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Running cracks that come in .exe or .com form are quite likely bad news. Run a spyware and virus checker if you have not already. Many patches/cracks are also malware. Despite,
War3z etiquette would have the cracker or courier NOT want their reputation tarnished by an infected release or patch/crack. However,
For re-released warez by parties other than the original cracker/courier, all bets are off. Owners of the intellectual property (IP) have been rumored to put out infected/malicious releases of their software as warez, to "jam" the warez scene, similar to bands distributing dummy or degraded digital music in illegal channels.
Likely an .exe or .com "patching" tool needs to be xxxxxxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxx reside.
War3z etiquette would have an xxxxxxxx or xxxxxxxx accompanying the crack or the release/distribution that contains xxxx special xxxxxxx.
The xxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx almost always contain extended DOS xxxxxxxx that, viewed in xxxx xxxxx character set, are ASCII xxxx. If it looks xxxxxx, thats why.
If the patch was included in the release/distribution it likely is the correct one. Still all bets are off for what its really doing. Even if it works, there's a good chance it also did something you'd rather it didn't.
If you downloaded the patch/crack separately, it might apply only to a specific version of the software and be completely ineffectual against other releases of the same software.
Tools like Xxxxxxxx-PC let you run the crack/patch/serial-generator in a quarantined xxxxxxx. I'd recommend doing this always to limit potential damage. Anything that modifies original libraries or executables even if done in a quarantined xxxxxxxxxxxx can be quietly infecting the library or executable you take away and reinstate in a shared file and memory space.
Enjoy cleaning or re-building your PC if you're infected, and
If you are not capable of rebuilding your own machine, do be honest with the person who cleans or rebuilds the machine for you, and tell them you ran something you shouldn't have.
If you do get the software running and find you are using it: BUY IT.
We have an economy based on the perceived value of things. Doesn't take a large sampling of a generation that fails to respect value for the market to be unduly hampered. Which is a nice way of saying,
When you find yourself 30+ years old and still living with your parents and working for minimum wage in a business where none of the profit is reinvested in your community or even your own country, you have yourselves to thank. Way to go l33t hax0rs/slax0rs.
Sadly, the excess post-war money that surrounded the baby-boomer generation is getting handed undeservedly to their offspring, likely due to the fact that the baby-boomers lived off the fat of an artificially healthy market economy and did not themselves appreciate the value of work sufficiently to pass down to their children to temper the ridiculously undeserved gifts they give them. Their children do not sense value in what they have, or in the things they steal. Freely given, freely destroyed, freely stolen.
Remember, any jackass can run a P2P client, and most of these end up with fubarred or inordinately slow or unreliable computers and deserve it. They also deserve the fact that most of them stupidly go off to Best Buy or Circuit City and needlessly buy a new computer because the old one is bogged down with malware despite being otherwise still way more spec than they need.
I take comfort in the fact that there are overwhelmingly more out there that dangerously don't know what they're doing so that the industry sees your strife as sufficient retribution and stops short of measures that actually qualify as more than an annoyance for those of us who do.
I decided after I posted this to xxxxxxxxx the items that would actually help you perpetuate the degradation of the software market.