Messenger Plus! Is A Skype Chat Log Viewer, Call Recorder And More

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 13, 2012
Updated • Feb 13, 2012
Software, Windows

Skype is a popular voice over IP software that you can use for a number of purposes. From audio and video calls over the Internet, to landline calls or messaging. The software has been recently acquired by Microsoft and it is expected that the Redmond company will integrate the technology into several of its core products.

If you have used Skype throughout the years, you have probably identified a few areas of improvement. Messenger Plus! for Skype is a free plugin that adds several missing features to the software.

The plugin attaches a small toolbar to the left of the Skype window which links to various plugin features, and a few web links that you may not be interested in at all.

skype messenger plus

The first six icons and the last of the toolbar link to the features that the plugin adds to Skype. Recording lets you record Skype audio and video conversations, with options to automate the recording in the program options. You need to click on the record button by default to start a recording. The third button links to the directory all recordings are saved into on the system.

The share button allows you to add animations and winks to Skype. This feature requires Flash to be installed on the system to function properly. The plugin ships with 35 animations that you can preview in a window before sending them to people you communicate with on Skype.

skype animations

The last feature adds a log viewer to Skype. If you use Skype to chat regularly with contacts, you may have noticed that Skype displays all messages on a single page. There is no sorting available, for instance by date.

The log viewer, once activated, keeps track of your chats and displays them in an easier to access interface. It is for instance possible to select a specific month, day or user directly without having to double-click on the user in Skype to fiddle around in the interface to find the message you are looking for.

Even better, you can search, preview and print any conversation, or export them into text, html, csv or xml files.

skype log  viewer

You may want to pay a visit to the plugin's options page. Here you can for instance change the recording quality, enable automatic recording of incoming calls, or disable automatic updating.

skype video recording preferences

I have already mentioned that you find a few links in the toolbar that redirect to the website of the developer. It is easy enough to ignore those. You may also want to pay extra attention to the installation process, as you may end up with a new toolbar, search provider and browser homepage otherwise.

Interested users can download Messenger Plus! for Skype from the developer website. The program is compatible with all recent versions of the voice over IP software.


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  1. Anonymous said on March 9, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    Does it come back after every “moment” update?

  2. Baloney said on March 9, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Yeah right.. Like this is going to stop defender from running =) This is comedy gold right here.

  3. Anonymous said on March 9, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    no ‘about the author’ paragraph?

  4. Gregory said on March 9, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    For permanent disable defender is if removed complete from system no just change permission folder.

    Just this is joke.

  5. moi said on March 9, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    simpler, load Autoruns (SysInternals)
    – filter “Defender”
    – untag all entries
    – reboot
    nothing has changed since my 1st modification years ago

  6. John G. said on March 9, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    I wouldn’t disable Defender imho, it has too many hidden roots inside Windows itself. One time I tried to uninstall it using brute force scripts and then the Onedrive feature stopped working definitely. A reinstallation was needed and since those times I prefer to maintain Defender untouched. It’s a better method to install another antivirus and it will disable Defender in a safer and easier mode (e.g., Avast is the best in this way, and also Panda Cloud Free is good too).

    1. Tweakmaster said on September 29, 2023 at 9:57 am

      U are just * [Editor: removed] thats the problem ;p first of all u shall always debloat windows u shall have max 65 services with your drivers for pc and windows own servs. You didnt know what that script did

  7. boris said on March 10, 2023 at 12:19 am

    You can not stop defender from running in background or remove it without some penalty. All you can do is to limit telemetry.

    1. TelV said on March 10, 2023 at 4:52 pm


      It’s probably Smartscreen which is preventing WD from being disabled. Get rid of that and the problem should be solved:

  8. hoho said on March 10, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    Remove Windows and go for Linux.

    1. basingstoke said on March 10, 2023 at 2:51 pm

      Linux sucks dude. Besides it’s not comparable to Windows, these OSes are in different classes entirely.

      1. Derp said on March 10, 2023 at 4:36 pm

        I use Linux as my daily driver. It’s far more stable than Windows. When’s the last time you used Linux, 2010?

      2. Bromosexual said on March 11, 2023 at 2:04 am


        You’re right, dude. Bro, linux is just a bunch of code that starts before the OS, dude. Brobrodude, that shit ain’t even got emojis, dudebrodudeman! Dudebro, it’s no way near as cool as Windows with its hardcoded abilities to make money off the user, bro. Yo brodude man, you’re the coolest dude ever man, bro. Dude.

      3. basingstoke said on August 16, 2023 at 7:20 pm

        Lol what? Windows 7 doesn’t come with any Emojis

  9. TelV said on March 10, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Download Autoruns and remove the checkmark from Windows Defender. It doesn’t remove it, but it will never run.

  10. Simon said on March 10, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    Just use “Defender Control”:

    Per this video,
    it also works on Windows 11 too…

  11. Someone said on March 10, 2023 at 9:26 pm

    Win Defender, is completly the most succesful free-built in antivirus of Microsoft. Really nice product. Saved my ass a lot of times. Has updated malware database, completly strong defence
    from whatever smart screen disables. Or if you want better and more upgrated (paid) program,
    you can go further. But defender is always on your side.

  12. CalixtoWVR1 said on March 10, 2023 at 10:03 pm

    Why would one disable Windows (or Microsoft) Defender in the first place?. I consider this to be playing with fire big time. Everybody knows that if one is using another A-V, Defender will be disabled on its own and won’t be in one’s way.

  13. Ed D said on March 10, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    Why would I want to disable Windows Defender in the first place? It’s a great anti virus in my opinion. Been using it since Windows 8 and and never had a problem or a virus. Why mess with a good thing, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  14. owl said on August 17, 2023 at 1:57 am

    How a ridiculous article!
    I am thoroughly stunned.

    Why Should You Disable First-Party Windows Defender?
    I can only think that it is “malice or perversely intention (want you to buy a third-party AV where you can expect a back margin)” to guide invalidation without showing the premise.
    No sane company will use third-party closed source programs (such as AV).

    As I thought, “Ghacks Technology News” seems to be coming to downfall.

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