Unfortunately it takes more than circumstantial evidence, which is what you've shown is. I've had drives die just like you stated without ever having StarForce protected games installed. A family member's computer recently died in the same way, even ended up taking out all the drives in the chain, from a brand new drive that had only been used about once before.. but that system was never once used for any games. To the contrary, my system has had several StarForce games installed, and I've not had a single related problem. If there's a problem, then yes it needs to be fixed. If someone can actually replicate any problems then I'd be happy to try to replicate it myself and even work with them to get it fixed, but so far there's nothing that could be reproduced. I'm sure software has bugs, as does all software, but that's not the same thing.. and doesn't make it a rootkit that NOD32 should remove, which is what this thread is about.