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Postby ZX81v2 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:30 pm

If you are unlucky enough to encounter the Starforce Protection system on an old game that refuses to work on Win7+

Here is how to remove the installed starforce files from your PC


Sourced from : GLOP
Removal Tool is available at the link

How can I get rid of Starforce?
Official Starforce removal tool

There is a Starforce Cleaner Utility that has worked for some. As you can read on the page providing it as a download:

"The famous protection solution developer, Starforce, has granted a sole right to distribute the Starforce Removal Tool utility to http://www.onlinesecurity-on.com.

Well, in case their website goes down or their file is removed in the future, I'm providing a mirror of the Starforce removal tool. For your information, the domain onlinesecurity-on.com is owned by webmaster@star-force.com, enough said.

The only purpose of this file is to remove the Starforce driver from your system in the hope to get it back to the state it was before the Starforce installation. It won't allow you to play Starforce restricted games. We'll add to this page any new techniques available.
StarForce 3 Reverse-Engineering Tools (c) RELOADED

In March 2006, RELOADED, a well known warez group, released a set of tools including technical documentation and development files with the will to help people working on ways to bypass Starforce. There is nothing illegal in it, so feel free to download and spread this small rld-sfrt.rar file (595kB).
Unofficial way to remove Starforce

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

Epos's method to achieve that
1. Device removal

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:

sfsync*.sys
sfhlp*.sys
sfdrv*.sys

When you find any of them, remove them.
3. Registry cleanup

Open the windows registry (Start -> Run -> Regedit) and look for any of the following items:

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.


I hate this protection system, complete junk, but it's driver files can be a nightmare to track down to completely remove it...

Hope this helps
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Re: Starforce Removal Tool

Postby 6gunn » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:13 pm

Thanks O' Mighty Guru :!:
Very valuable information.
More points for you!
I'm not THAT rabid of a gamer to have to put up with the Starforce Protection System.
Gaming is supposed to be FUN.
When it's so much involved getting a game to work, the fun disappears.
I have hundreds of other games I can play that don't require a Master's degree to get them up and running.
Still, this info is useful.
I will file it away.
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Re: Starforce Removal Tool

Postby kremiso » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:46 pm

6gunn wrote:When it's so much involved getting a game to work, the fun disappears.


Even worse when it filled with permanent trash
registry and windows folder ! :evil:

Thanks for the info, ZX
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Re: Starforce Removal Tool

Postby mistamontiel » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:54 pm

I had installed LA Rush and it caused my OS to not boot up !! I think I was very lucky that could safe mode and run something to erase Starfuck

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Re: Starforce Removal Tool

Postby cycosis21 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:54 pm

This certainly is useful, I am curious as to where this Starforce thing comes from though. What installs this horrible sounding program to one's computer in the first place?
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Re: Starforce Removal Tool

Postby ZX81v2 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:31 pm

Original Games ! This is the original DRM !

If you google : Games that use starforce -
You'll find lots of info including a list
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