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What is a keygen?
It is an illegal program that will generate a serial number for whatever game or software that it is made for. It's the equivalent of piracy because you have to pay for the software in order to obtain a serial number to use the software, yet a keygen allows you to use the software for free. Not fair for those who spent countless hours creating the software that you want to use. Therefore, WikiAnswers cannot nor will not provide information on where to obtain keygens or how to use them.
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If you have to pay for Autodesk then I think it would be illegal...
Serial numbers for computer software have a specific pattern, which allows the installer or application to detect whether or not it is a legit key. A very simple example… would be that every serial number has exactly three occurances of the number 5 in it - so 1932-1253-2319-5512 would be a working serial number. In a real-life scenario the relationships between the numbers would of course be more complicated. The shipped software contains an algorithm that checks whether or not a serial is valid. The software creator has a piece of software that allows him to create serial numbers for the product. To create a keygen, a cracker group (people specialized in breaking copy protection schemes) analyze the program executable to find the part that checks the serial. They then reconstruct the algorithm to create the serials based on the checking code. The finished keygen is an app applying the algorithm to create a serial number. Sometimes keygens do not really contain the algorithm, but rather a list of valid serial numbers, of which one is selected at random. The keygen for Windows xp in the later service packs was more complicated, because Microsoft checked not only whether a key was valid, but also whether it had been sold with a copy and was not already in use on another computer. The keygen sent mass requests to the Microsoft server to check whether or not it was a working key.
First off you need to know basic hacker lingo, a "Crack" is a program that's designed to work outside it's specifications, say a no CD crack which allows you to use a …pirated program with a Virtual Drive when you would typically require a disc. What you're talking about is a product key generation program, most programs are protected by activation codes that you would only have by legally buying it, a key gen hacks the file and alters it to accept a code that it generates and then gives to you. Using a keygen is illegal and looked down upon, they should not be used. The right and legal thing to do is to buy the desired program and use it within its Terms and Conditions.
Most people say no because when you're dealing with illegal programs there's always the possibility your supplier wants to mess up your day but if your smart about it the risk… of using a keygen isn't any greater than using the internet. It's all about file size, if a keygen is very small then it's probably legit if it's unusually large it's almost definitely not what it's claiming to be. Your anti virus software will recognize almost any kegen as a virus THIS IS USUALLY A FALSE POSITIVE just watch the file size and try to download from well established underground sources.
You can go to the ImageLine page and get a Demo, then if you like it, buy it.
How much trouble could you get in when you crack a serial number or keygen for a softwareIf punishment what is it?
This largely depends on your location and the location of the company that owns the copyright on the software. The punishment can range from a few hundred dollars fine a…nd or a prison sentence. Then there is the possibility that the copyright holder could sue for damages. If the software has been distributed widely then it can run into millions of dollars. It is always advisable to contain your actions to the legal side of things.
Sometimes, a Keygen is a program that does the same job as a virus (entering and modifying programs while bypassing countermeasures) but the difference is they are much simple…r. Look at the size of the file, there's no reason for a keygen to be very large and there's no way for a virus to be very small.
Use a bit torrent like Vuze and search for what you need there, you can get almost any file complete with keygens or cracks as needed sometimes before the programs are actuall…y released. Downloading something to downloading something might feel uncomfortable but it's a good investment, and remember not to get carried away if you get greedy you CAN get busted.
Can you get in lawsuit for using keygens or get in trouble at all because i want to keygen photoshop cs4?
Technically? Yes, it is illegal but it's not easy to catch and it happens so often they don't bother most of the time. If you want to be on the safe side use your anti-virus s…oftware to block the program from accessing the internent.
You can try, I did, but 2 days later I got a call from the police... Your anti-virus will say it's dangerous but ignore that, it is correct it is a virus, but not one that is… dangerous towards the computer, it hacks Sony and generates fake license codes. It's very risky. I'm never doing it again, music is cool though