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Wanting to Find An Earlier Version of a Software Program. Any Suggestions?

I realize this is a little off-topic and not really involved with
the main thrust of the DP. But if anyone has any ideas I would certainly be interested.

I bought a piece of software called allmytube made by a company called Wondershare. I paid extra so I could have a copy of the software put on a cd. Well it turns out that
there is no copy of the software on the cd but simply software that connects to the internet and trys to reload it. But it doesn't work. I can get the newest version of the software. But that isn't what I want. I like the version I had. And do not like the newest version.
I know there are web sites that have old versions of software like
oldversion.com but I have been unable to find my program. The tech support is terrible. It takes about a week to respond and they usually respond with saying things like "here try this link. Thank you for contacting customer support."

Any suggestions?

Oh and about the program. The program was well written. But customer service is more of a concept than a reality ( well terrible really).



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Cyril's picture

For those w/ Miragesoft Windoze who want extensive surveillance

For those with Miragesoft Windoze who want extensive surveillance(*) over the processes running on their machine, I warmly recommend this guy:

http://processhacker.sourceforge.net/

Which is of course open source:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/processhacker/files/processh...

With prior knowledge of the relevant OS handles to watch for, it'll let you inspect everything you need to know about at any time, down to the metal (including memory dumps).

Note: should be used only as a complement to a good anti virus + firewall, mandatory these days.

(* one has to go for it manually, on a case-by-case basis, though)

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

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Suggestion

Some have suggested torrents below; that's an option if the tech support issue you report is that bad.

In any case, anyhow, make sure your anti virus is fully enabled (file system scans incl.) when any of the following holds true:

* you are downloading the thing from whichever torrent

* you are installing the software

* you are running it for the first time

After that, you may or may not trust it enough to lower your anti virus surveillance, but the above is the most basic prudence to have, imo.

Also a good practice, do not run as administrator anything that doesn't absolutely require it, whenever possible.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

That's definitely true

I use a Mac, so I really don't worry about it. I also don't use torrents regularly. But for Windows, take Cyril's advice and remember to scan the files; practice normal computer safety.

Try the Pirate Bay

I looked, there are a few versions -> http://thepiratebay.se

michcrow's picture

Thanks!!

Excellent. It looks like the only place that has some earlier versions. I don't really know anything about pirate bay. But it looks like the only place I could try.

Two shorten the road.

Two separate things

Patches are files applied to programs that make small alterations. Patches can be anything from this copyright circumvention to legitimate things like Windows Update. In this case it's how the copyright protection for the program is defeated. You install the program and then install the patch which alters or removes the way the software normally checks to see if it's a legitimately purchased copy.

There's a few in RonPaulWins' screencap that say "crack". Cracks are more like prepatched versions of the software's files. You'd install the program and then replace one of it's files (usually the main .exe file) with a "cracked" version of that file.

Defeating the copyright protection gives you all the functionality that buying the software gives, and I'd recommend just buying it. Since you're specifically looking for an older version, that might not be possible.

The .rar just refers to how the download is packaged, in a single compressed file that you'll need something like 7zip (completely free) to open.

If you've never been to ThePirateBay, you probably don't know much about torrenting. You'll need a torrent client to download anything from there. That's a whole other can of worms you'll probably be best served by just researching yourself. Many clients come with bloatware, so be careful. I personally use an old version of uTorrent (2.2.1) because the newer versions are comparatively crap.

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An Update About PirateBay

Have been checking Piratebay and have found that you do NOT need
to have to download the file using a torrent file. It gives you the
option of using a torrent file OR a regular download.

Two shorten the road.

michcrow's picture

Also thanks

Originally I had asked what the heck the +patch.rar file was. Then I removed the comment ( which I'll re-insert, so that your explanation makes sense* ) because I figured I should be able to figure that out myself. But your explanation was right on target and told me what I needed to know. I know that if I was to go looking for patch file the definition would have been all over the place ( at least that's my guess). Yes I did actually pay for the program already. BUT having the patch version would be a good backup ( seeing as they aren't doing job of supporting the software ).

*never mind. I no longer am able to edit that post. I guess you can only do that for a certain amount of time.

Two shorten the road.

You'll have to use a torrent program to get the torrent file.

I recommend uTorrent -> http://www.utorrent.com