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Windows 7: PACE Anti-Piracy?

05 Jul 2011   #11

Windows 7 Iltimate x64

Malwarebytes found nothing.
Nothing shows up in the Programs and Features list.
And I can't install Adobe CS5.5 Master Collection.

ERROR: DW042: ARP Entry couldn't be created for language : en_US

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05 Jul 2011   #12

Windows 7 Iltimate x64

SOLUTION: Re-install windows 7
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05 Jul 2011   #13

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It's probably not much of a consolation (reinstalling any version of Windows is a hassle) but I think that's the best course of action. You'll have a totally clean computer with no hidden system file problems.

Please forgive me for offering some unasked for advice. Once you get your machine configured the way you want it, all updates and programs installed, I respectfully suggest you invest in an external hard drive and make a system image of your computer.

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7

You can use the built in Win 7 imaging tool, Macrium free, or Paragon free. Also make the companion recovery CD just in case you can't boot your computer. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, use the system image to get up and running in about 30 minutes or less.
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04 Mar 2012   #14

Windows XP, 7, Mac Os X, Linux

Hi peeps, my friend recently sent a link to me to this website from Twitter.

My Windows XP partition on my Dell Vostro 1500 laptop is garbled with all sort of problems. For one, I have so many bad sectors on my 1 and a half year old hard drive that it is mind-blowing to me. I've tried to repair it several times, however CHKDSK gets stuck on data verification.

Now my Windows XP partition seems to operate at the speed that was like a 1992 33Mhz Packard Bell I used to own. I custom installed my hard drive myself without any Western Digital Hard Drive software. All I did was partition it in Linux.

Imagine my surprise when I find this forum and I find the following on my Hard Drive using Linux:

Twitter / Randy Christian Lee: "PACE" anti-piracy applica ...
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I am in the process of backing up certain folders on my hard drive to wipe it so I can put clean installations of Windows XP, 7, and Linux on it, and to me, this has weird vibes written all over. Then I looked it up on Wikipedia and across Google to be only more confused:


There's something really funky about this to me.

Then I decided to put just two words into Google, that being PACE and Apple, and I found this.
Quotes from
"Everytime i use something with PACE involved it's destablized my machine"

Then I found an old post from this link back in 2005:
Pace Anti Piracy - how to dump it - SpywareInfo Forum

So far, it seems like to me that "PACE" is basically just a reverse-engineer to manipulate system operations. A same quote by the person in that forums says it is installed in the root of his Mac OS UNIX system. This could also be defined as a ROOTKIT.

When you have software trying to mess with your operating system's fundamentals (like a ROOTKIT), then there is no doubt going to be a negative performance and stability impact, which compromises systems in more than one way. The opeartion of a rootkit is to hide processes and shadow them on the system if I am not mistaken.

I'm wondering myself if PACE is a rootkit. I just typed "PACE" and "rootkit" into Google and came back with all sorts of problems users are having with rootkits.

Then I see this quote on here: DxO Labs
"PACE is not a Rootkit. It doesn't try to hide itself from the operating system. Like any software protection technology, Pace stores encrypted files on your disk in order to manage the state of your licenses."

I am all sorts of confused on this. I'm starting to wonder if I need to create a virtual machine with a clean installation of Windows XP or 7, install PACE on purpose, and then see what happens next.
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24 Jul 2014   #15

Windows 7 Professional x64

PACE Anti-Piracy was installed on my system along with Adobe CS5.5 Flash Catalyst.
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24 Jul 2014   #16

Windows 10 64 bit

I have Pace iLok key as several of my Recording Studio add ons use this for anti-piracy. ProTools (a recording program also uses this). The software, by itself, does not do anything. You have to have an "iLok key" (a USB device that looks like an USB key/flash drive) to work in conjunction with the iLok software.

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29 Apr 2015   #17

window 7 x64

had the same problem. this is a permissions error, because i had my user files to another partition than windows.
Copy the installation folder to your c: drive (where windows are installed) and run it from there.
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