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OFFICIAL NPROTECT GAMEGUARD REMOVAL PETITION! - Sign here if you have been affected by Gameguard and want it removed."

Greetings Beta Testers!

This petition is for EVERYONE who has been affected in one way or another by the nProtect Gameguard program designed by INCA Software installed with AION during North American and European Beta Tests. The largest incident of GameGuard involving the communities' concerns happened on the Closed Beta Test 4.
To reduce the amount of space required for this thread, we have simplified the issues and provided the proper information to reduce the need for user research and for the ease of NCSoft / NCWest to gather the Beta information faster.

In the Closed Beta 4 schedule, Aion game fixes and nProtect GameGuard updates were presented as such to the community on the official Beta forums.

Heads-up for Closed Beta event 4 - July 14, 2009 5:34 PM

Starting time: 17th of July (noon PDT, 8 PM BST, 9 PM CEST)
Ending time: 20th of July (noon PDT, 8 PM BST, 9 PM CEST)

One of the more common items of feedback during our previous beta event pertained to server stability and we have made sure to address this specifically with the updated client for the coming weekend. Find below a list of updates for CB4:

* Increased server stability
* Various UI fixes
* Various NPC load failure fixes
* Various NPC grammatical fixes
* Various Glossary term grammatical fixes
* New NPC Dialogue/Quest text for Sanctum and Pandaemonium
* GameGuard update
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE READ: http://na.aiononline.com/en/news/heads-up-for-closed-beta-event.html

TO NCSOFT/DEVELOPMENT TEAM OF AION: TOWER OF ETERNITY:

The following is a list of Beta Players of the game "AION: Tower of Eternity".

We all have experienced problems with your useage of nProtect Gameguard, issues that are not to be taken lightly. Many have been talking Legal Action. Many have been speaking of turning away from this game.

We all speak as one when we say we wish this program removed and replaced with something NOT malicious. We fear the possible amount of people that may back away from this game will cause your profits to crash, causing this game's launch to not go as you are hoping. We only ask that you read this over and think about this.

For those that don't know:

Malicious Software [Malware]: Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner's informed consent. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code.[1] The term "computer virus" is sometimes used as a catch-all phrase to include all types of malware, including true viruses.

More specifically, ROOTKITS (Which is what Gameguard is): Rootkits
Once a malicious program is installed on a system, it is essential that it stay concealed, to avoid detection and disinfection. The same is true when a human attacker breaks into a computer directly. Techniques known as rootkits allow this concealment, by modifying the host operating system so that the malware is hidden from the user. Rootkits can prevent a malicious process from being visible in the system's list of processes, or keep its files from being read. Originally, a rootkit was a set of tools installed by a human attacker on a Unix system where the attacker had gained administrator (root) access. Today, the term is used more generally for concealment routines in a malicious program.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE READ: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware

Further information on nProtect Gameguard and further issues can be found within the following two links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NProtect_GameGuard

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=136414

If you have been affected in ANY way by this program, ranging from slight malfunctions of your Antivirus software, the 110/114 Gameguard Errors, to Blue/Black Screens of Death, even to having to reformat your computer, or any other security concerns regarding this issue PLEASE SIGN HERE. We need your help in removing GameGuard from Aion.

A personal word you might wish to extend to NCSoft. (Please keep the comments clean, and no explicit words or threats to NCSoft their Affliates or Subordinates.)

THANK YOU!

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