Most power users of AnyDVD already know the truth, making the lie self evident, but for you:
a) Unload (exit) all this "other evil software" that is supposedly "at fault" per the post.
b) With only AnyDVD running, insert a DVD containing structural copy protections. (Toy Story 3 is fine)
c) Now open Windows Explorer and attempt to copy the VIDEO_TS folder out of the DVD to your hard drive.
You will find that AnyDVD cannot remove structural copy protection "in the background" or "on the fly" as they call it. Your attempted rip will somehow fail. This is a known fact that users have been living with for a long time with no complaint. What's new and unusual is only the fact that they'd lie as to the reason for this happening.
Other software is not to blame, it's just a known (and quite acceptable) limitation of AnyDVD. And those who use the product (including me) have known about and accepted this limitation a long time ago.
It's the lie that's striking, not the mundane facts.