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Bring an old expired AV back to life
« on: October 24, 2019, 12:27:24 AM »
I have a Windows 2000 machine and it took me a while to find an antivirus for it. All AV producers moved forward and even for Windows XP is not that easy to find an AV these days.
Then I found Avast Free 8.0 which was happy to install on Windows 2000 and even updated the virus definitions (it does not update every hour but every 2 weeks or so it does).
I still had a problem, the AV is free but required registration through a button on the software, expected to connect somewhere on the internet, otherwise would stop work after 30 days. The button did not work anymore.
After some search in the internet, an expert was preaching to the clueless like me that 10 or more days after expiring, it would renew for another 30 days trial. It didn't sound very helpful, but I advanced the clock 2 months to see what will happen. I have been conceded not another 30 days but only more 15 days  :sad:. A bit upset I decided to advance the clock 12 months and see what will happen next. Damn, the software had expired  :sad:. Then, I moved the clock back to the current day and guess what? The software became completely registered forever.  :biggrin:


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Re: Bring an old expired AV back to life
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2019, 01:51:28 AM »
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Re: Bring an old expired AV back to life
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2019, 04:42:02 AM »
Hi AW,

Nice trick to fool the application. Did you have a change to do a registry and file tracing with a tool like RegShot?

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Re: Bring an old expired AV back to life
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2019, 06:19:12 AM »
Hi AW,

Nice trick to fool the application. Did you have a change to do a registry and file tracing with a tool like RegShot?

Hi Vortex,
I did not and am not sure if we can still find tools of that kind for Windows 2000.  :rolleyes:

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Re: Bring an old expired AV back to life
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2019, 06:34:55 AM »
Hi AW,

RegShot :

https://code.google.com/archive/p/regshot/

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Supported Operating Systems:

Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 both 32-bit and 64-bit

(if you don't build Regshot with WDK, then Windows 2000 is not supported)

You can also try Advanced Registry Tracer :

https://www.elcomsoft.pl/help/en/art/

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Re: Bring an old expired AV back to life
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2019, 08:21:14 AM »
Thank you Vortex

I found a more recent release of RegShot and it works in Windows 2000.
This is the URL:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/regshot/

I did not experiment but at first sight it appears that can track files as well, which is really nice.