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    starforce cd protection can physically damage cd drives plus list of games...

    What is Starforce?

    Starforce is a software copy protection tool installed by PC game publishers, which is designed to prevent the casual copying of retail CDROM applications. It installs as a hidden device driver, without the end-user's knowledge or consent.

    problems
    here's one of the common problems brought by Starforce: under Windows XP, if packets are lost during the reading or writing of a disk, XP interprets this as an error and steps the IDE speed down. Eventually it will revert to 16bit compatibility mode rendering a CD/DVD writer virtually unusable. In some circumstances certain drives cannot cope with this mode and it results in physical hardware failure (Most commonly in multiformat CD/DVD writer drives). A sure sign of this step down occurring is that the burn speeds will get slower and slower (no matter what speed you select to burn at). Starforce, on a regular basis, triggers this silent step down. Until it reaches the latter stages most people do not even realise it is happening.

    Moreover, the Starforce drivers, installed on your system, grant ring 0 (system level) privileges to any code under the ring 3 (user level) privileges. Thus, any virus or trojan can get OS privileges and totally control your system. Since Windows 2000, the Windows line security and stability got enhanced by separating those privileges, but with the Starforce drivers, the old system holes and instabilities are back and any program (or virus) can reach the core of your system by using the Starforce drivers as a backdoor.


    Released Starforce games

    * 7 Sins
    * Anstoss 4
    * Area 51
    * Bandits: Phoenix Rising
    * Bet on Soldier
    * Beyond Divinity
    * Black Mirror
    * Blitzkrieg 2
    * Blitzkrieg: Rolling Thunder
    * Breed
    * Brian Lara International Cricket 2005
    * Broken Sword 3: The Sleeping Dragon
    * Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
    * Chaos League
    * Chaos League: Sudden Death
    * Codename: Outbreak
    * Codename: Panzers - Phase One
    * Codename: Panzers - Phase Two
    * Cold War
    * Colin McRae Rally 2005
    * Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars
    * Cross Racing Championship 2005
    * Curse: The Eye of Isis
    * Cycling Manager 3
    * Cycling Manager 3
    * Cycling Manager 4
    * D-Day
    * Dead to Rights
    * Demonic Speedway
    * Desert Rats vs Afrika Korps
    * Domination
    * Emergency Fire Response
    * Enigma: Rising Tide
    * Etherlords II
    * Fire Chief
    * Fire Department
    * Freedom Force vs The Third Reich
    * Gangland
    * Garfield
    * Gooka: The Mystery of Janatris
    * GT Legends
    * GTR: FIA GT Racing Game
    * Heroes of Might and Magic V
    * Horse Race Manager
    * Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter
    * Keepsake
    * Kicker Manager 2004
    * Kill Switch
    * King Kong
    * Knights of the Temple 2
    * Korea: Forgotten Conflict
    * LMA Professional Manager 2005
    * Lock On: Flaming Cliffs
    * Medieval Lords
    * Namco Museum 50th Anniversary
    * Neuro Hunter
    * Obscure
    * Pariah
    * Pax Romana
    * Pferdehof - Pferd und Pony
    * Pop Star Academy
    * Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend
    * Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
    * Pro Rugby Manager
    * Psi-Ops
    * Pure Pinball
    * Rally Championship Xtreme
    * Restaurant Empire
    * Restricted Area
    * Revolution
    * Runaway: A Road Adventure
    * Scrapland
    * Second Sight
    * Silent Hunter 3
    * Silent Storm
    * Silkolene Honda Motocross GP
    * Singles 2: Triple Trouble
    * Singles: Flirt Up Your Life
    * Sniper Elite
    * Soldiers Heroes of World War 2
    * Sommerspiele 2004
    * Space Rangers 2
    * Splinter Cell 3: Chaos Theory
    * Star Wolves
    * Steel Saviour
    * Still Life
    * Street Racing Syndicate
    * Sudeki
    * SuperPower 2
    * Syberia II
    * The Fall: Last Days of Gaia
    * The Moment of Silence
    * The Suffering: Ties That Bind
    * The Westerner
    * TOCA 2
    * TrackMania
    * TrackMania Nations
    * TrackMania Sunrise
    * Traitors Gate 2: Cypher
    * UFO: Aftershock
    * V8 Supercars 2
    * Virtual Skipper 3
    * Virtual Skipper 4
    * Vivisector
    * Wildlife Park
    * World War II: Frontline Command
    * Worms 4: Mayhem
    * X2: The Threat
    * X3: Reunion
    * XIII
    * Xpand Rally
    * Xuan-Yuan Sword 4

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    http://www.glop.org/starforce/
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    Starforce will never touch my PC, I don't care how good the Game is, Starforce sucks!!!

    Don't buy any game with Starforce!!!!

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    I agree,

    any game with startforce copy protection may physically damage multi read cd/dvd drives permanently.

    seems like this could cost people money to replace drives....

    Is this why my dvd drive only burnes at 4x now?

    King Kong?

    Lawsuit?
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    LoL, yeah I got King Kong for a Christmas present...as soon I saw "UBISOFT" I didn't even open the box. Best Buy wouldn't let me exchange it for another game (dickheads won't get any more of my $$$) they said I could only get another King Kong.

    Boycott Starforce, UBISOFT and Best Buy !!!!

    Your local Starforce fighter hard at work http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=15768.0
    Last edited by FastGame; February 1st, 2006 at 03:52 AM.

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    i'm cureous....

    do these demo versions include starforce?

    who do you ask?
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    man this s**cks...bros in arms, earned in blood is on my new system....dirty rotten mo fos....is there any way to remove this s**t?....ubisoft is now on the top of my s**t list!!!!!

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    Careful, chaps: in criticising StarForce you violate "approximately 11 international laws":
    http://tinyurl.com/88eef
    See also:
    http://tinyurl.com/ddy9n

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    Good post Nikto!

    there are a lot of very cool games on that list and it is a shame that these game making companies have to suffer when copy protection schemes turn fowl or could potentially destroy hardware.

    This just plain sucks!
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    interest post, i'd definately stay away from those games

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    A Rebuttal from Starforce.

    http://www.star-force.com/protection.phtml?c=83&id=804

    There have been a lot of rumors in the Internet concerning DVD/CD writers’ malfunction after installation and star-up of StarForce protected applications. Some have even mentioned that should such “malfunctioning” drive be placed in any other PC without StarForce protection installed it will fail to work as well.

    Others came up with the idea that the StarForce drivers installed on your system, could grant any virus or trojan total control of the OS.

    In the past year our staff and many of our clients tried restlessly to reproduce the matter based on these rumors. We had serious reasons to believe that such problems were pure fiction. Using our hardware collection we assembled systems alike, but such problems never took place.

    Just to make sure, StarForce decided to have a worldwide contest among users of StarForce protected applications. We had an open invitation to visit our office in order to display the issue and receive $10.000 US in case the person would have proven the problem to exist. January 31st was the last day to apply for the contest which lasted for almost two months. The contest page was visited 48.000 times but we received 0 applications. No one showed up.

    Therefore, we now have proof that such issues with StarForce protected applications are pure fiction and all of these rumors are false and probably initiated by frustrated pirates.

    We are open to constructive cooperation and we do our best to work with any challanges that really exist, but just as well we are going to stand up for our rights using every legal opportunity.

    We certainly are not going to silence the voices of all the biased people on the internet, but we hope that a little bit of common sense goes a long way.
    Don’t believe rumors. Believe the facts.

    If you do run into a problem – always at your service support@star-force.com

    StarForce Technologies
    01.02.2006

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