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What percent of users and experts removed it?
10% remove it90% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,241
United States Rank #20,972
Reach 0.0593%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 6.91 days
203.86 days >
Average installed length: 107.11 days


6.11.102 100.00%

Skype 6.11

Remove Skype 6.11
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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.


It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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 primary executable is named skype.exe. The setup package generally installs about 15 files and is usually about 19.92 MB (20,882,976 bytes). The installed file Updater.dll is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.skype.com
Help link: ui.skype.com/ui/0/
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Skype\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{4E76FF7E-AEBA-4C87-B788-CD47E5425B9D}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 19.92 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Skype 6.11

Program executable:skype.exe
Signed by:Microsoft Corporation
Path:C:\Program Files\skype\phone\skype.exe
Additional files:
  • SkypeSetup.exe - Skype
  • SkypeBrowserOptions.dll - Skype Click to Call (Skype plug-in settings dialog)
  • skypeieplugin.dll - Skype Click to Call for Internet Explorer
  • SkypeIEPluginBroker.exe - Skype broker for IE add-on
  • SkypePnr.dll - Skype Phone Number Recognizer
  • NameParserComponent2.dll - Skype Toolbars (Skype name parser component)
  • SkypeNames2.exe - SkypeNames
  • Updater.dll - Skype Updater Library
  • Updater.exe - Skype Updater Service

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 (mastermind)' with the class of {22BF413B-C6D2-4d91-82A9-A0F997BA588C}.
Internet Explorer Extension
  • skypeieplugin.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension as 'Skype add-on (button)' with a class of {77BF5300-1474-4EC7-9980-D32B190E9B07}.
Scheduled Task
  • Skype.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EF5C82C9-A43A-4694-8D57-81F51C031C4B}' (runs on registration).
  • 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.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Skype.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:170.83 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002478925%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00012933%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00011856%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:8,519,859,869
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:7.75 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:18.14 MB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Skype?

Quickly and completely remove Skype(TM) 6.11 from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (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(TM) 6.11, 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 6.11 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 74%
Win Vista 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 77.73%
Windows 10 9.71%
Windows XP 8.15%
Windows Vista 4.42%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 43.09%
Windows 7 Ultimate 18.09%
Windows 7 Professional 12.33%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.13%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.97%
Windows 8.1 2.80%

Distribution by countryGeography

39.86% of installs come from Taiwan
Which countries install it?
  Taiwan 39.86%
  Japan 25.84%
  Hong Kong 9.17%
  United States 8.29%
  Thailand 4.23%
  Malaysia 2.91%
  China 1.94%
  Australia 1.32%
  Canada 1.15%
  United Kingdom 0.97%
  Singapore 0.79%
  Macau 0.62%
  Germany 0.53%
  New Zealand 0.26%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 22.94%
ASUS 22.49%
Dell 14.84%
Hewlett-Packard 9.60%
Toshiba 9.30%
Lenovo 3.60%
NEC 3.15%
MSI 1.65%
Samsung 1.20%
Sony 1.20%
Intel 0.90%
Common models
ASUS All Series 2.92%
Acer Aspire V3-571G 2.92%
TOSHIBA Satellite L850 2.92%
ASUSTeK K43SV 2.55%
Acer Aspire M1935 1.82%

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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