Deleting Registry Entries for Uninstalled Kies Software

  1. ausgumbie's Avatar
    Posts : 44
    Windows 10 Home, Ver. 1803, OS Build 17134.112
       #1

    Deleting Registry Entries for Uninstalled Kies Software


    Hi all

    I recently uninstalled Kies from my laptop. Not long ago, on bootup, a popup asked did I want to run MASetupCleaner.exe. I declined. Then I went online and discovered it was a Kies file.

    I found two items in Task Manager, Startup Tab, called "Program" and brought up Command Line there to find that these anonymous files were, in fact:

    Kies.exe/preload (Command line details as they appear: "C:\Program" Files (x86)\Samsung\Kies\Kies.exe/preload)

    KiesPDLR.exe (Command line details as they appear: "C:\Program" Files (x86)\Samsung\Kies\External\FirmwareUpdate\KiesPDLR.exe Run)

    I disabled both in Task Manager, Startup.

    In regedit, I looked up LOCAL MACHINE and found nothing. Then, I looked under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. There, I found:

    Deleting Registry Entries for Uninstalled Kies Software-regeditpic.png

    I gather it won't create problems if I delete both? Or ... ?

    Also, anyone able to tell me what the entry "(Default) REG_SZ (value not set)" means?

    By now it will be obvious I know little about registry matters.

    Many thanks

    ausgumbie
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 33,182
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H1)
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    Hi, you have at least 3 possible options.

    1. Reinstall the program, and install either Revo Uninstaller or Geek Uninstaller (free).
    Then run whichever of those programs you choose and uninstall your program using that. They do a scan after uninstalling for leftover entries and give you the option of removing them.

    2. Search your registry (I recommend O&O regedit (free) as one search lists all finds rather than regedit which stops after each find) and delete every entry you consider appropriate.

    Back up carefully before you do that.

    3. If you still have a System Restore point before you installed the program, you can use System Restore.

    Note- I habitually use one of those programs when uninstalling software as many programs leave minor 'leftovers'.
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  3. lx07's Avatar
    Posts : 5,479
    2004
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    ausgumbie said:
    Also, anyone able to tell me what the entry "(Default) REG_SZ (value not set)" means?
    When you create a registry entry with reg add it automatically creates a default value if you don"t supply one. You can set the default value (to "Yes" or "No" or "1" or "2" or whatever you want). "REG_SZ" is the data type (string) as opposed to "REG_DWORD" (number) for example. If type is not specified REG_SZ is assumed but it can be any type you secify. See Registry Value Types (Windows)

    If you create a key and don't set a default value for it (which is usually) then you'll get the Default REG_SZ value not set entry.

    So this will create the key and add the default "value not set" value.
    reg add "hklm\Software\test"

    This will create the key and will set default value to "Yes" (notice the /ve )
    reg add "hklm\Software\test" /ve /d "Yes"

    And this will create the key and make both the default value and a value called "Something" and set it to "No" (notice /v not /ve ).
    reg add "hklm\Software\test" /v "Something" /d "No"

    Normally it is clearer to make a key and then use named values to hold your data it is just that the original registry didn't have named values so the default is a hangover from that (a value with a null name).
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  4. ausgumbie's Avatar
    Posts : 44
    Windows 10 Home, Ver. 1803, OS Build 17134.112
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       #4

    Many thanks both!

    Ix07, I'll digest all this a bit slowly, not being very technically knowledgeable - or skilled.

    dalchina, is there no 4th way? I'd installed two Kies apps (one was for Samsung Galaxys up to a certain firmware version, the second was for Galaxys after that version). The thought of installing and uninstalling both is daunting. Likewise all the backing up. The apps I installed - what - two or so years ago. I don't want to restore back that far.

    Please say there's a 4th way,

    Cheers

    ausgumbie
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