OK. This is the official SecuROM FAQ quoted directly from sims2.com. Please note they have made no update since Bon Voyage, and that the things in it are wildly inaccurate. Link to see for yourself is HERE
"Shortly after the launch of Bon Voyage it was brought to our attention that a Sims 2 player was having difficulty with his PC, perhaps due to a conflict with the SecuROM copy protection system that is utilized on EA PC games. Since then, there has been an outpouring of emotion, passion, and confusion on this topic. It has been a difficult time for all of us: both The Sims 2 team and our players.
Our Sims 2 community is the most passionate in the game industry. There is no doubt about this. It is what makes us such a unique and thriving community. We appreciate you greatly and want you to have all the information about SecuROM that we can provide.
In recent collaboration with Sony DADC, the makers of SecuROM, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions sheet, posted below to address the questions that have been posed here on the BBS.
Over the past year, EA diligently evaluated SecuROM against many other copy protection programs, and as a result of that evaluation chose to use SecuROM in its entire line of PC products. Need For Speed, Medal of Honor, Command & Conquer, The Sims...all of these key EA franchises utilize SecuROM. SecuROM is also utilized by nearly every major game publisher in the industry.
Both EA and Sony DADC support teams are standing by ready to assist any player who believes he is having issues with his PC caused by SecuROM. We strongly encourage you to get in touch with us. Instructions for how to contact Customer Support at both EA and Sony DADC are posted at the end of this thread.
Thank you for supporting The Sims.
SecuROM Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1) What is SecuROM?
A: SecuROM is a copy control system implemented by software publishers to protect their intellectual property. You can find general information about SecuROM at http://www.securom.com
2) Is SecuROM actually loaded onto my computer?
A: Yes. SecuROM files are installed to the hard drive so that the copy protection system can perform its function properly. These files can be removed by an end-user, if desired (See FAQ No. 19 below).
3) How does SecuROM interact with the Internet?
A: Not at all, if you install a game using a CD or DVD. In that case SecuROM comes with the game on the disc. If you download a SecuROM-protected game from the Internet, then you have to use your Internet connection to request a license for the desired application. The communication is a simple request and response to a server used for this purpose. No personal information is collected or stored during this or any SecuROM process.
4) Is it spying on me?
A: No. SecuROM does not collect any personal information.
5) What is a registry key and what is the SecuROM entry in the registry?
A: The Windows registry is a directory that stores settings and options for the operating system for Microsoft Windows. It contains information and settings for all the hardware, operating system software, most non-operating system software, users, your preferences, etc. As part of the SecuROM Product Activation system, certain license information is stored within a registry key labeled
`!CAUTION! NEVER DELETE OR CHANGE ANY KEY".
The purpose of this registry key value is to enable SecuROM to perform its copy protection function properly (license data is stored beneath this key) and to prevent users from inadvertently deleting keys and or values stored beneath this key. Other than the license data, nothing including code, EXE, DLL, or drivers - is stored in the registry key.