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Skypebridge.exe - Friend or Foe

  AroundAgain 10:36 11 Aug 2019
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I've been reading rather conflicting things regarding Skypebridge.exe (532kb), one being that it's malicious threat as opposed to it being part of Skype.

I also have skypeapp.exe 20.kb and skypebackgroundhost.exe 178kb. All these 3 files are actually in Windows.old file, though, so maybe not an issue?

I've uninstalled Skype but still have Skypebridge.exe so not sure what steps to take next.

Please would someone advise. As usual, I'll be very grateful. Thanks very much

  AroundAgain 20:10 11 Aug 2019

Hi Grumpy Old Man

I've had a look at the article you've linked but can't find any reference to Skypebridge.exe, only Skype, so I'm not sure how that would help me.

I've scanned with Malwarebytes already, as mentioned in original post, and did get a lot of PUPs. I'm now scanning again, and will do until it's clear.

I'm not too familiar with using CCleaner, I have to admit. I'll download it and give it a try, though, if I can sort this without.

Thanks

  Secret-Squirrel 12:04 12 Aug 2019

I've uninstalled Skype.............

Was that the Skype Desktop program, the Windows 10 app, or both?

  AroundAgain 13:57 12 Aug 2019

Hi SS

Sorry, but I don't know which 'version', I'm afraid

I've just updated to 1903, if that's any help and Skype isn't installed now.

Thanks

  Secret-Squirrel 16:36 12 Aug 2019

Sorry, but I don't know which 'version', I'm afraid

The Skype app is part of Windows 10, and the Desktop version is available for download from the Skype website. A lot of users don't get on with the app so they download and install the familiar program they were used to.

Skypebridge.exe is part of the Windows app, so if it was the Desktop version you uninstalled then that would explain why that file is still present.

As far as I know, skypebridge.exe should live in the Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.SkypeApp folder. Is that where yours is?

I doubt very much indeed that you're infected with anything though.

  AroundAgain 21:20 12 Aug 2019

Hi again SS

Thanks. The Skypebridge.exe is in C:\Windows.old\windows..., along with some other Skypebridge files, ie Config and File Folder

It's not actually used so can stay uninstalled for now. Good to know skypebridge files are OK and not malware

Many thanks for the confirmation

  Secret-Squirrel 08:35 13 Aug 2019

Hi Julie

The Windows.old folder is created automatically during every major Windows upgrade and that gives the user the option to revert back to the previous version if things don't work out as expected. That folder should delete itself eventually to free up lots of disk space.

I've been reading rather conflicting things regarding Skypebridge.exe (532kb), one being that it's malicious threat...............

There's a lot of rubbish posted on the Internet. I still don't think you're infected with anything.

  AroundAgain 11:06 13 Aug 2019

I've been reading rather conflicting things regarding Skypebridge.exe (532kb), one being that it's malicious threat...............

There's a lot of rubbish posted on the Internet. I still don't think you're infected with anything.

Thanks SS, yes, I realised that, hence I looked for clarification on here ;) Many thanks for your reassurance :)

  Forum Editor 18:26 13 Aug 2019

"There's a lot of rubbish posted on the Internet. I still don't think you're infected with anything."

That's sound advice, and I agree with it. If you want to see an example of the kind of nonsense that sparks or perpetuates rumours take a look at this.

  AroundAgain 20:00 13 Aug 2019

Thanks FE

Yes, that's typical of what I found. I'm certainly aware of plenty of unreliable stuff on the internet and try to be discerning. It can be very difficult although poor English language/translation defintely raises my suspicions, as in your link.

Not knowing, nor having heard, of Skypebridge.exe I decided to check from a more reliable source, ie TechAdvisor ;)

Thanks for your input :)

  john bunyan 21:24 13 Aug 2019

If you are happy with the latest update- I assume v 1903- , the best way to delete windows.old is to use Disk Cleanup , the first bit then the second that cleans up system files- tick the box for previous windows installations. Takes a while but you’ll gain probably over 20 gig

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