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Should I remove Skype?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #354
United States Rank #518
Reach 2.0261%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.32 days
304.44 days >
Average installed length: 159.96 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
6.18.106 76.60%
6.18.105 23.40%

Skype 6.18

What is Skype?

Skype is a proprietary Voice over IP service and software application. The service allows users to communicate with peers by voice using a microphone, video by using a webcam, and instant messaging over the Internet. Phone calls may be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone networks. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones are charged via a debit-based user account system. Unlike most other VoIP services, Skype is a hybrid peer-to-peer and client–server system. It makes use of background processing on computers running Skype software. Skype's original proposed name (Sky Peer-to-Peer) reflects this fact. Skype is claimed to be a secure communication; encryption cannot be disabled, and is invisible to the user.

Overview

The most used version is 6.18.106, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is skype.exe. The software installer includes 215 files and is usually about 30.94 MB (32,439,674 bytes). Updater.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.skype.com
Help link: ui.skype.com/ui/0/6.18.0.106/en/help
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Skype\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{7A3C7E05-EE37-47D6-99E1-2EB05A3DA3F7}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 30.94 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Skype 6.18

Program executable:skype.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\skype\phone\skype.exe
MD5:3fafbcce3f066edcc263e25a786ffd50
Additional files:
  • SkypeSetup.exe - Skype
  • SkypeSetupFull.exe
  • SkypeBrowserOptions.dll - Skye plug-in settings dialog (Skype plug-in settings dialog)
  • NameParserComponent.dll - Skype name parser component
  • SkypePnr.dll - Skype Phone number parser
  • SPhoneParser.dll
  • skypeieplugin.dll - Skype Click to Call (Skype Click to Call for Internet Explorer)
  • SkypeIEPluginBroker.exe - Skype broker for IE add-on
  • NameParserComponent2.dll - Skype Toolbars
  • SkypeNames2.exe - SkypeNames
  • SkypeNames.exe - SkypeNames
  • Updater.dll - Skype Updater Library
  • Updater.exe - Skype Updater Service
  • skypePM.exe - Skype Extras Manager
  • Óäàëèòü Skype.exe (by repachok.net) - Skype 6.6.0.106 Final

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • skypeieplugin.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Skype add-on for Internet Explorer' with the class of {AE805869-2E5C-4ED4-8F7B-F1F7851A4497} (SkypeIEPluginBHO).
Internet Explorer Extension
  • skypeieplugin.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class -{898EA8C8-E7FF-479B-8935-AEC46303B9E5}.
Scheduled Task
  • Skype.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{3D8ECC6B-7FFC-488B-A8EA-6A6F092A2813}' (runs on registration).
Service
  • Updater.exe runs as a service named 'Skype Updater' (SkypeUpdate) "Enables the detection, download and installation of updates for Skype.".
Startup File (User Run)
  • Skype.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Skype' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /minimized /regrun.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • skypePM.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Programas\Skype\Plugin Manager\skypePM.exe'.
  • Skype.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Skype\Skype.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Skype.exe
Memory:124.54 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0208197209%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.01039455%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.01042517%
0.015104% average
Switches/sec:961
70 average
skypePM.exe
Memory:12.84 MB
Total CPU:0.0044418892%
Kernel CPU:0.00250564%
User CPU:0.00193624%
Switches/sec:1
I/O reads/min:166 Bytes
I/O writes/min:8 Bytes

How do I remove Skype?

Quickly and completely remove Skype™ 6.18 from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Skype from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Skype™ 6.18, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Skype.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Skype 6.18 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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WHEN IT STARTS
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%
 
GLOBAL RANK
#354

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 57.69%
Windows 8 35.57%
Windows Vista 3.39%
Windows XP 3.35%
Windows 8.1 0.00%
Windows Server 2003 0.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.48%
Windows 8.1 17.45%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.79%
Windows 7 Professional 10.76%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.20%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.31%

Distribution by countryGeography

37.25% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 37.25%
  United Kingdom 5.55%
  Canada 3.79%
  France 3.78%
  Italy 3.52%
  Germany 3.05%
  Brazil 3.01%
  India 2.39%
  Australia 2.24%
  Netherlands 1.87%
  Spain 1.51%
  MA 1.50%
  DZ 1.28%
  Sweden 1.23%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.58%
ASUS 18.11%
Acer 17.08%
Dell 16.13%
Toshiba 11.28%
Samsung 3.94%
Lenovo 3.91%
GIGABYTE 3.88%
Intel 0.93%
MSI 0.61%
Alienware 0.54%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.45%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.87%
ASUS All Series 4.21%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.19%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-B 2.65%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.46%

About Skype Technologies

Skype (now a Microsoft company) developes and operates the VoIP software and service Skype which was released as a simple computer-to-computer, or computer-to-telephone program.
Publisher URL: www.skype.com

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