Missed out on a free 1 year license of Returnil System Safe Pro 2011? Now is your second chance to get it.

Two weeks ago dotTech ran a 72-hour promotion of Returnil System Safe Pro 2011, giving away 1 year licenses for free. The participation in the promotion was great, with thousands of people taking advantage of the freebie. There are, however, always people that seem to miss out on these promotions, and I am sure the Returnil System Safe Pro 2011 promotion is no exception. So if you missed out on the dotTech Promotion, here is your second chance to grab a 1 year license of Returnil System Safe Pro for free.

To quickly recap, Returnil System Safe Pro 2011 is the the successor of Returnil Virtual System Home Lux 2010, and provides users with protection against malware using a two-pronged approach:

  • Virtual System – Returnil products creates a “virtual copy” of your main system partition (the partition which you have Windows installed) and whatever changes are made to your computer are dumped when you restart your computer (there are opinions to tweak how it does that, but generally speaking, that is how it works).
  • Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware – Returnil products also includes the traditional anti-virus/anti-malware live protection and on-demand scanning features.

Furthermore, Returnil System Safe Pro 2011 – which typically costs $40 per year – has a free-for-non-commercial-use version Returnil System Safe Free 2011:

(Chart created by the developer.)

If you want more details on Returnil System Safe Pro 2011, refer to dotTech’s earlier promotion post or read dotTech’s full review on Returnil Virtual System Home Lux 2010.

That said, there is no information on how long this Returnil System Safe Pro 2011 promotion will be available; and there seems to be no shelf-life for the 1 year license – the license will supposedly expire on December 18, 2011 regardless of if you use it or not. So grab this and activate it (if you want this product) as soon as you can; and keep in mind you can always go back to Returnil System Safe Free 2011 when your one year license ends, or you can opt to purchase extra years of service for the Pro version.

To get a 1 year license of Returnil System Safe Pro 2011 for free, follow these simple directions:

Version being given out for free: v3.2.10853.5462-REL7

Free updates: Yes, for one year

Supported OS: Windows XP and higher

Download size: 34.7 MB

Giveaway limitation: This freebie may be for non-commercial use only; there are not details provided regarding this.

  • Once you submit the form, you should be given a license code:

Copy the license code – you will need it soon.

  • Download and install Returnil System Safe 2011.
  • After installation, you will be asked to restart your computer; restart your computer.
  • After your computer has restarted, run Returnil System Safe 2011 and register it using the serial number you were given earlier:

Take note that if you don’t register it you will be using Returnil System Safe Free 2011, which is always available for free but doesn’t have as many features as Returnil System Safe Pro 2011.

  • Finish the initial setup.
  • After the initial setup has finished, look at the bottom left of Returnil System Safe’s main program window. If it says (registration request pending)…

… you need to wait a few minutes while Returnil’s registration servers recognize your registration. When your registration is recognized you will get a popup message telling you so and the bottom left corner should say Registered Pro version:

Once it says Registered version, you are good to go!

Take note, your initial registration may fail if you did not do it properly. (It took me two times to properly register.) If the bottom left corner says Free version that means your registration failed and you will not be able to use the Returnil System Safe Pro features. If this happens to you, click on Register and try to register the program again. Make sure you don’t include any spaces after the registration code and use the same name and e-mail address you used when filling out the registration form earlier.

  • Enjoy!

If you have any trouble getting 1 year of Returnil System Safe Pro 2011 for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

[via DownloadSquad]

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  • Returnil_MikeW


    Order of install can matter in some situations as other security programs can interfere with the proper install of RSS. Try the following:

    1. Uninstall Panda and Avast! if both are installed somehow.
    2. Install RSS Pro 2011
    3. Reinstall Panda OR Avast! but not both

    This should clear any interference from Panda with installation of RSS Pro 2011 and you should see better performance once this has been completed.

  • Returnil_MikeW


    Please check to make sure you are allowing RSS to communicate through your firewall or proxy/gateway server. For the former, you will need to consult your firewall rules to adjust as required; for the latter, open preferences > communication tab and then enter the appropriate information in the fields provided.

    Have you been getting any signature or cloud updates? If not, this is always a good indication that there is a block on the nature described above.

  • deafy


    I am back!

    Due to that this second opportunity came up, I decided to try it again. And I caught onto the problem in my diagnosis of the problem.
    The devil is my Panda anti-virus. It removes it as soon as I try to install it!
    And … I found that the Panda even removes my files from the Windows System Restore when I tried to restore my system to a previous setting!
    So, I guess I need to remove the Panda … but … is it worth it? I have Avast Pro anti-virus to fall back on, but from my experience, it is not as good as this Panda one.
    One thing I don’t like about the Panda, is that it is like Norton’s, in that it interferes with my other legitimate programs … (like with the Windows System Restore in this case) …
    Any recent programs here that is similar to this one, or is this just one of the best in this category, that it is worthy of keeping it, enough to toss the Panda??

  • sirviceman1

    I have been waiting since the posting of this offer since the giveaway date 12/28 and it has not been registered (says Pending on the window). It has also not been able to get past 99% update.

    This is the second time iv tried to get this running on my system XPPro 64 with no results. it does continue to say pending but how long do they need to update their program fully and allow registration.

    Seriously doesnt look good for this poorly performing company and Software.

  • Ritchie

    the bootmanager will ask you if you want to boot C or E. the last installed XP (i can only talk about XP)
    will be the first entry displayed by the bm. But you can change that.
    XP on E has its own registry. All entries will be there an stay there.
    You can try new apps on E. If you like them, there is a good chance that they work with XP on C.
    When you start such an app from XPc for the first time, it will not find the “unlocked”-info
    in C-registry, so you have to unlock it with the key. This will add the “unlocked”-entry to the registry on C.
    It is always the same : you install the software anywhere (virtual, 2nd XP) , save the app-folder,
    point to the .exe and run it.
    Somtimes I restore XPe from the backup to have a “fresh” system without this inflated registry and left files from the installed softwares.

  • janetb


    Your system sounded interesting to me because my Win7 is on C and all my non-MS apps are on D. When you boot up, doesn’t the machine have to boot into your C system?

    If you can boot into an ‘E system’ (?) and you install to D from within your E system, in what sense can you use them on your “main PC” (=C:?) as well? Wouldn’t all the registry entries be in E:?

    What do you mean by “recover from BU”?

  • Ritchie

    by the way, some say returnil was too big. Why another AV? Everybody has her/his AV already installed. Most want just a virtualizer.

  • Ritchie

    TimeFreeze asks if you want to boot into real machine or virtual. Running the real machine you can switch on TF anytime you want. It is possible to uncheck “start with windows”, so you will start allways “real” automatically and be able to run TF only if needed. But once switched on it needs a reboot to switch off.
    An easy way to try out new apps is the second XP on my notebook. First XP is on C, apps-path leads to D and 2nd XP is on E, using the same install-path to D. I made a backup of 2ndXP, which is about 1GB.
    (Once a year i recover from BU) Because all apps were installed to D, I can use them on my mainXP as well.
    Only have to provide the key again.
    I was told that is was possible to create an image of C and convert it to a virtual drive, that can be run in VBox. don t know if it is true.

  • tekknokat

    I was looking for a User Manual at Returnil’s website. It wasn’t immediately apparent, because you have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to find it. Here a lot of my questions were answered about using other products, and making backups with other imaging software (such as Acronis), and using my Norton Security Suite (it comes free with my Comcast ISP). I have used McAfee since 2001, I paid to use it for several years until I switched from Qwest DSL to Comcast cable, a faster speed broadband, and switched to Norton in 2009 when Comcast switched their free offering from Mc Afee to Norton SS. That saved me $65+ a year over my monthly broadband subscription fees (that figure shows how long it has been since I paid for firewall/AV out of my own pocket, I am sure it costs much more now, but I did go the AVG/ZoneAlarm free route for a year or slightly longer in XP Pro SP 2 without contracting any infections, or it stopped the ones that tried). Since using Windows ME as my first home operating system, then upgrading to XP Pro from 2001 – 2009, I believe the reason my XP finally crashed was from a hard drive corruption, but it could have been a malware/virus of some sort, I can’t say for sure, but the information Windows gave me before it crashed said something about MBR and system .dll files, so I think it was the hard drive and not an infection. (I didn’t reformat and reinstall Windows on that computer, because I would like to save up money to have my photos and emails lifted, journal, and a few documents, see if a shop can fix it with a repair disc or God forbid even drive recovery, should I find a reasonably priced offer, I saw a folder structure of all of my folders in a DOS screen, and it looks like everything is still there, Windows just can’t boot, my version of XP pro was an Upgrade version installed over an OEM of Windows ME, not a FULL version, so I couldn’t do the type of XP restore that doesn’t overwrite all of my files with the discs I have in 2009. That was why I purchased a full version of my next Windows operating system, Windows 7, rather than just use the Vista OEM that came on the desktop alone. And I am learning to use Acronis TI Home 2010, but it doesn’t play well with Windows 7 64-bit, something I would have found out if I visited the Acronis users forum before buying the application, even though Acronis advertised that is was compatible Windows 7 certified by Microsoft, then came out with Acronis TI Home 2011 2 months later that claimed “improved” Windows 7 compatibility. They were unprofessional for not upgrading us to 2011 for free who paid for an application sold as compatible, but really incompatible, if you read the forum there are literally thousands or tens of thousands of entries going back for 18 months people with Windows 7 64-bit being unable to perform backups, and getting blue screens at EVERY reboot of Windows, I feel Acronis cheated me, but that’s another comment for an appropriate forum.)

    User Manual for Returnil is here, includes really good installation advice for use with your other firewall, AV apps, and making an image before enabling virtualization if you are able, more good install tips. All software should have such a straight-out user’s manual, I just couldn’t see this link to it at the bottom of the page I found it on:


  • newJason

    Thanks JanetB, this is some hard-core reading.
    With the problems registering returnil on the last promo, i decided then, to pass. Now, here it is again. I am Not sure if this offering will be of use to me. With all the problems in the wilders threads, and Me not fully understanding what exactly it does, and how this will benefit me, I am undecided.
    Can anyone tell me please, how much disk space will this typically use to create a virtual environment in XP? a guess is all i need. I have been looking to set up a virtual environment for a while now, Is this a good choice for that? I already use Avast5, and run advancedSystemCare from time to time for tune-up. My internet activities are not high risk IMO as i don’t use torrents or peer or sharing or anything other than Y!messenger. I have had no problems with my XP system for over 2 years and would like to keep it that way. I do install new programs when they are offered usually in the Audio/Video category.
    I am confused and any feedback would help. Is there such a thing as TOO MUCH protection? My system is older and resources are precious. Thank you Ashraf for working so hard. Seriously, I love what you are doing and am planning a donation to further the cause, hopefully soon, after the economy rebounds and furthers my cause.

  • janetb


    If you think that was interesting, have a look at all the scary threads at the Returnil ‘New Release’ Forum: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=101….:-)….!!!

  • tekknokat

    Do I need to uninstall Norton Security Suite before installing this? Can I just disable NSS and try Returnil out, while I figure out if Returnil is something I am able to work with? Can I run Norton anti-virus, firewall, and Returnil all at once without creating a conflict? Returnil doesn’t seem like an anti-virus in the same sense that Mc Afee, AVG, Avira, Comodo, and others do anti-virus, it seems like it may be unique enough that it will not run into the same conflicts that the ones above will, if they were run simultaneously?

    I miss “Go Back” by Roxio. I think the makers of Norton Anti-Virus bought it from Roxio, and sold it as Go Back for a couple of years, and then changed the name of it to something else. This was back in 2001 I bought my copy of GoBack in a Circuit City retail store, just a few years before Circuit City went out of business. Basically it made a snapshot of your files, and all of the system files that make up Windows, and you could use it to restore only one file that got messed up, like a pesky file in my browser that forgot my customizations if my browser only, or Windows crashed, but otherwise my whole Windows was ok; or it could restore my entire system at boot, before the BIOS screen popped up, simply by pressing a keyboard selection in GoBack’s own boot screen before the Windows boot screen. I am trying to figure out if Returnil is remotely similar to that, but with a different mechanism of accomplishing almost the same thing maybe?

    I know many anti-virus, firewall software programs cannot be run together. Wait a sec, since I don’t see it says anywhere Returnil comes with a firewall, should I run Norton Security Suite firewall, and just disable the anti-virus, or can I run them both at the same time? Can I run Norton anti-virus, firewall, and Returnil all at once? I don’t want to create chaos.

    This is a 64-bit version of Windows 7. What if I have a dual-boot version of Windows, a computer with two seperate hard drives, with Windows 7 x64 on one hard drive, and Vista x64 on the other hard drive? If I boot into Windows 7, then Windows 7 is on the (C:) drive, and on the (D:) drive is Vista. If I boot into Vista, then Vista is the (C:) drive, and Windows 7 is the (E:) drive. (My USB drive is always the (P:) drive now, since Alcohol 120% took possession of the (M:) drive from the USB drive, which is always plugged in and always on, I can’t figure out why Alcohol did that to the designation of my USB drive? It doesn’t matter today anyway.)

    I guess what I am getting at, if I install Returnil on my Windows 7 OS, while it is running and that is obviously at that time the (C:) drive, will I have any difficulties booting into Vista and keeping that other hard drive bootable with the BIOS that came on this refurbished computer, which is not being updated, as are the BIOS that came on the same model computer that are not refurbished? This ultimately makes booting doubly touchy, because I can’t update my BIOS as new Windows operating systems are released by Microsoft, and I add more memory and new devices to the desktop computer. Based on all of the information in this too long comment, can you anticipate I will have a difficulty using Returnil just on this information alone? I really want to try this appealing application. Without these freebies, I won’t have any new software in 2011, save for a couple of titles that I think I must have. Thank you Ashraf for making these freebies possible, and thank those who assist you as well, and the software vendors that let us try their software for free.
    Again Thank You – Sincerely, Alan

  • gordon55y

    Thanks for the pointer to:
    That is a very interesting thread.

  • Ritchie

    The test was about the old version Returnil 2010. we can get Returnil 2011 Pro.
    i have been using the 2010 for a long time and know it as a well working software.

  • Raymond Weaver

    Am I able to get a cd of this program in a different windows then what I’m running here now? My XP system needs this but I can’t get it on the internet to download this program? If not does anyone know where I can order a free cd with a program to take my XP back to when it came out of the box. The XP is a Dell. My e-mail is ray5580@yahoo.com. Thanks to all. Ray

  • Ashraf

    @janetb: That is probably because Returnil is protecting itself. Boot into safe mode and try it – it should work.

    @janetb: I don’t know what to tell you about that test, since I don’t know how authoritative the person testing it is (I don’t know who he/she is) nor do I know their methodologies, but it is hard to simply dismiss programs based on one failed test that contains only two malware samples. No security program is 100% perfect.

  • janetb

    At http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=276210, a July 2010 post showed Shadow Defender to be the ONLY program out of TWELVE such programs that actually achieved a successful system restore! The tests included Returnil and TimeFreeze. That’s pretty scary, no? What are we to make of this…???? I reckon these programs are pretty useless if their system restore does not work….

  • janetb

    I wanted to use Returnil only for program installations. So I have ALL functions turned off by default, as far as I can see (I always have Avira running for viruses, etc.). But AnVir TaskManager will not let me remove rvsmon.exe (Core Service) from my Startup list, and it won’t let me kill rvsgui.exe (User Interface). Is there a way to run Returnil only when desired?

  • Ashraf

    @Locutus: Hehe, thanks.

    @Hamza: You are welcome.

    @Francis: This is also posted on Softpedia as their giveaway (http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Returnil-System-Safe-Pro.shtml), and it is the same page that was provided to dotTech for our 72-hour promotion (I just embedded it into the article). Returnil is running the same campaign for multiple websites. As far as I am concerned, this promo is legit and okay to post about, especially when you consider that a Returnil representative posted on the DownloadSquad article that I sourced this from.

  • Francis

    This was posted in Ghacks on Dec 23 2010. The title is “Returnil System Safe Pro Review And Giveaway [Ghacks Christmas Giveaway]”.

  • Hamza

    Thank you Ashraf;
    I missed Returnil System Safe Pro 2011 last time and i got it today.

  • How do you do it? Six articles in one day?! Good job!
    And nice freebie. ;-)