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ExeShield

Postby Frank » Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:34 am

For your information:

ExeShield - Software Copy Protection ( http://www.exeshield.com/ )

From the creator:

With ExeShield it's easy to turn your applications into "try before you buy" software with very little effort, and maximum protection against piracy, backdating, reverse-engineering or any kind of tampering.

No extra hardware is required in order to protect your executable, but the choice is yours: choose between our 100% software-driven solution or our USB dongle version.

ExeShield will protect virtually any Win32 executable, including:

Visual Basic
Delphi
C++
C++ Builder
PowerBasic
MASM
Visual Studio
FileMaker Pro Developer
ProShow
SWFKIT Pro 2 (Flash to Exe)
RealBasic for Windows
FPS Creator
Blitz Basic
Dark basic
Clarion
Macromedia Flash Executables
most eBooks

And last but not least: the latest update supports Neobook as well !!!

Its features are:
- Anti-debugging & Anti-monitoring Protection
- Sophisticated Encryption Technology
- Detects backdating or reinstallation
- Reliable Machine Locking Protection
- Invisible software-based protection requires no dongles
- Create evaluation copies tailored to your specific needs
- Easy to use - No source code modification - no dependencies
- Multilingual Support
- ExeShield is compatible with Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP and Vista

- And fantastic support for only (when compared to equivalent products) $ 79.95 US (standard version)

Are there any drawbacks?
- Well, perhaps the only thing I can think of is that ExeShield requires the directory and 'wrapped' executable to have full read/write permission. Normally this won't be a problem but in Vista it will.

ExeShield gives you the advice to use an Installer like Inno Setup, but for me this means to use another (script-like) Installer and I want to keep it simple...
I did some research and found a command line utility (called SetACL) that can give you full read/write permission to a folder and its files:

http://setacl.sourceforge.net/

You can use the next syntax to get what you want:

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SETACL.EXE -on "<APPFOLDER>" -ot file -actn ace -ace n:S-1-1-0;p:full,write_dacl;s:y


I use Tarma QuickInstall and it has its own simplified SetACL command line utility to overcome this problem.

Perhaps a good alternative for the cheap ( but unfortunately not working in Vista ) rtProtectMgt and the quite expensive Silicon Realms Armadillo SoftwarePassport.

BTW, when compiling, you can compress your publication in Neobook as usual. ExeShield will 'wrap' the executable.

Regards,
Frank

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Postby Wrangler » Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:40 am

Thanks for this, Frank. Will have a look.
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