August 22, 2012

GOTD wrapper is updated

UPDATE (August 22, 2012): we have modified the wrapper and added digital signature. It should definitely solve the problem for Agnitum Outpost Security.

While being trusted by Microsoft and other security tools, the signature is currently not accepted by AVG. Hopefully they will fix this glitch soon. In case you trust us, please disable the protection for a while (according to our tests it should be enough, no uninstall is needed).

For Norton disabling Firewall only should work in most cases. We’ve also contacted Symantec and are waiting for being “white listed”.

PS: starting now an extra .GCD file is included in every download archive. It is essential for correct installation and activation. If you experience any difficulties, please make sure to extract all files in a separate folder before start.

UPDATE (July 06, 2012): the wrapper was tweaked in accordance with feedback received from users. This update addresses performance issues and should prevent occasional crashes under XP.
UPDATE (July 17, 2012): Themida team has solved the problem with IObit Malware Fighter.

It is not a secret that we use a special program (also known as GOTD wrapper) to protect installation package from usage after the giveaway day is over. Unfortunately the version we were using during previous years was not a perfect solution, which made it liable to be cracked by advanced IT experts.

While it generally made no difference to GOTD users, many vendors had to make registration procedure a tricky thing in attempts to protect their interests. So can we blame them for overwhelming number of on-line activations?

This said improving wrapper was a matter of time (as well as of the reputation of our project). And it is ready to meet the world now. The protection is a kind of double. On the one hand we applied a newer algorithm, on the other hand we included special protection program Themida. Due to those updates the installation can take more time, depending on the configuration of your PC.

Our team gave it a rigid test on many computers with different Windows operation systems, however we think that some users can still face difficulties one time or another. We will appreciate it if you could submit any issue you encounter and include the following details in your message:

  • description of the problem;
  • content of the error message you get (if there is any) and the moment it appears;
  • OS you use (including x32 or x64);
  • security applications you have on your machine (anti-virus/ firewall/ monitoring systems).

Please leave feedback as comments to this post. In case you are not happy about sharing this information here, please feel free to use GOTD contact form. To help your letter reach us quicker add the following subject: “Problem with GOTD installation”.

Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your feedback in advance.


Sincerely,
GOTD team

142 Comments »

  1. Dear users,

    thank for your feedback. It helped us to solve a couple of major problems with new version of the wrapper.

    The first one was connected with slow installations and error pop-ups on XP. Though we still can’t make it work at the speed of light, the installation now takes much less time (and your patience).

    Another issue was about error message from Themida: “A monitor program has been found running in your system. Please, unload it from memory and restart your program.” It also should have been fixed with the latest update (check it now by re-downloading Artensoft Photo Mosaic Wizard 1.6).

    Now let us tell a couple of words in defense of Themida. Your comments make us think that you see negative experience among Google search result pages, with not giving yourself a chance to learn about Themida’s primary “mission”. Meanwhile it was created to keep an attacker from directly inspecting or modifying a compiled application. It behaves like a shield that keeps an application encrypted and protected against possible attacks.

    There were several complaints that once Themida installed, you can hardly get rid of it. But who we (GOTD team) are to install anything except the offer of the day on your PC? Please let us assure you that we DO NOT install Themida on your system in any way! It virtually exists on your PC while the installation is running only, in order to prevent anyone from copying original Setup to hard disk. That’s all. After the process is over you won’t find it in your system. Thus no malware, no spyware, no harm to your PC.

    We do understand that this is the very first crucial change to the Giveaway of the Day site since “ancient times”, but we were forced to make it happen to protect the interests of developers and to keep good giveaways coming. :)

    Sorry for the inconvenience and assistance in addressing issues with installations.


    Best regards,
    GOTD project team

  2. The new wrapper takes forever to load on my old XP machine. Whereas the old wrapper takes a few seconds, the new one takes 10-20 seconds. Also, for some reason even after I close Process Monitor (I was messing around with some other programs), Themida refused to load the wrapper. BTW, I remember hearing there was some concerns with Themida at one point or another, and that it loads some driver on to the system as a part of the protection (it’d better if what it was loading was made clear).

    Comment by GMMan — July 5th, 2012 at 5:51 pm
  3. For SoftSkin Photo Makeup 1.0. installation
    Windows 7 x64.
    Setup progresses to the point of being provided with the activation key pop up window and browser opening to indicate the application was installed. However no installation occurs. Tried this last night and again this morning with fresh download. This mornings installation caused Norton 360 to remove file we27ce5.tmp because it was behaving suspiciously. Presume this was associated with the GOTD wrapper.

    Cheers,
    Mac

    Comment by Mac — July 5th, 2012 at 9:12 pm
  4. When I try to run the wrapper on Windows Server 2003 64-bit, it reports “Themida: A monitor program has been found running in your system. Please, unload it from memory and restart your program.”.

    Comment by KStock — July 6th, 2012 at 2:19 am
  5. On Windows XP Professional SP3 32-bit:

    1. It takes about a minute before it displays anything (the mouse cursor doesn’t even change). I ended up with several copies running because it didn’t seem to be doing anything.

    2. At the end of the process, there are two dialog boxes which report:

    The instruction at “0×00000000″ referenced memory at “0×00000000″. The memory could not be “read”. Click on OK to terminate the program.

    Comment by KStock — July 6th, 2012 at 2:32 am
  6. I can understand the upgrading of the wrapper but in my case it means I cannot install the software anymore. I get a fatal memory write error.

    Comment by mem error — July 6th, 2012 at 3:52 am
  7. not long ago you published a post here titled “Who to trust in the world of giveaways (+inforgraphics)” trying to justify and defend your position. So now I am going to ask again: who to trust?
    You? – not willing to post this comment till elsewhere in the forum users are beginning to speculate about the changes you made, updating the wrapper with some suspicious stuff not letting people know what it was (as of late file size differs extremely to vendor’s demo version – so what additional “features” do we get installed?), …

    - problems that look for a solution:
    win7 pro 64-bit:
    Outpost Internet Security automatically deletes extracted exe-file from zip-package. Why, not trustful? When allowed (firewall off – not recommended!) it takes a long time to load and to connect to gaotd

    on win2k3 server 32:
    wrapper freezes (i.e. it takes ages to load) … yesterdays ‘record’ was 30 minutes (!!!) till Online Armor reported that the wrapper successfully connected to your authentication server. After a rather slow installation I also get the message “0×00000000 referenced memory at “0×00000000″. The memory could not be read. Click on OK to terminate the program” But when clicking OK, anothersmall window pops up telling me that this is not possible – with the only possiblity to click OK again. And, you guess, what happens, this click brings back the first message … and round and round it goes. The only possiblity is to kille the process manually in the Task Manager. So far for your testing …
    Additionally, it/the new drivers or software installed seems to interfere with other software as well, as I am using e.g. Lingoes translator and when using copied text translation a window pops up with the result that normally disappeared when moving the mouse again. But so for to days – since the new installer “works” on my puter, it does not any more and has to be closed manually …

    All in all, it is tedious, so I am thinking of kissing you good bye. It was a good time relationship so far, but from now on I am loosing interest and will look for (and buy interesting) software elsewhere …

  8. On windows 7 64 bit :

    the wrapper is realy slowly on startup and to make the on online check.
    DEFENX ANTIVIRUS find ( Suspicious!SA (Secuence) ) malware and the setup don’t start !!

    Comment by walter — July 6th, 2012 at 5:08 am
  9. I found your site nearly two weeks before. Thank you guys. What an amazing job you are doing. You giveaway software is very helpful to others. I wish all the success

  10. Windows 7 64 bit, I to received an installation error “Themida”: A monitor program has been found running on your systems. Please, unload it from memory and restart your program”.

    Need help with this issue.

    Meantime, have missed out on your giveaways since July 5th, 2012.

    Comment by c. hughes — July 6th, 2012 at 6:06 am
  11. Win32/Themida is a trojan horse that can sneak inside your operating system by altering file names and running processes to install additional malware onto your contaminated computer. Win32/Themida is typically installed on the system via porn related adult websites, unsolicited e-mail attachments or via dubious file sharing and shareware programs. Win32/Themida may delete or alter system files and exceptionally degrade the performance of your computer.

    Themida does not seem safe. I have not been able to fully install programs since the change occurred. I will probably be leaving GAOTD until this is corrected. Why was the change really made? The old process wasn’t broken, you shouldn’t have messed with it.

    Comment by JR — July 6th, 2012 at 7:20 am
  12. I am a daily visitor from early 2009
    Until now I was pretty happy with the GOTD experience.
    Well…. NOT any more.
    I have a WIN XP SP3 pc .
    The new wrapper takes forever to load and at the end of the
    procedure I get an error message :

    The instruction at “0×00000000″ eferenced memory at “0×00000000″
    The memory could not be “read”. Click on OK to terminate the program.

    I Click on OK and I get a second error message:

    Error… some code

    I Click on OK and I get the first error message

    and

    I Click on OK and I get the second error message

    over and over again and again …

    So .. I have to go to the task manager and kill the process
    after 5 or 6 clicks at the “end task” button .
    After that I get the “Activated successfully” screen from GOTD .
    NOT a pleasant experience , don”t you think ?
    That happens every time for the last 3 – 4 days and it is a very
    VERY annoying and tiresome procedure .
    And all that for what ?
    Not to let some people ( how many ? ) install the offered software
    at another day .
    As for the new wrapper , in how much time do you think it will be broken ?
    Remember , nothing is unbreakable .
    In the meantime lawful , loyal visitors of your site must “pull their hair” in
    order to install the offered software .
    That’s not fair or just for all of us .
    And that brings me to another topic .
    I’ve read something about a “Themida” program running
    in our systems during the installation .
    This made me laugh .
    You see …. Themis or Themida was the Greek Goddess of justice
    and as I “ve mentioned before this whole thing is not “just” at all…. IMO .
    I hope the GOTD team will find a better way to accomplish their goal .
    I will keep visiting the site to see if there will be any changes .
    If not …. I will not bother any more ….
    In my country there is a saying :

    in Greek : υπαρχουν κι αλλου πορτοκαλιες που κανουν πορτοκαλια

    in English ( loosely translated ) :
    there are also elsewhere orange trees that makes (equally tasty) oranges . ;-)

    Comment by JEDIGEG — July 6th, 2012 at 7:56 am
  13. GOTD software wiil be packed with the new GOTD-wrapper

    This new wrapper uses Themida (http://www.oreans.com/themida.php) to protect the giveaway for preying eyes. I can understand GOTD to move along for better protection. But why choose Themida from many other ways?

    Themida conceals the inner works of the software that has to be protected. A good thing.

    Malware distributors like this feature to and use it to shield their malware ( http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=uJQo8R-JnNk ) for the prying eyes of malware scanners. A bad thing.

    This means using Themida could be good (for the developper) and bad (for hackers but also for home users because scanners cannot see what is conceiled either) at the same time.

    Any Themida protected software evades your security scanners and render them more or less useless. As for home users you are left to just ‘trust the software’ or ‘not trust the software’ on your own.

    This situation will be prone for making mistakes, either:

    not using perfectly save software but scared away by Themida (some scanners detect Themida but not what is in there, but they do warn you because the risk there could be malware inside the protective Themida-cloak. The scanner does not know this. Would you dare judging such an alert as false positive? Do you know what is inside the cloak?)

    or

    your scanner is one that neglects Themida as not being malware itself (which is true and at the same time not being able to find any other malware in the cloak by not being able to see through the cloak. Would you dare judging ‘not getting an alert’ as a false negative? Are you aware that malware could be cloaked? Can you stiil trust your scanner? This allone is a reason for AV-scanners not to ‘white list’ Themida).GOTD has a good reputation in my opinion, but could make mistakes too (we’ve seen it in the past). I prefer trusting my scanner more then humans (GOTD) capable of making random errors (rather then sytematical errors in software).

    I think better protection is very understandable, but choosing Themida is not. This is the worst of all choices, scaring lots of people away.

    @GOtD-team: please rethink your strategy in making better protection and get away from using Themida in the best concern of your visitors.
    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=184840

    Comment by Spectacles — July 6th, 2012 at 8:00 am
  14. Well I see that my prior comment in that day’s giveaway forum was moderated out as I expected.

    Without trying to expose too much, I pointed out that the new wrapper (though not identified as such) effectively prevents the user from installing in a virtualized environment, is also a resource hog and always completes with a series of memory error messages.

    I find that using a sandbox of some sort is a critical first trial step whenever installing new software, especially with some of the giveaways where the developer is basically releasing beta or even alpha quality software and letting giveawayoftheday visitors act as their test base – there’s been quite a few.

    Imagine if I had tried out, for example, Kingsoft Office on my system – though well written and an excellent application if you have no other office package installed, there is no way to uninstall Kingsoft properly so that Windows is stable (I’ve commented on this several times). I’m not fond of unplanned reloading of systems (it’s tedious enough otherwise).

    As I stated, I certainly understand the need to better protect the day only concept, but not at the expense of increasing the ability of the poor developers to destabilize a user system.

    Under this new wrapper, there is no way that I’m going to try out more intensive utilities & applications that integrate more deeply with Windows (unfortunately, sometimes there’s no way to know ahead of time about an app’s DirectX & driver chain changes, class, context menu & Windows default handling registry entries). System restore does not work in many cases.

    I’m sure there’s plenty of others who like me, are very leery of messing up their systems.

    In pre-Internet times, an oft cited statistic taught by marketing courses was that one bad customer experience on average translates into eleven lost customers due to word of mouth. Given the Internet, this value has certainly increased (but who knows how much more)). I have a group of people who I discuss giveaways with, and we all understand the potential damage that can be done by errant giveaways. Every giveawayoftheday visitor has such a group, and there’s plenty of well read blogs out there.

    So, I would suggest that you move quickly before your reputation is trashed by a crappy offering from a lousy developer. I’m going to guess that your visitor numbers are going to drop (though your activation request may have jumped, as I certainly tried multiple attempts to get the installation working in a virtualized environment).

    Comment by CompNetTeach — July 6th, 2012 at 8:28 am
  15. About Themida, New Wrapper and Registration

    I have the feeling that GOTD (just like its sponsor) is drifting away from the original formula. That said, cumbersome registration procedures, dubious wrapper behavior and “strange” software “calls to home” may put off those seriously interested not only in testing the offered programs but also those willing to provide a valuable feedback to the sponsors/editors of each GOTD offer.
    To me, recent GOTD offers could be a shoot-in-the-foot both for GOTD and its sponsors.
    Why not to stick to the simple plain Setup-Activate formula?
    I bet this would make everybody happy.
    There are other ways to protect the interests of software editors…

    Comment by El Coyote — July 6th, 2012 at 9:50 am
  16. Themida is so bad Jay Leno said it was more like the Nazi experiment combining Michael Jackson and a republican senator.
    Ok, Leno hasn’t said that but you got the idea. lol

    You guys think this is not of your concern if you have no freezes at all? Think twice:
    Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 Screen Capture (!), Sysinternals’ Process Monitor (!!!!), Maplestory (game) have reports on being unable to run due to Themida being present in the system.
    I can’t recall the name but even a text editor with clipboard manipulation functions had its loading prevented by the demon, ops, Themida.

    Comment by Oneiros — July 6th, 2012 at 9:54 am
  17. I want to speak open: Software, that can be installed only one time on a special day is absolutely useless to me. I don’t always have the time to explore a software in the grace period. I don’t have the will to use a program “at once”. (E.g. Migrate to SSD from Paragon – I used this one the first time, when I – guess it – bought a SSD).
    And: I often have to restore my system with Partition-Images. So what about the time and energy and data I invested in certain programs, that can’t be re-installed?

    So far, using Sandboxie, it has never been a great effort to extract the uncrypted Setupfile. I guess an hope it will work in future, too.
    People will surely find ways to bypass the “protection”.

    If this is not the case – and I’m sure to speak for a whole lot of people – its time to say goodbye. Would be sad, I found a lot oft good through the months…

    Comment by Thomas — July 6th, 2012 at 10:04 am
  18. Agreed, this is Marketing 101

    We can all subscribe to http://www.techdirt.com/ to expand our understanding of marketing in the digital age where copying is not stealing, it’s actually making MORE of the original.

    Technically, the new wrapper misbehaves and I get the same misbehavior and errors others have mentioned — endless delayor total failure opening the program, halt messages that “someone is watching” or memory read error, and pop-up admonitions from GOTD’s own prior security giveaways that the new program is malicious!

    Offer the vendor’s public program with a private key wrapped by GOTD, NOT requiring us to jump through hoops at the vendor’s site and wait around all day for problems to be resolved — the program we install should be downloadable directly from them …

    … OR tell us this is a crippled, non-public beta test.

    And change the name of this site to BetaTestHeadacheOfTheDay.com

    On the one hand, thanks for the platform allowing us to explore software we might not find and explore otherwise. We give copious feedback here, and we recommend the programs we like, and we buy the next versions of the programs we like, and at least, if using a vendor’s program, we’re NOT using their competition, right? They should be grateful for that, right?

    On the other hand, there is a tremendous amount of freeware out there, so the vendors should also subscribe to http://www.techdirt.com/ and grow a new set of marketing … bells and whistles, suitable for the world-wide digital age where copying is not stealing, it’s actually making MORE of the original.

  19. I got the same issue as #9 on win 7 x64.

    Comment by Andrew — July 6th, 2012 at 11:14 am
  20. Agree with @10. Themida is used for all kinds of malware. It seems a very poor choice of Gaotd to use this ill reputed system. A very strange move concerning the blog earlier “who to trust in the world of giveaways”. I will not install themida infested software ! This could be the death of GAOTD when Web reputation organisations gets a wind of this.

    Comment by Bretel — July 6th, 2012 at 2:17 pm
  21. On my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS/VirtualBox/XP Professional/Sandboxie system (double virtual) I could test the giveawayoftoday without any problem.

    And after deleting the contents of the Sandbox and restarting the XP with the previous snapshot I am quite certain my double virtual system will be clean, as it was before.

    Comment by kees — July 6th, 2012 at 2:33 pm
  22. Reading all the negative realities of Themida, I have to say I’m truly worried about downloading anything from GaotD while they use this program included in their wrapper. The referenced video alone is enough to scare me away until this situation changes. Sorry guys.

    To Spectacle: Thank you for all the solid information you’ve given us on Themida software, I’d basically made up my mind that it was all too much trouble with the repeated downloads and haven’t bothered for a while, hoping for some positive changes to be made to the wrapper … and then this …. the clincher.

    I won’t condemn GaotD because I think they’ve just made an horrific error, but I will watch this thread, to see if anything changes and I can feel safe downloading here again. At the moment the risk is not worth it.

    Sadly,(GaotD) will be amazed at how fast this reaches the various blogs and forums that concern themselves with these giveaways. These are often disillusioned ex-users of the site, who watch for just this kind of thing to report to the public.

    It’s already all over the extremely well known Wilders Security forums
    ( http://www.wilderssecurity.com/index.php ) with over 50,000 members and where all the major security AV firms have official representation.

    There are other programs that do the same thing as Themida and don’t alert the AVs – in light of what’s happened, why not change? In the meantime, tell the vendors that they must DIGITALLY SIGN their software for starters – this should be the practice of ALL software designers – here or elsewhere.

    GaotD, I wish you luck, even though I won’t be downloading for a while.
    ~ Swan

    Comment by Swan — July 6th, 2012 at 3:28 pm
  23. The new wrapper worked well for today’s GAOTD “PageFlip PDF to Flash Converter” on Windows XP SP3.

    Comment by Shawn — July 7th, 2012 at 2:57 am
  24. The last 5 giveaway’s, I could not install because of the new wrapper is of the opinion that I have a monitor program in its memory.

    “A monitor program has been found running in your system. Please, unload it from memory and restart your program.”

    As I’m sure I do not monitor program use. The last giveaway was his: “JPG to PDF Converter 2.2″.

    Too bad.

    Lots of fun for everyone else who can work with the new wrapper.

    I then get out.

    Comment by Simone — July 7th, 2012 at 3:06 am
  25. The monitor program that prevented setup of PhotoMakeUp(it looks like the first giveaway with Themida) was Iobit MalwareFighterPro installed the day before.Iobit has designed a program(MalwareFighterPro) that does not support the use of Themida once installed on the computer.Themida detected the error but was unable to point the Iobit program.The next day FilestreamTurboBrowser was installed without problem.You can follow the unzipping of the giveaway program by looking at the process itself.Use ctrl-alt-del to open the Windows Task Manager monitoring(For Win7 users the last line of a mutiple choice page:Start Task manager).The program to look for in the long list is called Setup.This alleviates a little the very slow process that keeps you waiting and eliminates the double opening of the giveaway file if you think you did not start it.The monitor program issue was the same on XPSP3 32 bit,Win7 32 and 64 bit.Windows has no apparent issue with the program Themida itself.I used the Registry Winner program(also a giveaway)to cleanup the registry with the checkmark on ‘all’.It did a good job.

    Comment by Jean Tremblay — July 7th, 2012 at 5:28 am
  26. To resolve the monitor issue detected by Themida, the Iobit Malware Fighter Pro was simply uninstalled.

    Comment by Jean Tremblay — July 7th, 2012 at 5:38 am
  27. It refused to run

    I get the following pop up error and Windows alert sound

    ” A monitor program has been found running in your system Please, unload it from memory and restart your program.”

    I turned off the Agnitum Security Suite Pro 7.5 program I have running.

    I turned off the Iobit Malware Fighter Pro that was running

    I turned off Advanced Sytem Care pro

    I turned off Iolo System Mechanic

    I turned off The Anvir task manager start up monitor.

    I turned off process Lasso

    I turned off system restore

    I turned off everything and tried installing it in safe mode with just the network running. After trying every God Damned Configuration On my Windows XP Pro SP3 edition P.O.S. PC, Including a couple where I even left myself completely vulnerable while trying to get this damned program to instal, it wont. It failed.

    So I have given up on it today. Same problem I had yesterday I just decided to complain about it today because I also have this same error with the downloaded game. .

    The Game & Daily Program give away I downloaded have both been deleted.

    I give this a big thumbs down for it being broken Plus I give GAOTD program wrappers & security tech team a great big Middle finger. I HAVE given them the middle finger due to the new Themida installation wrapper program being a buggy bit of crap ware.

    The old program wrapper worked for me about 90% of the time. I would rather have a program that instals & works on my P.O.S. (piece of Shi* Computer) 90% of the time than one that wont install at all.

    I am not impressed. What good is a program that wont bloody work ?

    This probably spells the end of all the free games and programs I got from GAOTD =( if this bleeding program wrapper wont work for me how many others are in the same boat ?

    I refuse to try anything else. Agnitum security pro restarted. Downloaded file deleted. I will go back to playing Runescape and other online games for free. AS FOR the need of trying out new FREE PROGRAMS I will go back to getting them off of Dot-tech instead. & daily Software giveaway.

    While they might not have daily programs they are at least using a installer that works. If it’s not broke why bother to fix it only to just end up breaking it ?

    Comment by Rick Frog — July 7th, 2012 at 6:40 am
  28. Hello,

    I was unable to activate today´s giveaway due to Norton Antivirus 2012
    installed on my system.

    Ruta completa: No disponible
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    En los equipos a partir de 07/07/2012 a las 17:17:37
    Último uso 07/07/2012 a las 17:17:37
    Elemento de inicio No
    Iniciado Sí
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    Muy pocos usuarios
    Menos de 5 usuarios de la Comunidad Norton han usado este archivo.
    ____________________________
    Muy nuevo
    Este archivo se lanzó hace menos de 1 semana.
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    Alto
    El riesgo de este archivo es alto.
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    Detalles de amenaza
    Protección SONAR supervisa el equipo en busca de actividades sospechosas de los programas.
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    Archivo de origen:
    winrar.exe

    Archivo creado:
    activate.exe
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    Acciones del archivo
    Archivo infectado: d:\users\flo\downloads\giveaway of the day – pageflip pdf to flash converter – hacked\activate.exe
    Se eliminó
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    Acciones de la red
    Evento: Actividad de red (Realizado por d:\users\flo\downloads\giveaway of the day – pageflip pdf to flash converter – hacked\activate.exe, PID:8920)
    No se realizó ninguna acción
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    Acciones de la configuración del sistema
    Evento: Comienzo del proceso (Realizado por d:\users\flo\downloads\giveaway of the day – pageflip pdf to flash converter – hacked\activate.exe, PID:13228)
    No se realizó ninguna acción
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    Huella digital del archivo – SHA:
    b314662838ea0722a4a224afdefdc1495d70b58b7a66bd856aa894ef97df401b
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    Huella digital del archivo – MD5:
    0547a8153d77ab774150c51a185ee92a
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    Comment by drWoo — July 7th, 2012 at 9:45 am
  29. Add my name to the list of people bothered by Themida. Here’s the basic problems:

    1. It’s causing problems for a huge number of people, including me — just refusing to work.

    2. It’s sketchy software with a sketchy reputation, which all the posts here show is well-earned.

    3. It simply doesn’t work at its primary purpose. That is — ultimately, if you’re making your software available to people, they can pirate it. This is inevitable and inescapable. I’m not saying you shouldn’t take reasonable steps to make that harder and make it take longer, of course, but it’s not worth inconveniencing legitimate users over it. This is especially true for GoTD — I can understand harsh anti-piracy on a new release, where slowing down pirates for a few days or weeks can be extremely valuable because it creates a window when people who might have pirated will buy your software.

    But that’s not true for something that’s been out for a while (as is the case for everything that GotD covers.) Bluntly, nearly everything on GotD has already been cracked and is already available on file-sharing networks long before it appears here; it makes no difference whether the GotD version is crackable or not.

    So I don’t feel it’s worth inconveniencing legitimate users over theoretical exploits. Anyone who could crack the old GotD installer? They’re also capable of ignoring the installer and cracking the software it installs. And most of the time they already have anyway, so what’s the point in worrying about it so much?

    It feels like this is being done more to create a talking point that can be used to reassure edgy software vendors than something that serves any practical purpose. It doesn’t actually do anything but inconvenience users, practically speaking, because even if your installer is protected by an invulnerable shield, the software inside never is; and because by the time software is old enough to offer on GotD, anyone interested in pirating it has already done so five times over.

    Comment by Zeta — July 7th, 2012 at 9:51 am
  30. You are now using a new GOTD wrapper, using a tool named THEMIDA. It is impossible to me install any software since you begun to use it. I eventually use tools like “procmon” or “filemon” to check how programs are using my computer and these softwares install some “drivers” automatically. Even though I not execute any of these tools together with “GOTD setup” the built-in THERMIDA accuse the presence of “…a monitor program has been found running in your system…”. This is not true. No program is actually executing…. So, I think from now it is useless to continue follow this site because it is impossible to install the offered programs. I hope you can fix this error of THEMIDA or change for another “wrapper” and then you will make sure the programs can be installed with security for the vendors

    Comment by cladic — July 7th, 2012 at 11:07 am
  31. Thermida is an insidious rootkit and even accepting that there are usually conditions to giveaways, there is no way I plan on installing any program that comes complete with a rootkit. That’s a “condition” that’s not worth the benefit of trying a new program. While some GOTD vendors might find the use of Thermida acceptable, I imagine there are others that would absolutely NOT want their product to be associated with a rootkit.

    Comment by gorillagirl — July 7th, 2012 at 11:46 am
  32. This Downloaded program also refused to run. I get the following pop up error and Windows alert sound “A monitor program has been found running in your system Please, unload it from memory and restart your program.” I turned off the Agnitums Security Suite Pro 7.5 program I have running. (Which finally stops my AV from deleting the setup file as a virus) I turned off the Iobit Malware Fighter Pro that was running it too reports the new GAOTD program as suspicious.

    Just in-case these programs where interfering with the install I also turned them off. Advanced System Care pro, Iolo System Mechanic. Anvir task manager & start up monitor, Process Lasso & then last but not least, I turned off my PC’s system restore. After I turned everything off & trying to install the programs in safe mode, with just the network running. Even, After trying that install on this Windows XP Pro SP3 edition PC, failed to install.

    I tried to install it a couple of times where I left my computer completely vulnerable to the Internet. Something I am loath to do, after doing that to try & get this program to install, it still wouldn’t work. I tried a few more times because I wanted yesterdays media browser & todays game & PDF Flash converter. I got to the point where I was starting to swear at the machine & the program. I had to finally give up on installing them as a lost cause.

    GAOTD Your new wrapper has failed me & left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. I have given up on it. I had all the Same problem’s today that I had yesterday. I decided to post a complaint about it on here today. Because I have the same errors that everyone else is. I give this a big thumbs down. Plus I give the GAOTD programmers and the tech team a thumbs down due to their choice to use the Themida installation wrapper. A program THAT could be being used to hide anything they want from our av scanners.

    The old program wrapper worked about 90% of the time for me I was pretty happy with that. I would rather have a program that installs & works on my Computer 90% of the time, than a wrapper that wont let me install anything at all. I am so disappointed in this. Why wont the program wrapper work on my computer just what is preventing it from installing I have shut down every possible secondary function & then some to try & get it to install.

    This probably spells the end of my coming here & of my telling my friends to come here when GAOTD has some software i know they would be interested in checking out. I will no longer promote GAOTD on the blogs & forums I post on. Nor will I advertise it via E-mail to my friends. & this is why I wont be doing that anymore. GAOTD can no longer be trusted as safe site to use. If Hackers, Virus Programmers & Malware distributors like to use Themida to hide there malicious programs & codes. What is stopping GAOTD from distributing Malware, spy-ware or some nasty viruses on to my machine with out my knowledge?

    I am sorry GAOTD Project team I can not trust you or with a good conscious recommend for my friends & family to come here for all the free games and programs that we used to get here. =( if this program wrapper wont work for me or my friends & I can also see many other posters complaining about it.

    I wonder just how many others are in the same boat that I am but they don’t bother to post a complaint about it. I wonder GAOTD just how many will walk away instead ? I absolutely refuse to try anything else to install the games & programs. Because of this mitigating facto r as soon as I restarted my Agnitum security pro the Downloaded file was removed from the folder & quarantined plus Outpost popped up a report declaring it as suspicious infected file & wanted me to send it in to Agnitum for further study.

    That was even after I had approved it to run on my PC by adding it to A.O.S.P 7.5 exclusion list . My outpost security software really does not like the Themida wrapper you are now using. I will go back to playing the free on-line games instead of using the downloads from here they are not as good as having them installed on my PC but it is better than nothing. As for my need of trying out new programs I will have to settle for what I can get from other sites instead.

    While the other software sites will not have as many free programs as the GAOTD site does they do offer some great free programs from time to time not to mention the daily software they do give away is being done with a wrapper I can trust. One that is not masking the files completely from the AV Scanner I use to protect my PC. If My AV is triggering & deleting the program wrapper as suspicious again I am sorry … but your program has to go.

    While these other software sites might not have the same quality of daily programs that you guys do they at least are using a installer that works on my PC. I have posted this complaint numerous times & yet it is still not been approved it seems to keep being deleted? I wonder why that is ? I think the sites moderators don’t like my insulting GAOTD. It might also be being deleted because I am bad mouthing GAOT D for their use of the Themida wrapper. Something that many Malware & virus infested programmers like to use to hide their content.

    TL/DR

    I really, wanted yesterdays progam & todays game. The Game give away & the Daily Program give away I downloaded have both been deleted by my antivirus scanner as suspicious.

    I clicked to add them as exceptions. So the AV quit deleting them. I then turned off everything possible & tried to install the game & programs. I Still end up getting a pop up error with the critical error alert sound

    The error reads as follows

    “A monitor program has been found running in your system Please, unload it from memory and restart your program.”

    Comment by Rick Frog — July 7th, 2012 at 12:14 pm
  33. Same problems as above on Vista 64-bit/Norton 360.(slow,error codes) Frankly,with the vast majority of the recent offerings,it’s just not worth the trouble/possible risk. Looks like GOTD’s benefit to me in the future is going to be for suggestions for freeware alternatives to the crippled GOTD installs. May relent if a really tempting one comes along,but I’ll be dammed if I”m going to downgrade my systems security for a shot at something I probably would’nt have purchased if I’d seen it on a store shelf.

    Comment by Don S — July 7th, 2012 at 3:19 pm
  34. When I tried to install today’s game I get the following error message on both an XP and a Vista Home Premium 32 machine:

    Extracting files to D:\Downloads\20120707 folder
    The archive is either in unknown format or damaged

    Comment by kees — July 7th, 2012 at 10:56 pm
  35. http://blogs.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/who-digs-the-elephant-trap

    Comment by Hard to say goodbye — July 8th, 2012 at 1:49 am
  36. The new wrapper got bigger size(aprx 4mb) than old only 900 kb…
    so we have to wasted our valuable bandwidth of 3.1 mb everyday, 91 mb a month & 1 gb a year…!!!!
    try to made it small
    And in last, none of the regular user can crack software if it is wrapped with old wrapper….and cracker can crack anything in spite of you made a very hard protection like dongles or other…
    then why are you wasting time & increase the difficulties of the lovers of this site…!!!!!

    Comment by DHARMANG — July 8th, 2012 at 2:30 am
  37. I agree with many here. If the only way to install GGOTD games involves “temporarily” disabling my virus protection, or booting my computer into “Safe mode” to install the program, then I’m afraid I’m not going to be downloading and installing software from your site(s) anymore.

    There’s no free game or piece of software worth potentially compromising my computer system’s integrity over.

    So long, and thanks for all the games.

    Comment by MercuryPDX — July 8th, 2012 at 3:49 am
  38. Sorry, I don’t want to read this topic now. But maybe I have a solution for Running monitor problem. It helped me with yesterday programs. I didn’t try to install today ones.

    If closing programs is not enough:
    1. Turn off your internet connection
    2. Go to internet connections
    3. Make a copy of your connection
    4. Go to its properties
    5. Uncheck all unusual components
    6. Connect to internet using this connection
    7. Run the installer

    Please, write if this helps you.

    Comment by Qwertiy — July 8th, 2012 at 3:59 am
  39. Setup crashes always, even with AV, etc. disabled and DEP allowed.
    Win 7×64

    Comment by Confused — July 8th, 2012 at 4:16 am
  40. We’re back to square one Windows XP SP3 crashes badly.

    The initial problem of the new wrapper returned.

    Comment by Shawn — July 8th, 2012 at 4:44 am
  41. To DrWoo in above no.27 comment: many programs have issues once installed and Norton antivirus makes no exception.Try some other
    antivirus program like Avast Free to name one.Experiment new programs if you can afford to devote some of your time and see for yourself any benefits there are in doing so.
    To Rick Frog in no.31 comment: turning off monitoring programs does not resolve the setup problems you encounter. I experienced the same thing. Try uninstalling monitoring programs instead doing so one at a time.See no.25. Too many monitoring programs can slow down and cripple your computer to some extent like unexpected reboots etc.Many of those monitoring programs are readily visible in the taskbar in the bottom right of your video screen.

    Comment by Jean Tremblay — July 8th, 2012 at 4:55 am
  42. XP Pro, SP3, 32-bit, 2.5GB, AVG (free version), ASC (6-month license you gave away a short while ago), IMF (6-month license you gave away earlier this week), Ipsos Panel Plus Application (FAQ/Information sheet here: http://media.ipsosinteractive.com/deploy/templates/iis-toolbar/FAQ.html).

    Obviously, I managed to install IMF – though I did get the “Themida: A monitoring program…….” issue when installing it, but turning off AVG, ASC and the free version of IMF allowed the installation.

    Yesterday (7th July), I tried both the PDF to SWF converter AND Arcanorum, switching off ALL of the above – both individually and collectively (as well as IMF piecemeal), but nothing worked. I even ran ASC’s Deep and Quick scans and re-tried, but no joy.

    A note to Themida’s developers:- Since Themida is so (understandably) concerned about “a monitoring program”, surely it should seek out that program’s NAME and TELL US so that we know what to turn off, rather than being left guessing and, potentially, open to who-knows-what malware as we attempt to install perfectly legitimate software?

    Comment by Lee — July 8th, 2012 at 5:21 am
  43. I must disable Norton Internet Security 2012′s antivirus feature in order to run the new GAOTD installer. That’s uncomfortable, at best.

    Comment by Lagavulin — July 8th, 2012 at 7:08 am
  44. hello, i also have problems to install the giveaways.
    on my notebook, i only get 100% cpu-load – and nothing works.
    and on my normal pc, it shows that the archive is defect.
    please fix this problem, or use the old key wrapper.
    (xp sp3 user ;))

    Comment by elster — July 8th, 2012 at 7:23 am
  45. I can no longer install software that is downloaded from Giveaway of the Day or Game Giveaway of the Day.

    “Window cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have permissions to access the item.”

    Run as administrator – same result.

    Shut down antivirus, firewall – same result.

    Giving up.

    Comment by JerryB — July 8th, 2012 at 8:04 am
  46. I have to agree with many other longtime users that the new wrapper is causing more problems than it is worth. I can’t install without making changes to my systems security.
    Telling people to downgrade their security is not appropriate.
    This new wrapper obviously needed a lot more development before it was deployed. I really consider it to be intusive DRM/rootkit. It’s overkill.
    I suggest that you will likely lose alot of longtime users and supporters over this poor decision to use Themida.
    If it won’t allow me to install the give-a-ways without compromising users systems, your days as a valuable site are likely numbered.

    Win 7 64
    Norton 2012

    Comment by GG — July 8th, 2012 at 10:02 am
  47. You are now using a new GOTD wrapper, using a tool named THEMIDA. It is impossible to me install any software since you begun to use it.

    Norton’s Sonar stops the installation and then deletes it. Unsafe.

    I have been a user of Game Giveaway for many, many years and have thoroughly enjoyed the games I’ve gotten. But I guess I will have to become a non-user as I can’t install the games anymore because of this new “wrapper” whatever that is.

    Please fix this or this website will disappear:(

    Comment by Diana Salmon — July 8th, 2012 at 10:25 am
  48. seem to have same problems as above nortons deleets pls find work around thx

    Comment by pop — July 8th, 2012 at 11:52 am
  49. Fishdom Premium. Windows 7, 64-bit, it reports “Themida: A monitor program has been found running in your system. Please, unload it from memory and restart your program.

    I run Symantec Endpoint Protection, IOBit Malware Fighter, Spybot S&D.

    How about a less cryptic error message so we know what’s causing the error? Maybe tell us the name of the process or the name of the program so we can decide to remove it from our system. This new security method has made GAOTD products totally useless to me. Please reply, acknowledge and fix this. I’ve tried killing several processes, including IOBit and Spybot to no avail. Darrin

    Comment by Darrn H — July 8th, 2012 at 12:52 pm
  50. I also get “Themida: A monitor program has been found running in your system. Please, unload it from memory and restart your program.”.

    I have to state that as much as I looked forward to downloading at least one game each weekend, I can no longer do so. I am NOT a computer geek and/or Wiz so everything you say to do about “Safe Mode”, etc. is Greek to me. I really don’t understand why it’s changed now… but thank you for all the games in the past. This Fishdom game look like one I may have liked. Take care, be safe and have a wonderful life everyone!

    Comment by Teri — July 8th, 2012 at 2:01 pm
  51. I have to pause suspend protection to install the software.
    I have Outpost Security Suite.

    Comment by comhon — July 8th, 2012 at 2:30 pm
  52. THEMIDA wrapper has been flagged and deleted by my antivirus.
    Any program that hides itself from detection can infect your PC with all kinds of malware.

    No Thanks.

    You have just lost me as a user.I will miss you….

    Comment by larhome — July 8th, 2012 at 2:43 pm
  53. Some problem:

    PIII 1333 MHz 512 MB Ram

    I wait the start install 30-60 Minutes the new wrapper. …zZz…
    Not one case of crash. Then I can start again afresh the time to wait … 8-O

    Comment by Big Master — July 8th, 2012 at 3:50 pm
  54. Same deal
    Norton’s Sonar stops the installation and then deletes it. Unsafe.
    and I really like the last FISHDOM game, now what?

    Comment by Bobbo — July 8th, 2012 at 5:51 pm
  55. I have been a fan of GAOTD for a long time and have enjoyed the user friendly software trials. However, starting this week, the trials are no longer user friendly. During setup the trial program with a Windows 7 64 bit computer, a file is detected as being malicious and is automatically deleted by the Norton 360 Sonar program provided to all Comcast internet customers, thus preventing installation of the days trial software.

    You have lost me as a GAOTD user until you are able to develop a user friendly installation method that is compatible with Norton 360 protection suite. Good luck to you!

    Comment by Solstice — July 8th, 2012 at 7:01 pm
  56. I am joining the crowd that has the “A monitor program has been found running in your system.
    Please, unload it from memory and restart your program.”

    I tried all I could think of. I am a long time user without problem. Now, lasst few days, I can not download anything.

    Please give me a solution around this or fix the change you may have made.
    I love GAOTD and do not want to loose your service.

    HELP, help, pllease.
    DC McKenzie

    Comment by D.C. McKenzie — July 9th, 2012 at 12:16 am
  57. Sorry guys, I can’t get any program from your website to load correctly anymore. I’m on Win7 with Norton anti-virus and this error report keeps popping up halting my download.

    ____________________________
    Unknown
    This file release is currently not known.
    ____________________________
    High
    This file risk is high.
    ____________________________
    Threat Details
    SONAR Protection monitors for suspicious program activity on your computer.
    ____________________________

    ____________________________
    File Actions
    File: c:\users\XXXXX\appdata\local\temp\we25677.tmp
    No Action Required
    ____________________________
    System Settings Actions
    Event: Process start (Performed by c:\users\XXXXX\appdata\local\temp\we25677.tmp, PID:5640)
    No action taken
    Event: PE file creation: c:\Users\XXXXX\AppData\Local\Temp\is-GR7TG.tmp\we25677.tmp (Performed by c:\users\XXXXX\appdata\local\temp\we25677.tmp, PID:5640)
    No action taken
    ____________________________
    Suspicious Actions
    Event: Attempt to start a remote thread in a process address space (Performed by c:\users\XXXXX\appdata\local\temp\we25677.tmp, PID:5640)
    No action taken
    ____________________________

    Comment by thedevilbat — July 9th, 2012 at 2:16 am
  58. I’m really disappointed, although everything from this site has always been free so I can’t complain. I must say though that for days now every time I try to install any giveaways it just says something about Themida and monitor proess running and to unload it. But I don’t have a “monitor” process and I even tried safe boot and going through task manager and making sure only basic system stuff is running. So I didn’t know what was going on. At least now I know it is just a new wrapper for GOTD. Unfortunately it means I can’t use the site anymore.

    Comment by Reginald — July 9th, 2012 at 2:38 am
  59. “Themida: A monitor program has been found running in your system. Please, unload it from memory and restart your program.”.
    Because of your new system, I have not been able to successfully install any GOTD. Themida will not run unless I turn off my “”Monitoring programs” ie., All my protection from the cold ,cruel world of destructive, amoral children who will cost me my computer that I saved up for so long. I understand you need to do something but this isn’t it.

    Comment by Chela Emm — July 9th, 2012 at 2:50 am
  60. For everyone who has issue with Themida warning, just try to uninstall Iobit MalwareFighterPro. Themida has an issue with this software that has been advertised on Giveawayoftheday.com

    Comment by Henry — July 9th, 2012 at 4:06 am
  61. Protection is good, but protecting software to a degree where your anti virus software starts warning you and have the installation slow down a lot is just a step to far. Please consider an alternative protection solution.

    Comment by domantia — July 9th, 2012 at 4:34 am
  62. When I try to run the wrapper on Windows Vista home Premium 64-bit, it reports “Themida: A monitor program has been found running in your system. Please, unload it from memory and restart your program.”. To install the program I have to restart in ‘Safe Mode with Networking’, install the program, and then restart normally. This works but is a pain in the ‘you know what’.

    Comment by TBurd — July 9th, 2012 at 5:08 am
  63. I tried using “Safe Mode with Networking” on Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit but I couldn’t get my internet connection to work. Now I could possibly spend an hour fiddling about trying to work out how to fix that, but even if I get it working, and even if I only have to do it once for it to keep working each time thereafter…

    Nah.

    Comment by JerryB — July 9th, 2012 at 6:36 am
  64. I have tried to run SETUP.EXE for two weeks now in many programs. No work at all. XP or Vista not work. Give Away of The Day make error and should have old download wrapper and new download wrapper. Old download wrapper work fine most of the time, new download wrapper not work at all. Too many problems now make developers look bad. Hope you get full refund on new bad wrapper software. Sorry Too Many Problems here, will look for new Developer home site. Will check back in month and see if still bad. Thank You for the years of being a good site.

    Comment by Cheyun — July 9th, 2012 at 6:40 am
  65. Looks like GOTD is heading straight to oblivion.
    Too bad.
    But unless the tech-staff comes up with a different kind of protection that’s what’s going to happen.
    A slight search on Google with keywords “Themida” and “problem” gives +60.000 hits.
    I don’t think GOTD is doing themselves a favour by sticking to this protection.
    I believe my virusscanner when it tells me that a file is suspicious or dangerous. I guess I’m not the only one out there.

    Comment by Toolman — July 9th, 2012 at 9:03 am
  66. I have been following GOTD and GGOTD for at least three years now. I have installed some of the offered programs and a number of the games, though nth the last few days, so fortunately I was spared the nightmare I keep reading about.

    The change in the wrapper is unacceptable to me as well. What’s even more unacceptable is the “solutions” offered.
    As others have pointed out, telling people to downgrade or “temporarily” disable any security settings is inappropriate. While suggesting “Safe Mode with Networking” is simply insane.
    User MercuryPDX (comment #36) said:
    >>There’s no free game or piece of software worth potentially compromising my computer system’s integrity over.
    Actually, no software (application or game), paid or free, is worth it.

    FWIW, even your reasoning for the using Themida is poor. You say:
    >>made it liable to be cracked by advanced IT experts.
    So, either you’re suggesting that all GOTD/ GGOTD users have the required advanced IT knowledge (highly unlikely, judging by the fact that people actually try to apply the suggested workarounds) or, for some odd reason, you decided to drive the average user away (highly likely) and start some sort of battle with the advanced IT experts who just want to crack every piece of software offered on GOTD & GGOTD.

    The sad part is that the number of comments here is low in comparison to the numbers of visitors and downloads, so you’ll probably come to the wrong conclusions assuming it’s just a loud minority.

    But, I still see some usefulness in your site:
    1. The freeware alternatives proposed in the comments – thanks to everyone going into this trouble.
    2. Free & on sale software & games on sites other than GOTD & GGOTD posted in the forums – thanks to you all as well.

    Cheers,
    Kate D.

    Comment by Kate D. — July 9th, 2012 at 10:08 am
  67. Please return to the older wrapper. This new wrapper is not working… Since you started using the new wrapper I can not install any of the offers for testing (and several I would have liked to test out; one user is not a real loss, but judging be the comments here and the complaints about the installations not working on the offers, manufactures are really loosing potential customers right now, and this is reflecting badly on GOTD)….

    I have tried to install on Win XP 32Bit, Vista 32Bit and Win7 Premium 64bit (both with compatibility on and off). All give some strange message about the program being invalid but the GOTD wrapper reports it successfully installed….

    This change is really sad and I think this will be the end of GOTD, as many know, Themida is used by a great deal of hackers (or whatever) to install Viruses on peoples computers and Anti-virus software (and even Windows to some extent now) blocks ‘stealth’ installation applications.

    GOTD please rethink this before you loose all your customers (both the visitors such as myself and manufactures thinking about using your services). As a software developer (nothing to the extent offered here), considering the current development at GOTD I wouldn’t use the awesome services GOTD offers knowing the at least 50% of the potential visitors/downloaders wont even be able to test the application…..

    Comment by Dave — July 9th, 2012 at 10:23 am
  68. “Themida” error-
    “A monitor program has been found running in your system. Please, unload it from memory and restart your program.”

    solve it or u will loose 109 regular user of gaotd.

    our group is getting the same prob within a few days…

    Comment by Sagar Bindu Mohapatra — July 9th, 2012 at 10:57 am
  69. Thanks for all the great software in the past.But since the new wrapper nothing will download.My Vista 32Bit reads “A monitor program has been found running in your system. Please, unload it from memory and restart your program.” Please unload the wrapper.I hope to see you again in the future.Cheers.

    Comment by deimos — July 10th, 2012 at 4:42 am
  70. I cannot install anything since new wrapper :( Have to stop use of GaotD. Thank you for your great programs so far. With this new wrapper it is end now. Goodbye.

    Comment by Neko — July 10th, 2012 at 5:03 am
  71. You know what? I do not accept the claim that Themida is a necessary evil by GOTD. If a piece of software has been given away then it has been given away. It is not that difficult to enable an over ride to prevent a piece of software being updated unless a paid for version is bought. What happens to you all you people who are using this ‘free’ software when your hard drive crashes and you come to reinstall stuff? You can no longer use any of the free stuff from GOTD :( Why? Because of this Themida software…

    I’m pulling out as I can 99 times out of a 100 find equally as good software out there for truly free. I can always use Linux anyway.

    Sorry.

    Comment by Bill (Pirate) Gates — July 10th, 2012 at 5:35 am
  72. I have also been a long time user of GOTD.
    I’m having the same problems as many of your users.
    I’ve really enjoyed many of your offered programs in the past.I only had some minor problems installing your offerings before.
    Today’s offer was a huge problem to TRY and install.
    It never did install.
    I hope you (GOTD) listen to your users and get back on track.
    I will be watching from the sidelines and see if you use some common sense and get back to offering software that will install.

    Comment by John — July 10th, 2012 at 5:59 am
  73. Hi !
    Could you please configure your compiler or linker to make your ‘Setup.exe’ program back compatible with windows 2000 (or even NT4) ?
    In exe file file header,
    ‘Required OS version 5.01 <- Should be 5 (for Win-2K) or even 4 (for Win-NT4).
    It is just a linker or a complier option in Visual C++.
    Thanks in advance.
    François.

    Comment by François — July 10th, 2012 at 8:09 am
  74. I am concerned about Themida apparently being able to be used practically as a rootkit? Does it exist ONLY while installing the GAOTD, or does it hang around on the computer afterwards, leaving a sort of backdoor open like the Sony rootkit did?

    I understand that GAOTD needs to protect itself, but I am refusing to visit here again, until I know whether I would be compromising my computer by downloading any of your software now?

    Comment by Keeny — July 10th, 2012 at 9:21 am
  75. As others have noted, this wrapper is causing problems with other installations. Since attempting to install Fishdom, I am now having problems installing other non-GOTD related software. It is unacceptable that my PC has been compromised.

    After I downloaded Fishdom repeatedly, the downloaded file would not appear in My Downloads folder. One time it appeared, I clicked on it, but it was empty.

    Later, I tried to download/update other programs, including Adobe Reader, & the same thing happened. The downloaded file would not appear in the folder it was downloaded to.

    I uninstalled Adobe, & was then able to download & install the latest version OK. But it appears that my problems were caused by the wrapper, as I have never before had downloaded programs disappear from the folder they were downloaded to.

    Other programs are now downloading & installing OK, but sorry, I will not be using GOTD again until some changes are made.

    I am using Win 7 with Norton Internet Security Suite 2012. I received no warning messages.

    Thanks for considering our feedback on this issue!

    Comment by Robin Vincent — July 10th, 2012 at 5:20 pm
  76. The new installer did not work and now that I know what’s up, my relationship with GOTD is over. All good things come to a end. As they say – it’s only a matter of time and something better comes along.

    Comment by Tim — July 10th, 2012 at 8:22 pm
  77. @72
    “Does it [Themida] exist ONLY while installing the GAOTD, or does it hang around on the computer afterwards”

    I think that this is very important question. I really like to get answer to that question too!

    Comment by neko — July 11th, 2012 at 3:23 am
  78. Dear Keeny and Neko,

    it is a good and important question, so thank you for mentioning it. Themida exists on your PC only while the installation process is running. After it is over, nothing is left in your system.

    Please also read the comment we pinned to top of the list yesterday.


    Sincerely,
    GOTD team

  79. I’ve been a regular for many years and told lots of people about the site. This new formula is pointless and telling people after the event is disgraceful. Only possible reason for that is that you wanted to make sure it was on everyone’s system and that it does remain even if dormant. What registry entries are left and what changes are made ? Why would anyone trust you now ? Telling people to switch off their security to enable it to work is simply absurd. All you’ve done is make it as risky to install legitimately obtained software as it is to install cracked programs. Its completely reasonable to want to see what a program looks like, what it does and what changes it would make to your system BEFORE you install. Especially in these days of adware, toolbar and pup infested everything. Would you buy a car without a test drive ? This is a massive and possibly terminal blunder by GOTD.
    ‘the wrapper was tweaked in accordance with feedback received from users’. Did you get a lot of requests for malware masking rootkits then ?

    Comment by Farewell — July 11th, 2012 at 7:32 am
  80. Hello Farewell,

    thank you for visiting us daily. The reason we would like users to trust is mainly that we have never let you down. And we are still doing our best to meet your expectations.

    The situation with cracked installers made us reconsider wrapper algorithms and include Themida for a better protection, but is doesn’t mean that our package start containing any kind of malware. We care about your safety as always and check the original installation files before they meet the audience. Themida is running in your system during installation only and you will not find anything related to it at any other time. While there are a lot of misuses of software protectors, we use Themida according to its primary aim.

    In terms of switching off the security tools, we are also totally against it. That is why we need more information about the danger alerts from users. This will allow us to contact particular anti-virus applications developers and address issues in shortest time possible.

    We hope we have allayed your concerns.


    Thank you,
    GOTD project team

  81. I have been unable to install any recent GOTD offers on my XP/SP3 machine where Themida was involved. Zero. Nada. Pretty consistent. I’d say. That is to say, consistently useless.

    It’s clear that Themida is way too intolerant of a far too many programs and PC configurations. To put it at its simplest, it’s utterly inappropriate technology for what it is doing here. This is GOTD we’re talking about, not the Pentagon. To repeat, Themida is not approptiate technology for GOTD since it prevents far too many people from installing your offers.

    As you are a commercial business, I suspect you will soon see the result of this misdirected venture hitting your bottom line. So instead of abandoning you completely, I’ll check back in a month to see how things are faring.

    I do hope you don’t equate activations with successful installations when compiling your statistics. With Themida, the two will be completely unrelated.

    Comment by MikeR — July 11th, 2012 at 10:12 am
  82. Dear GOTD Staff :

    After tweaking your wrapper further , I was able to install this morning the Find Duplicate Giveaway on your site without having to turn off security programs or boot in safe mode. I think you fixed it. I tried it on another computer I owned and it worked the same too. So it appears your problem is fixed for now.

    I’m running Zone Alarm Free Firewall with Antivirus and IoBit Malware Fighter and Themida did not complain about it this time.

    Comment by Little Bear — July 11th, 2012 at 1:24 pm
  83. Hi all,

    I tested today’s GOTD offer on my PC running Windows 7 64-bit with real-time virus protection using Microsoft Security Essentials. The new wrapper executed fine and no problems were detected afterward.

    Hope this helps.

  84. Hi again all,

    I also tested the same offer on a different system running Windows XP Service Pack 2 with real-time protection using MalWareBytes. The new wrapper executed fine on this system as well and no problems were detected afterward. A quick-scan using MWB was also performed and no issues were detected.

    Again, hope this helps.

  85. Still not working for me, when I try and extract the setup and readme from the zip file it freezes and I have to CRTL ALT DEL to get out of it.

    Comment by Bert — July 12th, 2012 at 10:38 am
  86. Tried it today and works fine(3 setup windows, but it drives thru), I have Joy once again…………..

    Comment by Pete — July 12th, 2012 at 7:17 pm
  87. Thanks GAOTD team. Now it works also on my XP machine.
    Thought you were going to fix it.
    Unfortunately, I has now missed some good programs, but perhaps a reerun?

    Comment by SvendÖ — July 13th, 2012 at 2:27 am
  88. You’ve made installation a painful experience. I trust you because I’ve been downloading from here for years but when I first found the site I was skeptical, it sounded too good to be true and I installed my first giveaway fearing something bad might happen. If I was a new user now as soon as I saw how long the wrapper takes to launch, how it hangs my pc for several seconds and how my antivirus tells me it finds it suspicious I’d abort everything and never come back to this site again.
    It’s ridiculous that the wrapper is bigger in size and requires more powerful machines than the actual software given away and you still haven’t explained what’s the point of making us install the mess this wrapper is when you’re giving us the license in a separate file or making us search for it somewhere else and it works with the trial setup file offered in the vendor’s site, making the wrapper completely unnecessary.

    Comment by Daniel — July 13th, 2012 at 5:02 pm
  89. Hi,
    I have that freezing problem too and I can’t install gaod softwares anymore. Please fix it!

    Comment by drigy — July 14th, 2012 at 11:10 am
  90. I do understand why GOTD has had to ‘beef up’ the protection system used to protect setup programs, but I also understand why many GOTD users are very worried about the use of Themida to do this.

    I will try to clear up some of the misconceptions expressed in the earlier comments, in the hope that GOTD users can then make a properly informed choice about whether they wish to continue using GOTD.

    1: Themida is NOT itself malware, it is simply a software protection system. Because of the way Themida works, yes it IS possible to ‘conceal’ malware which is protected by using Themida, because very few if any antivirus programs can ‘see inside’ anything protected by Themida.

    2: Many legitimate programs use Themida to protect themselves against being copied AFTER installation. If this is done, then yes: Themida DOES use rootkit-style methods to conceal itself from other programs; and thus to protect the software which has been ‘wrapped’ using Themida.

    3: It is possible to use Themida in a different way, to protect only the INSTALLER (or ‘setup program’). In this case, no part of Themida is installed on your computer. When used like this, Themida is very similar to the old GOTD ‘wrapper’ used previously to protect the installer or setup program. And I repeat: when used like this, NO part of Themida itself is installed on your computer; the Themida protection system is only executed ONCE, WHILE the setup program is running, and Themida is NOT run again afterwards.

    SO: having read all that, and hopefully understood it (!), I leave it to YOU to decide whether or not you want to continue to use the GOTD site. The way GOTD use Themida, it truly does NOT install any part of itself on your computer.

    If you decide you don’t want to use GOTD because you cannot ‘easily’ store the unprotected setup program when you install a GOTD offering, fine. All that has happened is that GOTD have made it much more difficult for you to do that; and if this is what you were doing before GOTD started using Themida to protect the offerings, then you were breaking the terms under which GOTD offered programs.

    It’s your choice. :)

    Comment by Cad Delworth — July 14th, 2012 at 6:03 pm
  91. Warum fehlt denn mein Beitrag vom 06. Juli, 23:54?

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    well that I have found this page. I already wanted to join the many outraged comments on the page {http://de.giveawayoftheday.com/softskin-photo-makeup-1/}. But maybe you have not read there. I guess the next giveaway, it will be even more.

    It takes up to 5 minutes before the “Activating …” window appears. Between 15 and 30 minutes, the PC is running on full load. Then the installation stops with an error message “Failed to connect. Please try again later.” from. The CPU utilization of the setup.exe is displayed in the Task Manager with up to 94%. The messages of the Comodo firewall as before without any problems. I am running Windows XP Home SP3 German. Avira Antivir has no problems with the installer. Please email me at the address not published, if you want to get the screenshots.

    Why you had to blow up the installer so extreme? It worked before but mostly fine. There were only a few times now as there are similar problems. Only it did not take so long to report a failure.

    It is a pity. IObit Malware Fighter would be a nice addition to my full version of IObit Advanced SystemCare been. With yesterday’s make-up photo I had finally, after several attempts and a lot of time success. At today’s giveaway is almost 3 hours after the 5th Installation attempt worked. Unfortunately, there is a program of FileStream. In the last two giveaways this company has failed to provide unlock codes, but only the promotional newsletter. Today was yet no password. Neither of the destination address from the form, even to the sending address of the empty mail. Not even when I have sent a request again to the broadcast address into the form and mail blank. Ah yes, the weekend I had been surprised at the game, why the installation took so long.

    Should it really be the way a user suspects that you want to slow down the program collector, you make a fool of himself. Proceed against people who make the software and license key to money. Since you have my support. But do not hinder harmless collectors! Above all, you do not interfere with your normal user!

    Yours sincerely,

    Wurkupumpel

    Translated with Google. If incorrectly translated the german original here:

    Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

    gut, daß ich diese Seite gefunden habe. Ich wollte mich schon den vielen empörten Kommentaren auf der Seite {http://de.giveawayoftheday.com/softskin-photo-makeup-1/} anschließen. Aber vielleicht hätten Sie es dort nicht gelesen. Ich vermute, beim nächsten Giveaway werden es noch mehr sein.

    Es dauert bis zu 5 Minuten, ehe das “Activating…”-Fenster erscheint. Zwischen 15 und 30 Minuten arbeitet der PC unter Vollast. Dann bricht die Installation mit einer Fehlermeldung “Failed to connect. Please try again later.” ab. Die CPU-Auslastung der setup.exe wird im Task-Manager mit bis zu 94% angezeigt. Die Meldungen der Comodo Firewall sind wie vorher völlig problemlos. Ich arbeite mit Windows XP home german SP3. Avira Antivir hat keine Probleme mit dem Installer. Bitte mailen Sie mir an die nicht veröffentlichte Adresse, wenn Sie die Screenshots erhalten möchten.

    Warum mußten Sie das Installationsprogramm so extrem aufblähen? Es lief doch vorher meistens einwandfrei. Nur einige wenige Male gab es ähnliche Probleme wie jetzt. Nur dauerte es nicht so lange bis zur Fehlermeldung.

    Es ist sehr schade. IObit Malware Fighter wäre eine schöne Ergänzung zu meiner Vollversion IObit Advanced SystemCare gewesen. Mit dem gestrigen Photo-Makeup hatte ich nach mehreren Versuchen und viel Zeit endlich Erfolg. Beim heutigen Giveaway hat nach fast 3 Stunden der 5. Installationsversuch funktioniert. Leider ist es ein Programm von Filestream. Bei deren beiden letzten Giveaways hat diese Firma keine Freischaltcodes geliefert, sondern nur die Werbe-Newsletter. Auch heute kam bislang noch kein Paßwort. Weder an die Empfangsadresse vom Formular, noch an die Sendeadresse der leeren Mail. Auch dann nicht, als ich noch einmal eine Anforderung mit der Sendeadresse in Formular und leerer Mail abgeschickt habe. Ach ja, am Wochenende hatte ich mich schon bei dem Spiel gewundert, warum die Installation so sehr lange dauerte.

    Sollte es wirklich so sein, wie ein User vermutet, daß Sie die Programmsammler behindern wollen, machen Sie sich lächerlich. Gehen Sie gegen Leute vor, die Software und Lizenzschlüssel zu Geld machen. Da haben Sie meine Unterstützung. Aber behindern Sie nicht harmlose Sammler! Vor allem behindern Sie bitte nicht die normalen User!

    Mit freundlichen Grüßen

    Wurkupumpel

    Comment by Wurkupumpel — July 15th, 2012 at 3:14 pm
  92. I am also experiencing problems on Windows 7 x64 with it freezing then the following error message occuring about 30 minutes after clicking on the Setup.exe file:

    The instruction at “0×00000000? referenced memory at “0×00000000?. The memory could not be “read”. Click on OK to terminate the program.

    Then immediately after clicking OK I get:

    “Themida: A monitor program has been found running in your system. Please, unload it from memory and restart your program.”.

    Then I get some message flash up quickly about a suspicious program with a .tmp extension being terminated.

    Then my PC locks up completely and I have to restart. After restarting the Setup.exe file is no longer in the .zip file

    I am using Microsoft Security Essentials and Super Antispyware Pro.

    Comment by Ben Digo — July 15th, 2012 at 6:38 pm
  93. installing in Safe Mode with networking

    One issue that no one mentioned yet is i have no idea how to do the above

    Comment by Bobbo — July 15th, 2012 at 7:01 pm
  94. I use an older (free) version of Sandboxie (3.46, for various reasons) on both XP & Win7.

    I always “test run” any GAOTD softwares (most any software for that matter) using Sandboxie.

    Ever since your change, the GAOTD apps no longer open, run, successfully.

    With the current Sandboxie, I can install & run, but the current Sandboxie (3.72, at least in free mode) simply blows, limitations, both inherent (in particular on an x64 OS) & contrived.

    Leaves me with a conundrum.

    Comment by therube — July 17th, 2012 at 11:46 am
  95. earlier (well perhaps yesterday at this point), i wrote about my issues with Sandboxie & installs, & how it failed when running XP SP3. (the posts have yet to appear so i can’t actually see what i wrote)

    now on Win7 x64 & Sandboxie (the current release), the (Media Buddy) install was successful.

    so Win7 & Sandboxie works, but XP & Sandboxie did not.

    nonetheless, all attempts to install, both Win7 & XP, failed when using my older copy of Sandboxie. & given that i am going to revert to my older version, GAOTD is now also a fail for me.

    Comment by therube — July 17th, 2012 at 11:06 pm
  96. GOTD, Norton Sonar has blocked every program from your site from being installed on my computer (Windows 7 x64), apparently since you made this change. I have not been able to install anything from GOTD since you did this. I have been downloading and installing programs from the site for years, and the problem did not start until you made the change. There is no link in the Norton Security Suite windows that pop up to click in order to undo the blocking, apparently because Norton thinks that your setup.exe files are too dangerous to unblock. Whatever you did that triggered Norton, would you please change it?

    Comment by Ken — July 18th, 2012 at 2:25 am
  97. Dear Ken (and many more Norton users),

    we have contacted Symantec Corporation and are now discussing the issue. Hopefully this will be fixed quite soon.

    Sorry for the inconvenience.


    Regards,
    GOTD project team

  98. And again today’s GAOTD, Paragon Drive Copy 11.

    Download, extract, run sandboxed (Sandboxie 3.72), XP SP3.

    The GAOTD wrapper “Activates”, meaning I can install today.

    The Paragon installer (SFX) screen comes up.
    Shows, “The archive is either in unknown format or damaged”.
    I am able to select a Destination Folder.
    Clicking the Install button does nothing more then brings up an Error dialog.

    Selecting Close, brings up the GAOTD “Successfully activated” dialog & then my browser opens.

    That is the extent of it.
    And I’ve received nothing in return.

    Comment by therube — July 18th, 2012 at 11:56 am
  99. I’m a Norton user, and lately I’ve been using this site only to learn about alternative software. Until you get this fixed, I’ll be learning more about the competitors than the companies who are trying to use this site to promote their products. I’m sure I’m not the only Norton user doing this.

    Comment by Steve L — July 19th, 2012 at 3:12 am
  100. I have been a user for quite a while and have loved this website since 2010 until now….

    I try to open the setup and get the following message after waiting…..

    The instruction at “0×00000000″ eferenced memory at “0×00000000″
    The memory could not be “read”. Click on OK to terminate the program.

    Because of this I have missed MANY giveaways and was wondering why. I searched it up and found this page.

    I don’t see what the problem was and am considering giving up on this site.
    And if you do get it working then I don’t want a slow install…..

    I believe you should return it to the way it was

  101. The new wrapper wont run inside sandboxie. Therefore software cannot be tested in a sandbox prior to normal installation! :(

    Comment by Net Mandu — July 20th, 2012 at 5:28 am
  102. I like how the GOTD team picks and chooses who they will reply to in regards to checking into problems we are having with the new wrapper. It’s been about 2 weeks now and still not able to use any giveaway’s. Oh well I have been coming here for a few years now and have appreciated the freebies that I have gotten so I guess I will just have to wait it out, maybe the GOTD team will figure it out eventually.

    Comment by Bert — July 21st, 2012 at 3:36 am
  103. I can install software from GAOTD again! Well, it’s worked once – I’ll see how it goes with tomorrow’s giveaway. It looks like Outpost Security (which I picked up here last year) was the problem (even though it wasn’t actually running at the time). Uninstalling it seems to have fixed the problem. Yay!

    Comment by JerryB — August 3rd, 2012 at 11:40 pm
  104. Dear GAOTD,

    If I will get any problems (especially form my AV, AntiMalware etc) installing GAOTD programs, I won’t use GAOTD anymore. And considering the statements above I think I am going to have problems and I REFUSE to turn off monitoring programs I use for ages to keep my computer safe and secure.

    Regards Wulfy

    Comment by Wulfy — August 6th, 2012 at 4:53 am
  105. The new protection is good, better than the old. I will say though I had a go at circumventing it (just for posterities’ sake) It’s not an easy process, but what I did was not for “beginners”. In fact, most IT-Guru-types probably can’t replicate what I did either.

    I promise not to use my skills to upload illegal copies into the ether…

    Anyway, My comment is more of an observation:
    ALMOST EVERYONE who has dealt with issues here, has mentioned NORTON. I use ESET Smart Security. (Yes, I am affiliated to them). I wanted to point out that issues seem to be limited to NORTON, so maybe it is worth having a PERMALINK on the Giveaway site that tells people about these issues (ie. if you have Norton, please READ THIS) etc etc.

    It accounts for around 40 of all (paid) AV on the market, and most people that use it I would class as newb. I imagine that the type of user that runs Norton products doesn’t know enough about computers to trust turning off their AV, and this will go doubly so for people new to GAOTD.

    Another little thing might be to make it easier for people to find a link about “Why/how we give software away for free” – this will help people to understand that what you are doing is legit, and has real value for software developers. – Giving them confidence that you are not trying to scam them down the line (I’ll have to pay for it one day) or infect them with a virus (Norton SONAR + THEMEDA = Fail)

    Focus on how the feedback is valuable, and how it cuts down on market research, and it gets their products in front of XXX’s of users (who them buy upgraded versions of software if it’s any good), etc etc.

    Just one little user’s thoughts.

    Thanks for this concept, it’s great!
    I must admit, I am trying to figure out where GAOTD get’s it’s revenue from, unless it’s from the software devs…

    Just another note, too.
    All these people talking about SandboxIE
    funny how they are all using 3.42 or ‘the slightly older version’, and that just so happens to be the latest cracked version publicly available on the Scene… What a co-incidence (I thought it was curious so I want and had a little look-see)

    Comment by hotmatrixx — August 6th, 2012 at 5:53 am
  106. I’m also a Norton user and had the same problem as 99.

    Comment by Jess — August 9th, 2012 at 5:17 am
  107. @105, “All these people talking about SandboxIE”

    I had version 1.70 and based on your comment upgraded to 1.72. And was pleasantly surprised i could install todays giveaway in its own sandbox.

    Thank you, hotmatrixx!!!

    Comment by gergn — August 11th, 2012 at 3:54 am
  108. @105, “All these people talking about SandboxIE”

    I had version 3.70 and based on your comment upgraded today to 3.72. And was pleasantly surprised: I could install todays giveaway in its own sandbox.

    Thank you, hotmatrixx!!!

    Comment by gergn — August 11th, 2012 at 8:20 am
  109. I have a question with regard to Themida. Do you scan if the software you acquire is packed with Themida or another similar packer before putting it up for download?
    And if not, do you thus accept software packed with Themida or another similar packer by the softwaresupplier before distributing?

    Comment by C van Gasterland — August 11th, 2012 at 4:50 pm
  110. @105, “All these people talking about SandboxIE”

    I have a licence for version 3.72 op SandboxIE. On a W7 64 SandboxIE can be used to install a giveaway in a sandbox. But this fails on an XP.

    Perhaps Themida still needs some tuning, to make it fully XP-compatible.

    Comment by gergn — August 12th, 2012 at 1:59 am
  111. @107: I have to refine my results. The latest version 3.72 of SandboxIE can be used for giveways with the new wrapper, but only on my W7 64 computers. On my Vista Home Basic 32 and XP Home Premium 32 computers SandboxIE still fails to handle the new wrapper.

    Comment by gergn — August 13th, 2012 at 2:14 pm
  112. Hi, guys — I know you’re trying to protect your products and I can’t fault you for that. However, I use Outpost Security Suite, and even authorizing temporary permission for the various installation events and adding an exception to the malware detection doesn’t let me install anything. I still end up with an invalid archive at the end of the flurry of dialogs from the wrapper, installer and Outpost.

    As an experiment, I briefly disabled Outpost and was able to successfully install Sunday’s game (thanks!) but I don’t believe it’s safe to have to disable everything while I’m online, removing any protection provided by the local application rules/restrictions I’ve set up and leaving me subject to online probes and attacks.

    I’ve been grateful for the great service you guys provide in the past, but I hope we can resolve this issue somehow. I too am unwilling to leave my system exposed for several minutes at a time no matter how nice a giveaway sounds.

    Comment by Dan — August 13th, 2012 at 3:38 pm
  113. Whenever I open the wrapper I get my Internet Security warning of suspious activity, sonar alert and then one of the files from the wrapper is Quarantine. For a .exe to act so suspiously, I would say it’s melware or some sort of virus. Shame, as I like the idea of the site, but I don’t see the point of the wrapper. I’m no longer going to use the site as I can’t trust the downloads/wrapper.

    Comment by Jamie — August 18th, 2012 at 1:52 am
  114. #90 Cad Delworth,

    your point #3 is somewhat irrelevant isn’t it? As the original poster of comment #74 (asking if Themida hangs around afterwards) I KNOW it CAN be used to only protect the installer, but what I wanted to know from GAOTD was if that was how it WAS being used? I do not need you telling me it may be used in that way, I know it can be and unfortunately it makes your post come over as patronising and unpleasant. I wanted to know from the people who were assembling the installer package themselves if that WAS the way they were doing it and not to be told that it could be used in that way.

    Keeny

    Comment by Keeny — August 18th, 2012 at 11:35 am
  115. Dear C van Gasterland,

    thank you for your question.

    As usually we check every original installation file with Virustotal.com before protecting it with GOTD wrapper. In case of alerts we contact the Developer. Besides, Themida won’t prevent your security tools from controlling the changes on your HD during installation.


    Sincerely,
    GOTD team

  116. Nice change. I guess now we can see how huge the wrapper is and how much the filesize of the installer is. I guess the GCD file is kind of an encrypted installer or something like that.

    Comment by Ulf — August 22nd, 2012 at 4:21 pm
  117. Dear GOTD team, thank you for working with Agnitum regarding the August 22 update. That seems to have resolved everything! I am grateful for your diligence. :D

    Comment by Dan — August 31st, 2012 at 2:29 am
  118. GOTD, thanks for all your work. You said you care for us. Well, if you really care for us, can you please revamp your comment script?

    You know that users write on the comment to correspond with one another, to help one another since the software vendor and GOTD team hardly is on the comment board. Do you know how difficult it is to talk to one another using @ and # and such strange ways?

    Comment by Randyz — September 1st, 2012 at 12:38 pm
  119. Like #91 I have not been able to activate recently. My activation process stops with an error message “Failed to connect. Please try again later.”
    This means that it is impossible to make use of the latest offers.

    Comment by Nora — September 3rd, 2012 at 1:54 pm
  120. Your wrapper does not run under Windows 98 or Me, even though some of the products are advertised to work under those OS’. Examples are all the uRex products, which I run on older machines that I built myself and don’t want or need to install later versions. I do run an XP layer which helps some XP level programs to run, like laterversions of Firefox.

    Anyway, going to the site and downloading those programs does install them but they do not accept the key given in your readme file (which of course is used in your wrapper.

    If you’re going to offer (even free) products that themselves run under older operating systems, you should either support them or disclaim them specifically.

    Comment by les — September 7th, 2012 at 7:09 pm
  121. How about an instructional video, or just an understandable explanation on how to install apps with a .gcd file? I haven’t been able to install anything since that .gcd file showed up. I have no idea how to use it. Furthermore, from what I’ve read posted here, lots of others are having trouble with the new “wrappper”.

    Comment by Alligator — September 9th, 2012 at 3:47 pm
  122. Hello,
    thank you for all the giveaways but in future versions of the wrapper please consider this:
    1] having separate file required for installation is quite annoying, before that it was possible to install just by doubleclicking on the setup.exe file in the ZIP folder but now you have to extract it somewhere, install it, don’t forget to delete the install folder afterwards (and don’t delete anything else :-) ).
    2] In the last step is preselected all the text which makes no big sense, maybe just two text fields, one for username, one for password, each with “Copy to clipboard” button would be more useful.
    Thanks,
    GOTD

    Comment by mol — September 10th, 2012 at 2:59 am
  123. Lots of software installs via .msi and fails on WHS, W2K3 and W2K8 even though they are perfectly capable of working. A quick fix via ORCA allows the .msi to be edited and installed on these versions of Windows. HOWEVER; with the new GOTD wrapper, the end user can no longer “fix” the .msi – a real disappointment to power users running one of those OS’s.

    Comment by lemonadesoda — September 15th, 2012 at 3:59 pm
  124. “protection error” + crash under xp sp3

    Comment by haupe — September 16th, 2012 at 2:51 am
  125. Hi
    since new wrapper is active, I’m not able to run setup programs from GOTD. After start of setup.exe from directory where exe file and gcd file are in, message of connecting to GOTD appears and after some seconds I get message “failed to launch program”.
    WIN7 64 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz RAM 6.00 GB
    Eset Personal Firewall Miniport

    Comment by Mikis — September 24th, 2012 at 8:04 am
  126. I think I solved the “FAILED TO LAUNCH” problem. It appears that the wrapper connects to the internet, so if you disconnect and then try and install, it will not work.

    Comment by AP Clarke — September 30th, 2012 at 1:54 am
  127. I was having issues w/ McAfee and the embedded installer complaining it was corrupted.
    I tried running the setup.exe from a command prompt and adding a “-h” to see if there was some other options, and it actually ran!
    I have only tried this w/ ProLasso6 so far, but might be worth a shot…
    Not sure if it was running from command prompt or the “-h”….
    B

  128. I took #127 B’s advice and ran the Setup.exe for Zoner Photo Studio 14 PRO from a command prompt with a “-h”, and it installed successfully, without interference from Norton. In Vista the command prompt is located in the Accessories folder. Use the cd command to change directories until you’re in the folder you extracted the files to, then type “Setup.exe -h” then hit the Enter or Return key.

    Comment by Steve L — October 3rd, 2012 at 8:05 pm
  129. If you are using Symantec EndPoint 12.1.1 RU1, you should upgrade to MP1. RU1 won’t let your fire up the setup.exe which packaged via new software wrapper 2.0.

    Comment by Adam — October 3rd, 2012 at 8:43 pm
  130. I cannot install when a gcd-file is involved.
    Win7 Home Premium 64x SP1
    Intel Core i3 M330 @ 2.13GHz (x2)
    RAM 4,00 GB
    Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials
    Firewall: Microsoft

    Comment by Roel Jansen — October 9th, 2012 at 2:52 am
  131. Win7 Home Premium x64

    When running setup get a ‘The setup files are corrupted. Please obtain a new copy of the program’ message on many of your downloads. I have turned off real-time protection of MSE to no affect.

    However, when I enter safe mode with networking and run setup, all works well.

    Any ideas?

    Comment by jaiyen42 — October 9th, 2012 at 7:36 pm
  132. After 129 comments vissible for me (us) at this moment, I summerized ‘grossso modo’ what everyone can read here, just to be able to have a quick scan.

    Because of the new wrapper you cannot scan inside the software before and during installation to protect the giveaway from piracy.
    GOTD states even: “Don't mind scanning by yourself, you can trust GOTD, we always did a great job about this“.

    Some people have problems installing GOTD software because their securtysoftware interferes with the new wrapper.
    GOTD answers this with: “Don't mind your security software, disable it during installation, because we are to be trusted".

    When you’re deploying some general security software that ties down this specific kind of wrapper preventing you from installing a GOTD, it is a weird procedure to be obliged to disable that security software by default. But as long as you trust GOTD it’s your choice to do so.

    The old wrapper had to be improved because it was not protective enough anymore during the time passed.
    GOTD states: “We had to use Themida, we will work on the remaining problems, thank you for feedback and sorry for any inconvenience

    Personal note:
    Apart from introducing unwanted problems (there still remain even if you don’t read about it on this moderated site) while installing, I see no need to use Themida. Couldn't the wrapper be upgraded without Themida resulting in better protection and less problems?

    I really cannot understand this.

    Comment by J.Saw — October 13th, 2012 at 8:54 am
  133. Norton’s at it again. While running from a command prompt, I was able to install Aidfile Recovery Professional yesterday, after a warning from Norton. Today it won’t even give me the option of installing World’s Greatest Places Mahjong.

    Comment by Steve L — November 4th, 2012 at 6:15 am
  134. As a followup to my previous post: I was able to install FolderIco 1.0 without any interference from Norton (while running from a command prompt).

    Comment by Steve L — November 7th, 2012 at 7:06 pm
  135. I was not able to install BusinessCards MX 4.73 (blocked by Norton).

    Comment by Steve L — November 9th, 2012 at 1:28 am
  136. I am having the “Setup Files Are Corrupted” problem discussed at the GOTD Forum:

    http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/14254

    It appears to be unresolved and uncommented on by GOTD

    I have tried everything recommended in the string but continue to have the problem on my relatively new Lenovo laptop (Win 7 HE 64-bit, AVG Free 2013, Windows firewall, Threatfire). I also have a desktop runing Windows 7 HE 32-bit, with the same software (32-bit versions) and have no problem with installing GOTD programs downloaded.

    What gives?

  137. Bitdefender discovers since December 26th a virus in the pih.dll extracted by your wrapper into our temp folder.
    Please contact them if it’s armless.

    Btw: if the offer is very big as today, please expend the duration of the offer.

    Greets from France

    Comment by Mikeprod — December 28th, 2012 at 3:24 pm
  138. I too use Norton and was unable to install WiseCleaner 1/1/13 due to the installation process being interrupted by SONAR. Also, is the installation of Software Informer necessary before any GOTD software can now be installed? In August I was able to install WinUtilities with none of these problems or questionable software add-ons.

    Comment by Kyuzo — January 2nd, 2013 at 6:35 am
  139. Hi,

    I wanted also complain about the fact that Norton is not allowing me to load your software because of a problem with setup.exe.

    The other day I loaded software you advertized without a problem. today I couldn’t when I tried to install Tilt Shift Generator.

    thanks,

    Comment by vm3 — January 8th, 2013 at 4:12 pm
  140. I haven’t been able to d/l since the new wrapper was implemented. I see things I’d like to try, but I always get “Installer Integrity Check has failed….” I’ve tried things listed in threads as possible fixes, but no luck.

    I don’t have problems d/ling and executing files at any other site.

    Is there an answer to this? Please let me know so that I can either keep or remove myself from your offereings. I’ve even stopped referring friends b/c I cannot tell them what to do to fix this issue.

    Windows 7 64 bit, McAfee, multiple extracting programs

    Comment by Justme — January 15th, 2013 at 1:21 pm
  141. I think the only times I’ve been able to install since the new wrapper is when activate is bundled separately. I’ve turned off/suspended all my security – no difference. Two separate notebook pc’s same problem. Usual error–a misleading one about corrupted files, download again.

    Comment by RAG — February 25th, 2013 at 10:06 am
  142. “The setup files are corrupted”
    I use Win 7 home, firefox, chrome, IE, Kaspersky

    It never used to happen, but suddenly, after unpacking the files I run setup.exe and always get the “setup files are corrupted” message.

    I’ve tried this with many different GAOTD downloads, different browsers, different unzippers, and with Kaspersky switched off. None of these things work.

    No one seems to have resolved this problem and it has been raised since 2 years ago.

    I would say it started sometime this year maybe Jan 2014, before that everything worked perfectly. since then not a single download has worked.

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