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Free copy of The Sims 2 contains SecuROM

 

By now, everybody should know that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Let's apply that to EA, shall we? The publisher is giving away copies of The Sims 2: Ultimate Collection, for free... and not mentioning that it includes the controversial SecuROM anti-piracy software.

 

SecuROM has been around for years, and most people aren't too bothered by it. Created by Sony, it's a bit of software designed to prevent video game piracy, by resisting duplication devices and preventing reverse engineering. It's not altogether a bad thing, necessarily, but it's copped a lot of negative attention over the fact that it is not removed when you uninstall the game from your system. It also throws a number of false positives for piracy attempts, including not recognising the authentic disc in the drive, and generally monitors your software use even when you're not playing the game. Opponents have labelled it spyware.

 

EA has already been under the microscope for its use of SecuROM in Spore, which prompted a class action lawsuit.

 

Now, Reclaim Your Game has done a little snooping around "under the hood", and found that The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection contains SecuROM Version 07.40.0009. (The site also claims EA is shaping up to sell the Ultimate Collection, once the free download period has expired.)


As far as we know EA has decided to provide everyone a free, but unscrubbed copy of Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, which is no different to the previous versions of Sims 2 that EA have supplied / sold in the past.

 

From the site's tests, the DRM software is present, and lurks quietly in the background, denying admin access to some files and registry keys.

 

When the user decided to uninstall The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, as well as EA's Origin platform and the SecuROM software, problems arose:


Trying to remove Sims2 UC, Origin and SecuROM... all is successful except a SecuROM License key in the registry won't delete at all. I will have to work on this further and hopefully I can find a way for it to be deleted.

 

After more trial and error, a solution was discovered: TrashReg can be used to delete the SecuROM License key from the registry.

 

If you're bothered by the inclusion of SecuROM in your copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection to the point where you want the game and the DRM off your machine, here's a handy SecuROM Removal guide that should help - including details on how to scrub the last traces from your registry.

 

...if you're okay with it, grab your free copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection now - the offer ends this weekend.

 

Source: playerattack.co.uk

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At least they didn't ship it with StarForce...

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Hah, never as good as it seems :P

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A few leftover registry keys and files aren't the end of the world.

 

SecuROM mainly works with optical drives and is probably just part of the download because The Sims 2 is pretty much ancient, might be tightly coupled to SecuROM for the activation/license system and is probably just left in for their easy. I doubt it'll really bother anyone if it doesn't report back to EA what's going on on the PC.

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We all used Securom for years before Steam and Origin. So what's the problem?

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We all used Securom for years before Steam and Origin. So what's the problem?

That's precisely the problem: Steam and Origin have negated the need for SecuROM. It literally serves no use, so should not be included.

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That's precisely the problem: Steam and Origin have negated the need for SecuROM. It literally serves no use, so should not be included.

 

I'm sure they thought spending resources removing securom from a free game was a great use of resources. Then the evil EA overlord came and told them to leave it in to torment users who wouldn't notice it's there at all...

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At least they didn't ship it with StarForce...

*shutters*  Cant believe I had to restart my computer just to play Chaos Theory.

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I'm sure they thought spending resources removing securom from a free game was a great use of resources.

SecuROM is a publishing tool that is usually incorporated after a game is complete in order to protect it from piracy. It therefore stands to reason that EA should have a copy of the game without any form of copy protection.

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is it even functional? Why get worked up over old code that doesn't really matter.

Perhaps some people don't have enough real life problems, or anything to do.

 

These are the concerns:

 

"From the site's tests, the DRM software is present, and lurks quietly in the background, denying admin access to some files and registry keys"

 

"Trying to remove Sims2 UC, Origin and SecuROM... all is successful except a SecuROM License key in the registry won't delete at all. I will have to work on this further and hopefully I can find a way for it to be deleted."

 

Oh noes!

If they only knew what trash fills the registry. they'd have night terrors.

 

 

Weird how some people today LOOK FOR things in order to feel like victims.

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