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Author Topic: Search GT .... how can this be?  (Read 4700 times)

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Search GT .... how can this be?
« on: May 20, 2008, 06:57:18 AM »
Today I thought I'd give SearchGT a try, so duly downloaded whilst at work, installed and played. Noted that it was unregistered, 30 days remaining.
This evening, after downloading and installing the daily GOTD offering, I thought I'd have another play with Search GT to see agin how fast it was.
 It was fast, so I thought about whether I'd register or not.
 Then it struck me...where was that 30 day trial reminder? Looked again, it's registered to GOTD. Huh? I never downloaded from there (it was offered on march 31).
Checked the dates of the files in the Search GT directory - they're today's date.
 Would be funny (as in odd) if that was a reproducible event. Of course it poses an ethical dilemma now. Perhaps I should cross post this to some recent threads.

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Re: Search GT .... how can this be?
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2008, 01:32:55 PM »
GAotD registered a product that was offered nearly two months ago just by connecting to the server to register a product offered today?

Wow that's...  Neat.


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Re: Search GT .... how can this be?
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2008, 05:22:13 PM »
I downloaded the "normal" SearchGT install file, not the GOTD version. I didn't try to register it in any way, either using GOTD nor from SearchGT.

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Re: Search GT .... how can this be?
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2008, 05:28:17 PM »
Please forgive me, but I would say you did install it March 31, but removed it, and forgot.

I have several times installed a GAOTD program, just to remove it at once. Then maybe later I have reinstalled the same file. The case is whether the GAOTD comes with a separate activation file or an integrated setup file. That you could install an 'official' version tells me that the file you downloaded today is the very same file we downloaded back then, and the only difference has been the activation file. But still, this takes that you actually did install it back then, but somehow have forgotten.


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Re: Search GT .... how can this be?
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2008, 06:05:24 PM »
That's what my common sense tells me too Curt, but:
- why would it come up initially as saying I had a trial period of 30 days?
- once uninstalled, GOTD offerings aren't supposed to be able to be re-installed (tho I accept it's the norm for programs to leave junk behind after uninstallation)
So once gone, it should re-incarnate as an unregistered version, especially as I used a normal installation package yesterday

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Re: Search GT .... how can this be?
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2008, 01:38:25 AM »
Did you reboot between seeing the "30 day evaluation period" text and the "Registered to GAOTD" text ?
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Re: Search GT .... how can this be?
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2008, 02:37:35 AM »
Did you reboot between seeing the "30 day evaluation period" text and the "Registered to GAOTD" text ?
Yes...

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Re: Search GT .... how can this be?
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2008, 07:28:28 AM »
I tried the same experiment as you did : install the latest SearchGT version, 2.3 from Isatech Website, install todays (2008-05-21) GAOTD software, Button something, and it didn't worked.  I have not rebooted yet, and will post an update here if anything changes.

Also, I have read on GAOTD forum 'http://www.giveawayo...om/forums/topic/3085' that the latest update works fine with GAOTD license, so Curt explanation is probably the right one, especially if you can confirm that you did install and activate GAOTD version when it was offered some months ago.
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Re: Search GT .... how can this be?
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2008, 10:47:53 PM »
Thanks Merle1. Try as I might I can't recall downloading GT from GTOD. Maybe, with your and others assistance, I've just proved that I'm getting senile.
I'll work on the basis that it did come from there, thus avoiding having to decide whether to pay for it or not.

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Re: Search GT .... how can this be?
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2008, 11:36:39 AM »
There may be hope : if your are not the sole user of the PC where SearchGT "auto-registered", it may be someone else who activated and installed it when it was made available by GAOTD.

Today I upgraded my SearchGT license (coming also from GAOTD) and the upgrade process started by an uninstall and reboot.  So even uninstalled the registration remained (I wonder where...).

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« Last Edit: May 24, 2008, 04:47:35 PM by MerleOne »

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Re: Search GT .... how can this be?
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2008, 06:44:49 PM »
Sadly, I think Occam's razor suggests forgetfulness/incipient senility

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Re: Search GT .... how can this be?
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2008, 04:36:09 PM »
... So even uninstalled the registration remained (I wonder where...).

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\giveawayoftheday.com\Wrapper1\ 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\IsatechSoftware\SearchGT


Other places in general that I know of, are:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Licenses
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Protexis\Licenses
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Licenses
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Protexis\Licenses