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Starforce Enforces Copy Protection by Instant Reboot

 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:55 am    Post subject: Starforce Enforces Copy Protection by Instant Reboot Reply with quote

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 requir...read more
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unofficial way to remove Starforce

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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
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- 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:
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sfsync*.sys
sfhlp*.sys
sfdrv*.sys



3. Registry cleanup
Open the windows registry (Start -> Run -> Regedit) and look for any of the following items:
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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.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There could also be two other files present.

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

I only own one StarForce protected game luckily enough, and that'll be my last one.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you!

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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...
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