What is Skype.exe?
Skype.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if Skype.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.
Skype.exe file information
The process known as Skype. The whole world can talk for free or Skype. Take a deep breath or Skype - Free Internet Telephony or Skype. The whole world can talk for free. (BETA) or AutoIt v3 Script or Packard Bell - Skype
belongs to software Skype™ Beta or MIDInight Express II or AutoIt v3 Script
by Skype Technologies S.A (www.skype.com) or AutoIt Team.
Description: Skype.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Skype.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ - mainly C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\.
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 13,179,660 bytes (99% of all occurrences), 845,312 bytes, 54,272 bytes, 12,598,440 bytes or 10,039,488 bytes.
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. Skype.exe is not a Windows system file. The file is a file without information about the developer of this file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The software uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Skype.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 9% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
You could also consult Skype’s Customer Service, update the program or uninstall Skype from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs".
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If Skype.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 21% dangerous. The file size is 13,179,660 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 55,808 bytes, 53,760 bytes or 750,320 bytes. The Skype.exe file is not a Windows core file. There is no file information. It is digitally signed. Skype.exe is a Verisign signed file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). Skype.exe is able to record inputs, monitor applications, connect to the Internet and manipulate other programs.
If Skype.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 98,304 bytes. The program has a visible window. The Skype.exe file is a file without information about the developer of this file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). It is not a Windows core file.
External information from Paul Collins:
- "Skype" is not required to run at start up. "Skype is free and simple software that will enable you to make free calls anywhere in the world in minutes"
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Skype.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder, for example Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Foreign.avc or Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Foreign.azg (detected by Kaspersky), and Trojan:Win32/Ransom.EJ (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the Skype.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.
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