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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Online Activation is the Future

I’ve always been fairly open minded when it comes to software piracy. I’ve always known that a number of people were using illegal PLUS codes. Until recently I didn’t realize how many! I figured the folks using generated code were probably not going to support WinPatrol anyway so it’s not like I was losing money. However, it really isn’t fair to those friends of Scotty who have shown their support over the years.

After doing some research, I decided to take step one in clamping down on illegal codes. I want to make sure all legitimate supporters had the quickest possible access to the PLUS database. They deserve the best. Online activation seems to be making a difference and has already shown me just how many people have been naughty.

Over the last two days over 4000 activations have been attempted using codes which weren’t provided by BillP Studios. Most attempts came from specific locations in the world. Some repeated attempts are coming from a few folks determined to create new keygen schemes.

Message when illegal PLUS codes are entered

In some cases we will have problems with our long time PLUS members who may have typed a number one where the letter L should go. I’m standing by the computer and responding to Emails quickly to get folks back using PLUS as quickly as possible.

WinPatrol Update

In other news, those of you who were quick to download our newest version may want to stop by again. I did find a bug that, depending on your processor type, may delay new startup alerts. It’s amazing and embarrassing how much changing a compiler setting can affect software. WinPatrol 14.0.2007.1 is available at

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

4000 pirates, we are talking close to 80,000 $'s.
This is utterly wrong if not criminal.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill's right about being right at the computer to help with the activation. He responded to me in just a couple minutes! Many thanks again, Bill.

7:38 PM  

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