Feb 1, 2010

How To Run Trial Software Forever

A few years ago I wrote about a little freeware utility that allowed you to remove the date protection that is found on most trial software. Well, I found another one!

You see, there are so many free trial versions of software out there. The software is really great too, however not good enough to spend a gob of money on them. Maybe you are an open source revolutionary and you don’t believe in paying for software. Maybe you are just a cheap ass bastard like me. We all have our reasons for shady software use.

Now, I am not saying I do it… and of course this article is for educational purposes only, but there are ways to extend the trial date, or at least fool the trial program into thinking it is still running in the trial period.

Enter RunAsDate from NirSoft! Here is a description from their page:nirsoft2

RunAsDate is a small utility that allows you to run a program in the date and time that you  specify. This utility doesn't change the current system date and time of your computer, but it only injects the date/time that you specify into the desired application.
You can run multiple applications simultaneously, each application works with different date and time, while the real date/time of your system continues to run normally.


How it works from their page:

RunAsDate intercepts the kernel API calls that returns the current date and time (GetSystemTime, GetLocalTime, GetSystemTimeAsFileTime), and replaces the current date/time with the date/time that you specify.

Know of another utility that can extend the date for trial ware? Is it free? Post your links in the comments to your favorite trial ware extending tools!

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