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Should I remove Skype?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #31,139
United States Rank #46,007
Reach 0.0044%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.23 days
508.37 days >
Average installed length: 267.11 days


2.5 100.00%

Skype 2.5

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.


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 4 files and is usually about 20.72 MB (21,724,613 bytes).

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: 20.72 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Skype 2.5

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

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Skype.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{30899F1D-4F0A-4D07-89C1-D7534A99E548}' (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" /nosplash /minimized.
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:12.55 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0031645317%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00171641%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00144812%
0.015104% 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 2.5, 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 Vista (SP2) 36%
Win 7 1%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 45.98%
Windows 7 28.74%
Windows XP 21.84%
Windows 10 3.45%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 42.35%
Microsoft Windows XP 21.18%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.29%
Windows 7 Professional 5.88%
Windows 7 Home Premium 4.71%
Windows 7 Enterprise 2.35%

Distribution by countryGeography

19.78% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 19.78%
  France 8.79%
  Italy 8.79%
  United Kingdom 6.59%
  Japan 6.59%
  India 5.49%
  Germany 4.40%
  MA 4.40%
  Austria 3.30%
  Spain 3.30%
  Indonesia 3.30%
  United Arab Emirates 2.20%
  Israel 2.20%
  Netherlands 2.20%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 47.54%
Dell 16.39%
Sony 13.11%
Acer 9.84%
Sahara 3.28%
Lenovo 3.28%
Compaq 3.28%
Intel 1.64%
Common models
Sony VGN-FE41M 2.63%
Dell Computer Dimension 4... 2.63%
Acer Veriton L670G 2.63%
Sony VGN-N21Z_W 2.63%
Sony VGN-FE92HS 1.32%
TOSHIBA Satellite L500 1.32%

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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