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On my office laptop running on XP, installation of Skype is blocked. Also I'm not able to download the software from internet.

So I downloaded the software from a different machine and tried copying it to my desktop. But during copy, the software 'skype' got deleted from my pen drive itself.

How is this done? And how can I get rid of this?

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If you're using your office laptop to download and install Skype, it's possible there might be some software preventing you from obtaining and installed what your IT department considers as "3rd-party software." –  Isxek May 16 '10 at 11:07
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Try this: http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/skype_portable (You will NEED a Pc with active internet connection, since first time it'll download the necessary files. THEN just take your pendrive and there you go.)

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I was able to download the file along with its necessary files. But when i double click the exe, i got an error dialog "Could not Skype.exe and you need to re install". Also the entire size of the SkypePoratble folder is just 144KB –  SyncMaster Apr 5 '10 at 10:12
    
Yes because it would download the real data. Well. Wait a second. Downloading it, creating an ultra compressed 7z package. :) –  Shiki Apr 5 '10 at 10:27
    
Here it is. Virus scan log (BitDefender, uptodate, just done it): pastebin.com/vuFy0dYy || AND the file: shiki.hu/stuff/SkypePort7Zselfextract.exe (LZMA2 compressed, Ultra profile, 66mb memory will be needed for uncompress). –  Shiki Apr 5 '10 at 10:47
    
Anything ? Did you try the package? –  Shiki Apr 5 '10 at 19:33
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