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Should I remove Skype?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,277
United States Rank #1,745
Reach 0.6349%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.25 days
390.75 days >
Average installed length: 205.31 days


6.5.158 98.65%
6.5.107 1.29%
6.5.11 0.06%

Typically installed together

Skype 6.5

What is Skype?

Skype is software for calling other people on their computers or phones. Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world. Skype has all the features of an ordinary phone so it's even easier to manage your calls. Basic chat and emoticons - when it's not convenient to call, chat or Instant Message (IM) your contacts. Quickfilter and Speed-Dial - find Skype contacts, recent chats and SkypeOut contacts quickly and easily, then enter their Skype name to call them back quickly.

About  (from Skype Technologies)

We continue to improve video messaging while it’s in preview and encourage you to try it. Video messaging enables you to share life moments with contacts whether they’re off or online. With this release we improved the stability of video messaging and made video messaging easier to find with improved notifications. We...  Read more


The most common release is 6.5.158, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 primary executable is named skype.exe. 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 93 files and is usually about 35.26 MB (36,969,518 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.

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: 35.26 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Skype 6.5

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
  • SkypeContacts.dll - SkypeContacts ActiveX Control Module (Skype Contacts ActiveX Control Module)
  • 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 - Skype Toolbars
  • SkypeNames2.exe - SkypeNames
  • SkypeNames.exe - SkypeNames
  • Skype4COM.dll - Skype4COM (Skype for COM API)
  • Skype4ComAPI.dll
  • 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 (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}.
Scheduled Task
  • Skype.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{3EF30E26-4056-47E9-9B06-14774B0CF8BB}' (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 'Skype 2' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /secondary /minimized /nosplash /regrun.
2 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 '%ProgramFiles%\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:143.56 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0033338088%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00165434%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00167947%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:23,409,768
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:33.61 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:40.81 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?

Quickly and completely remove Skype™ 6.5 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™ 6.5, 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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Skype 6.5 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win Vista (SP2) 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.14%
Windows 8 11.10%
Windows XP 8.62%
Windows Vista 5.12%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.64%
Windows 7 Ultimate 20.83%
Windows 7 Professional 12.28%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.56%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.00%
Windows 8 Pro 3.57%

Distribution by countryGeography

34.85% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 34.85%
  Germany 5.57%
  Brazil 4.62%
  United Kingdom 4.45%
  France 3.39%
  Canada 3.35%
  Italy 3.06%
  Australia 2.35%
  Turkey 2.19%
  Netherlands 1.75%
  Spain 1.63%
  Russia 1.53%
  India 1.33%
  MK 1.31%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.34%
Dell 21.49%
Acer 18.02%
ASUS 9.75%
Toshiba 7.39%
Samsung 4.90%
Lenovo 3.61%
American Megatrends 1.67%
Intel 1.29%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.55%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.09%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.48%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.45%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 2.58%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.25%

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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