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February 16, 2009

making Corel Painter X.1 suck less (bye drm)

Filed under: circumvention,How To — Sagacious Himself @ 1:07 am

bye corel drm resource hog


Since version XI of PSP, “Protexis” drm software (PIS service.exe) is installed with the software. Even removing PSPXI does not take it out. This drm software is also installed with PaintShop Pro X2 (PSPX2), CorelDrawX3 (CDX3) and CorelMediaOne 2 (CMO2).

For some users, this PIS Sevice.exe eats up so much CPU usage on their PC that they give up and never upgrade their software to newer versions.

The following post gives a step-by-step guide to remove Protexis (i.e. reduce CPU usage) and at the same time ensure the new version of PSPX2 functions normally.

I have extended the step-by-step guide to CDX3 and CMO2 too.

1. Install Program  (do not run it)

2. Goto the install program files folder
%programfiles%\Corel\[corel product]

3. Delete PsiClient.dll from the program files folder (back it up first or rename if you might want to reverse this procedure)

[Repeat Step 3 for all three programs before go to Step 4]

4. Goto C:\Windows\System32 and find PSIKey.dll

5. Copy PSIKey.dll to the install program files folder in Step 2.
5. Rename PSIKey.dll to PsiClient.dll
[Repeat Step 5 for all three programs before go to Step 6]

6. Click Start->Run and enter: services.msc
6. Find the ProtexistLicensing service, stop the service, and disable it

7. Click Start-> Run and enter: sc delete ProtexisLicensing
to remove ProtexisLicensing from Services list

8. Go back to C:\Windows\System32

9. Delete the files: PSIService.exe and PSIKey.dll

pretty easy….and works. Of course if you add service pack to program later this protexsis will be installed again. Re-do the above steps again to get rid of Protexis.

update: for PaintShopPro the directions vary slightly (untested) as I have a licese for photoshop

  • stop- and disable  the Protexis Licensing V2 sevice
  • open directory C:\Program Files\Common Files\Protexis\License Service
  • Rename PsiService_2.exe to PsiService_2.byteme
  • Copy PSIKey_2.dll to C:\Program Files\Corel\Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2
  • Rename PsiClient.dll to PsiClient.byteme
  • Rename PSIKey_2.dll to PsiClient.dll

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