Uninstalling SecuROM

September 24th, 2008

I've been reading a lot lately about the copy-protection/anti-piracy technology called SecuROM (usually in relation to the DRM technology baked into EA's Spore game).

One thing that I've read on several websites is that it's not possible to uninstall SecuROM once it's been installed on a system. This is not true. It's possible to uninstall SecuROM using the uninstaller available from the SecuROM website. Download the 4.5MB .zip file, extract SecuROM_Uninstaller.exe and run it. Be aware that if you do uninstall SecuROM, any game relying on it for copy-protection won't run.

This isn't to say that SecuROM is perfect. If you have virtual drives and/or emulation software installed then SecuROM might not play nicely with these and ask that they be disabled before you can play a game (this is because these tools can be used to copy games).

Note: In my experience, if you keep your virtual drives and/or emulation software up-to-date, you won't have any problems.

I wish that SecuROM and game publishers would behave better towards users. What I'd like to see is:

  • Greater transparency so that end users know what's being installed.
  • Incorporation of an uninstaller with the install files.
  • Bottom line is that these copy protection mechanisms aren't that effective against piracy and companies should consider whether it's worth giving grief to paying customers when those who want to pirate the game can do so and easily bypass all copy-protection hassles.

For more support info on SecuROM, visit the official support site.

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