8 of 575 files independent
- 1993 September 26
- Independent (IND)
Neverlock was a very popular shareware and commercial copy-protection removal tool from the early 1990s. Besides this free shareware offering Copyware Inc also sold Universal Neverlock for $90 USD, Universal Subscription which included 6 updates for $299 and a $180 Business Neverlock for business software.
┌─────────────────────────────────────────────────┐ │ ╓─┐ ╥ ┌ ╓─┐ ╥┌─┐ ╓── ╥ ┌ ╓─┐ ╥┌─┐ ╓── │ │ ╙─┐ ╟─┤ ╟─┤ ║┘┐┘ ╟─ ║ ┬ │ ╟─┤ ║┘┐┘ ╟─ │ │ ╙─┘ ╨ ┴ ╨ ┴ ╨ └ ╙── ╙─┴─┘ ╨ ┴ ╨ └ ╙── │ │ ╥┌─┐ ╓── ╥ ┌ ╓── ╥┌─┐ ╥ ╓─┐ ╓─┐ ╥┌┐ │ │ ║┘ │ ╟─ ╙╖┌┘ ╟─ ║┘┐┘ ║ ║ │ ║ ║┘┐ │ │ ╨ ┴ ╙── ╙┘ ╙── ╨ └ ╙── ╙─┘ ╙─┘ ╨ └ │ │ Copyware Inc Copyright (c) 1991-93 │ │ All Rights Reserved │ └─────────────────────────────────────────────────┘ ┌────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐ │ Copyware Inc │ │ 152 Nelson Circle │ │ Newmarket, Ontario │ │ CANADA L3X 1R3 │ │ │ │ Order: 416-830-1961 (905-830-1961 after Oct 1993) │ │ Fax: 416-830-5064 (905-830-5064 after Oct 1993) │ └────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┘ If you find that Shareware NeverLock is useful to you, your registration would be appreciated. You will receive the latest Universal NeverLock that removes copy-protection from many of the most popular computer games. Universal NeverLock now has support for several hundred different games. Select 'Order form and license' at the NeverLock menu to see the prices and print the order form. ┌──────────────────────────────────────────────┐ │ ╓─┐ ╓─┐ ╥┌─┐ ╥─┐ ╥ ╓─╥─┐ ╥ ╓─┐ ╥┌─┐ ╓──┐ │ │ ║ ║ │ ║┘ │ ║ │ ║ ║ ║ ║ │ ║┘ │ ╙──┐ │ │ ╙─┘ ╙─┘ ╨ ┴ ╨─┘ ╨ ╨ ╨ ╙─┘ ╨ ┴ ╙──┘ │ │ ╓─┐ ╓── ╥ ┬ ╓─┐ ╓── │ │ ║ │ ╟─ ║ │ ╙─┐ ╟─ │ │ ╙─┘ ╨ ╙─┘ ╙─┘ ╙── │ └──────────────────────────────────────────────┘ NeverLock removes copy-protection from a variety of software products. NeverLock is intended solely for the use of legitimate owners or licensees of these products. If you are not a legitimate owner of a particular product that you wish to unprotect, then STOPáRIGHTáNOW and go out and buy your OWN copy of the product. You may only use NeverLock to unprotect software that you have purchased. NeverLock is not, repeat NOT, to be used for any purpose which deprives any software publishers of their rightful income. The unprotected files that NeverLock creates may NOT be sold, rented out, given away, or uploaded to computer bulletin board services ( BBS's ). ♀ ┌──────────────────────────────────────────────┐ │ ╥ ╥ ╓─┐ ╓── ╥┌─┐ ╓─┐ ╓── │ │ ║ ║ ║ ╟─ ║┘ │ ╙─┐ ╟─ │ │ ╙── ╨ ╙─┘ ╙── ╨ ┴ ╙─┘ ╙── │ └──────────────────────────────────────────────┘ You may not modify Shareware NeverLock in any way. You may not reverse engineer the program by decompiling, disassembling or decrypting the program. Shareware NeverLock is provided for the purpose of allowing you to evaluate its effectiveness for your own needs. You are hereby granted the right to use Shareware NeverLock for an evaluation period of 30 days. You are also granted the right, and encouraged, to distribute Shareware NeverLock to others who may find it of interest, and to upload it to computer bulletin board services (BBS's). Please transmit the same unmodified files NEV_SHAR.DOC, NEV_SHAR.EXE, TITLES.DOC and FILE_ID.DIZ that you downloaded. The file FILE_ID.DIZ allows a BBS to automatically determine the correct file description. NOTE: The terms of this Shareware NeverLock license do NOT apply to commercial versions of NeverLock. Do NOT distribute any version but Shareware NeverLock. For the terms of license of the commercial versions of NeverLock, please see the license and warranty that accompany them. ┌──────────────────────────────────────────┐ │ ╥ ┌ ╓─┐ ╥┌─┐ ╥┌─┐ ╓─┐ ╥┌─┐╓─╥─┐╥ ┌ │ │ ║ ┬ │ ╟─┤ ║┘┐┘ ║┘┐┘ ╟─┤ ║┘ │ ║ ╙╥┘ │ │ ╙─┴─┘ ╨ ┴ ╨ └ ╨ └ ╨ ┴ ╨ ┴ ╨ ╨ │ └──────────────────────────────────────────┘ No warranty of any kind, whether express or implied, is attached to Shareware NeverLock, including any claim of merchantability or suitability of Shareware NeverLock for any specific purpose. No warranty shall extend to any right to claim any damages from Copyware Inc, including but not limited to loss of profit, data, or use of the software, or any consequential or incidental damages. You use Shareware NeverLock entirely at your own risk. ♀ ┌─────────────────────────────────────────────────┐ │ ╥┌─┐ ╓── ╥ ┌ ╓── ╥┌─┐ ╥ ╓─┐ ╓─┐ ╥┌┐ │ │ ║┘ │ ╟─ ╙╖┌┘ ╟─ ║┘┐┘ ║ ║ │ ║ ║┘┐ │ │ ╨ ┴ ╙── ╙┘ ╙── ╨ └ ╙── ╙─┘ ╙─┘ ╨ └ │ │ Copyware Inc Copyright (c) 1991-93 │ │ All Rights Reserved │ └─────────────────────────────────────────────────┘ Select 'Order form and license' at the NeverLock menu to see the prices and print the order form. Copyware Inc does NOT sell individual unprotects. We only sell the products listed in our order form at the price shown. Shareware NeverLock removes copy-protection from games. We suggest you obtain the latest version from your usual shareware distributor or BBS. If that is not possible, you may purchase Shareware NeverLock from Copyware Inc by mail. Please do NOT call Copyware Inc for telephone numbers of BBS's that have Shareware NeverLock. We do not provide any BBS numbers. Universal NeverLock removes copy-protection from many more games. You may purchase it from Copyware Inc. Business NeverLock removes Everlock copy-protection from business programs. You may also purchase it from Copyware Inc. You can detect the presence of Everlock protection by selecting the 'SearcháforáEverlockácopy-protection' line on the main menu. NeverLock will search all your drives (including drives A:, B:) for hidden files such as EV21.SYS EV22.SYS EV31.SYS EV32.SYS and inform you if Everlock is present. Business NeverLock hunts for the hidden files of form EV*.SYS on your hard drive or floppy drive and simulates the presence of these files. Our success rate is 100á% since our software is totally unconcerned with the workings of the package that was protected by Everlock. Business NeverLock successfully removes Everlock copy-protection on ALL Everlock protected packages from 1988 to 1993. It's safe & easy to use and guides you step-by-step with easy instructions. After you use 'Business NeverLock' you will be able to backup your protected software and run it on your other computers. Business NeverLock is not available as shareware. To remove Everlock copy-protection, you must purchase Business NeverLock from Copyware Inc. ♀ ┌────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐ │ ╓─╥─┐╓── ╓─┐ ╥ ┌ ╥┌─┐ ╥ ╓─┐ ╓─┐ ╥ ╓─┐ ╥ ┬ ╥─┐ ╥─┐ ╓─┐ ╥┌─┐╓─╥─┐ │ │ ║ ╟─ ║ ╟─┤ ║┘ │ ║ ║ ╟─┤ ║ ╙─┐ ║ │ ╟─┘ ╟─┘ ║ │ ║┘┐┘ ║ │ │ ╨ ╙── ╙─┘ ╨ ┴ ╨ ┴ ╨ ╙─┘ ╨ ┴ ╙── ╙─┘ ╙─┘ ╨ ╨ ╙─┘ ╨ └ ╨ │ └────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┘ Technical support is available Monday to Friday from 2pm to 7pm Eastern Standard Time, ONLY to purchasers of Universal NeverLock and Business NeverLock. Due to the huge number of Shareware NeverLock's in circulation we can no longer provide technical support to unregistered users. Your knowledge of the unique NeverLock serial number will qualify you for technical support. This serial number appears on the label of the original NeverLock diskette that you purchased. Please contact Copyware Inc for authorization before returning materials for any reason. Help for common problems can be found in the 'TroubleShooting' section below. Copyware Inc does NOT sell individual unprotects. We only sell the products listed in our order form. ┌───────────────────────────────────────────────────┐ │ ╥ ╥┌─┐ ╓─┐╓─╥─┐╥┌─┐ ╥ ┬ ╓─┐╓─╥─┐ ╥ ╓─┐ ╥┌─┐ ╓─┐ │ │ ║ ║┘ │ ╙─┐ ║ ║┘┐┘ ║ │ ║ ║ ║ ║ │ ║┘ │ ╙─┐ │ │ ╨ ╨ ┴ ╙─┘ ╨ ╨ └ ╙─┘ ╙─┘ ╨ ╨ ╙─┘ ╨ ┴ ╙─┘ │ └───────────────────────────────────────────────────┘ What is Copy-Protection ? Copy-protection is a scheme used by a software publisher to protect his product from unauthorized copying. Sometimes the distribution diskette can not be copied by DOS commands. Sometimes the number of times the product can be installed to a hard drive is limited. Sometimes before starting up, the program asks for information which can only be answered by referring to the manual or other materials which accompanied the original product. This last category is called paper protection. It can also include devices like code-wheels, no-copy paper with special pictures on it, and colored plastic overlays. What is Wrong with Copy-Protection ? Copy-protection, in attempting to prevent unauthorized people from using the product, can interfere with the secure and pleasurable use of the product by legitimate customers. A diskette is a fragile thing. Each time the copy-protection is tested, the head of the floppyádrive makes physical contact with the diskette. If the diskette becomes unreadable, you will find that you are locked out of your own software. ♀ Some manufacturers allow the copy-protection to be installed to a hard drive, thus avoiding the diskette friction problem. This works fine until you experience a hard drive crash. After you restore from backup you discover that your install has disappeared and you are locked out of your own software again. Paper based protection is just plain annoying. Having to hunt for the manual or code wheel every time you play your game gets to be irritating very quickly, especially if you own many games. If that piece of paper is lost, stolen or destroyed, you are locked out of the software that you paid for. You must hope that the manufacturer of the software is still in business, still is shipping the product that you are using, and is friendly enough to ship new materials for a reasonable fee. And you still are locked out of your own software for days or weeks until you receive the requested materials. Then you wait for the whole cycle to repeat. Who Should Use NeverLock? Any legitimate owner of a program which NeverLock supports and who wants to be rid of the risk and annoyance associated with copy-protection, should use NeverLock. Who Should NOT Use NeverLock? If you are not a legitimate owner of a particular product that you wish to unprotect, then STOPáRIGHTáNOW and go out and buy your OWN copy of the product. You may only use NeverLock to unprotect software that you have purchased. NeverLock is not, repeat NOT, to be used for any purpose which deprives any software publishers of their rightful income. Safety First You should copy all the files of the protected product to another directory on your hard drive, and then use NeverLock. How Do I Use NeverLock? Nothing could be simpler. NeverLock comes as a single executable file, with no accessory files to keep track of. Just copy it from the distribution diskette to your hard drive and then run the EXE file. Watch the introduction until the 'Conditions of Use' appear. Answer the question and the main menu will appear. You may hit any key to bypass the animation. Naturally, NeverLock itself is not copy-protected. You may use the DOS copy command to back it up. ♀ When the main menu appears use the arrow keys to move the highlight bar to any option and press the Enter key to select it. The program guides you every step of the way with instructions and dialogue boxes, and there is always help available by pressing the F1 key. There is full mouse support if you have a Microsoft compatible mouse driver loaded. NeverLock removes protection by searching the program files for the data that needs to be changed, and then making those changes with no intervention from you. Once the copy-protection is removed, you do not need to use NeverLock again on that particular product. NeverLock needs 2 megabytes of free space on your hard drive for its work files. This can be any hard drive on your system. At the main menu, select the product you wish to unprotect from either the 'Modern Collection' list or the 'Classic Collection' list. NeverLock will then prompt you for the letter of the drive your product is installed on. It scans this drive and shows you a list of all the directories it found. Select the directory where the product is installed. NeverLock will now display a confirmation dialogue box explaining exactly what it thinks you want it to do, and giving you a chance to stop. If you decide to proceed, NeverLock will search the directory you specified for the copy-protected files. NeverLock creates a work directory on your hard drive. The first one will be called NEV_001, and subsequent ones are numbered upward. It copies the original files to this work directory and then attempts to remove the copy-protection from the new files. NeverLock will now prompt you again, offering to exchange these work files for the original files in the product directory. If you agree, it will perform the switch and leave your original files in its work directory. In case the unprotected files do not function properly, the originals are thus preserved. In some cases NeverLock creates a special loader file. Watch its report screen carefully. If necessary, it will tell you that you must start your protected product with the special loader file instead of the normal product file. NeverLock monitors the whole process and presents you with a log file that holds: The name of the protected product. What files were copied, searched, exchanged or moved. Where the original files and unprotected files are located. A success or failure message. Exit NeverLock, change to the product directory and start the product. If a quiz screen appears, just enter any answer. The product will think your answer is correct and continue normally. ♀ And that's all there is to it. Remember that the altered files that are created by NeverLock are for your own use only and may not be transmitted to another person in any form. And, except for the Shareware version which clearly identifies itself as such, NeverLock itself should not be distributed to others, either. See the License item on the main menu for details. ┌──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐ │ ╓─╥─┐╥┌─┐ ╓─┐ ╥ ┬ ╥─┐ ╥ ╓── ╓─┐ ╥ ┌ ╓─┐ ╓─┐╓─╥─┐╥ ╥┌─┐ ╓── │ │ ║ ║┘┐┘ ║ │ ║ │ ╟─┴┐ ║ ╟─ ╙─┐ ╟─┤ ║ │ ║ │ ║ ║ ║┘ │ ║ ─┐ │ │ ╨ ╨ └ ╙─┘ ╙─┘ ╨──┘ ╙── ╙── ╙─┘ ╨ ┴ ╙─┘ ╙─┘ ╨ ╨ ╨ ┴ ╙──┘ │ └──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┘ Problem: NeverLock reports that 'The copy-protection has been removed', but the game still presents the quiz and blocks your access. Advice: Did NeverLock give this message after removing the copy-protection ? ┌──────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐ │ Creating special loader file: C:\NEV_001\????_N.EXE │ │ You must run this file instead of ??????.EXE │ │ to start the commercial product. │ └──────────────────────────────────────────────────────┘ If you received this message then you must start your protected product with the special loader file created by NeverLock. Problem: The computer crashes mysteriously when you run NeverLock, or run the special loader file that NeverLock created. Advice: A memory resident program is causing the problem. Rename your AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS to something else. Create a new CONFIG.SYS with just one statement FILES=20. Reboot your computer and run NeverLock again. If you are using the screen blanker 'After Dark', remove 'AD-DOS' from your AUTOEXEC.BAT. Reboot your computer and run NeverLock again. QEMM in stealth mode is causing the problem. Deactivate QEMM stealth mode, reboot your computer and try again. STACKER in combination with PC-KWIK is causing the problem. Run NeverLock from your uncompressed drive, or disable PC-KWIK. NeverLock sometimes crashes when run from Windows while in a 'DOS Session'. You must run NeverLock from DOS only. Problem: 'I can only find ?,???,??? bytes of free disk space on your system. This may not be enough space for NeverLock to copy the protected files. Do you wish to continue anyway ?' Advice: NeverLock needs free disk space to hold copies of the protected files. In some cases the files could be as large as 2 megabytes. If you have 800K of free disk space, NeverLock will probably work anyway. With less than that, you may get an error message that a file could not be copied or exchanged. If ♀ the above sounds confusing, then the best solution is to free up 2 megabytes of disk space on any hard drive on your system. Problem: ' I was unable to copy all the protected files ' Advice: NeverLock could not read the protected files from the source media, or it could not write the files to its work directory. Did the hard drive just become full ? Perhaps a memory resident program is interfering. Rename your AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS to something else. Create a new CONFIG.SYS with just one statement FILES=20. Reboot your computer and run NeverLock again. Problem: ' Insufficient memory to run program ' Advice: NeverLock needs about 420K of main memory. Free up as much low memory as you can and then run NeverLock again. Problem: ' The file that needs to be patched is missing ' Advice: NeverLock couldn't find the target file that it was expecting in the directory you specified. For most recent games, the game itself must be installed in a directory on your hard drive. Did you select the correct directory when NeverLock offered the list of directories on your drive ? The manufacturer of the game has greatly changed the game files that are copy-protected. The file that needs to be unprotected is not present in this version of the game. There is nothing we can do by telephone to solve this problem. Problem: I could not find the bytes that must be changed. This may be a different form of copy-protection. Advice: The required files were present but were not what NeverLock expected. If the name of the protected product appears more than once on the Modern Collection list or the Classic Collection list, try again using the next product name. The other possibility is that you are trying to unprotect a file that has already been altered by NeverLock or some other unprotect utility. Be sure that the required file mentioned in the NeverLock log is actually the file that came with the game. ♀ ┌─────────────────────────────────────────────────┐ │ ╥┌─┐ ╓── ╥ ┌ ╓── ╥┌─┐ ╥ ╓─┐ ╓─┐ ╥┌┐ │ │ ║┘ │ ╟─ ╙╖┌┘ ╟─ ║┘┐┘ ║ ║ │ ║ ║┘┐ │ │ ╨ ┴ ╙── ╙┘ ╙── ╨ └ ╙── ╙─┘ ╙─┘ ╨ └ │ │ Copyware Inc Copyright (c) 1991-93 │ │ All Rights Reserved │ └─────────────────────────────────────────────────┘ Sometimes a software manufacturer will re-release a game and change the code that tests the copy-protection. When this happens, NeverLock may report that: 'I could not find the bytes that must be changed.' The manufacturer of the game has deliberately altered the critical files that are copy-protected. NeverLock can not find the required pattern of bytes. There is nothing we can do by telephone to solve this problem. NeverLock will be improved in the future to support new games. But it will not be updated for games that are older than 2 years. ♀ ┌────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐ │ Copyware Inc │ │ 152 Nelson Circle │ │ Newmarket, Ontario │ │ CANADA L3X 1R3 │ │ Order: 416-830-1961 (905-830-1961 after Oct 1993) │ │ Fax: 416-830-5064 (905-830-5064 after Oct 1993) │ └────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┘ Select 'Order form and license' at the NeverLock menu to see the prices and print the order form. ╔═══════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ UNIVERSAL NEVERLOCK ║ ║ ║ ║ You receive the latest version that removes ║ ║ copy-protection from many of the most popular ║ ║ computer games. Universal NeverLock now has ║ ║ support for several hundred different games. ║ ║ ║ ║ Never be locked out of your own software ! ║ ║ ║ ║ After you use NeverLock, you will be able to ║ ║ run your software without the need for any ║ ║ manuals, code-wheels or key-diskettes. ║ ║ ║ ║ Previous purchasers of Universal NeverLock may ║ ║ buy the latest Universal NeverLock update at a ║ ║ much reduced price. ║ ║ ║ ╚═══════════════════════════════════════════════════╝ ╔═══════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ UNIVERSAL SUBSCRIPTION ║ ║ ( 6 Editions ) ║ ║ ║ ║ You get the current Universal NeverLock right ║ ║ away plus 5 Universal NeverLock updates in the ║ ║ future. Each update will arrive about once ║ ║ every 4 months. No need to call us. We ship ║ ║ automatically when the newest version is ready. ║ ║ ║ ╚═══════════════════════════════════════════════════╝ ╔════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ BUSINESS NEVERLOCK ║ ║ ║ ║ Removes Everlock hard drive copy-protection and ║ ║ key-diskette copy-protection from all business ║ ║ software. No more hidden files on your computer. ║ ║ ║ ║ Never lose your last install ! ║ ║ ║ ║ After you use NeverLock, you will be able to ║ ║ backup your business software, and run it on ║ ║ your other computers. ║ ║ ║ ╚════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝ ♀