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What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,386
United States Rank #2,811
Reach 0.4936%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.05 days
296.52 days >
Average installed length: 155.80 days


6.9.106 100.00%

Skype 6.9

What is Skype?

Skype is a proprietary Voice over IP service and software application. The service allows users to communicate with peers by voice using a microphone, video by using a webcam, and instant messaging over the Internet. Phone calls may be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone networks. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones are charged via a debit-based user account system. Unlike most other VoIP services, Skype is a hybrid peer-to-peer and client–server system. It makes use of background processing on computers running Skype software. Skype's original proposed name (Sky Peer-to-Peer) reflects this fact. Skype is claimed to be a secure communication; encryption cannot be disabled, and is invisible to the user.


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. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft 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 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 98 files and is usually about 19.82 MB (20,783,891 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: 19.82 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Skype 6.9

Program executable:skype.exe
Signed by:Microsoft Corporation
Path:C:\Program Files\skype\phone\skype.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Additional files:
  • Skype4COM.dll - Skype4COM (Skype for COM API)
  • SkypeSetup.exe - Skype
  • SkypeSetupFull.exe
  • SkypeContacts.dll - SkypeContacts ActiveX Control Module (Skype Contacts ActiveX Control Module)
  • 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.
  • skype_toolbar.dll - Skype for Internet Explorer (Skype for Internet Explorer Module)
  • 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
  • EasyHideHelper.dll - EasyHideHelper Module
  • skypeieplugin.dll - Skype Click to Call (Skype Click to Call for Internet Explorer)
  • NameParserComponent2.dll - Skype Toolbars
  • SkypeNames2.exe - SkypeNames
  • SkypeNames.exe - SkypeNames
  • accsky.dll
  • SKYPE4~1.DLL
  • Skype4ComAPI.dll
  • Updater.dll - Skype Updater Library
  • Updater.exe - Skype Updater Service
  • skypePM.exe - Skype Extras Manager

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 .
2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • 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}.
  • skype_toolbar.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'SkypeIEHelper Class' with the class of {22BF413B-C6D2-4d91-82A9-A0F997BA588C} (SkypeIEHelper).
2 Internet Explorer Extensions
  • skypeieplugin.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension as 'Skype add-on (button)' with a class of {77BF5300-1474-4EC7-9980-D32B190E9B07}.
  • EasyHideHelper.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension as 'EasyHideBtn Class' with a class of {77BF5300-1474-4EC7-9980-D32B190E9B07}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • skype_toolbar.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Skype Toolbar for Internet Explorer' with the class of {B13721C7-F507-4982-B2E5-502A71474FED}.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • skype_toolbar.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Skype Toolbar for Internet Explorer' with a class of {B13721C7-F507-4982-B2E5-502A71474FED}.
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 '{FECFC5E1-F174-49ED-97CC-DDEE8780D0FD}' (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' 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:146.19 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0097218534%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00383602%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00588583%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:17,129,221
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:82.03 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:14.68 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™ 6.9, 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 6.9 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win XP 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 68.49%
Windows 10 20.56%
Windows XP 7.06%
Windows Vista 3.86%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.60%
Windows 7 Ultimate 23.06%
Windows 7 Professional 11.94%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.00%
Windows 8 Pro 4.13%
Windows 8 4.03%

Distribution by countryGeography

25.54% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 25.54%
  Israel 6.68%
  MA 5.41%
  Germany 4.00%
  Italy 3.92%
  United Kingdom 3.85%
  France 3.81%
  Brazil 3.65%
  Canada 2.99%
  DZ 2.23%
  Netherlands 1.78%
  Australia 1.52%
  IQ 1.48%
  Egypt 1.47%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.08%
Dell 19.77%
Acer 17.65%
ASUS 10.29%
Toshiba 7.26%
Samsung 5.12%
Lenovo 4.15%
Intel 1.79%
American Megatrends 0.92%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.31%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.83%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.13%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.91%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.43%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.34%

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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