I know it is short for key generator but are these legal? I bought Winzip 8.0 off a mate but i am a bit wary at the fact it said it was an evaluation, then when i used the keygen it became the full version. Is this normal? Is this what WinZip send or let you download when you upgrade from the evaluation to the full version?
The use of a keygen may be illegal if the purpose is to get full use from a piece of software which would normally require payment.
Thus if you use a keygen for Winzip and consequently avoid paying winzip corp. for the use of Winzip, that is probably illegal.
I don't think that Winzip send out keygens for their software. However, I use the words "may be" adn "probably" because I am not sure. Have a look at the info about the keygen and it will tell you if it came from Winzip or another source.
Key genes are small programmes written by hackers that generate a random registration key to "unlock" evaulation software, in effect it fools it into thinking that it has been paid for. In some instances it also unlocks hidden or restricted features that were unavaliable in the shareware version. it will for example do away with the "20 days of use left" message that you get on opening the programme. There are keygens on warez sites etc for almost every peice of software ever written, but you take your chances going on these sites bearing in mind that they are written by hackers!! So in short the use of them IS illegal as you in effect pinching the revenue that programers rely on.