Is skype.exe safe or is this malware?

Purpose of skype.exe:

skype.exe file purpose and description:

Skype.exe is a file that may have been on your computer since the day you purchased it, or may have installed separately by you. Be sure to verify the exact disk location shown below, as all file locations are listed here so you can verify it is not spyware or virus related software app. Note also the latest version of Microsoft Windows now automatically add this to the system, so you will see this in your tasklist if you are using skype at all, and you will certainly see this on your computer. This skype.exe file is now a Microsoft program or software app. This is used as a desktop IM program to chat with others or do video chats with others, etc. Skype is similiar to many other chat apps like AIM or Yahoo IM. This file is not considered to be spyware, virus, or adware related and it is considered safe software. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)

File type:
This is an executable running program.

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
This program is found at : C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe or C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone

General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, skype.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of skype.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!