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What is Skype.exe?

Part of Skype by Skype Technologies S.A.

What is it?

Skype starts up when your computer boots and remains in the background throughout the lifecycle of your PC. If you have Skype installed on a computer that's connected to the Internet, you can make phone calls, send text messages, connect to video chats, access voice mail, send instant messages and much more. By default, Skype places an icon in the Windows taskbar during the installation process. This is the core Skype program.
Description of skype.exe from Skype Technologies S.A.
Why just talk when you can see each other face-to-face? Video call your family in Australia, your friends in Spain or your colleagues in Japan, for free. It’s the next best thing to being there. Call people all over the world on their phone or mobile from just 1.2¢ per minute* using Skype. Talk to anyone else on Skype, anywhere in the world, for free with a Skype-to-Skype call. Catch up with your backpacking brother in Asia, check in with your boss away in the US – call any Skype contact for free. Group video calling.
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How does skype.exe run?

Process - Skype.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. Skype.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does skype.exe start?

Startup files (user) run - Skype.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Skype' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /nosplash /minimized' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.
Scheduled task - Skype.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\{948DC706-D886-4AFD-938D-4875BC905C1D}'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the skype.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of skype.exe users, 24.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is Skype.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00086% CPU8558.4%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
89.47 MB RAM415.5%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
     54 /min2.4%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
211 GDI objects140.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\skype\phone\skype.exe

Are there other versions of Skype?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Skype.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7600.0)

About Skype Technologies S.A.

Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are More...
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File details

File name: Skype.exe
Publisher: Skype Technologies S.A. (verified)
Name: Skype
Description: Skype
Product version: 6.7
Size: 19.73 MB
Original file name: Skype.exe

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: VeriSign
Expiration date: 8/17/2013

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0010923430%
Privileged CPU: 0.0002365073%
User CPU: 0.00085583570037%
Privileged CPU time: 28236.18 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 24 ms
CPU cycle count: 345,736,591
CPU cycle count /min: 644,892,490
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 294.01 MB
Peak committed memory: 301.77 MB
Paged memory: 89.47 MB
Peak paged memory: 91.15 MB
Paged system memory: 413.56 KB
Non-paged system memory: 83.38 KB
Working set memory: 68.95 MB
Peak working set memory: 93.02 MB
Min working set memory: 62.36 MB
Private memory: 89.47 MB
Page faults: 459,920
Page faults /min: 386
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 48,864
Read operations /min: 41
Total read transfer: 45.14 MB
Read transfer /min: 38.79 KB
Total write operations: 15,439
Write operations /min: 13
Total write transfer: 34.07 MB
Write transfer /min: 29.27 KB
Total other operations: 693,493
Other operations /min: 582
Total other transfer: 20.7 MB
Other Transfer /min: 17.79 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 211
Peak GDI objects: 247
USER objects: 138
Peak USER objects: 141
Handle count average: 1,017
Thread count average: 38
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /minimized /regrun

Startup files (user) run details

Name: Skype
Command: "C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /nosplash /minimized

Scheduled task details

CLSID: {97E2CF17-82E2-404E-88BE-BAA82DC6FD3F}
Command: \{97E2CF17-82E2-404E-88BE-BAA82DC6FD3F}

Network connectivity

TCP: beta-chat-01-05-ash3.facebook.com on port 51235
UDP: LISTENING on port 65077
Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: cdc9f871d75b78d3a2211ee7da72ecb0
SHA-1: 00e199defc4e3d540266a679a6cebf128f22ac0c
SHA-256: 661611066e0793f488a7f75392340e8b62bce9d25e9375dedfb3e645a3ec4226

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
File packed: No
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