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Not possible unless you are using VB3 or lower. There were some decompilers available for early versions of VB. For later version, certainly 5 and 6 there are no decompilers available. If you don't have the source code for the application you will not get it back out!
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sdhanvijay,

Probably difficult but possible get ready to do some hex dump sniffing!!!

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by:rspahitz
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Simple...get yourself an Intel chipset decoder, and convert each byte and its corresponding value bytes into their related VB commands.

What you'll end up with is something that will require a 500GHz processor to run.

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Basically, if you want the original source code, you can't get it because compilers CONVERT source code into system-optimized code.  This is a one-way conversion.  To convert back, you would have to "de-optimize" which would produce a multitue of choices for any given command, meaning that the reverse compiler would probably have hundreds of trillions of possible variations for even small programs.

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Your best bet is either to find a backup of the source code or to take the original specs and recreate the source from the specs...which will probably be more efficient that the original anyway.
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>dot EXE

If you mean .NET exe, there is a decompiler...
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>>If you mean .NET exe, there is a decompiler...

True, though you dont get the original source, you get the intermediary source (MSIL) code, which is readable enough in itself (with some work).  MS was debating whether a decompiler should still be available...if I ever do any programming for desktop programs to release to the public under .NET, I would hope they removed that "feature".
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by:ameba
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There is some obfuscator, but it's not from MS and I didn't hear any feedback.

LSW IL-Obfuscator mangles class-names, field-names, method-names,
properties, namespaces and events of an MSIL Program, making it more
difficult to reverse engineer IL-Code.

LSW IL-Obfuscator 1.1 can be downloaded from
ftp.lesser-software.com/Downloads

Maybe in next version MS will make code more secure.
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So the .NET "compiler" works just like Java compilers, right?  You get in-between code which can then use a JIT compiler to operate on the local machine?

>if I ever do any programming for desktop programs to release to the public under .NET, I would hope they removed that "feature".

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>Maybe in next version MS will make code more secure.

I agree.  The idea of open source is great for public projects, but is terrible for rewarding hard-working individuals.  And this concept is borderline open-source!

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