PECompact is a next generation Windows executable compressor designed for software developers and vendors. Commonly termed an 'executable packer', such utilities compress executables and modules (i.e. *.EXE, *.DLL, *.OCX, *.SCR). At runtime the compressed modules are rapidly decompressed in memory.
Executable compressors work by compressing selected portions of executables. At runtime, compressed executables are decompressed and reconstructed directly into their virtual image (memory) so that no data is ever written to the disk. The executable can therefore be run exactly as it was before without the user even knowing it was compressed.
PECompact has been built to be very extensible. Using advanced plug-ins by, PECompact is able to be enhanced and extended by third parties.
PECompact includes plug-ins to perform CRC checks, password based encryption, message box prompt for permission to execute, and much-much more. And since these plugins can all be combined in any order and quantity, each compressed file can be very unique.
For absolute uniqueness, the loader itself (decompression stub) is also a plug-in type and so can be changed or extended.
Changelog for this release:
* Fix.Core: Fixed issue where debug directory entry wasn't completely cleared when stripping of debug directory was indicated
* Addition.Plugins: Added a new loader that does not execute any code from writable dynamic memory allocations (pec2ldr_no_rwx_mem). This is useful in various situations.
* Change.Plugins: Updated IsDebuggerPresent plug-in by BoBSoft
* Change.Licensing: Extended trial period to 30 days to give users time to evaluate product
* Change.PEHideText: Increased size of encrypted text marker to ensure no accidental collisions with random code and data. This makes the new version incompatible with the old version, so be sure to get the latest PEHT lib.
* Change.PEHideText: If key not supplied on command line, then a random number is used.
* Change.Loader: Minor maintenance
* Change.Loader.Slim: Slim version of loader tweaked a bit
* Change.Loader.Enhanced.Anti.Debug: Added new anti-debugging capabilities (note: EAD loader is a seperate purchase)
* Change.Loader.Enhanced.Anti.Debug: Added new anti-dump capabilities (note: EAD loader is a seperate purchase)
* Change.Updater: Consolidated all locale specific update checker resource files into main resource files
* Change.Docs: Some formatting and content updates
* Change.All: Removed cs_cpl (language selection) DLL, library is now statically linked
* Addition.Installer: Added help, about, and publisher links for use by the OS
* Fix.Updater: No longer shows update check dialog if 'never check for updates' is selected
* Change.Installer: Reduced total install size
* Fix.Installer: Improved uninstall procedure to properly clean up the newly renamed default PECompact start menu folder
* Fix.Installer: Fixed rarely used 'Visit Bitsum Tehcnologies' start menu shortcut
* Fix.Installer: Fixed missing PEC2CodecSDK.h for CODEC SDK (registered build only)
* Fix.Installer: Fixed scrambled Swedish EULA