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What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #340
United States Rank #557
Reach 1.7955%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 27.19 days
802.19 days >
Average installed length: 421.49 days


6.3.107 32.16%
6.3.105 67.82%
6.3.20 0.01%
6.3.12 0.01%
6.2.106 0.00%

Skype 6.3

What is Skype?  (from Skype Technologies)

Skype 6.3 for Windows is a maintenance release which brings to you a set of quality and performance related improvements. Skype is for doing things together, whenever you’re apart. Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are. With Skype, you ca...  Read more


Skype 6.3 is a program developed by Skype Technologies. The most used version is 6.3.105, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. 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 116.68 MB of memory. It also adds an icon to the Windows notifications area in order to provide access to the program. The software installer includes 108 files and is usually about 50.74 MB (53,201,699 bytes). Updater.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 36% 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: 50.74 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Skype 6.3

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:
  • SkypeClicktoCall.exe - Skype Toolbars (Skype Click to Call installer)
  • Skype4COM.dll - Skype4COM (Skype for COM API)
  • SkypeSetup.exe - Skype
  • SkypeSetup_4.2.0.169.exe
  • SkypeSetupFull.exe
  • SkypeContacts.dll - SkypeContacts ActiveX Control Module (Skype Contacts ActiveX Control Module)
  • NameProxy.dll - Skype IE plug-in name highlighter
  • NameProxyPS.dll
  • S4EmailSettings.dll - Skype Toolbars for Email Settings
  • SkypeBrowserOptions.dll - Skye plug-in settings dialog (Skype plug-in settings dialog)
  • NameParserComponent.dll - Skype name parser component
  • S4OLDlgActions.dll - Skype Toolbars v. (Contains Actions Dialog (v.
  • S4OLDlgSettings.dll - Contains Settings Dialog (v.
  • SkypeOLAddIn.dll - Contains Skype Toolbar for OutLook ActiveX component (v.
  • 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
  • SkypeNames2.exe - SkypeNames
  • SkypeNames.exe - SkypeNames
  • Skype4ComAPI.dll
  • Skype .exe
  • Updater.dll - Skype Updater Library
  • Updater.exe - Skype Updater Service
  • skypePM.exe - Skype Extras Manager
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • Skype4COM.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX' with a class of .
  • Skype4ComAPI.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX' with a class of .
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}.
2 Mozilla Plugins
  • Skype4COM.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Office Authorization'.
  • Skype4ComAPI.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Office Authorization'.
Scheduled Task
  • Skype.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{A2EC77D1-FCF7-42C0-BA97-E382434E9191}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Skype.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Skype.
  • Updater.exe runs as a service named 'Skype Updater' (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 'SkypeM' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\SkypeM.exe" /minimized /regrun.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Skype.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Skype' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /minimized /regrun.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • skypePM.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Documents and Settings\Lonia\Ustawienia lokalne\Dane aplikacji\Skype\Plugin Manager\skypePM.exe'.
  • Skype.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe'.
  • Updater.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Skype\Updater\Updater.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:116.68 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0033461124%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00178264%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00156347%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:6,587,588
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:527.88 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:317.77 KB
105.02 KB 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™ 6.3, 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 6.3 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win 8.1 0%
Automatically starts? 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 72.06%
Windows 10 13.35%
Windows XP 8.16%
Windows Vista 6.41%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.74%
Windows 7 Ultimate 18.73%
Windows 7 Professional 11.51%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.05%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.91%
Windows 8.1 2.92%

Distribution by countryGeography

35.86% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 35.86%
  Germany 5.40%
  Brazil 4.85%
  United Kingdom 4.85%
  Italy 3.88%
  Canada 3.80%
  France 3.57%
  Australia 2.13%
  Spain 1.71%
  Netherlands 1.68%
  Belgium 1.63%
  Turkey 1.37%
  India 1.36%
  Mexico 1.25%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.47%
Dell 20.04%
Acer 18.60%
ASUS 9.14%
Toshiba 7.33%
Samsung 4.64%
Lenovo 2.52%
Intel 1.29%
American Megatrends 1.20%
Sahara 0.74%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.72%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.26%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.18%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.75%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.71%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.51%

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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