After downloading Skype back onto my computer after quite a long period of not using it, I began receiving requests to be added to a persons contacts. I was using my old Skype ID, so nothing had changed from before, and had never used it, so I had no existing contacts. I sent a message to the first, but did not add the person to my contacts, and never called. Since then I have received about one request a day, and many of them are definitely not legit: they have totally ridiculous Skype addresses (just a load of random letters and numbers). One time I received a call and clicked through too fast, and mistakenly connected, and on connection, I could only hear a lot of weird noise.
I guess that this is some kind of malware, but I don't know its purpose. Is it malicious or some kind of adware? Whatever it is, I don't want it. I set the privacy settings to only allow people in my contacts list to be able to contact me, but the requests kept coming. I reported each one as spam, but the requests kept coming. Finally, I decided to uninstall Skype. In the near future, I will probably be using Skype on a regular basis, unless there is a viable alternative, which I don't think there will be. So I would really like to solve this problem. Firstly, I could change my Skype name: would that help? But secondly, if the malware knows my computer by another means, malware already on my computer, or some kind of poisoned cookie, this won't help.
I was using the free version of Skype, but if I do use it in the future, I'll probably use the pay version, so is this just something you have to put up with when something is free. If I pay for the service, I would be very annoyed to have constant contact requests. Some of the requests look marginally genuine. I'm not so Skype savvy, so is it that it's is the deal?