Unlocking Adobe in 2021 (AMTEmu vs m0nkrus)

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  1. Haon Timms

    Haon Timms MDL Novice

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    #1 Haon Timms, Jul 20, 2021
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    (Apologies for the n00bness, it's been many years since I've looked into Adobe stuff.)

    When it comes to unlocking Adobe products in 2021, there appear to be 2 main avenues one can take :
    1. monkrus /all-in-one builds (installs and works indefinitely right out of the box)
    2. AMTEmu /patches the clean/trial versions (like KMS_VL_ALL does w/ Office)
    I guess the choice might come down to how much one trusts m0nkrus didn't slip in anything potentially malicious that has yet to be found & exposed... since at first glance, it would seem safer to download the main installation files straight from Adobe (and patching them w/ something like AMTEmu). I also assume the AMTEmu solution enables automatic updates, whereas the m0nkrus one is more monolithic (no updates). Is my understanding of the situation more-or-less correct?

    If so, which path did y'all choose, and why?

    Thanks!

    EDIT: Removed hyperlinks once reminded of the rule (thanks TigTex) not sure if the subject itself is verboten, though (feel free to nuke thread if so)
     
  2. TigTex

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  3. dzem

    dzem MDL Member

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    Where did you find AMTemu solution o adobe. I use monkrus, but i would also try that one. You can send me a link in private messages.
     
  4. dzem

    dzem MDL Member

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    I find it but it unlocks just older version of adobe products, up to 2018, not after that.
     
  5. Haon Timms

    Haon Timms MDL Novice

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    I just Googled "AMTEmu" and the first two results have a similar url; one has the word "official" first in the url, and the other has it second. (If you don't get these two sites at the top, add "PainteR" to the search query.) I can't tell if these two sites belong to the same person, but domain history tells us they were created 2 months apart in 2019 by the same registrar. So could be the same, or could be a copycat.

    Both websites pay tribute to the original creator of AMTEmu -- Russia's PainteR -- but neither claims to be him. So not sure if this is the same old product I was using (from half a decade ago) or if someone picked up where PainteR left off. Because IIRC, ANTEmu only worked up to Adobe 2016 or 2018. Not sure if this is still the case, or how safe ANTEmu is to use today versus yesterday.

    (Went scouring Reddit for more answers, and found CCMaker appears to also be a viable solution, similar to ANTEmu, perhaps even a worthy successor. CCMaker was a thing back when I was using ANTEmu, I'm surprised to see it still around. What do you know about it? I'm not sure if it lets you download your files straight from Adobe or not, and if so, how this solution differs from ANTEmu.)

    As someone who doesn't use the Adobe Cloud at all, or even shares assets between the apps themselves, I could honestly do away with all the bloat. Can you tell me about the m0nkrus versions? Are they "slimmer" in any way (ie, lets you install the apps without the creative cloud) or are the creative cloud components so interwoven with the apps at this point that the bloat MUST come with? Also, m0nkrus just released Adobe 2021 apps, how safe are they? I can't imagine they'd be as safe as downloading install files straight from Adobe, but the upside is very attractive (these are offline versions that never need to go online to emulate AMT, right?)
     
  6. dzem

    dzem MDL Member

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    AMt has no support for newer vesrions. Monkrus, to my opinion, is best what you can get. What is most important, it is safe, safe and safe. I use his adobe versions in last couple of years and never had any problem. Installation is piece of cake. Just install it and you can use it straight away. No cloud or any other components comes with installation. I doubt that will be any better solution to adobe products beside monkrus.
     
  7. Haon Timms

    Haon Timms MDL Novice

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    I am certainly leaning towards m0nkrus, I appreciate the assurance that they're safe. But is there really any way to know with certainty what else these executables are doing to our PCs? I feel that using someone else's install files is just about the riskiest thing one could do, comparatively with downloading them from Adobe.

    The only other option would be CCMaker, which appears to use a method similar to AMTEmu; but has been repackaged many times by many people, to where it's become difficult to find an untainted source. Do you have any experience with it? (Still leaning towards m0nkrus, though.)
     
  8. dzem

    dzem MDL Member

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    I dont know about CCmaker.
     
  9. Haon Timms

    Haon Timms MDL Novice

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    I just read the docs for the June 19th release of m0nkrus' Adobe MC 2021, and they claim to do away with the Adobe bloat.

    "With the exception of the required minimum, the Adobe Desktop Common module was cut from the installer. The Adobe Creative Cloud module is also completely cut from the installer."

    This is something no one mentions when comparing these solutions. Not even GenP offers this. Sounds like m0nkrus versions were made specifically for people who just want to use the apps without any of the "cloud / asset-sharing" bloat that would normally get installed with anything from Adobe. That's a big upside (for the trade-off of waiting until the next m0nkrus release to update your Adobe apps). Guess I'll go w/ m0nkrus via rutracker.
     
  10. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Just being curious

    I understand this rule correctly
    However I wonder whether discussion about warez is allowed or not.
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  11. Haon Timms

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    Same, although the discussion seems more or less over and can be deleted if it makes the mods uncomfortable in any way. (Still feeling the place out, my bad.)
     
  12. Michel

    Michel MDL Expert

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    And pirating windows is allowed ? all iso's gets shared, office products and license bypass/modding tools (how to activate ms products). If you don't call that warez then shoot me.
     
  13. tehhunter

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    LOL exactly, this is just a discussion but there are no links to download. on the other, I can easily find windows and office KMS here. Just my though