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turbografx16
05-02-2006, 05:16 AM
Not mine, but very useful. Would give credit to original poster but am not aware who he is:

As we are all by now aware the western market Pe2 uses software called boontybox to download and validate. This software adds itself as a service and scans your system for compatible games (and other more private stuff). I am not sure if you are all aware of this but boonty.exe is loaded and run in the background everytime you run the new il2fb.exe. This is not something I want happening on my system and I am sure most of you feel the same. The only way to stop this is to use the older 4.04m il2fb.exe.

Here is a longwinded but verified method of installing the Pe2 addon and cleaning up unwanted files and boontybox stuff. If you have already installed the addon your new exe files will have overwritten the uninfected versions (I use that word deliberately). If you have already installed the addon you will need to remove the files listed in step 4. You will then need to reinstall the merged game to get the uninfected il2.exe and il2fb.exe.

Step 1
Rename your original merged install folder by adding a number onto the end of the original name. In my case I renamed IL2 Complete to IL2 Complete2

Step 2
Create a new folder and call it the original merged install name (IL2 Complete in my case)

Step 3
Run the Pe2 addon exe. It will read the registry to find the install location of the merged install and unpack the Pe2 addon to that location. This should be the original IL2 merged install folder (IL2 Complete in my case).

Step 4
After the install you should have a folder with the Pe2 addon files extracted. Unfortunately you also have the unwanted boontybox stuff runing. The western Pe2 addon from Ubisoft adds the following unwanted files and folders

SHELL_DEFAULT_HTML (Folder)
Fenetre.bmp
fenetrepop.bmp
ubi
RegistrationReminder.exe
Flexnet Activation Device Installer.dll
SpMU
unins000.dat
unins000.exe
il2fb.exe
il2.exe

These files are not added from the multiple PF+AEP+FB CD install or the new complete edition DVD. The il2.exe and il2fb.exe are new versions infected with boonty.exe It is safe to delete these files. After deleting these files you should have a list of the following files and folders.

Intros (folder)
Missions (folder)
Paintschemes (folder)
Training (folder)
fb_3do15.SFS
files.SFS
ReadmePe2.rtf

Step 5
Make a backup of the new folder by adding the files to a .zip file or by burning the contents of the folder to a CD. Once you have this backup it is safe to delete the Pe2 addon exe you downloaded from Ubisoft. Never use the Pe2 addon exe again once you have the above files backed up. The backup CD or .zip file is the full Pe2 addon and should be the one you use to update the merged.

Step 6
Copy the contents of the new folder into the backup folder of your merged install (IL2 Complete2 in my case).

Step 7
Delete the folder with the Pe2 addon files, make sure you backed up this folder first (Il2 Complete in my case). Rename your backed up IL2 merged install folder back to its original name. You should now have a new merged install with version 4.05m installed but without the spyware boonty.exe running evertime you play IL2FB!

Now to remove boontybox spyware from yout system bootup and registry!

Step 8
Uninstall boontybox from the add/remove programs in control panel.

Step 9
Click on start and run, type in services.msc and stop and disable the boonty.exe entry

Step 10
Click start then run and type msconfig. Click on the Startup tab and untick the entry for boonty.exe

Step 11
Open the C:Program Files\Common Files folder. You should see a folder for BOONTY. Delete this folder.

Step 12
Click on start and then run, type regedit. Now search your entire registry for the word boonty. Delete all of the entries found.

It is quite long winded but it does work. Fortunately for me I am a Computer Technician so I know how to get shot of this kind of ****. Most people aren't even aware that this boonty.exe is working away in the background telling the boontybox people how often and for how long you are playing 4.05m. I must stress that Maddox Games are NOT responsible for this, it is purely an Ubisoft thing. It is not a big brother is watching you type thing and there are no conspiracy theories. This software looks like it aids market research by taking a note of your personal details and takes a list of the games on your system.

Creating a system restore point, then installing the addon followed by a restore of the backed up restore point will not stop boonty.exe from running. Everytime you use the infected il2fb.exe or il2.exe boonty will load and add more registry keys. The only way to stop boonty from doing this is to use the 4.04m il2fb.exe and il2.exe.

And for the registry "Need full game installation" problem:

Create a text file in notepad called Il2.reg and copy and paste the following text:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ubi Soft]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ubi Soft\Game Service Games]
@=""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ubi Soft\Game Service Games\IL2FB_COOP]
"arg"="GS COOP"
"directory"="C:\\Program Files\\Ubi Soft\\IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles\\GSData"
"exec"="C:\\Program Files\\Ubi Soft\\IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles\\il2FB.exe"
@=""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ubi Soft\Game Service Games\IL2FB_COOPERATIVE]
"exec"="C:\\Program Files\\Ubi Soft\\IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles\\il2fb.exe"
"directory"="C:\\Program Files\\Ubi Soft\\IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles\\GSData"
"arg"="GS COOPERATIVE"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ubi Soft\Game Service Games\IL2FB_DFIGHT]
"arg"="GS DFIGHT"
"directory"="C:\\Program Files\\Ubi Soft\\IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles\\GSData"
"exec"="C:\\Program Files\\Ubi Soft\\IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles\\il2FB.exe"
@=""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ubi Soft\Game Service Games\IL2FB_DOGFIGHT]
"exec"="C:\\Program Files\\Ubi Soft\\IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles\\il2fb.exe"
"directory"="C:\\Program Files\\Ubi Soft\\IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles\\GSData"
"arg"="GS DOGFIGHT"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ubi Soft\IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles]
"language"="en"
"directory"="C:\\Program Files\\Ubi Soft\\IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles\\"
@=""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ubi Soft\IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles\1.0]
@=""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ubi Soft\IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles AEP]
@=""
"Directory"="C:\\Program Files\\Ubi Soft\\IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles\\"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ubi Soft\IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles AEP\1.0]
@=""



- copy end -

Now when you save the file save it as file type= *all files
and call it IL2.reg
After you exit notepad run the file you have created.