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1 Feb 2003 5:37 AM
Thanks in advance for any help.

When I check system processes in Task Manager, I notice that there are two entries for gearsec.exe. One is 1072kb and the other 1076kb. Is that ever a "normal" situation or does it suggest something's not right. As far as I know, I don't have anything that uses Gear except DXC.

Thanks again.

1 Feb 2003 8:21 AM

This is not correct. And I use Gear Professional as my main burning application and still have 1 Gearsec running. Problem is simple: 321 has recently updated the Gear drivers, I think starting with ver1.3 but I am not sure. You probably did not uninstall older version properly. dxc uninstaller did not do a good job. Suggest you start all over again, uninstall the program and, if you are comfortable with it, do a regedit then manually delete the gear drivers: one is in windows/system32/drivers and two are in windows/system 32. File names: Gearsec.exe, Gearaspi.dll and gearaspiwdm.sys.

Good luck!!
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1 Feb 2003 8:31 AM
I looked into this quite a bit.

It seems that the DVDXCopy uninstall routines are leaving things behind, both files and registry entries.

The following procedure assumes that you ARE NOT using the external GEAR program on your PC.

I too had the problem where when I went to task manager or services, I would see two copies of the 'gearsec.exe' running. One called 'GEARSecurity' and the other 'GEARSecurity_backup'.

To check, go into Control Panel, then into 'Administrative Tools', then into 'Services'. Look through the list of services that are running. You should see an entry titled 'GEARSecurity'. You should only see a single entry.

If you see two entries, probably one titled 'GEARSecurity' and the other titled 'GEARSecurity_backup', then you have the problem.

The only way I was able to get rid of the extra entries was with Regedit.

Before anyone tries the following, BE VERY CAREFUL when using Regedit. You can totally screw up your computer if you delete/modify the wrong things.

The following procedure performs an even 'cleaner' removal of previous DVDXcopy versions than my previous method that is listed in the 'Master Problems and Solutions' section;

Again, this method assumes that you ARE NOT running any external versions of the GEAR program!

1. Uninstall previous version of DVDXcopy via add/remove programs. If it asks to uninstall gear drivers, answer yes. If it does not remove the listing from the add/remove programs box, simply unistall a 2nd time and it will remove the DVDXCopy listing from the add/remove programs box the second time around.

2. Go to the C:\Program Files directory. Delete the entire 321 Studios folder and everything in it. It is all leftovers from the older installs.

3. Using Windows Explorer, search the hard drive for the file 'gearsec.exe' and delete all copies found.

4. Run Regedit. Search for 'gearsecurity_backup'.

5. Delete ONLY the entries that refer to 'gearsecurity_backup'. DO NOT delete entries that refer to 'gearsecurity' or 'Legacy_gearsecurity. Exit Regedit.

6. Reboot the PC.

7. Install the new version 1.41.

8. Reboot PC. ALL Done.

You should now have a single entry in services called 'GEARSecurity'.

DVDXCopy v1.41 is a definite improvement over the previous versions. I HIGHLY recommend it.

This message has been edited since posting. Last time this message was edited on 5 Feb 2003 12:53 AM


1 Feb 2003 9:37 AM
Thanks very much for the responses. Before following the directions, I was wondering if it's possible that any other software I use might be using Gear? For example, I use Pinnacle's Studio and Impression to burn DVD's. Might they be using some component of Gear. I do know that I don't have any software specifically from Gear.

Thanks very much again.

1 Feb 2003 10:47 AM
Achilles and Turak,

Thanks very much for your posts. I decided to go ahead and remove the files and registry entries. Everything went fine and now I only have one copy af gearsec.exe running. My other software seems to be fine as well.

Thanks again for your time and trouble.
Junior Member

1 Feb 2003 6:00 PM
Glad to hear it worked for you without any hitches.
Junior Member

4 Feb 2003 9:33 PM
Have helped a few people now experiencing multiple gear security entries with the above process.

This message has been edited since posting. Last time this message was edited on 4 Feb 2003 9:34 PM

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4 Feb 2003 10:29 PM
i think i can help out with gear security and gearsec,i have a computer with ((98se)) with no install of dvdxcopy........only burning solfware i have installed on it is,roxio and plextor.
ran a check on the registry and checked for gear security/gearsec its there its under (DOC FIND SPEC MRU).
i hope this helps out.......

4 Feb 2003 11:49 PM
I confirmed that the revised Turak uninstall method does the job. The GEARsecurity_backup is a remnant of a previous gearsec install. My theory is that the service process from a previous install was not "stopped" by the uninstall and a new gear install forced the operating system to rename the process. The only thing that I would add is that the gearsec processes may need to be stopped in the services applet in order to delete residual gearsec.exe's during the hard drive search phase. Thanks for the tip. It did speed up the duplication time.

5 Feb 2003 12:17 PM
Don't you think 321 should release a cleangear.exe (or something of the sorts)to help people remove this extra gearsec service? Asking the average joe sixpack to edit their registry is not what I would call a very friendly piece of "commercial" software, would you?

6 Feb 2003 1:03 PM
This is what I did with 1.2.2. I unistalled it through the add/remove programs and remove DVDXCopy. It will not go away so I clicked on it again and it will ask you if you want to remove it then say yes. Next I went into the 321 directory and then there was a directory called Gear, went into that folder and then there was a file called, not sure on the real name, unistallgear or something like that. It ran and then told me to reboot for chages to take affect. Rebooted and checked to see if Gear drivers were there and it completely removed them. If you have more than one gearsec.exe running then run that uninstall again and it will remove the other entry. When all gearsec.exe are not listed anymore than delete the 321 directory and install 1.4.1. That work flawlessly for me. Also it will error on you when all gearsec.exe are gone, which is a good sign :-). You'll then know the Gear drivers are gone. Plus leave gearsec.exe running in the task manager when you run the unistall.

Hope this helps you out and others to.

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