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Is it possible to crack open an .exe in VB?

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by:Dave_Greene
ID: 6303390
lRetVal = Shell("Path\exe.exe", 1)
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by:Dave_Greene
ID: 6303393
"B" is this you?
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by:andysalih
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no,

its possible to disasemble it with a disamssembler

cheers
Andy

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by:andysalih
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when you say crack open a .exe do you mean to shell and load or to read it.

if you mean to read it then back to my org answer NO, you need to disassembler.

but if you mean to shell and run it then

shell "c:\program.exe",,vbhide

this will run it and hide it

cheers
Andy
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by:rspahitz
ID: 6303596
If crack open means to read the contents of the .exe, it's easy:

open "thefile.exe" for binary as #1
contents = input$(lof(1), #1)
close #1

To decipher the contents is a completely different story.  You need a decompiler (or a previously mentioned disassembler might also do the trick.)

Alternately, you can attempt to decode it yourself in VB, but unless you have several years to research all the subtle details, I don't recommend it.  Also, in several years, the technology will likely have changed and the .exe will likely be so obsolete that you wouldn't want to decompile it anyway.
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Dave_Greene earned 20 total points
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Brian, I think you are on CRACK  :P
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by:rspahitz
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You're having way too much fun with this, Dave!!!
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by:Dave_Greene
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I used to work with PUFF DADDY
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by:puffapalooza
ID: 6303721
You're absolutely right.....I am on CRACK :P


puff
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by:Dave_Greene
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Where did you get a job B?
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by:puffapalooza
ID: 6303727
Ahhhh Mr. Greene.   I figured if I threw out a question in the VB forum that you'd bite the hook.  Ive been tryin ta get in touch with you for awhile now, but there must be another Dave Greene in the Area.  Im doin VB/C++, COM/DCOM stuff now. Kinda rusty...may need some pointers in the very near future.  Shoot me an email or gimme a call n' we'll have beers.  


lata cracka
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by:puffapalooza
ID: 6303754
SpeedFam-IPEC in Chandler (Chandler/54th).  Pretty big outfit.  Building Com objects to interface with wonderwear.  We automate the robotics processes n' crap like that.  If you forgot me email address and/or number...let me know.


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by:puffapalooza
ID: 6303755
SpeedFam-IPEC in Chandler (Chandler/54th).  Pretty big outfit.  Building Com objects to interface with wonderwear.  We automate the robotics processes n' crap like that.  If you forgot me email address and/or number...let me know.


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by:rspahitz
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Gee, andysalih.  To you feel we've been had???
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by:Dave_Greene
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B did you really need this answer?  If not I'll have them delete the question!

Email me at DuckyJunior67@hotmail.com
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by:Dave_Greene
ID: 6303789
Is that the one on Chandler BLVD & I-10... Detroit Street?
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by:rspahitz
ID: 6303793
This was indeed a fun diversion.  Thanks DG and "Puff"
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by:Dave_Greene
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:) thanks RS!
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by:puffapalooza
ID: 6303817
No...it was a legit question to begin with...but then the crack wore off and I realized that the question was stupid.  I guess there is such thing as a stupid question, huh?   Thanks for the effort..sorry bout the run-around.

DG...I'll email ya.

cya fellas


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by:rspahitz
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puffapalooza,

Re:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qShow.jsp?ta=visualbasic&qid=20154562

Thanks, but that was just plain silly.  Please delete it.  Obviously this was not a real question.  I don't really need the points.

(I was going to post this with the above question, but realized that then you couldn't delete it!!!)
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by:andysalih
ID: 6303980
i think we have been had, never mind, its nice for everybody to pull 2gether.

:o)

andy
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by:puffapalooza
ID: 6304002
Ok...they're deleted.  Thanks again fellas.


cya
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