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Removing StarForce

Discussion in 'Technical Help' started by Peter Willemoes, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. Peter Willemoes

    Peter Willemoes Corsair Storm Modder

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    Dont know if this is known already, but the software-company that made starforce released a removal tool. Although they still maintain the sole rights to host and distribute this tool, its freely available <a href="http://onlinesecurity-on.com/downloads/sfcdrvrem.zip" target="_blank">here.</a>
     
  2. Pieter Boelen

    Pieter Boelen (Not So) Old Seadog Staff Member Administrator Storm Modder Hearts of Oak Donator

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    Thanks Peter. I'm thinking this thread should maybe be moved to another forum though. PotC doesn't have Starforce. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/icon_mrgreen1.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":cheeky" border="0" alt="icon_mrgreen1.gif" />
     
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    Stallion Sea Dog News Gatherer

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    The tool actually doesn't remove StarForce - it just turns it off. I tried it, and there stupid protection program was still on my machine afterwords. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="xD:" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />
     
  4. Peter Willemoes

    Peter Willemoes Corsair Storm Modder

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    Really, Stallion? I just got a John Clancy-games bundle, they all seem to use starforce, but not as agressive as the one in AoP - I think they might have been removed. At least, nothing comes up in the registry.
    Do you happen to know where yours is located? I´d better check my assumption out.. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
     
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    <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/hi.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":gday" border="0" alt="hi.gif" /> To install SotfS org version and than any of the mods on top the issue of Starforce doesn't come up!
    However if you want to play the org. version a screen comes up warning you about this ugly thing!
    Any Pc Game having this crap on is on my blacklist, don't care how good the game is! And if you think there is no entry in the registry, think again!!! Those Buggers flogging of this crap are very sneaky and most probably hiding it in Win/sys
    somewhere. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/readon.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":mm" border="0" alt="readon.gif" />
     
  6. Stallion

    Stallion Sea Dog News Gatherer

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    <!--quoteo(post=314241:date=Apr 18 2009, 03:16 PM:name=PeterWillemoes)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (PeterWillemoes @ Apr 18 2009, 03:16 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=314241"><{POST_SNAPBACK}></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Really, Stallion? I just got a John Clancy-games bundle, they all seem to use starforce, but not as agressive as the one in AoP - I think they might have been removed. At least, nothing comes up in the registry.
    Do you happen to know where yours is located? I´d better check my assumption out.. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /><!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    It's in WINDOWS/i386 - check all the files that start with "sf", but check the Hidden Devices in the Device Manager first. If you decide to remove StarForce once and for all, uninstall all the Device Manager entries, then remove the "sf" files. Then, you'll be free of StarForce. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/yes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":yes" border="0" alt="yes.gif" />

    Of course, if that program actually works, let me know - manually removing it is a time-consuming bugger. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="xD:" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />
     
  7. LarryHookins

    LarryHookins Buccaneer Staff Member Storm Modder

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    I understand that StarForce puts an uneditable entry in the registry using unprintable characters. You need a special application to change those to normal, then you can remove them.

    I had a link to a site that told exactly what to do, but the site is no longer there.

    Hook
     
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    LMAO!!! John Clancy!
     
  9. Peter Willemoes

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    Shame on you! SplinterCell is a very sneaky pirate game with big knives <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />
     
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    <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/huh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":huh" border="0" alt="huh.gif" />
     

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