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Gameguard - Is it safe to install???


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#1 BooBoo2011

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 07:22 AM

My stepson wants to play special forces from an online gaming website here in the Philippines. It wanted to install nProtect GameGuard. Being the cautious sort, I researched GameGuard and from what I read, it seems that it works as a rootkit to prevent cheating and online hacks.

He has played this game in internet cafe and other friends are playing it on their PCs. Before installing this, I want to find out if it is safe or not to use. It seems that it injects itself into every process to monitor potential cheating.

So, can it be used and installed?

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 08:54 AM

MapleStory uses this, so it should be safe.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 09:18 AM

Looks like its kinda like punkbuster in that regards, they also make anti virus software. Id say its safe to install.

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 01:57 AM

From what I understand, it hides the game application process, monitors the amount of memory used, terminates programs pre-determined by the game creators and INCA Internet to be cheats or "suspicious programs".
It also blocks certain DirectX function calls and Windows APIs and may keylog keyboard input. It auto-updates itself to stay protected as new hacks are discovered.

Maplestory used to be one of the main users of GameGuard, only recently did they switch to Hackshield from Ahnlab. If your stepson wants to play the game, GameGuard is part of it. It's only active though when the game is running.

If you feel unsafe about GameGuard, why don't you install it in a Virtual machine? The virtual machine can be turned on when your stepson wants to play the game, and it won't have any important information on it anyways.
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