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Looking for a way to set Windows application to self-destruct (stop running) like a trial version

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We had a program written which contains time-sensitive materials. We would like to allow users to install the program for a fixed time, such as 180 days, and then the application will just stop working. Can someone suggest tools or utilities or strategies for implementing time limited installations for a Windows program?
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Question by:Shannon Mollenhauer
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On the first run, the application creates an obscured registry entry, somewhere under HKCR.  Run Process Monitor, monitor registry operations and find the place that will be hard to tell from others.

In that place store the installation date in encrypted format, so it can't be easily recognized by eye.

On application start, check that registry value and compare to 180.

Be prepared to the fact that determined hackers will still crack your protection, and also to the fact that if your application becomes anywhere near popular, the crack will be created and published.


As an alternative, consider cryptography-based approach:
http://jclement.ca/devel/dotnet/reallysimplelicensing.html
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