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. Take a deep breath or Skype. The whole world can talk for free or Windows Media Player or AutoIt v3 Script
belongs to software AutoIt v3 Script or Microsoft Windows Operating System or Skype™ Beta
by Skype Technologies S.A (www.skype.com) or AutoIt Team or Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).
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 not a Windows system file. There is no description of the program. The Skype.exe file is digitally signed. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run, User Shell Folders). Skype.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.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: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.