Cracking a program or game on a PC requires you to bypass the copy protection. This can be done by either bypassing the activation process, or creating a new serial number that allows you to use the program without having to enter a purchased key.
DENUVO is an anti-tamper digital rights management (DRM) software. It is a common type of copy protection in PC games. This protection makes it impossible for anyone to alter the code or create unauthorised copies. This protection works by encrypting a portion of the code and employing various techniques to make it difficult to reverse engineer the program.
Hackers (also known by crackers) use many tools and techniques to crack programs that are protected by DENUVO or anti-tamper software. Some of these tools and techniques include:
- Debuggers: A debugger is a tool that allows a cracker access to the inner workings and behavior of a program while it is running. A debugger allows a cracker to see how the program interacts with the computer’s hardware, and can identify vulnerabilities that could be exploited.
- Disassemblers: These tools allow crackers to reverse engineer a program’s source code by breaking it into its individual instructions. This is useful for creating patches or finding flaws in code.
- Hex editors: Hex editors allow crackers to modify the binary code of a program’s raw data. A cracker can modify the program using a hex editor. This may allow it bypass certain protections, or function in unexpected ways.
- Loaders: Loaders allow crackers to bypass protections and inject code into programs as they are running. This is used to disable or enable certain features.
Crackers can use many different tools and techniques depending on their protections and desired outcome. Crackers might use malware or viruses to exploit flaws in programs. Others may use social engineering to get valid serial keys, or trick users into installing malicious code.
Cracking PC games or software is considered illegal. It violates the terms and may cause harm to the developers. Cracked software is also dangerous as it could contain malware or malicious code that can compromise your computer’s security. It is best to buy a genuine copy of a program from the developer or licensed retailer if you wish to use it.