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Protecting .Net 2008 assemblies

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I have a windows desktop application. The application has one Exe and 5 .net dll files. The application is in vb.net 2008. Can anyone suggest free obfuscation tool or any tool with value not more than USD 100.

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by:shahprabal
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Dotfuscator Community Edition is free tool that come with VS2008.
All Programs>Microsoft Visual Studio 2008>Visual Studio Tools
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Here is another free tool :
http://rustemsoft.com/SkaterLight.htm
Their solo edition is less than 100$, Professional edition is around 200$
http://rustemsoft.com/SkaterDoc/index.html?order.htm
 
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by:vj_mi
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Hello shahprabal,

I found http://rustemsoft.com/SkaterLight.htm to be good. But the issue is why does it show .Net Framework version 2.5.xxx when actually I am using .Net 3.5?

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MI
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by:shahprabal
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I haven't use it but looking at : http://www.rustemsoft.com/SkaterDoc/index.html
why don't you use the built in one from dotfuscator. I have used it and didn't have any issues.
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by:vj_mi
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I wrote to RustemSoft about this issue and they say that internally Ms using framework 2.0.
Regarding .net's dotfuscator, I will check. I will obfuscate the binaries using both dotfuscator and RustemSoft's tool and check the difference.

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MI
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by:shahprabal
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That makes sense... thats why when you goto IIS settings to pick the .Net framework version you can only pick 1.1 or 2.0.
I would use both obfuscator and open up the assemblies with reflector and take a quick look.
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