If something is evil to be tough, then this thing is doomed to be destroyed. Why? Because this is what happened to the rogue CD protection software — Starforce.
I tried to use a multimedia CD that ships with a text book. As usual, I want to use CloneCD to make images of it and load it via Daemon Tools, so that I don’t have to bring the CD all the time, and avoid the noise and vibration of the spinning CD-ROM getting on my nerves.
But this time it is not as simple as that. The CD is encrypted with Starforce, and it did force users to do things against their will! Once run, the CD prompted me to reboot. Obediently I followed, but Windows XP told me it could boot. So I pressed F8 and used the “last known good” menu to boot into XP.
It then asked me to key in the long string of CD-key when I lauched the autorun program. OK, I bowed down to squeez at the small print on the Disk cover, and input the keys with submission. Finally, it ran but I immediately hate the noises the CD-ROM generated and the slow responses of the system.
Starforce is tough because it prevents Daemon Tools to use the CD images. Users are left with no choice except to load the CD, input the keys, and hear CD-ROM groan every time they use it on a different computer. But this is evil and the buyers of the books have to suffer the all these conveniences, and what to do when the CD wears out after repetitive using?
Fortunately, there are people who hate Starforce as much as I do. I pop into this site which has a complete collections and download links to all the tools for defeating CD encryption. A tool which is righteously called Starfucker can be used to screw the older versions of Starforce brutality, and StarForce Nightmare works better for newer versions of beastly Starforce by disabling physical CD-ROMs.
Before I use this tools and take my revenge against Starforce, I found that the latest version of these tools were made in year 2005. I immediately realized that Starforce should already be dead by now, because the cracking tools like this usually are kept up-to-date to combat Starforce. My theory was confirmed when I got a newer version of the textbook, reprinted in 2006. The encryption on the CD was gone, and I can daemon-tool its image again. So the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press has stopped buying products from Starforce, due to, which I can rightly assume, the floods of complaints from teachers and students.
I have a word for the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press: your lucrative business, perhaps monopoly, does not grant you the license to walk hand in hand with evil Starforce.
To Starforce: the age of CD/DVD-ROMs will soon be over and give way to Flash memory devices. I boot mostly from USB and rarely use my DVD-ROM. Besides, your technology is causing more trouble to your clients than doing them good. I will be more than glad to witness this evil and tough-looking Russian company bite the dust!