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Should I remove Skype Web Plugin?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
25% remove it75% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,009
United States Rank #1,341
Reach 0.6865%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.42 days
572.95 days >
Average installed length: 301.04 days


VersionDistribution 3.41% 2.23% 0.75% 0.44% 0.48% 0.31% 0.64% 0.55% 1.12% 0.47% 0.54% 0.30% 1.01% 0.33% 0.10% 1.60% 0.77% 0.72% 0.70% 0.92% 1.43% 0.41% 0.77% 0.91% 0.95% 2.65% 0.13% 3.82% 0.14% 0.71% 0.95% 1.40% 1.46% 1.54% 4.33% 0.97% 3.38% 2.59% 4.89% 1.08% 0.33% 0.84% 0.63% 9.22%
3.1.15602.22612 7.24%
2.13.15573.22537 0.02%
2.9.13008.18866 27.29%
2.3.12417.17599 2.53%

Skype Web Plugin

What is Skype Web Plugin?  (from Skype Technologies)

The Skype Plugin is a quick way to make Skype calls directly from your web browser to your Messenger buddies even if you don’t have Skype installed. The Skype Plugin is available for Windows and Mac, and works on Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome web browsers. If you have Skype installed, you can easily make calls...  Read more


Skype Web Plugin is a software program developed by Skype Technologies. The most common release is 2.9.13008.18866, with over 98% of all installations currently using this 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 javaws.exe. The setup package generally installs about 73 files and is usually about 4.12 MB (4,321,280 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 39% of users of Skype Web Plugin come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.skype.com
Help link: support.microsoft.com/kb/2629803
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\skypewebplugin
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{6F11BED2-859F-46C4-A9DA-A91AAD5BC849}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 4.12 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Skype Web Plugin

Program executable:javaws.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\java\jre1.8.0_60\bin\javaws.exe
Additional files:
  • npskypewebplugin.dll - Skype Web Plugin
  • skypewebplugin.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • npskypewebplugin.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npSkypeWebPlugin.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npskypewebplugin.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Skype Web Plugin' with a plugin key of '@Skype Technologies S.A..com/Skype Web Plugin' for all users of the PC.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • skypewebplugin.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\SkypeWebPlugin\SkypeWebPlugin.exe'.

How do I remove Skype Web Plugin?

You can uninstall Skype Web Plugin 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 Web Plugin, 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 Web Plugin.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Skype Web Plugin you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Plugs into Mozilla Firefox
Uninstall it 25%
Keep it 75%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 59.62%
Windows 7 37.17%
Windows Vista 1.95%
Windows XP 1.25%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 24.29%
Windows 7 Home Premium 17.36%
Windows 8.1 10.30%
Windows 10 Pro 9.75%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.02%
Windows 7 Professional 7.60%

Distribution by countryGeography

39.04% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 39.04%
  United Kingdom 6.96%
  France 6.45%
  Italy 4.76%
  Canada 4.24%
  Germany 4.16%
  Brazil 3.71%
  Netherlands 2.50%
  Spain 2.10%
  Belgium 1.54%
  Australia 1.53%
  Mexico 1.19%
  India 1.17%
  Sweden 0.99%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.86%
Acer 17.71%
Dell 16.81%
ASUS 12.78%
Toshiba 8.10%
Lenovo 6.54%
Samsung 4.89%
Intel 0.95%
Medion 0.61%
MSI 0.57%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.48%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 5.00%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.96%
ASUS All Series 4.30%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.54%
HP 15 Notebook PC 3.44%

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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