Most PC game DVDs come with DVD copy protection. Publishers claim that they have to add the copy protection to prevent the unauthorized copying of their games. Many users feel that publishers punish legit customers with DVD copy protection, digital rights management and other enforced annoyances while software pirates do not face these issues at all. In fact, they often get the games fully working prior to the official release date.
Legit buyers have to activate games over the Internet, have to play with the DVD in drive and even uninstall software to make the games work on their systems. Pirates do not need to have the DVD in their drive, do not need to activate the software, or have a permanent Internet connection to a game server to play the game at all.
Knowing which DVD copy protection was used on a game DVD can be helpful to determine if it makes sense buying or trying to copy the game. Talking about copying bought DVDs obviously.
A-Ray Scanner scans game DVDs and displays information about the DVD copy protection that has been used to "protect" the DVD. The software program is capable of identifying all the important DVD copy protections including SafeDisk, SecuRom or StarForce. A total of 26 different DVD copy protections can be identified by the application.
The software can scan a DVD that has been inserted into a DVD drive. It can also scan a folder on the PC's hard drive. A-Ray Scanner will display information in the main interface if the game DVD is copy protected. If it is the protection that has been used will be listed as well.
Update: The DVD copy protection scanner has not been updated in a while. While it may still recognize copy protections used on old game DVDs, it may not be able to do the same for newer games.
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