What is Skype.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 Skype.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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Skype.exe file information

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Skype.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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 ( 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 8/7/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 with no information about its developer. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Skype.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 9% dangerous, however you should also read the user 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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External information from Paul Collins:

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.


User Comments

Skype (VoIP Telephone)
  Daniel H.   (further information)
Skype VoIP better than messenger
  Richard C.  
Voice comunications, VoIP
Skype (VoIP) no danger
Skype good VoIP program
  Sanchez   (further information)
Skype VoIP telephony, Spyware!
  Arto H.  
Very suspect EULA; read carefully!
gives you charges when you havnt signed up!
VoIP Program. The Skype client does connect out to a number of "Skype Proxies" so the main servers don't have to do all the work....problem is you can be elected as a proxy if you are on a fast link, then your connection speed will decrease accordingly. The address that it picks are pretty scary if you have a TCP/IP packet capture going.....dorm rooms in Spain, Internet cafe's in Thailand.....
  John A.  
The firewalls do nothing. It's a problem to the administrator control.
spyware or trojan horse!!!
It's nomal
  Nguyen Ngoc Thao  
Voice over IP... Internet chatting though microphone. Its like Teamspeak but has the AOL style of finding people
  Steven Moseng   (further information)
Icon cannot be removedt with add/remove
  john pater  
Skype VoIP (Voice over Internet Provider) make calls around the world free/cheap
I was initially concerned when Tenebril SpyCatcher warned me that skype.exe was trying to log my keystrokes. I asked Skype why it was so doing, and received the following reply: Skype has a built-in system-wide Hotkey feature (accessible via Tools Options Hotkeys) which to some applications might appear as a keylogger because Skype needs to recognize key actions to make the hotkey function possible.
This app is allowed through your firewall and effectively onto your LAN. Also, Skype is P2P as it identifies "Supernodes" and uses most if not all of your bandwidth to accomodate other Skype users - stay right away, there are alternatives!
Voice over IP Calling
good software for instant messaging and voip
  werever   (further information)
free calls and much more
  rizwan.raja 14  
C:/Program Files/Skype/Phone
Skype, VOip.. if you did not install Skype app; it's Virus

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Skype.exe: based on 33 votes with 22 user comments. 19 users think Skype.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 6 users think Skype.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade Skype.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Skype issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Skype. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 Skype.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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