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How to get a hidden .swf file?

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Msg#: 4213351 posted 7:01 pm on Oct 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

Some sites hide their real .swf movie clips and you just download a preloader or something worthless. Is there a way to get a real file?
I have an example, but how I can give it if you don't allow posting links here...?



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Msg#: 4213351 posted 7:22 pm on Oct 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

The way that works is there is a flash player in a .swf file.. it has controls like play/pause and volume...

Then what it does is it requests a .flv (flash video) file and streams that into the player.

Some of them do better jobs then others of hiding the true place of the .flv file.

What you want to do is use a program that shows you all the external network requests made by your computer. That way when you load a flash player and the flash player requests a .flv file from the server you can see the physical path of the .flv file.

There are quite a few programs out there that will show you this info, some you can put on your network to track all network traffic, some you can put on the pc itself to just track it's traffic.

It depends on what O/S you are using but some popular ones include.... wireshark, urlsnooper, fiddler.. like I said there are lots.

I hope that you will use this info for good and not evil. People hide that info for a reason.


Msg#: 4213351 posted 10:11 pm on Oct 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

Might look into the add-ons for Firefox that download flash files. They may or may not work, but worth a try.


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Msg#: 4213351 posted 10:13 pm on Oct 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

I have Windows 7...
Maybe I explained it a wrong way...They don't have a movie clip on that particular site. More like just a Flash animated picture with some navigation embedded.And what I get a just a preloader that gets to 99% and then dies. So its not one of those streaming videos...As a matter of fact, many years ago I used to download hidden video streams like that.
But its a totally different thing (I think).

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