A Software Pirate's Glossary


older software distributed, mostly online, for free. Examples of abandonwarez might include Windows 3.11. Abandonwarez sites are rarely shut down because software manufacturers are not as concerned when old versions of their software is pirated.


pirated software applications that are not games.


Bulletin Board Systems, once the most popular means to go on-line, are accessible by modem. BBS were the first electronic means to distribute pirated software.


(sometimes just called, "burner"), a device that allows for copying a commercial CD-ROM onto a blank CD-R (writeable CD). Often used by pirates to make counterfeit software.


programs used to "crack" the copy protection scheme on a commercial software program. A crack can bypass the copy protection check on a software package, or it can make a demo version of a program into the full version.




File Transfer Protocol allows for one computer to act as the server, and multiple clients to either upload or download files to it. Many warez ftp servers require a client to upload some amount of data before downloading. For example, a 3-for-1 server allows the client to download 3 megabytes of data (pirated programs) for every 1 megabyte of data the client uploads.

full ver

Full (ie. retail) version of software.


Derived from "hexadecimal," refers to anything related to disassembling a commercial software program for the purposes of cracking it.


real-time Internet text-based chat system often used by software pirates to contact each other to arrange warez transfer.


used to describe someone who downloads illegal software but does not upload any.


(sometimes known as webring) an online community of pirates who trade illegal software and exchange tips on where to find warez. An example of a ring is the Warez Exchange & Inner Ring Webring.


serial numbers of software programs. Pirates trade serialz online in order to be able to install software, or to obtain technical support.


general term used to describe pirated software.