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Should I remove Reader for PC?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,786
United States Rank #2,369
Reach 0.3770%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 24.43 days
720.59 days >
Average installed length: 378.62 days


VersionDistribution 22.29% 6.78% 5.56% 9.68% 9.51% 13.05% 10.23% 17.47% 3.14% 1.86% 0.22% 0.07% 0.01% 0.05% 0.09%

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Reader for PC

What is Reader for PC?  (from Sony)

Read all of your favorite eBooks, Newspapers and Magazines from Reader's Store on your PC. Sync your Reader Store content across your PCs, Macs and Android devices. Access all your favorite eBooks, Newspapers and Magazines from Reader Store. Borrow books from your local library (library card required).


Reader for PC is a program developed by Sony. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The main program executable is Reader.exe. The software installer includes 90 files and is usually about 64.79 MB (67,936,394 bytes). The program is built using the Nokia Qt cross-platforms native C++ framework. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 37% of users of Reader for PC come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Netherlands.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.sony.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sony\ReaderDesktop\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{02F29E25-2B7A-43BA-AF95-D0978593F399}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 64.79 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Reader for PC

Program executable:Reader.exe
Name:Reader for PC
Path:C:\Program Files\Sony\ReaderDesktop\Reader.exe
Additional files:
  • npreaderdetectmoz.dll - Reader Application Detector (Sony Reader Application Detector Plugin)
  • readerdetectie.dll
  • aacdecdll.dll - Sony MPEG4 AAC Decoder (aacdecdll)
  • Reader.exe - Reader for PC
  • ReaderInstaller.exe - Setup Launcher Unicode
  • fskdocumentvieweradobe.dll - Embedded PDF/EPUB Viewer for eBook Library (Embedded PDF/EPUB Viewer 9.1)
  • pcappupdatechecker.dll - PC Application Update Checker
  • readerapphelper.exe - Reader Application Helper
  • readerdevicehelper.exe - Reader Device Helper
  • prsctr.dll - prsctr
  • uwcbackend_library.dll - Auto Update Backend Library
  • uwcgui_library.dll - Auto Update GUI Library
  • uwcgui_libraryres.dll - Auto Update GUI Library Resource
  • uwchelper_applicationres.dll - Auto Update Helper Application Resource
  • uwchelperapp.exe - UWC Helper Application
  • DriveManager.dll - DriveManager Dynamic library (Drive Manager for MSC PRS)
  • USBDLL.dll - USBDLL Dynamic library (USB tools for MSC PRS)
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • InstallerUtils.dll - InstallerUtilsApp (Installer Utilities for Sony eBook Reader Application)
  • phonon4.dll (by Nokia and/or its subsidiary(-ies)) - Qt4 (C++ application development framework.)
  • QtCore4.dll (by Nokia and/or its subsidiary(-ies))
  • QtGui4.dll
  • QtNetwork4.dll
  • QtOpenGL4.dll
  • QtSql4.dll
  • QtSvg4.dll
  • QtWebKit4.dll
  • QtXml4.dll
  • QtXmlPatterns4.dll
  • FileAssociation.dll
  • QtSolutions_SingleApplication-2.6.dll
  • quazip.dll
  • tag.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • npreaderdetectmoz.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npreaderdetectmoz.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npreaderdetectmoz.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Reader Application Detector' with a plugin key of '@sony.com/ReaderDesktop' for all users of the PC.
Scheduled Task
  • Reader.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FA9FA904-4F22-40F8-B64C-FDD5DFEE7A18}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • readerapphelper.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Reader Application Helper' which loads as C:\Program Files\Sony\ReaderDesktop\appHelper\ReaderAppHelper.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:17.32 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0006436588%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00035191%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00029175%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:52,460
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:768 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Reader for PC?

You can uninstall Reader for PC from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Reader for PC, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Reader for PC.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Reader for PC you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 10 45%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 46.39%
Windows 10 45.34%
Windows Vista 4.62%
Windows XP 3.64%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.80%
Windows 8.1 17.74%
Windows 10 Home 11.81%
Windows 7 Professional 7.39%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.93%
Windows 8 5.91%

Distribution by countryGeography

37.04% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 37.04%
  Germany 15.35%
  Netherlands 11.09%
  Canada 8.27%
  Italy 3.52%
  Spain 3.13%
  United Kingdom 2.78%
  Belgium 2.77%
  France 2.29%
  Australia 2.15%
  Austria 1.25%
  DK 0.77%
  Sweden 0.71%
  Brazil 0.66%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sony 25.10%
Hewlett-Packard 20.49%
Acer 14.85%
Dell 14.62%
ASUS 9.03%
Medion 4.94%
Lenovo 1.96%
Toshiba 1.60%
Intel 1.24%
Samsung 1.18%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.42%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.31%
Sony SVF14N25CXB 3.46%
Sony SVT15115CXS 3.46%
Sony SVF14N13CXB 3.23%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.18%

About Sony

Sony is a leading manufacturer of electronics products for the consumer markets and is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group.
Publisher URL: www.sony.com


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