How to remove Skype from your computer completely, from registry, folders

How do I uninstall Skype from my computer completely?

If you need to give your laptop to other people to use, you should first hide important data, block access to the applications. To prevent anyone from reading your correspondence in Skype, it is best to eliminate the program from the PC at all. How to remove Skype from the computer completely so that not a single trace is left? This is what this review will talk about.

Reasons for removal

In addition to the above, the need to clean up the software can arise because of a desire to use another messenger. Or simply the utility stopped launching, and a complete reinstallation is needed. In order not to take drastic measures, perhaps the following instructions will help you:

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How to uninstall Skype in Windows 7

If you haven’t had time to upgrade to the latest version of Windows yet, here is the sequence of actions:

  • First, close the application naturally (Exit) or terminate the process in the task manager:
Ending a Skype task
  • Open the “Control Panel” via the “Start” menu:
How do I start the control panel in Windows 7?
  • In the upper right corner, select “Small icons” mode, then go to “Programs and components”:
How do I delete Skype completely from my computer?
  • Find Skype in the list. Click on it and then click on the “Uninstall” button:
How do I uninstall Skype from my programs and features?

You can also right-click and select the appropriate command, as shown in the screenshot above.

  • The system will give you a warning and ask you to confirm your choice. Feel free to click “Yes”. After that, the uninstallation process will start.

Uninstalling Skype from Windows 10

If we are talking about the built-in (standard) application, the instructions you need are at the link. Next, we’ll look at the way to fix the desktop version. It is worth noting that if you have not installed on the “ten” update for designers (Creators Update), which was released in July 2017, you can use the above instructions. The only difference is in the way of opening the control panel. Alternatively, open the “This Computer” window in Explorer and click on the “Uninstall / Change Program” button:

Uninstall programs button in Windows Explorer

If your system has been updated, you can forget about the Control Panel (the developers got rid of it), although there is

method to bring it back


Now the list of installed software with the ability to uninstall is located in the settings section – “Applications and features”. It is very easy to access it – right click on “Start” (start – bottom left corner) or press Win + X key combination. Then at the very top we see the desired item:

Applications & Features in the main context menu

All that’s left is to find Skype in the list and uninstall it!

How do I uninstall Skype in Windows 10 settings?

But this procedure will only clear program files, but not all traces will be removed completely. Therefore, let’s move on to the following manipulations.

Cleaning the registry and data folder

If you don’t want to poke around in a confusing editor, it’s easier to use the utility CCleaner or any other optimizer. It’s enough to download the free software, install it on your PC (don’t forget to specify Russian) and after launching go to the “Registry” section. Click on the “Search for errors” button, wait for the end of the scan and remove all traces of non-existent software:

Cleaning the registry with Ccleaner

To delete correspondence and received files, you should call the “Run” console by pressing Win + R and type there the command:



A folder will open with a directory named Skype inside, which you select and press the Del key on your keyboard:

Skype directory in appdata

Video on how to uninstall Skype

Done! Now you know how to remove Skype from your computer completely without leaving any mention of it. I would be grateful for reposts of this article. And don’t forget to ask your questions in the comments, if any.

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