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How to remove an Skype error


Skype.exe is a executable file (a program) for Windows. The filename extension .exe is the abbreviation for executable. 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 an application you can trust.

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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 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. http://www.file.net/process/skype.exe.html 
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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User Comments

Skype (VoIP Telephone)
  Daniel H.   (further information)
Skype VoIP better than messenger
  Richard C.  
Voice comunications, VoIP
  ewan  
Skype (VoIP) no danger
  Vinyond  
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!
  Welf  
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!!!
  tom  
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
  Shalianahe  
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!
  Paul.  
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
  alex  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Skype.exe: based on 33 votes with 22 reviews.
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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