SNRemove v1.00
Copyright (c) 2005 Nir Sofer


When a dll or exe file is signed with strong name keys, .NET doesn't allow you to modify it. If you try to use a signed assembly, after you have made some changes with Hex editor or any other tool, you'll get the following exception:
An unhandled exception of type 'System.IO.FileLoadException' occurred in Additional information: Strong name validation failed for assembly 'MyAssembly.Test'.

If you try to run a signed executable file after you have made some changes in it, you'll get the following error message:
String name validation failed for assembly... The file may have been tampered with or it was partially signed but not fully signed with the correct private key.

This utility removes the reference to strong name signature from .NET exe and dll files. After removing the strong name reference, you can make any change you want in dll/exe file, without getting any exception or error message. However, be aware that assemblies with no strong name reference cannot be added into the Global Assembly Cache (GAC).

Using SNRemove

Using SNRemove is very simple - just extract the snremove.exe to any folder you like, and run it from Command Prompt with the desired command-line parameters.

SNRemove Usage

SNRemove [options] <filename>

-r Remove the reference to Strong Name signature from the specified file.
-d Display the Strong Name signature of the specified file.

The <filename> parameter may also contain wildcards.

SNRemove -r c:\myfiles\dll1.dll
SNRemove -d "c:\my files\*.dll"

System Requirements

Although this utility is designed to work with exe and dll files created for .NET environment, the utility by itself wasn't written in .NET, which means that it can work in all versions of Windows, even if .NET Framework is not installed.


This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !


The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.


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