How to Check If the Scripts Are Nulled

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Nulled scripts provide dishonest webmasters with a way to install and run programs on their websites without paying for them. This is a clear violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which protects intellectual property. Scripts are most often associated with plug-ins that perform specific tasks on a website such as a theme. Companies generally attempt to protect their intellectual property by placing a "callback" function that forces the script to send information to the company server to function properly. Nulling the script removes this communication while allowing the script to function normally. It may prove difficult to check if the scripts are nulled without full access to the files and extensive knowledge of PHP coding.

Things You'll Need

  • FTP client

PHP Files

  • Download the PHP file associated with the script to your desktop. This is generally located within a folder on the server or local computer under the name of the script. For example, a WordPress plug-in script is located in the "wp-content/plugins" folder on your server. Most FTP clients allow you to drag the file from the remote pane on the right to any location on your local computer in the left pane to initiate a download. Consult your FTP client documentation or account hosting company if you are unsure how to download the file for yourself.

  • Right-click on the downloaded PHP file.

  • Select "Open With" from the context menu and choose "Notepad."

  • Press "CTRL+F" to open the search dialogue box.

  • Enter common keywords and phrases that may indicate a nulled script in the search field one at a time and press "ENTER." These phrases include "nulled by," "Null," "localhost," "127.0.0.1" and "encoded by."

  • Repeat this process for each PHP file in the script's folder.

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