How to Remove Unwanted Skype Processes from Windows Task Manager


Skype call service is used globally by several people for long distance calling, conference calling, video calling, etc. using PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. One of the default softwares installed on any PC would be Skype. However, most of us would have noticed that Skype gets started automatically during system startup. A closer look at the Task Manager would make you understand that apart from Skype.exe process, there are two more Skype processes running in background. These two processes are “SkypeC2CAutoUpdateSvc.exe” and “SkypeC2CPNRSvc.exe”, which can be seen in the Task Manager under “Processes” as well as “Details” tab.

In this article, we shall list the important tips to disable or remove SkypeC2CPNRSvc.exe and SkypeC2CAutoUpdateSvc.exe processes from Task Manager for better performance i.e. step-by-step guide to remove unwanted Skype processes.

Skype Processes in Task Manager

Details about SkypeC2CAutoUpdateSvc.exe

Developed by Microsoft Corporation, this process is described as Updates Skype Click to Call. You will witness this process by its name under the “Details” tab of Task Manager, whereas by its description under the “Processes” tab (under Background processes) of Task Manager. Location of SkypeC2CAutoUpdateSvc.exe is “C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Toolbars\AutoUpdate\” folder. Alternatively, it may also be located at “C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\AutoUpdate\”.


Details about SkypeC2CPNRSvc.exe

Developed by Microsoft Corporation, this process is described as Phone Number Recognition (PNR) module. You will find this process by its name under the “Details” tab of Task Manager, whereas you will find it by its description under the “Processes” tab (below Background processes) of Task Manager. Location of SkypeC2CPNRSvc.exe is “C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Toolbars\PNRSvc\” folder. Alternatively, it may also be located at “C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars”.

Skype Click To Call PNR Service

Steps to disable Skype processes SkypeC2CAutoUpdateSvc.exe and SkypeC2CPNRSvc.exe

Open “Run” command from the Start Menu for a Windows system. In the Run box, type services.msc and continue by pressing Enter key.

A service window is shown where you can spot the Skype processes.

Open Skype Click To Call PNR Service

Double click on the Skype service “Skype Click To Call PNR Service” (that provides phone number recognition services) and open the properties for service name “c2cpnrsvc”.

Properties for c2cpnrsvc

From there, click the button “stop” for this process and select the “disabled” option from the drop-down list for field Startup type. Repeat previous two steps for the other Skype service “Skype Click To Call Updater” (with service name “c2cautoupdatesvc” that downloads and installs product updates) to disable it as well.

Disabling Skype Click To Call Updater Service

For the “Skype Click To Call Updater” service, many people try disabling it from the system startup by simply turning off the “Skype Automatic Updates”. It doesn’t work and you will have to follow the previous step to achieve this.

I tried the above mentioned steps on my Windows 8 laptop and they worked like a charm. I no longer see those two processes running in the background for Skype. By doing this, I know that I have contributed towards the process of speeding up my laptop to a smaller extent. This is the biggest benefit of disabling any unwanted services or processes from the Task Manager of your system. Kindly be aware of the effects of the processes that you try to remove. The above listed Skype processed could be removed because they didn’t affect the OS. However, there are many background processes that you might not know much about. So, avoid tampering with them.

Please share your experience of killing or removing unwanted Skype background processes. It would be great to hear some other related tips for deactivating unwanted Skype services or processes!