What is skinkers.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the skinkers.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Skinkers.exe file information

The process known as Skinkers Receiver belongs to software BBC News alerts or Sky Alerts by Skinkers Communications (

Description: Skinkers.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file skinkers.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 475,136 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 461,312 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. It is not a Windows system file. Skinkers.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with skinkers.exe, you can also safely remove the program using the uninstall program of BBC News alerts or Sky Alerts (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as skinkers.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the skinkers.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

It came from the BBC, you can trust them
It's a desktop alert - breaking news software (opt in)
  John Smith   (further information)
Displays on screen News Alerts from the BBC
  Nidonocu   (further information)
BBC Desktop Alerts software
  Andrew M   (further information)
various ad stuff does some user tracking and ad popups
  mal   (further information)
Used in business and education to deliver messages and updates to clients and teachers
Adds pop-up news alerts to your desktop, used by a number of news services (but can't guarantee it doesn't do other things for their advertisers, too).
Came with the BBC's News Alert desktop service
Produced for the BBC - it is THE program which delivers BBC news alerts to your desktop - it is an opt-in service. Simply uninstall it to stop it from ever running again!
  Steve   (further information)
It is part of the BBC news alerts software
  Paul   (further information)
It's like an adware
It's installed with BBC News Alerts, check their privacy policy though...
  Jon   (further information)
I use it to get BBC alerts. However Norton virus checker attempts to block it and will not accept the instruction to "allow always". I suspect this is a bug in Norton
  Patrick McGrane  
It came from a taskbar alert system from a survey company.
I have Skinkers.exe but have never had BBC news alerts. I do however receive Sky News alerts.
i have it as part of the Halifax Share Price Alert
American Airlines DealFinder installs Skinkers the ticker bar.
American Airlines, other brands info provider
  Lisa M   (further information)
Desktop Alerts application. Does not track or install ads.
using 40%+ CPU on idle computer
  Andy P  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of skinkers.exe: based on 22 votes with 20 user comments. 13 users think skinkers.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. One user thinks skinkers.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade skinkers.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving skinkers issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with skinkers. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the skinkers.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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