Updated:06:05 PM EDT Sep 25


this is ggmania.com subsite Starforce Enforces Copy Protection by Instant Reboot - TechAmok

Starforce Enforces Copy Protection by Instant Reboot - [security]
05:55 AM EST - Mar,21 2006 - (4 comments)

According to Geeks.com, Futuremark has reportedly discovered a new anti-piracy system that is being used by Starforce:
This latest identified threat by Futuremark is one that relates to a driver being installed on your computer that gains RING0 access (the highest level of access to your computer). The installation requires Administrator level access to install the driver, which runs all of the time regardless of whether or not you're playing a game with Starforce DRM.

With such a high level of processor access (sharing the same levels the operating system enjoys), the Starforce driver can do anything to your computer at any time. This very ability is demonstrated, since the Starforce driver will force a reboot (not a shutdown) when it thinks it has discovered suspicious activity related to copying. The reboot occurs instantly, and any and all unsaved data could be lost.

In addition, Starforce removes the DPM readings (Data Protection Manager) which must be present on many other non-Starforce protected games, setting the stage for a chain of system events, which basically make it impossible to make even a usable backup copy of your favorite game. Starforce can also block access to some other drivers, requiring certain hardware devices to run in PIO mode (Programmed Input/Output), which results in a lot of overhead for the CPU and a slowing down of your system.
Update: A statement from Futuremark:
All the recent news and discussions claiming Futuremark would have done any kind of research into StarForce are based solely on threads and posts posted by individual users on Futuremark's public discussion boards. Futuremark as a company has not done any investigations, research or uncovered anything in regards to StarForce.

The material found on the discussion boards is published "as is", and does not represent the official views and opinions of Futuremark Corporation.

Best Regards,

Nicklas Renqvist Benchmark Development Architect

last 10 comments:

(08:07 AM EDT - Mar,20 2020) - BrandiNieves
All the issues of the management are reformed for all shows. The strains of the use of the ukessays.com review for the groups. The thing is issued for all humans. The chip is allowed for the mid of thats for individuals.
(10:01 AM EST - Mar,21 2006) - admin
Thank you!

quote:
I only own one StarForce protected game luckily enough, and that'll be my last one.


The same here. Starforce prevents piracy by making me ignore every game that has it...
(09:29 AM EST - Mar,21 2006) - devilhood
There could also be two other files present.

sfvfs02 and sfsync02, both in the system32/drivers folder and in HKLM :!:

I only own one StarForce protected game luckily enough, and that'll be my last one.
(06:14 AM EST - Mar,21 2006) - admin
Unofficial way to remove Starforce

quote:

Remove these files:
%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\sfsync03.sys
%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\sfhlp02.sys
%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\sfdrv01.sys

Remove these registry keys:
HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\sfsync03
HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\sfhlp02
HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\sfdrv01


1. Device removal
quote:

- Go into the device manager and show non-plug and play devices. There will be three Starfoce items.
- Select the first one and Uninstall -> Are you sure -> YES -> Do you wish to restart -> No.
- Select the second one and Uninstall -> Are you sure -> YES -> Do you wish to restart -> No.
- Select the third (final) one and Uninstall -> Are you sure -> YES -> Do you wish to restart -> YES.
*computer restarts*


2. File removal
open the search window (F3) and look for any of the following files on ANY drive:
quote:

sfsync*.sys
sfhlp*.sys
sfdrv*.sys



3. Registry cleanup
Open the windows registry (Start -> Run -> Regedit) and look for any of the following items:
quote:

sfsync
sfhlp
sfdrv


If you aren't allowed to delete those entries, right-slick on the item, click permissions, then grant full control over the item. You can then delete ir from the registry.

Again, remove anything even related to any of these items. Be sure to search for KEYS, VALUES and DATA. You will get more hits then just the ones given by the Starforce crew. I removed all trace of them.

Add your comment (free registrationrequired)

Short overview of recent news articles

Sep,25 2021 Remaster.v1.0.Plus.14.Train.zip edit/change | delete!
Sep,25 2021 THE WITCHER Season 2 "Geralt & Nivellen" Clip Trailer (2021)
Sep,25 2021 iOS 15 Settings You Need To Turn Off Now
Sep,25 2021 I'm only going to say this once...
Sep,25 2021 VENOM 2 "Nightclub with Venom" Trailer (2021)
Sep,24 2021 iPhone 13 Pro Max vs 13 Pro / 13 / 13 Mini / 12 / 11 - Battery Life
Sep,24 2021 Top 5 NEW Surface Duo 2 Features! Game Changing!?
Sep,23 2021 INVASION Trailer 2 (2021)
Sep,22 2021 Microsoft Gives Surface Duo Another Shot
Sep,21 2021 AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.9.2 Drivers
Sep,21 2021 How America's hottest city is trying to cool down
Sep,21 2021 iOS 15 Available Now
Sep,21 2021 Apple releases watchOS 8 with new features for Apple Watch users
Sep,20 2021 NVIDIA GeForce 472.12 WHQL driver
Sep,20 2021 Sci-Fi Series "ATROPA" Episode 1 - DUST
Sep,20 2021 FINCH Trailer (2021)
Sep,20 2021 iPhone 13 - What was Apple Thinking?
Sep,20 2021 Reporter shows DC rallygoer video of Jan. 6 attack. See his reaction
Sep,20 2021 CAT Puts Android With Play Store in a Compact Flip Design
Sep,19 2021 90TB of NVMe - This is stupid, but I love it
Sep,18 2021 The Surprising Secret of Synchronization
Sep,16 2021 Titan Quest Anniversary and Jagged Alliance Gold are free now
Sep,16 2021 5 weird motherboards that shouldn't exist
Sep,16 2021 Ripple XRP Lawsuit Mess Exposed Fox Business News
Sep,15 2021 AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.9.1
Sep,15 2021 I'm Legally Obligated to Disclose This
Sep,15 2021 Vodafone Will Push XRP To 444m Customers Across The World
Sep,15 2021 MORE XRP NEEDED for Ripple Asian Corridor
Sep,15 2021 Apple iPhone 13 REACTION!
Sep,14 2021 iPhone 13 Upgrades Cameras, Displays
Sep,14 2021 Incredible footage of a lioness pride taking down a pack of hyenas
Sep,14 2021 iOS 14.8 Patches Nasty Security Flaw
Sep,14 2021 Ripple XRP Update: Hinman SEC, SBI AFRICA, Look Ex Ripple Employees
Sep,13 2021 Do NOT Buy This For Gaming!
Sep,12 2021 Dexter: New Blood (2021) Official Trailer
Sep,12 2021 2021 Monza Hamilton Verstappen big crash!!!
Sep,12 2021 Next Gen Desk PC: The Final Chapter
Sep,10 2021 Roger Waters: It's Happening Now But People Don't See It
Sep,09 2021 This INSANE Gaming PC Has NO MOVING PARTS
Sep,09 2021 The Matrix Resurrections - Official Trailer
>> News Archive <<

TechAmok - Privacy Policy        loading time:0.01secs