Introduction: How to Code Notepad Message

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It is no a really coding, but it will foll anyone who installs pirate games and software rare (this type of hiding is used to hide keys and serials, but I don't know why). Sorry on grammar mistakes. Lets get started!

Step 1: Open the Notepad and Write Message

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This is a easy step. for those who don't know-Start-all programs-accessories-notepad. Then write a message.

Step 2: Open the Save As...

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Go file-save as... and when window pop-ups in File name write ~.nfo ~ is name of file, you can use windows (because nobody will mess whit windows). Save it somewhere.

Step 3: You Are Finished!

to open file right click-open whit-notepad!


erikals (author)2009-07-01

This is good
you can make fake 'archives' with this idea
That's another Instructable by Crazy Leprecaun that should help out.
Great Instructable.

Derkman96 (author)2009-05-09

Every time i see an .nfo file i'll open it with notepad now!

knoxarama (author)2009-03-05

well. what was the point of this? i made one of these that sounded an alert when you don't put the correct code in, but this, i could use anything like word and the result would the same, and blah blah blah etc.

kenn123 (author)2008-07-20

Well, Not really something I would use. There are too many actual encryption tools out there. Besides, when you try to just open a file like this, windows will probably cause an error and tell you it is corrupted, before opening the default ... I suppose if you like the hide in plain sight method you're good to go. Personally I like the truly encrypted method, then hide it in plain sight using something like truecrypt

ask412 (author)2008-05-19

I joined your community to see the trick to this set of steps, I thought it was hidden! I had no idea, what you meant. I was expecting something like making an invisible file, like I do on the apple platform I use. How disappointing. Can I suggest taking this inane " How to Code notepad message" down, or actually teach us something useful. It makes you look like a chump, and I know you aren't. Wishing you well, 'ask412'

rocksalt2342 (author)2008-01-17

so whats the point? anyone can view this anyway.

Dantex (author)rocksalt23422008-01-19

yes, but they won't see real data, they will see just system info file

nak (author)2007-07-15

The .nfo files you see in pirated software packages are actually meant to be viewed with an NFO viewer.

They are not used to hide anything, but the ANSI/ASCII artwork doesnt show up as the original artist intended in windows notepad.

The demoscence/crackerscene NFO file was around before microsoft decided to use the extension as well.

Here is a little more information:
Check google for other NFO viewers

Dantex (author)nak2007-07-15

if you open them in notepad you will see key, serial and instructions how to install game

nak (author)Dantex2007-07-15

yes, you are right! Its just an extended ascii file, so notepad has no problem displaying the basic characters, including your serials

ll.13 (author)nak2007-07-16

The MS nfo veiwer would never work with me so notepad was always used. I think this also works with Linux.

nak (author)ll.132007-07-16

the linux notepad and linux file extensions ;) Microsoft uses the .nfo file for saved system information. Tech support can ask someone to save their system info (Start >Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Info) then File>Save will create an .NFO file that will display (the file's originating computer specs) in the System Information application when opened by the other person. The NFO file is XML, so it can be displayed in notepad as well and all info can be viewed.

TheCheese9921 (author)2007-07-14

I don't get it

Dantex (author)TheCheese99212007-07-16

you open notepad write message and save it like .nfo

Woeka (author)TheCheese99212007-07-16

Me neither. "because nobody will mess with windows" ROFL I change windows to open any .nfo file with notepad, I don't know when I ever want to see a system info file from windows. Not the first thing I change after a reinstall of windows XP ... maybe in the 5th place.

whamodyne (author)TheCheese99212007-07-14

you're pretty much taking a .txt file, and giving it the extension or .NFO and then hiding it in the system files. hope it helps you understand.

rimar2000 (author)2007-07-14

NICE. I do this whit any file types. Example: If I want crypt a video file, I change its extension to TXT or ZIP. This is an easy, cheap, quick & dirty method. Its effectiveness is only for domestic use, that is enough for me.

ac1D (author)rimar20002007-07-15

change it from .avi to tomething like .virus, your dad will be WTF COME TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!

Jezza Bear (author)ac1D2007-07-15

Never under estimate your Dad:-)

ac1D (author)2007-07-14

.nfo is a filename extension for de-facto standard info text files accompanying compressed software legally or illegaly distributed via BBSes and floppy disks. it's used in the scene ;)

lemonie (author)2007-07-14

I really don't get this. You seem to be telling people to save sensitive / important information in plain text files? I'd favour disguising as a .sys as there are more of them (personally never seen an .nfo, well not that I remember anyway) L (I don't consider your desktop to be beautiful, but would like to know where you got that awful image)

tiuk (author)2007-07-14

So.. what? The idea is if somebody sees "windows.nfo" they won't open it?

Dantex (author)tiuk2007-07-14

if he try to open it it will open system info (configuration of computer), to open the text you must right click-open whit-notepad or right click-open whit-choose program-notepad

sardines454 (author)2007-07-14

yay, you have the instructables toolbar, i wasn't sure if anyone actually downloaded it!

AlexTheGreat (author)2007-07-14

oh, i get it. interesting.

Exhumer (author)2007-07-14

Kinda neat i guess.. Its hard to understand what your talking about at first but i get what your doing.

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