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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. 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 18% of users of Skype come from BD, it is also popular in the United States and India.

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

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:\Programas\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe'.

How do I remove Skype?

Quickly and completely remove Skype 3.0 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 3.0, 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.

Win 7 26%
Win 8 4%
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 52.17%
Windows Vista 26.09%
Windows XP 17.39%
Windows 8 4.35%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 21.74%
Microsoft Windows XP 17.39%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 17.39%
Windows 7 Professional 13.04%
Windows 7 Home Premium 8.70%
Windows 7 Starter 8.70%

Distribution by countryGeography

17.86% of installs come from BD
Which countries install it?
  BD 17.86%
  United States 17.86%
  India 14.29%
  Austria 3.57%
  Brazil 3.57%
  Switzerland 3.57%
  Czech Republic 3.57%
  Spain 3.57%
  United Kingdom 3.57%
  Indonesia 3.57%
  Japan 3.57%
  Kuwait 3.57%
  MA 3.57%
  Saudi Arabia 3.57%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sony 27.27%
Acer 22.73%
Hewlett-Packard 13.64%
ASUS 13.64%
Dell 9.09%
Lenovo 4.55%
Intel 4.55%
Common models
Intel DG41WV 9.52%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 4.76%
Sony VGN-N31Z_W 4.76%
Sony VGN-N31L_W 4.76%
Sony VGN-CR11S_P 4.76%
Sony VGN-C51HB_W 4.76%

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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