what is masetupcleaner.exe

Every once in a while I get a message requesting me to run MASetupCleaner.exe.  Why?
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Agree 100% with this post. Samsung products are ****. They may well be the best selling Android phones on the market, but that is just marketing.

I personally use Sony Xperia Z, a superior phone in every conceivable way. Never had any problem with it. The PC Companion software works on my Win 8.1 machine like a charm and their updates to the OS are spot on. It's an older telephone now, Z1 and Z2 have been released but they don't give up on their support for older telephones.

I uninstalled the Samsung Kies software the other day and am now getting the MAStartupCleaner.exe message on reboot. I only installed it on my machine because at the time my girlfriend was using a Samsung phone. She now has a Sony Xperia Z2 and doesn't know how she put up with Samsung for so long. 

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Verified info:
MASetupCleaner.exe is malware with keylogger.
Steps Samsung are bad :/

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Verified info:
MASetupCleaner.exe is malware with keylogger.
Steps Samsung are bad :/

What is your source? How did you verify it? 

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I started receiving the message asking me to allow masetupcleaner.exe to modify my system on the first reboot after UNINSTALLING Kies!

Critical connexions

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Having seen lots of posts saying this problem is due to Kies, I wrote to Samsung.  They say it is nothing to do with them.  Here is their reply to me:

Thank you for your email. Your customer reference number is xxxxxxxxxx.

In regard to your recent query, after consulting with our technical specialists I can confirm that this programme is not related to Samsung KIES. It will also not have been downloaded as an extra programme along with Samsung KIES.

When you install Samsung KIES you will only be installing that programme, there are no third party programmes or bloatware.

I can only recommend seeking the advice of your PC manufacturer for assistance on this matter.

I was only too willing to blame Kies, as it was such a useless programme, but it looks as though we'll have to blame someone else this time. 

Now, when I search for MAsetupcleaner on my PC, it finds nothing.  I did recently install SpyBot, so maybe that got rid of it.

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Same here. I uninstalled Kies yesterday and on reboot this morning, it popped up in UAC asking to be run, which of course I denied.

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If Samsung are claiming this is not their software then they are either lying or Kies is compromised.

Samsung are their own worst enemy. They have turned away so many users of their devices with their rubbish and invasive software. I know I'll never buy another of their products.

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My advice is to accept running MASetupcleaner from the popup

I refused running at the pop-up and the PC worked fine; I run MASetupcleaner manually from the directory where it is located and the PC worked fine as well (Windows 10) 

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Running Windows 7.  Uninstalled Kies yesterday.  Booted up Today and I was prompted to allow MASetupCleaner to run.  Found it in C:\Windows\SysWOW64 and removed it (shoot first ...).

Looking at the other files there with the names starting with MA, several had similar details copyrights ca. 2004, Korean language, and company details in Korean characters.  "MA" apparently stands for MarkAny, which is a digital rights management company.  It appears this is for combating music piracy and is associated with Samsung Kies.

I suspect that this was going to uninstall the MA software, and the fact that it was started after I rebooted was just a consequence of sloppy uninstall programming.  Of course I don't know that, it could have been installing something that would have remained resident on my machine after Kies was uninstalled.

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  Personally, having just downloaded the earlier version of 'KIES'

  for my mobile S5, I'd recommend 'Revo-Uninstaller' the 'PRO

  version ( it costs money but there is a free version ) ;

  'C Cleaner' is also good at cleaning the REGISTRY out,

  but events in early September 2017 ( malware found inside

  'C Cleaner' mean that none of these can be trusted 100% :

 

  I recommend using various 'non-autorun' Anti-Virus programs,

  as well as 'MSIE' ( which isn't particularly good at finding malware ).

 

Regards
H. Keith
( qualifications ~ removed ~ )
( From 'Lost in Space' -
'Does THAT compute?' )

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