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What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,499
United States Rank #5,247
Reach 0.1585%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.70 days
492.68 days >
Average installed length: 258.86 days


6.2.106 100.00%

Skype 6.2

What is Skype?  (from Skype Technologies)

Skype 6.2 for Windows desktop introduces these exciting new features and improvements. The new Skype toolbar comes with Skype Home, Call phones, Group conversation and Add contact icons, so that you can reach the Skype features you use most even more easily. If your contact has birthday, a link to send them a Skype Gif...  Read more


Skype 6.2 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. 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 programs's main executable is skype.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 151.48 MB of memory. It also includes a system tray icon that is displayed in the notifications area while the program is running. The setup package generally installs about 20 files and is usually about 17.14 MB (17,969,551 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. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 30% of users of Skype come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Brazil.

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: 17.14 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Skype 6.2

Program executable:skype.exe
Signed by:Skype Technologies SA
Path:C:\Program Files\skype\phone\skype.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Skype starts up when your computer boots and remains in the background throughout the lifecycle of your PC. If you have Skype installed on a computer that's connected to the Internet, you can make phone calls, send text messages, connect to...
Additional files:
  • SkypeSetup.exe - Skype
  • SkypeSetupFull.exe
  • SkypeBrowserOptions.dll - Skye plug-in settings dialog (Skype plug-in settings dialog)
  • NameParserComponent.dll - Skype name parser component
  • SkypeIEPluginBroker.exe - Skype broker for IE add-on
  • SkypePnr.dll - Skype Phone number parser
  • SPhoneParser.dll
  • skypeieplugin.dll - Skype Click to Call (Skype Click to Call for Internet Explorer)
  • NameParserComponent2.dll - Skype Toolbars
  • SkypeNames2.exe - SkypeNames
  • SkypeNames.exe - SkypeNames
  • skype .exe
  • Updater.dll - 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 for Internet Explorer' with the class of {AE805869-2E5C-4ED4-8F7B-F1F7851A4497} (SkypeIEPluginBHO).
Internet Explorer Extension
  • skypeieplugin.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension as 'Skype add-on for Internet Explorer (toolbar button)' with a class of {898EA8C8-E7FF-479B-8935-AEC46303B9E5}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • skype .exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E4FAF803-C94C-436F-A1F3-A3DE9AF3A428}' (runs on registration).
  • Skype.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{3EF30E26-4056-47E9-9B06-14774B0CF8BB}' (runs on registration).
  • Updater.exe runs as a service named 'Skype Updater' (SkypeUpdate) "Enables the detection, download and installation of updates for Skype.".
2 Startup Files (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.
  • 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.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • skype .exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe'.
  • 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:151.48 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0013625210%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00055252%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00081000%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:95,067,685
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:29.74 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:72.65 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™ 6.2, 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 6.2 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 61%
Win 7 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.65%
Windows 10 15.07%
Windows XP 8.42%
Windows Vista 4.83%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.46%
Windows 7 Ultimate 24.38%
Windows 7 Professional 12.51%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.30%
Windows 8 Pro 4.47%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.83%

Distribution by countryGeography

29.76% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 29.76%
  Germany 6.51%
  Brazil 4.85%
  United Kingdom 4.19%
  Italy 3.78%
  France 3.36%
  Canada 2.85%
  Netherlands 2.62%
  Spain 2.14%
  MA 2.14%
  Turkey 1.96%
  Belgium 1.87%
  DZ 1.87%
  IQ 1.58%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.01%
Dell 22.28%
Acer 19.39%
ASUS 9.75%
Toshiba 6.21%
Samsung 3.43%
Lenovo 2.41%
Intel 1.93%
American Megatrends 0.91%
Sahara 0.70%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.21%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.21%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.83%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.91%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.76%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.45%

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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