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3% remove it97% keep it
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Skype 3.1

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 3.1 is a program developed by Skype Technologies. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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 main program executable is skype.exe. The software installer includes 2 files and is usually about 25.4 MB (26,633,359 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows Vista (SP2) as well as Windows XP. While about 25% of users of Skype come from the United States, it is also popular in France and Italy.

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: 25.4 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Skype 3.1

Program executable:skype.exe
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Path:C:\Program Files\skype\phone\skype.exe
Additional files:
  • unins000.exe - Inno Setup (Setup/Uninstall)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Skype.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EF5C82C9-A43A-4694-8D57-81F51C031C4B}' (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:170.83 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002478925%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00012933%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00011856%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:8,519,859,869
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:7.75 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:18.14 MB
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 3.1, 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) 35%
Win XP 6%
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 Vista 41.94%
Windows XP 29.03%
Windows 7 29.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 40.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 26.67%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.67%
Windows 7 Professional 10.00%
Windows Vista Ultimate 3.33%
Windows 7 Home Premium 3.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

25.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 25.00%
  France 8.33%
  Italy 8.33%
  MA 5.56%
  Belgium 5.56%
  Netherlands 5.56%
  Germany 5.56%
  Canada 5.56%
  Saudi Arabia 5.56%
  LY 2.78%
  TN 2.78%
  Finland 2.78%
  DZ 2.78%
  Austria 2.78%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 52.00%
Dell 20.00%
Sony 8.00%
Sahara 4.00%
Lenovo 4.00%
Acer 4.00%
Medion 4.00%
ASUS 4.00%
Common models
Sony VGN-FE770G 4.00%
LENOVO 0763C5U 4.00%
HP-Pavilion GV455AA-B14 a... 4.00%
HP-Pavilion GS386AA-ABZ m... 4.00%

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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