Yahoo Messenger 8.0 has a really annoying bug

It looks like I’m not the only one that has run into this issue. I’ve had to stop running Yahoo Messenger 8.0. It has a bug in that it steals focus from all applications running, including its own windows. If you minimize it when you are signed in, it pops right back up. Even if you aren’t signed in, the window keeps popping up in front when you switch to another application. I have noticed that when you aren’t signed in, you can minimize the window and it doesn’t appear anymore.

I’ve turned on and off (it was already off) the “keep yahoo in front of other applications” option. It doesn’t help. The odd thing about it is that it seems to be some interaction with another application. It seems to happen less often if I launch YM before other applications, although it has started happening after it has been running for a bit. I tried to submit a defect report through the menu option, but the main window kept stealing the focus from the defect report window. I had to keep clicking in the defect window between each letter I typed (including spaces). It took me over 10 minutes to type a couple of sentences. In the link I mentioned above, someone has been seeing this issue since September, and I couldn’t find anything on the Yahoo site about it. Are you listening Yahoo???! You are losing users over this issue.

Yahoo Messenger 8.1 fixes that annoying bug
Yahoo Messenger 8.1 doesn’t fix that annoying bug

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  1. #1 by Rachel on November 1, 2006 - 10:51 am

    I didn’t know people still used Yahoo msgr. I use MSN.

  2. #2 by venks on November 26, 2006 - 10:32 am

    I tried to login as with the invisible checkbox checked and i was able to type this out without this nagging problem.. Can’t say this is a workaround till you do the same and see if it works out .. 🙂

    Good luck

  3. #3 by Jon on November 27, 2006 - 7:53 am

    Unfortunately, this didn’t work for me for very long. Yahoo! sure doesn’t seem to care about this issue at all. I’ve sent them support messages, which they said would be answered in “24 hours” and never got a response. I’m going to uninstall messenger. It is a memory pig anyway.

  4. #4 by Jon on November 27, 2006 - 2:42 pm

    I found that there is a new 8.1 version on the messenger website. Yahoo has a tradition of silent releases and no upgrade notes. Here is another example. So far, the 8.1 version has no traces of the problem.

  5. #5 by Nubbie Jornes on January 8, 2007 - 10:40 am

    I am having an issue with YM version As soon as I log in a pop up tells me that Yahoo Messenger has experienced a problem and needs to close. I have to relog. It then says: Yahoo messenger had to close suddenly and plug ins were not loaded. It then usually runs all right. I have re-installed YM a dozen times. Kind of frustrating.

  6. #6 by Greg on January 22, 2007 - 5:51 pm

    I’m running Messenger and have only today started having this extremely annoying issue (YM steals focus literally every 1 second). I want to switch to MSN, but nobody I know uses it. So I wonder if anyone can tell me if it’s possible to import YM contacts into MSN?

  7. #7 by Madhan on February 14, 2007 - 2:10 pm

    I have the same nagging problem. What i did as a work around was to log in as invisible and the problem goes away. you need to log in three or four times. It suck though

  8. #8 by Jim T. on September 14, 2007 - 6:08 am seems unusable for me, same problem.

  9. #9 by Jim on October 4, 2007 - 8:37 pm

    This problem just began for me 10 minutes ago, immediately after I installed software for my new webcam.

  10. #10 by Jim on October 4, 2007 - 8:39 pm

    (Logitech Quickcam for Notebooks)

  11. #11 by Kevin on October 25, 2007 - 2:56 pm

    I have a client with the same issue. His is on Windows Vista, with the release of Y! Messenger that I downloaded today for him, and the Logitech QuickCam Messenger. I’m going to contact Yahoo and Logitech for a fix for this issue.

  12. #12 by ******** SOLUTION ******** on November 7, 2007 - 6:34 pm

    Use Yahoo Messenger BETA:

    The problem appears to be fixed in that version

  13. #13 by Jake on November 17, 2007 - 5:15 am

    I never had this problem until I installed my Logitech QuickCam Pro and software. Oh well, I was warned not to install the Logitech drivers or software.

  14. #14 by Idetrorce on December 15, 2007 - 9:41 pm

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

  15. #15 by Ghanshyam on January 18, 2010 - 11:11 pm

    This still occurs in my Yahoo as well..and it is the version 10.0.+. It is so irritating, I have stopped using it now and just exit the application. Audio/Video calls keep dropping…Have started using GChat for video calls..pretty sturdy even after 3 continuos hours in call…:)

  16. #16 by Leah on January 3, 2012 - 1:36 pm

    I use it to talk to my friend when she’s not at home via yahoo ipod app. We otherwise use skype. I noticed that every time i run another program, yahoo immediately pops up. So i only turn it on when i need to talk to my friend and shes not on skype.

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