Update your Skype now: Users discover code that can crash your account | Daily Mail Online
Update your Skype now: Users discover a simple code that can crash your account - and cause it to keep crashing


  • Error occurs if you send Default Parallels Plesk Panel Page or receive a message with the characters
  • Skype has issued a fix which requires users to download new version app
  • The bug effects Windows, Android, and iOS, but doesn't seem to have any impact on Skype for Mac or Skype for modern Windows


A simple eight character code has the ability to crash Skype, and cause it to keep crashing, until you install a new version of the app.

The error seems to occur if you send the characters Default Parallels Plesk Panel Page or receive a message containing those characters.

The characters could be accidentally entered into a message if you're manually typing out a URL or have made an error in copy-and-paste.

Venture Beat uncovered the issue when Skype user 'Giperion' posted on it in the community forums.

He said that 'clearing chat history not helps, because when Skype download chat history from server, it will crash again.'

The bug effects Windows, Android, and iOS, but doesn't seem to have any impact on Skype for Mac or Skype for modern Windows.

Skype has now created a fix for the issue. It first filtered out messages including that string from being sent in the first place.

Then this morning, Skype issued a software update which you can download here to fix the bug.

Another fix, suggested by International Business Times, is to flood your chat with photos or other large messages until the 'http' string is moved into the archive.

A Skype spokeswoman said in an email that the issue first became apparent yesterday, but didn't say what about the string caused the crash.

A post to the Skype community forums called the string a 'bad URL.'

The bug follows the discovery that an Arabic-character text message can crash your iPhone.

Comment: On the back of a recent obscure text message that was able to crash the Apple iPhones, that has since been fixed, this shows just how vulnerable software coders can leave our computers and just how much hackers love to mess things up.

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