New PC Guard Software Protection System update has been released. This update is highly recommended for all PC Guard users.

What's new:

[+] USB protection: locking to USB network adapters is now available.

There are now two locking options in USB protection method:

1. USB storage device (serial number lock)

2. USB network adapter (NIC) device (MAC address lock)

Default USB device type is USB storage device.

[*] USB protection: multiple card readers and usb hubs are no longer displayed as multiple devices but as single device.

[*] Protection report will include information about network adapter used for locking: Adapter type, Description and MAC address.

[*] USB protection: information about previously set (currently valid) USB device (USB drive or USB network adapter) is now always displayed in USB protection settings.

[+] “Block adapters with locally administered MAC address” option added to USB protection settings.

If enabled, protected application will ignore all adapters with locally administered MAC address.

If disabled, protection code will still check if locally administered MAC address is set for adapter and try to determine original MAC address.

[*] PC Guard will display a warning message during protection process if locally administered MAC address is set for USB NIC used for locking.

[*] Protection interface: CheckForUsbDrive will check for both USB storage and USB NIC device depending on project settings.

[#] Language editor: Default USB_Drive_Missing error message changed to "Please connect required USB device to this computer."

[+] -ACENPWD [Password] command line option added.

Use this command line option to set ACEN server password from command line.

NOTE: ACEN web server password is never stored in project settings.

[*] .NET applications: new warning message:

If protection interface is enabled and alternate protection interface is disabled, PC Guard will display warning messages and automatically enable alternate protection interface since it is required for .NET applications.

If protected application is not using protection interface, protection interface option should be turned off in project settings.

[#] Network protection + demo mode changes:

Activation dialog with demo mode counters is now displayed if appropriate options for displaying limitations are set in demo mode settings. Until now, only demo mode (trial) expiration message was displayed for applications protected with network protection.

[!] Few other minor fixes and security improvements.

[>] Interface dll has been updated. Please be sure to update existing version with latest one.

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 17:24

What's cooking: forthcoming PC Guard update.

pc guard copy protection systemNext minor update of PC Guard Software Copy Protection System will further extend USB protection method.

USB protection method currently allows locking of protected applications to any USB storage device like external usb hd drive, usb flash drive, usb card reader or even usb hub as long as there is valid serial number associated with such device.

Starting from next update, PC Guard will also allow locking to USB network adapters. USB NIC MAC address is used for locking in this case. 

This means that locking will depend on selected USB device type (USB storage device or USB network adapter device).

Final testing is underway and we expect to release new version of PC Guard soon.

As always, we are looking forward to your comments and suggestions!

New PC Guard Software Protection System update has been released. This update is highly recommended for all PC Guard users.

What's new:

[*] Machine locking: NET ID algorithm has been improved.

- Only enabled network adapters are scanned.

- Virtual network adapters are detected and not used for locking.

- Only physical wired or wireless adapters including usb adapters are used for locking.

- Internal physical network adapters now have priority over external USB network adapters. 

- There is no longer need for disconnecting external network adapters on first activation to avoid locking to external network adapters.

- Only in case no internal network adapters are found protection code will use external USB network adapters for NET ID.

- If there are multiple valid network adapters protection code will use first found valid network adapter for initial NET ID.

- All network adapters are scanned when validating initial NET ID.

IMPORTANT: Application updates protected with this build could reset existing license in case NET ID locking was enabled, flexible locking is off and original NET ID value on remote computer was 0 (previous update was not able to obtain NET ID).

[+] Protection report now includes detailed information about smart dll handling feature.

[*] Improved memory handling for dll modules.

[!] Few other minor fixes and security improvements.

New PC Guard Software Protection System update has been released. This update is highly recommended for all PC Guard users.

What's new:

[+] Two new options added to "External application will control activation process" feature:

- "Show error message if external application is missing" option.

If selected, protected application will show error message if not able to run external application.

If not selected, protected application will just silently exit.

- "Pass command line parameters" option.

If selected, protected application will pass command line parameters to external application.

[*] Protection code will now generate full path to external application which should be located in same directory as protected application in order to prevent problems in case application is run with different startup directory.

[*] Demo mode: The way protected application is handling displaying of activation dialog with demo counters based on status of display limitation counter option, threshold value and special key pop-up feature has been rewritten and additionally documented.

Updated documentation is available at:

https://www.sofpro.com/docs/pc-guard/2-common-settings/2-5-demo-mode

[*] Smart dll handling feature has been improved.

[*] External application filename length has been increased to 40 chars.

[!] Flexible machine locking settings: error was reported in case no hardware locks were set as changeable and all software locks are marked as changeable.

[!] Fixed problem with license extension of application with limited license disabled via activation code and with at least one of limitations expired.

[!] Few other minor fixes and security improvements.

[>] Interface dll has been updated. Please be sure to update existing version with latest one.

New build for Activation center (ACEN) has been released.

What's new:

[+] Flexible locking policy added to Program settings.

Flexible locking options are now available on both system and Program level.

As before, default system flexible locking policy can be defined in ACEN options. These settings are stored in acen.config configuration file. 

Custom flexible locking policy can now be defined for each program in program settings. Flexible locking can now be also turned off in Program settings.

New options are added to program (activation section) settings:

- "Flexible locking" option (Default: ON)

If enabled, flexible locking will be enabled for program.

If disabled, flexible locking will not be enabled for program. This means that user will not be able to reactivate licenses for this program and even single change in locking parameters will result in "Too many locking parameters are different" error.

- "Use default system flexible locking policy" option (Default: ON)

If enabled, default system flexible locking policy will be used for this program.

If disabled, custom flexible locking policy will be used for this program. Valid flexible locking policy has to be set for this program in this case.

[*] "Client can manage licenses for this order" option will now be available in Order panel only in case activation is required for Program.

[>] UPGRADING NOTES:

General upgrading procedure:

https://www.sofpro.com/docs/activation-center-acen/deployment/upgrading-previous-versions

If you are upgrading from 04.50.00 version be sure to run database upgrade script (4.50.00-4.60.00.sql)

After installing this update and upgrading database, flexible locking will be enabled for all existing programs in database. By default, all programs will be set up to use default system flexible locking policy.