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What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,700
United States Rank #3,644
Reach 0.3982%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.99 days
353.79 days >
Average installed length: 185.89 days


6.10.1307 0.01%
6.10.104 99.99%

Typically installed together

Skype 6.10

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.


The most used version is 6.10.104, 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 main program executable is skype.exe. The software installer includes 22 files and is usually about 39.19 MB (41,088,713 bytes). Updater.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

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: 39.19 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Skype 6.10

Program executable:skype.exe
Signed by:Microsoft Corporation
Path:C:\Program Files\skype\phone\skype.exe
Additional files:
  • SkypeSetup.exe - Skype
  • SkypeSetupFull.exe
  • SkypeBrowserOptions.dll - Skype Click to Call (Skype plug-in settings dialog)
  • skypeieplugin.dll - Skype Click to Call for Internet Explorer
  • SkypeIEPluginBroker.exe - Skype broker for IE add-on
  • SkypePnr.dll - Skype Phone Number Recognizer
  • NameParserComponent2.dll - Skype Toolbars (Skype name parser component)
  • SkypeNames2.exe - SkypeNames
  • Updater.dll - Skype Updater Library
  • Updater.exe - Skype Updater Service

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 '{EF5C82C9-A43A-4694-8D57-81F51C031C4B}' (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 'SkypeUpdate' (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.
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:145.5 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0569868443%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.04829843%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00868842%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:48,891,456
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:37.65 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:42.92 KB
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™ 6.10, 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 6.10 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win 8 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 70.06%
Windows 10 19.88%
Windows XP 6.72%
Windows Vista 3.34%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 26.02%
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.20%
Windows 7 Professional 13.66%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.59%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.22%
Windows 8.1 3.82%

Distribution by countryGeography

22.24% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 22.24%
  MA 10.07%
  DZ 4.72%
  Israel 4.02%
  Italy 3.92%
  Brazil 3.68%
  Germany 3.20%
  United Kingdom 3.14%
  France 2.72%
  IQ 2.37%
  Canada 2.35%
  Sweden 2.33%
  TN 2.32%
  Egypt 1.98%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.10%
Dell 20.23%
Acer 19.33%
ASUS 9.07%
Toshiba 7.63%
Samsung 4.79%
Lenovo 3.85%
Intel 1.24%
American Megatrends 0.87%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 7.55%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.02%
Dell Inspiron N5110 4.55%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.57%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 2.52%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.37%

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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