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How does free trial software track?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by ddpromo1, Apr 3, 2008.

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  1. ddpromo1

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    I had a question kicking around in my head for 24 hours.

    How does free trial software track your time/attempts/etc.? Is it through cookies? Is it through IP address? Is it through emaill address?

    If I wanted to "retry" the software and won't let me open new download - what is the program looking at?

    Thanks - Interested Minds Want To Know?

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  2. JackDogg

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    have always wondered that same question.

    i think (*i think*) its an entry in your registry. after the trial period ends and you delete the trial program and you instigate another trial session, the registry "knows". it will refuse a re trial.

    i used to run Zone Alarm ISSuite Trial several years ago and after the trial ended i couldn't reload another trial >>>> soooo i had to format the 'puter reload OS and programs, AND another Zone Alarm trial period worked. So i ended up having to format HDD every month which was a pain LOL

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  3. Elvandil

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    From the content of your question, I can see that the software makers are sfae for now.

    I'd suggest that you find freeware alternatives or buy the program that you want to use.

    This thread is not likely to lead to any useful or legal place, so I think we have said enough.
     
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