skype.exe is a application which is probably legit. So, if skype.exe is on your laptop or desktop computer, it is probably ok, and will NOT be a cause for concern. Even if your system is clean, it is still recommended to run a good antivirus with a good detection rate, in order to yourself your system against threats.
Normally, this application is located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe.
The MD5 checksum for this executable is 1cdc0f6b17327a52fb65ee5f48140d2c.
This application does NOT run as a Windows service. This is usually a good sign.
This application uses the Internet to communicate. In this day and age this is ok. For example, most of the programs on your PC check for updates. For this, Internet communications are necessary.
This program runs as a 32-bit program. It does not use the entire set of features of current computer processors. This ordinarily happens because the authors did not bother to upgrade it to use the x64 instruction set.
The description written in the file is Skype .
File version stored as a property 188.8.131.52.
Publisher Skype Technologies S.A..
Copyright notice © 2003 - 2012 Skype and/or Microsoft.
skype.exe appears to have a visible user interface. This is good because it doesn't run in a kind of invisible mode. Its operation is clearly shown to you.
Some insecure functions of Windows appear to be used, such as functions for intercepting the keyboard. We recommend you to be very careful regarding this program.
skype.exe has a digital signature. Today most legit software applications are digitally signed.
The digital signature found in skype.exe is valid. This is excellent.
Digitally signed by: Skype Software Sarl
Certificate's issuer name: Microsoft Code Signing PCA
This program starts at your PC's startup. Yes
It has an uninstall routine, which is a good sign. si are uninstall.