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What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
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Skype 3.0


Skype 3.0 is a software program developed by Skype Technologies. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 8 files and is usually about 28.35 MB (29,728,993 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 17% of users of Skype come from India, it is also popular in BD and the United States.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.skype.com
Help link: ui.skype.com/ui/0/
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 28.35 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Skype 3.0

Program executable:skype.exe
Skype. The whole world can talk for free.
Path:C:\Program Files\skype\phone\skype.exe
Additional files:
  • SkypeResources.dll - Skype (Skype Resources)
  • unins000.exe - Inno Setup (Setup/Uninstall)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Skype.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{0FA2C0BB-4356-4F90-8DDD-9141D50BC9F5}' (runs on registration).
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:101.53 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0139741998%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00620400%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00777020%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:26,938,913
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:10.79 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:24.52 KB
105.02 KB average

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 3.0, 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.

Win 7 27%
Win 10 3%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.00%
Windows Vista 26.67%
Windows XP 20.00%
Windows 10 3.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 20.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 20.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 20.00%
Windows 7 Professional 13.33%
Windows 7 Starter 10.00%
Windows 7 Home Premium 6.67%

Distribution by countryGeography

17.14% of installs come from India
Which countries install it?
  India 17.14%
  BD 14.29%
  United States 14.29%
  United Kingdom 5.71%
  Hong Kong 2.86%
  Kazakstan 2.86%
  MA 2.86%
  South Africa 2.86%
  Brazil 2.86%
  Thailand 2.86%
  UA 2.86%
  Switzerland 2.86%
  Kuwait 2.86%
  Austria 2.86%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sony 25.00%
Acer 21.43%
Hewlett-Packard 14.29%
ASUS 10.71%
Dell 7.14%
Intel 7.14%
Toshiba 3.57%
Samsung 3.57%
Lenovo 3.57%
Common models
Intel DG41WV 7.41%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 3.70%
TOSHIBA Satellite A200 3.70%
Sony VGN-N31Z_W 3.70%
Sony VGN-N31M_W 3.70%
Sony VGN-N31L_W 3.70%

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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