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What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #10,375
United States Rank #32,371
Reach 0.0342%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 194.13 days
725.92 days >
Average installed length: 381.41 days


5.10.116 98.66%
5.10.115 0.45%
5.10.114 0.15%
5.10.18 0.74%

Skype 5.10

What is Skype?  (from Skype Technologies)

You can make Skype calls to people who have emailed you and even call phones and mobile around the world with pretty cheap rates. Why just talk when you can see each other face-to-face? Video call your family in Australia, your friends in Spain or your colleagues in Japan, for free. It’s the next best thing to being th...  Read more


Skype 5.10 is a program developed by Skype Technologies. The most used version is 5.10.116, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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 101.53 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 29 files and is usually about 16.85 MB (17,673,526 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 XP. While about 52% of users of Skype come from Japan, it is also popular in Taiwan and the United States.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.skype.com
Help link: ui.skype.com/ui/0/
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Skype\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{EE7257A2-39A2-4D2F-9DAC-F9F25B8AE1D8}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 16.85 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Skype 5.10

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_5.10.0.116.exe
  • NameProxy.dll - Skype IE plug-in name highlighter
  • NameProxyPS.dll
  • 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
  • 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 using the class -{898EA8C8-E7FF-479B-8935-AEC46303B9E5}.
Scheduled Task
  • Skype.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{0FA2C0BB-4356-4F90-8DDD-9141D50BC9F5}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Skype.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Skype @ Logon.
  • 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' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /minimized /regrun.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • skypePM.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Programas\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:101.53 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0139741998%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00620400%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00777020%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:26,938,913
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:10.79 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:24.52 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:12.84 MB
Total CPU:0.0044418892%
Kernel CPU:0.00250564%
User CPU:0.00193624%
I/O reads/min:166 Bytes
I/O writes/min:8 Bytes

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(TM) 5.10, 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 5.10 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 72%
Win 8 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 76.85%
Windows XP 13.20%
Windows Vista 8.31%
Windows 10 1.63%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 52.69%
Windows 7 Professional 13.77%
Microsoft Windows XP 12.87%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.98%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.84%
Windows 8 Pro 1.35%

Distribution by countryGeography

52.21% of installs come from Japan
Which countries install it?
  Japan 52.21%
  Taiwan 30.09%
  United States 5.60%
  Hong Kong 5.16%
  Malaysia 1.33%
  China 1.03%
  Singapore 0.88%
  Canada 0.74%
  United Kingdom 0.59%
  Australia 0.44%
  Indonesia 0.29%
  Macau 0.29%
  AW 0.15%
  Brazil 0.15%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 26.08%
Acer 25.32%
Toshiba 11.65%
Hewlett-Packard 8.86%
Sony 7.59%
ASUS 6.08%
NEC 4.05%
Lenovo 3.29%
Sahara 1.01%
Intel 0.76%
Common models
Acer Aspire M1935 3.52%
Acer Aspire 5750G 3.08%
Acer Aspire 4752 2.64%
Dell Inspiron 580 2.20%
Dell Inspiron 620 2.20%
Dell Inspiron 620s 2.20%

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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