Copy protection removal software for DOS games

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Re: Copy protection removal software for DOS games

Postby FabulousFurlough » 2019-8-01 @ 00:05

More than the games, I wish I still had the TOOLS that I wrote. I wrote a tool that would strip Rob Northen's Copylock, and spit out a virgin .exe as if it had never been packed in the first place. I wrote a util that would unpack the .SQZ files that Titus liked to use, and they would go on to license it to Bethesda for a time. I wrote a generic Everlock cracker. And probably a bunch more that I've long since forgotten. If you made a protection, and then used it on multiple games, odds are I either had, or was making a tool to automate the cracking.

A later story. Reflexive.com. They used to ship all those Bejeweled like games. They had thousands online that you could download, install, and play for 30 minutes before it would exit the game, and demand that you pay for it before it would start again. They wrote their own wrapper and all of that for the games. I had a tool that stripped it off that you could automate. So, with 1 small app, you could crack all 2000+ games they had on their site. The same with PopCap games. I had a tool for them as well. :-)
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Re: Copy protection removal software for DOS games

Postby NewRisingSun » 2019-8-01 @ 07:35

"The Humble Guys"? Those were the morons who plastered their worthless names right into the badly-deprotected executables. "Hope you enjoyed it", burped Bubba Shittybully, or whatever that idiot's silly name was. I have only seen one deprotect of a Rob Northen Copylock game from them (Beverly Hills Cop), and it was extremely badly done, not having a "virgin .exe as if it had never been packed in the first place", but the keydisk code still there with just the Int13 calls patched out.
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Re: Copy protection removal software for DOS games

Postby Akuma » 2019-8-02 @ 10:27

FabulousFurlough wrote:You can definitely still send me a PM. I just can't reply. So, go ahead!

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As soon as this is lifted, I'll drop you a PM.

@newrisingsun:
I sense a lot of anger in you ? We can all see his name on the left, why pretend you don't know it ?

Stormlord was also protected by RNCL and released by them, granted the envelope was still there.
But then they didn't have all the tools and the internet.
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Re: Copy protection removal software for DOS games

Postby SirNickity » 2019-8-08 @ 17:45

Sheesh. Someone here needs their morning coffee, followed by about five years of therapy.
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Re: Copy protection removal software for DOS games

Postby RoyBatty » 2019-8-09 @ 07:00

Hah Reflexive, I remember doing those too... also lots of those sites used Armadillo... like that was hard or something.

On the C64 I wrote generic protection removers or file rippers too. Ahh the days of fun.
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Re: Copy protection removal software for DOS games

Postby BloodyCactus » 2019-8-09 @ 12:32

I regret loosing all my tools too, to corrupt floppy and old cdroms burned at 1x that developed mold under the layers. I'm slowly piecing some of my old code back together.

loosing old code is rough. Most of the code and tools I still have from back in the day are ones I didnt much care about, and the ones I'd wish I still had I've lost :(
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Re: Copy protection removal software for DOS games

Postby RoyBatty » 2019-8-16 @ 07:19

You'll always have the skills, and can make better tools.
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Re: Copy protection removal software for DOS games

Postby Akuma » 2019-9-08 @ 13:52

But no time ..

Well that was short lived :dead:
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Re: Copy protection removal software for DOS games

Postby filipetolhuizen » 2019-9-11 @ 16:27

Before Rawcopy, Locksmith and Nevlock I used DAP and Crock. Good times.
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Re: Copy protection removal software for DOS games

Postby Akuma » 2019-9-18 @ 10:18

Hey Fab, did you fell of the earth or did life catch up to you ? PM sent
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Re: Copy protection removal software for DOS games

Postby Akuma » 2019-9-18 @ 10:26

filipetolhuizen wrote:Before Rawcopy, Locksmith and Nevlock I used DAP and Crock. Good times.


Some of them contain real bad cracks, you start playing and half-way get hit by a nice dos-prompt,
or you fall through floors, that happened to me while playing flashback. Wizardry 7 helps you with
zero damage in melee battles,so you get slaughtered in a fight. Keep those originals write-protected.
I almost burned myself there :blush: by running it from A:
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