After having read all the hate articles about StarForce, the removal of StarForce drivers and the returning of StarForce protected games, I took a closer look at my own computer. Luckily, I never had any StarForce crap touch my harddrive, but I still wanted to make sure that it’s only StarForce that’s doing crap to us.
So I started with looking at my device manager and found something very interesting, when ‘showing hidden devices’ (or similar, German OS). Under the category ‘non-plug&play devices’ (where you would also find StarForce drivers) I found a few entries called ‘SSHDRV*’ where * is a two digit number from 65 to 85. We’re talking about 5 entries (see end of posting for a little attachment). Besides all these entries are also present as .sys files in /system32/drivers.
Of course I started searching for the source of these strange entries but couldn’t find anything much better than a vague connection to ‘Protect CD5’. And, quite a while ago, I played the game ‘Sacred’ (before it went to the dusty cupboard where it belongs) which is, as far as I know, protected with this copy protection. But I can’t guarantee that this connection is actually true.
I didn’t really start doing anything, yet, although I would really like to remove these old copy protection leftovers from my system.
Does anyone of you guys know more about these drivers? Or even how to remove them? I actually don’t only want to remove the .sys files as I don’t know where such drivers are registered. Keep in mind that I want to get rid of leftovers instead of making more trouble with a half-minded removal
Thanks for help!