Apr 25, 2007

How to Search ANY Software License Keys using Google

Warning: It is illegal to use non-genuine software. This article is published as a security alert.
A google search query is found to reveal software license keys of one’s computer. The softwareincluding Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Adobe products, and more.
How does it work?
The Google query searches for all web pages with page titled “Belarc Advisor Current Profile” and contain “Software Licenses”. The “Belarc Advisor Current Profile” is a HTML report generated by Belarc Advisor, a free PC audit software.
Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, etc and create a HTML report to display in your web browser.
On the product page, the company ensures that “All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.” If that’s truth, the Google search results means that the users accidentally or purposely uploaded their profile reports.

Google for Free Software License Keys
Submit the following search query to Google and you will receive a list of search results that reveal the computer profiles with installed softwares’ license keys.
intitle:”Belarc Advisor Current Profile” “Software Licenses”
Here is the screenshot of sample search results returned:

Image: screenshot of google search that returns software licenses
My two cents
With powerful search engine like Google, nothing is secured after putting it online. Users should be extra careful when uploading files that might contain sensitive data. Belarc Advisor could be an useful tool if using it cautiously .

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