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.
The process known as Skype. The whole world can talk for free or Skype. Take a deep breath or AutoIt v3 Script or Skype - Free Internet Telephony or Skype. The whole world can talk for free. (BETA) or Packard Bell - Skype
belongs to software Skype™ Beta or AutoIt v3 Script
by Skype Technologies S.A (www.skype.com) or AutoIt Team.
Description: Skype.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Skype.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—mainly C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,179,660 bytes (99% of all occurrences), 845,312 bytes or 54,272 bytes.
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. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Skype.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 9% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If Skype.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 23% dangerous. The file size is 13,179,660 bytes (63% of all occurrences), 55,808 bytes, 3,965,440 bytes, 53,760 bytes or 750,320 bytes. The program has a visible window. Skype.exe is not a Windows system file. There is no information about the author of the file. The file has a digital signature. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run). Skype.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.
If Skype.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 6% dangerous. The file size is 13,179,660 bytes. The program has a visible window. The file is a file with no information about its developer. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows core file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Skype.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.
If Skype.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 98,304 bytes.
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.
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 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 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.