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Types of warez

There is generally a distinction made between different sub-types of warez. The unusual spellings shown here were commonly used as directory names within a compromised server, to organize the files rather than having them all thrown together in a single random collection.

  • 0-day (pronounced as zero day) - This refers to any copyrighted work that has been released the same day as the original product, or sometimes even before. It is considered a mark of skill among warez distro groups to crack and distribute a program on the same day of its commercial release.
  • Apps - Applications: Generally a retail version of a software package.
  • Cracks - Cracked applications: A modified executable or more (usually one) and/or a library (usually one) or more and/or a patch designed to turn a trial version of a software package into the full version and/or bypass anti-piracy protections.
  • Dox - Video game add-ons: These include nocds, cracks, trainers, cheat codes etc.
  • EBook - E-books: These include pirated Ebooks, scanned books, scanned comics, etc.
  • Games - Games: This scene concentrates on both computer based games, and video game consoles, often released as ISO or other format disk image.
  • Keygens - Keygen software are tools that replicate the registration/activation process of a genuine software product and generate the necessary keys to activate the software.
  • Movies - Movies: Pirated movies, can be released while still in theaters or from CDs/DVDs/Blu-ray prior to the actual retail date.
  • MP3s - MP3 audio: Pirated albums, singles, or other audio format usually obtained by ripping a CD or a radio broadcast and released in the compressed audio format MP3.
  • MVids - Music videos - Can be ripped from TV, HDTV, DVDs or VCDs.
  • NoCD, NoDVD, FixedExe - A file modification that allows an installed program to be run without inserting the CD or DVD into the drive.
  • RIP - A game that doesn't have to be installed; any required registry entry can be included as a .reg file. RIP games can be ripped of music and/or video files, or, for video games, ROMs, thus decreasing the size of the download.RIPs with nothing ripped out sometimes are referred to as DP (direct play).
  • Portables - Portable applications: Similar to RIPs, but in this case they're software applications instead of video games. The point of portable software is the fact that it can be placed on removable media (or any place on the local hard drive) and doesn't need installing; usually it is compressed into one executable file, by using software like VMware ThinApp or MoleBox.
  • Scripts - Scripts: These include pirated commercial scripts (such as vBulletin, Invision Power Board, etc.) coded by companies in PHP, ASP, and other languages.
  • Subs - Subtitles: can be integrated in a TV-Rip or Movie.
  • Serials - Refers to a collection of keys as serial numbers made available for the purpose of activating trial software, without payment.
  • Templates - Templates: These include pirated commercial website templates coded by companies.
  • TV-Rips - Television programs: Television shows or movies, usually with commercials edited out. Commonly released within a few hours after airing. DVD Rips of television series fall under this sub-type.
  • XXX - Pornography: These can be imagesets, paysite videos or retail movies.

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References: Wikipedia, Warez Groups

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