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Old 29th December 2005, 09:08 PM   #1
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Default Sony copy protection & PC infection?

Curious to know if the new Sony copy protection for CD's can corrupt or somehow affect my PC should I attempt to rip a copy using Nero? Any info would be useful. Thanks Moray James.
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Old 30th December 2005, 04:36 AM   #2
sangram is offline sangram  India
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First disable autorun on your PC so the software does not install. Nero may not be able to read the tracks. EAC or CDex should be able to do it.

Better to not go near such CDs anyway...
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Old 30th December 2005, 06:58 AM   #3
seoman is offline seoman  Netherlands
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I think you better try sony.
They have removed some cd's from the market because of a safety leak due to that stupid copy protection.
So maybe they have a solution!

So yes that protection can corrupt your machine

Good luck

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Old 30th December 2005, 07:06 AM   #4
sangram is offline sangram  India
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No they don't have a solution, or they would continue to sell the CDs and offer the solution on their website *which they do, but the tool they provide is actually useless).

The rootkit removal is a very tedious manual process. Read about the saga here, but it's very technical

The rootkits don't actually harm your machine by themselves. They hide certain files from the OS, and some virus writers have piggybacked onto this property and name their files so that the Sony rootkit also hides their viruses. That's the issue in a nutshell.
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Old 30th December 2005, 07:14 AM   #5
Tweeker is offline Tweeker  United States
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They do harm computer systems themselves, though not catastrophically. They degrade performance and waste system resources.
Be sure your foil hat has a good low impedance ground.
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