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Should I remove Skype?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #22,679
United States Rank #38,176
Reach 0.0086%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.40 days
306.68 days >
Average installed length: 161.14 days


3.8.188 39.64%
3.8.180 11.24%
3.8.154 13.02%
3.8.144 4.14%
3.8.139 16.57%
3.8.115 15.38%

Skype 3.8

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. Version 3.6 improves video quality for video calls.


The most used version is 3.8.188, 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 17 files and is usually about 27.01 MB (28,322,764 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/
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Skype\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{5C82DAE5-6EB0-4374-9254-BE3319BA4E82}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 27.01 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Skype 3.8

Program executable:skype.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\skype\phone\skype.exe
Additional files:
  • SPhoneParser.dll - Skype Phone number parser
  • 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
  • ##Updater.dll - Skype (Skype Updater Library)
  • ~~Updater.exe - Skype Updater Service
  • skypePM.exe - Skype Extras Manager

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 '{51D9EDB3-B5E7-43C1-B475-EA10D3E2D9B8}' (runs on registration).
  • ~~Updater.exe runs as a service named 'SkypeUpdate' (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" /nosplash /minimized.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • skypePM.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Skype\Plugin Manager\skypePM.exe'.
  • Skype.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:33.83 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0130491323%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00746430%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00558483%
0.015104% average
70 average
Memory:10.74 MB
Total CPU:0.0107529424%
Kernel CPU:0.00548454%
User CPU:0.00526840%

How do I remove Skype?

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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Skype™ 3.8, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 3.8 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win XP 28%
Win Vista 1%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 41.42%
Windows XP 37.87%
Windows Vista 14.79%
Windows 10 5.92%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 37.13%
Windows 7 Ultimate 27.54%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.58%
Windows 7 Professional 8.98%
Windows Vista Home Basic 4.19%
Windows 7 Home Premium 3.59%

Distribution by countryGeography

16.95% of installs come from DZ
Which countries install it?
  DZ 16.95%
  United States 15.25%
  BG 7.34%
  United Kingdom 6.21%
  India 4.52%
  Italy 4.52%
  MA 3.39%
  France 2.82%
  Egypt 2.82%
  NG 2.26%
  Indonesia 1.69%
  Germany 1.69%
  Canada 1.69%
  Poland 1.69%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.73%
Acer 18.81%
Dell 16.83%
Sony 5.94%
Sahara 4.95%
ASUS 4.95%
Intel 3.96%
American Megatrends 2.97%
Medion 1.98%
Toshiba 1.98%
Common models
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 3.09%
HP Pavilion dv6700 Notebo... 2.06%
Dell Latitude E4300 2.06%
Sony VGN-SR21M_S 2.06%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 2.06%

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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