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Remove StarForce driver

How to remove protection driver?

With so many various hardware components and software for personal computers, the StarForce specialists improve the protection driver constantly and make it compatible with newly released programs and operating systems.

If you have problems with running a protected application, driver update can solve the problem in some cases, as well as it can improve the interaction between the protected application and the drivers in programs from other vendors.

There are two ways to update the driver; these methods depend on the current version of protection installed for the software in use.

How do I know which protection version is installed for the application I use?

Find the protect.dll file in the protected application folder (the file can have another name, but it always has the .dll extension), right-click it and select Properties. Select Version tab then. The protection version number is in the BuildSignature (or BuildInfo) section.

1. Version 5.5 and higher:

In version 5.5 and higher, the most common operations (such as driver installation/removal, driver update check and download) are performed using Graphical User Interface (GUI) of the executable file of the protection system. The file can have any name as specified by the publisher. It is usually PCNSL.EXE for latest protection versions and PROTECT.EXE for earlier versions. This file is in the root folder of protected application. If you cannot find the file, run the main application while holding down Shift or Ctrl.

GUI of pcnsl.exe.

Driver management

License management


2. Versions before 5.5:

To remove all protection components from the system: