What is SkypeBrowserHost.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 SkypeBrowserHost.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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SkypeBrowserHost.exe file information

The process known as Skype Browser Host belongs to software Skype by Skype Technologies (

Description: SkypeBrowserHost.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SkypeBrowserHost.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 326,616 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 333,440 bytes and 4 more variants. 
There is no description of the program. It is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. SkypeBrowserHost.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to get help from the software vendor Skype, see if there is a newer version or remove the entire program Skype™ or Skype using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify SkypeBrowserHost.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SkypeBrowserHost.exe. Therefore, you should check the SkypeBrowserHost.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

The SkypeBrowserHost is not malware, it's a component that should improve stability and performance of the Skype.
  Victor   (further information)
Part of Skype, turns on with it, but will be on even if you close Skype. Runs 2-3 individual processes, disabling them with Skype being on will make them re-enable instantly. Isn't required to use Skype, but without it you can't log in into skype (if you manually log out, instead of asking for login and password there will be a loading screen). However you can launch the skype with autologin turned on without a problem. For the weaker PC's or if you just want to run as little stuff on background as possible - would recomend just moving/renaming the "browser" folder, and in case you will log out - start the process manually. (all the info is from testing it myself)
It can spawn well over a dozen instances (some users report 40) and they all chew memory and CPU. It is used to deliver targeted ads into the Skype window as well as record who you talk to and how often you use Skype.
Under Windows7 you cannot get the login screen to appear without SkypeBrowserHost.exe present. So it is necessary. This article is WRONG
  Dick Cecchini  
The SkypeBrowserHost is not malware, it's an adware that should annoy you with unwanted advertisement inside Skype window.

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Summary: Average user rating of SkypeBrowserHost.exe: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. One user thinks SkypeBrowserHost.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks SkypeBrowserHost.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving SkypeBrowserHost issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SkypeBrowserHost. 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 SkypeBrowserHost.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.

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