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How to uninstall Spore AND DRM/SecuRom.


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Hello, First post!
Could anybody help me please?
I have downloaded the demo of the Spore Creature Creator and Spore Origins for the iPod Touch.
Do either of these contain the DRM/SecuRom things that install to the kernel? Or any other 'hidden' programmes?
If so, how do I remove them? I don't care if I delete the applications, too - I'm not interested in pirating the game, I just want to make sure my computer is 'clean' of the kind of file that lurks somewhere and interferes with my computer's normal operation.
Is my only option to back-up and then re-format my hard drive?
I run a black Macbook with the latest version of OS X (is that 10.5?)
Thank you for any help!
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I'm not sure about the iPod Touch (unlikely, IMO), but it appears to be there for OS X.
http://www.simprograms.com/?p=1399


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Fiddlesticks!
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Fiddlesticks is right! I bought Spore unknowing of the impending spyware. Does anyone know how to uninstall SecuROM?

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Fiddlesticks is right! I bought Spore unknowing of the impending spyware. Does anyone know how to uninstall SecuROM?
I don't know, but I wish I had known about it also. This game is one of the most boring games I've ever played. No depth to it at all.


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Apparently this is from the Offical Spore forum (emphasis added):
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I thought you all would like to know.......

I had to call Apple Care because of constant kernel panics on my notebook computer. They asked me when it started, which was shortly after uninstalling SPORE CC, and clued me into a problem. Apparently there are a number of computers (Mac's) having issues with the SecuROM. The end result is Apple replacing my harddrive, which means I'll be notebookless for about a week.

Potential buyers beware... The securom is not good for macs. The tech identified securom as the cause of my computers problems (it alters critical files that can't be rewritten when u install OSX updates). If I didn't have apple care, the cost to repair would be about 400$
This is exactly why I made a backup right before I installed Spore. Time to revert!

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Pfft. I've been running Spore on my MacBook Pro for over a week now, with no stability issues. I also run Little Snitch and there has been no unusual traffic sent from any unknown processes.

This is all a part of the anti-DRM crowd's incessant bashing of this game, despite the fact that EA has relaxed some of its restrictions. No need to overreact.

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Pfft. I've been running Spore on my MacBook Pro for over a week now, with no stability issues. I also run Little Snitch and there has been no unusual traffic sent from any unknown processes.

This is all a part of the anti-DRM crowd's incessant bashing of this game, despite the fact that EA has relaxed some of its restrictions. No need to overreact.
I was wondering about what Little Snitch would see. I do agree that the anti-DRM crowd is overreacting a little bit, but I also don't agree with a game altering my kernel in any way (if that is in fact what it does, as there is no HARD evidence it does). Regardless, I have played though the game three times, and am pretty much done with it now, so I, personally, would like a clean uninstall of it.

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Pfft. I've been running Spore on my MacBook Pro for over a week now, with no stability issues. I also run Little Snitch and there has been no unusual traffic sent from any unknown processes.

This is all a part of the anti-DRM crowd's incessant bashing of this game, despite the fact that EA has relaxed some of its restrictions. No need to overreact.
I do the same. But I realised the update for Spore recently released will not upload properly with any kind of little snitch activity towards spore. Actually this update was a real bugger to install. First update ever to anything that just simply didn't work easily.

But I dunno if this is a work around to the DRM, but I had to reinstall Spore in the process of getting the update to work. Which it did. But I just copied the around 3 GB game file before the update. And when it crashed my game file I just copied the good duplicate I had made and after another long while it all worked fine. And my old game saves were still there after it all. Seems they are stored some place other than the game file itself. Where I have no idea. I don't think used up a game activation. But I think with the patch they've eased up on the DRM quite a bit. Which is good.
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I do the same. But I realised the update for Spore recently released will not upload properly with any kind of little snitch activity towards spore. Actually this update was a real bugger to install. First update ever to anything that just simply didn't work easily.

But I dunno if this is a work around to the DRM, but I had to reinstall Spore in the process of getting the update to work. Which it did. But I just copied the around 3 GB game file before the update. And when it crashed my game file I just copied the good duplicate I had made and after another long while it all worked fine. And my old game saves were still there after it all. Seems they are stored some place other than the game file itself. Where I have no idea. I don't think used up a game activation. But I think with the patch they've eased up on the DRM quite a bit. Which is good.
Yeah, I read this also.

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