sorenb has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I have read some interresting discussions here about decompiling perlapp exe's. I'm a poor guy that lost the harddisk with the latest source for two extremly important scripts and only got the exe files left. If I can't get the source out from those exe files I only have one options left and that is to pay a billion for a data recovery from the broken harddisk. The problem seems to be that ActiveState does not use the same encryptation in 4.1 as they did in earlier versions, cause I get only garbage when trying to decompile using the tips from the articles I found here. I am not quite sure either if I get the source out of the exe file the right way. I use PE Explorer, select the resources and save the resource as file, is that the correct way ? Then I try to unencrypt using the algoritmn descripbed (XOR with the copyright string).
But I end up getting loads of garbage :(