype Web Features no longer shows in the application list. Once verified close the “Add or Remove Programs” window and then close the Control Panel.
Now that the Skype Web Features application is remove your browsers should function better. Any add-on to your browsers runs the risk of causing performance issues by adding unnecessary code to process.