Starforce Removal

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Starforce is a copy protection scheme that loads drivers on your computer. Here’s how to get rid of the drivers that can slow down your CD/DVD player if you are not careful. Both Virtual Skipper 3 and 4 “use it”:http://www.glop.org/starforce/list.php, so it will appear on my machines with it. You can also use “Daemon”:http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/t7576-scsi-blacklists-or-why-some-perfect-images-wont-run-with-daemon-tools-v4.html to make a backup copy, but recently, Starforce 3.5+ just disables all SCSI drives if there is an optical IDE drive in the system or if you have an nForce3 or 4 chipset. Daemon Tools is a good tool that I do use sometimes for backup purposes. Lots of folks on the forum are using “Blindwrite”:http://www.vso-software.fr/products/Blindwrite/blindwrite.php to create their backup and Daemon to run the backup so they can store their original copy safely. Other folks are using “Alcohol”:http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/showthread.php?t=8221 and its image making wizard and the appropriate copy protection method selected in the application. For Starforce, make sure their drivers aren’t installed and also for Starforce 3+, you need to “hide”:http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/showthread.php?t=7576 your IDE drive by either manually yanking out your IDE optical drive when you run the game unless you have that nForce3/4 chipset.

Boycott Starforce

Unofficial way to remove Starforce

1. Remove these files:

%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\sfsync03.sys
%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\sfhlp02.sys
%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\sfdrv01.sys

2. Remove these registry keys:

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\sfsync03
HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\sfhlp02
HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\sfdrv01