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As software development companies, their biggest concern is that their software will be decompiled/cracked soon after it is launched, so many developers choose to pack/encrypt their software products. In general, the file size of packed software is smaller, and the program itself becomes more secure. These days, packer has been moving towards virtual machine protection technology, whose greatest benefit is that it can greatly improve the protection strength. Packers employing this technology include Themida, WinLicense, EXECryptor, etc.; While the downside is that it affects the startup and running speeds of program, so it’s not suitable for every situation.
VMProtect is a new generation of software protection system that supports pure obfuscated encryption (i.e.: code virtualization) for software source code, known as currently the most powerful virtual machine protection software (which had actually been deciphered to pieces in fact), and one of the most popular packers for software protection, developed by VMProtect Software from Russia. It works by putting the protected code into a virtual machine to run (i.e. VMP = Virtual Machine Protection). This makes it very difficult to analyze and crack the decompiled code (in theory). In addition to code protection, VMProtect can also generate and validate serial number, set expiration time, limit free update, and more.
Unlike most other software protectors, VMProtect is able to modify the source code of a program, convert part code of the protected software into bytecode that can be run on a virtual machine. We can think of a virtual machine as a virtual processor with a command system, whose command system is completely different from the one used by the Intel 8086 processor. For example, a virtual machine has neither instructions to compare two operands, nor conditional jump and unconditional jump instructions, and so on. As a result, software cracker would need to develop an entire parsing engine in order to analyze and decompile the bytecode, which is really time-consuming.
VMProtect works best only if the protection mechanism within an application was built correctly and there were no serious errors that could undermine the overall protection. However, as we all know, there is no unbreakable protection routine in the world. As a result, a compromise approach for developers is to raise the level of protection as high as possible to the point where “the cracking cost is as much as the buying cost”. Anyway, keep in mind that VMProtect may be the only tool currently available that can help developer “hide” all the major, known software protection mechanisms.
// Key Features //
// Supported Compilers //
- Borland C Builder
- Visual C/C++
- Visual Basic (Native)
- Virtual Pascal
// Supported File Formats //
- EXE, DLL, SYS (32-bit and 64-bit)
// Setup Password //
// Edition Statement //
AppNee provides the VMProtect Ultimate Edition multilingual full installers and setup password, as well as portable full registered versions for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit.
// Installation Notes //
- Download and install VMProtect with the password above
// Prompts //
- Today, VMProtect can be unpacked perfectly.
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// Download URLs //
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