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This is a genuine request to the very best of the best to join me in solving
the TECHNICAL aspects of this problem.
It has nothing to do with illegal software piracy, and everything to do with the sanctity of our person and our property from illegal violation under the 4th amendment of the US constitution. Politics, however, is not the
topic of this request.
Failed legitimate installation of Adobe CS3 demo-ware:
Premiere and After Effects, downloaded from the Adobe
web-site on July 15, 2008.
has left DRM / Macrovision Flexnet residue on my system, which not only
prevents the demo-ware from being re-installed, but it has destabilized
other legitimate licenses on my machine.
1) Adobe is aware of this problem, thousands of customers are affected,
but Adobe is unable and/or unwilling to fix it.
Their tech support staff claim it is only a recent "WEB-site problem"
which only affects "some" computers and it is "no big deal"
2) The new Macrovission DRM introduced with CS3 is extremely aggressive
and predatory, far worse than the infamous SONY root-kit of two years
ago, as my personal research seems to indicate.
I think criminal prosecution of Adobe, like SONY is strongly indicated
but that is another topic. All I want to do is remove this repugnant ****
from (my!!!!) machine, and gain the ability to help other victims to do
3) The CS3 installation program crashes and exits without any messages,
but it does place uninstall hooks into the registry which do not work.
The lame Windows "add-remove programs" starts the CS3 unisnstaller,
which promptly crashes and terminates. (as expected)
4) The Adobe cleanup script run at levels 1,2,3,4 fails to fully remove CS3.
5) Popular third party cleaner tools remove more garbage, but not all of it.
6) Manual registry and directory tear-out, finds a few small minor hooks
but not all: Adobe, CS3, Flexnet, LMService, Macrovision, Safe-cast,
I am very good at this, but obviously not good enough (yet!)
I also searched for embedded nulls in registry keys, invalid chars
in file names and other common root-kit critters, like NTFS
alternate data streams attached to temp directories, ... etc.
but so far, No dice
7) I have read that the Macrovision anchors will survive disk re-formatting,
but not low level format (this is hardly a desirable step, however)
The vermin at Macrovision actually brag about this and refer to a
mutating polymorphic anchor engine on their web-site.
Can you spell V-I-R-U-S ?!
8) The anchors survived OS and Application partition restoration,
partition resizing and sliding.
They also survive bad sector scanning, re-testing and repair.
9) I am determined to defeat this sub-scumbag terrorist filth and for
ever purge their garbage products from civilized society.
Let's face it no company with any finite number of employees
can survive to concentrated attack of angry customer on the
I am willing to do some of the work, with your help and genius.
I am an engineer, not a hacker, so perhaps I am approaching this
from the wrong angle, your help is very much appreciated.
I had a similar license problem with 3ds max in the past,it just didn't give me chance to renew installation, because I have installed it before. I remember using a 'uninstall' program to bypass that, where the program scans your disk structure, registry etc whatsoever, before and after the installation and through using that program you can uninstall the program without leaving any traces since it is even erasing all registry entries done through the installation. Possibly it would also work for Adobe. I did a little search and seems that symantec cleansweep has similar functionality.
Maybe, since you have already installed it on to your system, you can try installation on a similar system using that utility, and use the data generated there on your 'infected' computer(keeping installation places same etc. )
Posted on Aug 21, 2008
Another thing you can try is to download a program by MICROSOFT called: Windows installer cleanup utility
Does a great job.
Another program you may want to try would be Uniblue Registry booster which also does a great job removing rogue programs.
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