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How to remove ‘IDM has been registered with the fake serial number ’ error?

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Almost everyone is aware about ‘Internet Download Manager’ (IDM). You might have been using this application since it helps you to download files from web at high speed. I would say, this is from one of the best tool to be used to download files from internet. But you may have been facing the pop up that ‘IDM has been registered with the Fake serial number ’.

This pop up is really very irritating since it appears every time when you are about to download some file or when you start your system.  This error leads you to search for cracked file from torrent and other alternative.

Here in this article I am going to reveal 2 simple and easy steps to get rid of this pop up without using any torrent file or without using any fake serial key.

Let’s start with the methods to resolve problem of IDM which shows ‘IDM has been registered with the fake serial number ’.

Before proceeding use Revo Uninstaller to remove previously installed IDM completely.

Method 1: Tweaking with IDM files.

#1. Open window explorer and navigate to ‘Internet Download Manager’ folder in program files.

      Open ‘Internet Download Manager’ folder to see the list of files as shown below:

 copy-idmBroker-exe-file-and-delete-IDMGrHlp-exe-to-resolve-IDM-has-been-registered-with-fake-serail-number-pop-up

#2. In open window, search and delete ‘IDMGrHlp.exe’ file. And copy ‘idmBroker.exe’ from same folder and paste it in same folder.

#3. Once you done with Step #2. Now rename the copied file of ‘idmBroker.exe’ to ‘IDMGrHlp.exe’ as shown below:

 rename-idmBroker-exe-file-to-IDMGrHlp-exe-located-in-internet-download-manager-to-resolve-IDM-has-been-registered-with-fake-serail-number-pop-

#4. Now last step is to restart your system to apply this effect and enjoy the downloading without any interruption.

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Method 2: Play with Hosts File

#1. Open window explorer and navigate to folder > C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\’.

This folder contains 5 files out of which one is ‘hosts’ file.

#2. Right click on that file follow by Open With >> Notepad.

 right-click-to-edit-host-file-located-in-internet-download-manager-to-resolve-IDM-has-been-registered-with-fake-serail-number-pop-up

#3. Once you have opened this file in Notepad. In my case I am using ‘Notepadd++’ it doesn’t make any difference.

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Now just copy the below lines of code and paste it after the last line in the ‘hosts’ file.

127.0.0.1           tonec.com
127.0.0.1           www.tonec.com
127.0.0.1           registeridm.com
127.0.0.1           www.registeridm.com
127.0.0.1           secure.registeridm.com
127.0.0.1           internetdownloadmanager.com
127.0.0.1           www.internetdownloadmanager.com
127.0.0.1           secure.internetdownloadmanager.com
127.0.0.1           mirror.internetdownloadmanager.com
127.0.0.1           mirror2.internetdownloadmanager.com
127.0.0.1           mirror3.internetdownloadmanager.com

Your code looks like this:

 paste-the-sample-code-in-host-txt-file-located-in-internet-download-manager-to-resolve-IDM-has-been-registered-with-fake-serail-number-pop-up

#4. Now just restart your system to see the effect. Enjoy downloading without any interruption.

Note: If you cannot edit host file then use this trick to edit host file which has Read-only property.

These 2 tricks will allow you to use IDM without even registering IDM on internet.

P.S. Any software which has been developed by developers requires lots of skill and expertise to develop it. So to show some credibility towards the developer, you should try to use original key. 😉

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I am Shivkumar Lohar from Mumbai. I believe in learning,practicing and implementing, whatever I learn. A Music lover and love to explore latest gadgets and softwares.

88 comments

  1. when i edited the hosts and save it , it changed into.txt file what to do?

  2. ALREADY DID BOTH WAY. STILL COME OUT THE FAKE SERIAL NOTICE.
    WHAT DID I MISS?

  3. gr8!! working like wonders for me………..

  4. hi! i am sorry but this is a lie because method 1 i made it and nothing happened

  5. This just works like magic..nice lesson…it works great….weldone

  6. Would like to read more from you, well done

  7. I did all the 2 methods but I still get the pop-up for fake serial number.
    what should I do now ?
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  8. no option is showing for ‘edit with notebook’

  9. wow it’s amezing idea

  10. Hi Shivkumar,

    What version of IDM is this referring to? I have uninstalled IDM (trial version, no fake serial number) using Revo uninstaller, then installed idman623build12 and tried both the above methods but it still prompts me “IDM has expired…”.

  11. would there be a problem if i unistalled IDM from my computer(like uninstall and not downloading again)coz i dont want it on my windows

  12. My problem is solved boss…….but when i download any video from you tube,the videos are downloading in .mkv format and i am unable to open those vedios from vlc player…….it is giving only audio but vedio…..plz tell me the solution?……..this is my first question in blogs……….

  13. I had problems with my IDM and i came across your solution (method1.) Guess what? IT WORKED!!!!!!! No more pop up about the serial number being fake. THANK YOU FROM NIGERIA…..

  14. each time I copy the code to notepad++ and when I am trying to save it it keep saying that
    “please check if this file is opened in another program”. I cant save the host file. please help me..

  15. its working…. ‘note’ if you can’t save the edited host file directly in the “etc” folder, first save it somewhere (e.g my document) then move it to the ”C>windows>system32>drivers>etc” folder (or system64). thanks

  16. Hi,
    I hope you’re all faring well.

    I hope you reply to my quesions below::

    Firstly: You said once I done one of your above methods, then I msut stop checking for new updates for IDM. I originally hadn’t been facing a problem with IDM has been registered with a fake serial number. However, once I had to check to new upates of IDM since I had been encountring a problem with out-of-date IDM Integration in FireFox. So, I have become faced with ‘IDM has been registered with a fake serial number’ error since then

    What are this list of codes below for?
    27.0.0.1 tonec.com
    127.0.0.1 http://www.tonec.com
    127.0.0.1 registeridm.com
    127.0.0.1 http://www.registeridm.com
    127.0.0.1 secure.registeridm.com
    127.0.0.1 internetdownloadmanager.com
    127.0.0.1 http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com
    127.0.0.1 secure.internetdownloadmanager.com
    127.0.0.1 mirror.internetdownloadmanager.com
    127.0.0.1 mirror2.internetdownloadmanager.com
    127.0.0.1 mirror3.internetdownloadmanager.com

    I realized that when I added, and saved to hosts file, then ‘www.internetdownloadmanager.com/’ no longer opens. However, after I have deleted them, and save hosts file as it was, then it came back opening well. So, did this happen for editing hosts file, and this will only affect opening ‘en ‘www.internetdownloadmanager.com/’

    • Hi Lardhi,

      Use Revo uninstaller to untinstall IDM with fake serial key completely then use the above mentioned trick to install IDM again.

      Use below link to check how to remove any application completely from the system.

      http://www.stupidtechlife.com/top-9-features-of-revo-uninstaller-pro/

      If problem persist then try to download another version of IDM and use above trick. It seems something is wrong with your end. Try with new vrersion.
      And above code just by pass the auto update check and registration from backend file.

      Thanks for coming by and sharing your experience.

      Have a great day ahead! 🙂
      >SK Lohar
      Shivkumar recently posted…5 Free iPhone App will make you fall in love with your iPhoneMy Profile

      • Thanks a lot, for your reply. You only mentioned in your two steps to how to pass the auto update check and registration from backend file.
        However, you didn’t gave any serial to register the IDM at all.
        What about using this way.

        Today we are going to learn how register Internet Download Manager without any crack and by this way no “fake serial number” message will appear ….
        Just Follow these steps :
        1 – Go to : http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/download.html
        and download the latest version of IDM from there .
        2 – After downloading , run idman***.exe from where you have downloaded to .
        3 – After installation ,it will ask you to register the program , ignore it and just exit .
        4 – Press (Windows+R) , run interface will appear , enter “drivers” and then press “OK” and then go to “etc” folder .
        (an alternative to step 4 :
        Go directly to : C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc )
        5 – a file called “hosts” will be found there , open this file using Notepad or any text editor you like ….
        6 – Copy these information without the quotation symbols to the end of content of that file :

        127.0.0.1 tonec.com
        127.0.0.1 http://www.tonec.com
        127.0.0.1 registeridm.com
        127.0.0.1 http://www.registeridm.com
        127.0.0.1 secure.registeridm.com
        127.0.0.1 internetdownloadmanager.com
        127.0.0.1 http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com
        127.0.0.1 secure.internetdownloadmanager.com
        127.0.0.1 mirror.internetdownloadmanager.com
        127.0.0.1 mirror2.internetdownloadmanager.com
        127.0.0.1 mirror3.internetdownloadmanager.com

        7 – Now open IDM and register your program with your name and email and enter one of these serial numbers :
        OP3BQ-I5EAR-UN52H-VR7QX
        7TSFG-YWZ5O-YWLSB-89N41
        ZJ14C-KHNV1-I9YPK-YITD9
        84X1I-3HVW3-MX7ZK-QBG0M

        • Hi Lardhi,

          Applying till step 4 mention by you also do the job. I have applied step from 1 to 4 and it is working for me. Still if you are facing issues and using serial key does the job then its great.

          I would thank you for one more alternative. May this steps helps other to solve this problem.

          Thanks for coming by and sharing this points.

          Have a great day! 🙂

          >SK Lohar
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  17. Thanks a lot, for your reply. I think your both setps (editing ‘hosts file’, and Tweaking with IDM files’ only mentioned in your two steps are only to how to bypass the auto update check and registration from backend file.
    However, you didn’t gave any serial key to register the IDM at all.
    I think that registration needs a key as in my seven step in my way mentioned.

    Moreover, the registration of IDM with all steps I found in the Internet is temporary, and not permanent (pop-up of ‘IDM has been registered with a fake serial number’ showed up again whenever I started my computer. I need a permanent registration(forever). Could you please let this problem finish forever.

    • Hi Lardhi,

      Yes this step by pass the auto check for update by the system. For some it is working fine but for some it is not since after restarting system it again update. After restarting system when if pop for update and you click on ‘Yes” button then you will start getting pop up of ‘Fake serial key’. So I would suggest don’t click on ‘Yes’ button when it pop up for update check.

      Moreover, we will update the solution to resolve this problem very soon. Stay tune with us by subscribing our news letter. So that you won’t miss any such updates.

      Thanks for coming by and commenting.

      Have a great day ahead! 🙂

      >SK Lohar
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      • Could you please understand me?
        I have tried your two steps, but my IDM wasn’t registered at all. How do you think that an IDM would be working without registering it. Or otherwise if it is a free trail version.

        Let me give you the mechanism I did:
        1- I use Revo Uninstaller Pro to completely remove the exiting IDM which whenever I start my Notebook, then pop-up of ‘IDM has been registered with a fake serial number’
        2- I restarted my computer, and then I installed a new fresh installation of idman 6.25 build 3 which is trail version and needs to be registered. Or otherwise, it will be expired after a specific period.
        3- Since I don’t have any serial number. So, I proceeded with your steps.
        4- I have edit hosts file to be shown as follows:
        ———————————————
        # Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
        #
        # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
        #
        # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
        # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
        # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
        # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
        # space.
        #
        # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
        # lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.
        #
        # For example:
        #
        # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
        # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

        # localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
        # 127.0.0.1 localhost
        # ::1 localhost
        127.0.0.1 tonec.com
        127.0.0.1 http://www.tonec.com
        #27.0.0.1 registeridm.com
        #27.0.0.1 http://www.registeridm.com
        #27.0.0.1 secure.registeridm.com
        127.0.0.1 internetdownloadmanager.com
        #27.0.0.1 http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com
        #27.0.0.1 secure.internetdownloadmanager.com
        #27.0.0.1 mirror.internetdownloadmanager.com
        #27.0.0.1 mirror2.internetdownloadmanager.com
        #27.0.0.1 mirror3.internetdownloadmanager.com

        ————————————————————-

        5- However, till the four step doesn’t mean that my IDM is registered. However, it is just to bypass the auto check for update by the system. Since when we want to register IDM, we must enter any registration information(such as, Name, E-mail, serial number).
        6- So, Your steps needs to be completed, I think.

        • Hi Lardhi,

          You step for including serial key in order to complete above step is a good idea. Since above steps is not working for many of users.

          But again it won’t work if I will give serial key because serial key may not be accepted by every IDM users since every user may not use same version of IDM.

          We are into seek of finding other alternate solution for this. As soon as we will get this update we will update this.

          I would request you to subscribe news letter of my blog so that you won’t miss any important updates.

          Thanks for adding your comment.

          Have a great day ahead! 🙂

          >SK Lohar
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  18. thanks.. second trick is working….

  19. In the IDM 6.18.11.2 version I use, I have an even bigger problem. I have to register with one of the serial keys every single time I log in. I have run as Administrator and have done the troubleshooting compatibility. In spite of this, the problem continues. In addition to this, the fake serial pop up is always there. I use windows 8.1 with Internet Explorer. What could be the reason for this problem? Please suggest a solution. Thanks in advance.

  20. Good Good Good !!!
    Thanks you very much !!

  21. I hope this is going to work on mine. Mind pop up every two minutes. Its really disturbing me.

  22. WHAT THE HELL???!!!
    When I copied your given code into my “host” file, the “ESET smart security” { (Activated & updated) Installed on my PC)} marked it as a “TROJAN” and cleaned it by deleting!!!!!!!
    WHY????????

  23. Hi “Danitechbox”
    Do not worry. I’ve been faced with as exactly as you said.
    February 16, 2016 at 2:59 am
    I hope this is going to work on mine. Mind pop up every two minutes. Its really disturbing me.

    Also, for babu Kumar, the same thing I have been faced with.

    Shivkumar, even didn’t tell us how an IDM version would be registered with either of his steps without using SN to be typed in the field of SN in IDM regsitration Windows showing whenever start the IDM.
    He only mentioned in his two steps to how to bypass the auto update check and registration from backend file.
    However, he didn’t gave any serial to register the IDM at all.
    All what Shivkumar told us in his article is: how to let IDM bypass the auto check for update by the system. Since when we want to register IDM, we must enter any registration information(such as, Name, E-mail, serial number). So, Shivjumar’s steps need to be completed, I think.

    I, myself, think that registering IDM with either way is futile. Or otherwise, there is IDM-authorized SN, or a tricking way which can registering the IDM forever without getting SN.

    I have found another way whose details are below: (But it has still been not forever)

    1- Go to : http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/download.html
    and download the latest version of IDM from there.
    2- Now open IDM and register your program with your name and email and enter one of these serial numbers:

    629U7-XLT5H-6SCGJ-2CENZ
    OP3BQ-I5EAR-UN52H-VR7QX
    7TSFG-YWZ5O-YWLSB-89N41
    ZJ14C-KHNV1-I9YPK-YITD9
    84X1I-3HVW3-MX7ZK-QBG0M

    3- Then, you will be faced with ‘Internet Download Manager Registration’ Window.
    Firs name: enter any name
    Last name: enter any name
    E-mail: enter any name
    Serial number: enter any of those SNs above:
    629U7-XLT5H-6SCGJ-2CENZ
    **********************
    After you did it…
    Press(Ctrl+Alt+Delete)
    And chose ‘start task manager’
    **********************
    Then follow the following:
    1- After you have the ‘Windows Task manager’ open.
    2- Then, you should select the ‘IDM’ in the ‘APPlications’ tab.
    3- After that, right click on it, and select ‘Go to Process”.
    4- Next, click on ‘end process’, You will have a window ‘Do you want to end ‘IDMan.ex *32’?
    5- Finally: Click on the ‘OK’ Button in the ‘Internet Download Manager Registration’ Window, and then quickly click on ‘end process’ button in the “Do you want to end ‘IDMan.exe *32’?” Window shown in the Windows Task manager.

    • Hi Lardhi,

      Thanks again for adding your comment.

      In your previous comment, you have mention to complete this post by adding serial key, but according to me key may or may not be applicable to all version of IDM for giving serial key to complete the post is not worth. But I am really thankful to you for adding this information for other user who may get help with this serial key.

      And for those who are not able to crack can try with different version of IDM.

      Hope it would be helpful to you all and thanks again for coming by and approaching with your query. 🙂

      Have a great day ahead!

      >SK Lohar
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  24. in some online movies idm showing file size and some online video idm download show time period.
    how to solve this

  25. nice guide (method 1) really solve my problem

  26. Sir,
    I am facing windows is not genuine (win 7) build 7601. I have tried all methods through google. But not yet solved. Request your advise to solve my problem thanks in advance. warm regards,
    viswanathan.

  27. raj kamal bordoloi

    thank you, it works and fine.

  28. None of your methods worked and I did the Uninstall as well, in fact I have used more than one method from various sites to no avail nothing has worked to date. To this point I have just put up with the nag since the program still works as usual other than the nag screen pop-up. If you can figure another method out I would be willing to try but for now NOTHING works!

    • Hi Bob,

      Sorry to hear that none of this method worked for you and also other method which you got from other site.

      I am trying to find out another method too, as soon as I will get another method I will surely post this here. Do subscribe the blog using your email address so that you don’t miss that update and other usefull article.

      Though above method didnt work for you, I will suggest you to try below method too:

      1- Go to : http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/download.html
      and download the latest version of IDM from there.
      2- Now open IDM and register your program with your name and email and enter one of these serial numbers:

      629U7-XLT5H-6SCGJ-2CENZ
      OP3BQ-I5EAR-UN52H-VR7QX
      7TSFG-YWZ5O-YWLSB-89N41
      ZJ14C-KHNV1-I9YPK-YITD9
      84X1I-3HVW3-MX7ZK-QBG0M

      3- Then, you will be faced with ‘Internet Download Manager Registration’ Window.
      Firs name: enter any name
      Last name: enter any name
      E-mail: enter any name
      Serial number: enter any of those SNs above:
      629U7-XLT5H-6SCGJ-2CENZ
      **********************
      After you did it…
      Press(Ctrl+Alt+Delete)
      And chose ‘start task manager’
      **********************
      Then follow the following:
      1- After you have the ‘Windows Task manager’ open.
      2- Then, you should select the ‘IDM’ in the ‘APPlications’ tab.
      3- After that, right click on it, and select ‘Go to Process”.
      4- Next, click on ‘end process’, You will have a window ‘Do you want to end ‘IDMan.ex *32’?
      5- Finally: Click on the ‘OK’ Button in the ‘Internet Download Manager Registration’ Window, and then quickly click on ‘end process’ button in the “Do you want to end ‘IDMan.exe *32’?” Window shown in the Windows Task manager.

      Hope this may help you.

      Thanks for coming by and approaching for help.

      Have a great day ahead! 🙂

      >SK Lohar
      Shivkumar recently posted…Simple but useful keyboard shortcuts in window 7 –Part 3My Profile

  29. Hi Shivkumar

    I have the same problem with @Mohammad Lardhi, after I completed all the instructions as listed with Mohammad Lardhi, I will get the same error message ” the fake serial pop up” is always there.

    Is there a permanent Fix to this error message?

    thanks

    Enchy

  30. Bro.. good share.. Recently I downloaded IDM 6.25 (latest) and i found some serial no:s online.. I put one of them and got registered.. The next day, I saw ‘fake serial no:’ pop up every 2mins..

    I then tried your 1st method and it really worked.. But I dint use the revo-uninstaller.. But still I was succeeded.. I’m using windows 10..

    I think Revo is not mandatory for the procedure..

  31. Bro, I have another query, that how to get revo-uninstalller pro for free.. I dont have much money tp spend.. Plz help..

    • Hi Manu,

      When this Revo uninstaller was launched they were providing free giveaway for promotion purpose.

      In case if developers team provide free giveaway again then you may try your luck to win giveaway. Otherwise you will have to buy this tool, please note that developers are working very hard to make such tool. And one should appreciate by buying this tool if they really need it instead of searching same tool for free.

      Thanks for coming by and dropping your query.

      Have a great day ahead! 🙂

      >SK Lohar
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  32. I have window xp -2 I have installed idm and turn off my network put the fake key and registered now it is working but after when restart the system with network giving error please help me I have uninstall and again installed it but problem remains same. Please help me i need this software.

    • Hi Sahu,

      Sorry to hear that none of this method worked for you.

      I am trying to find out another method too, as soon as I will get another method I will surely post this here. Do subscribe the blog using your email address so that you don’t miss that update and other usefull article.

      Though above method didnt work for you, I will suggest you to try below method too:

      1- Go to : http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/download.html
      and download the latest version of IDM from there.
      2- Now open IDM and register your program with your name and email and enter one of these serial numbers:

      629U7-XLT5H-6SCGJ-2CENZ
      OP3BQ-I5EAR-UN52H-VR7QX
      7TSFG-YWZ5O-YWLSB-89N41
      ZJ14C-KHNV1-I9YPK-YITD9
      84X1I-3HVW3-MX7ZK-QBG0M

      3- Then, you will be faced with ‘Internet Download Manager Registration’ Window.
      Firs name: enter any name
      Last name: enter any name
      E-mail: enter any name
      Serial number: enter any of those SNs above:
      629U7-XLT5H-6SCGJ-2CENZ
      **********************
      After you did it…
      Press(Ctrl+Alt+Delete)
      And chose ‘start task manager’
      **********************
      Then follow the following:
      1- After you have the ‘Windows Task manager’ open.
      2- Then, you should select the ‘IDM’ in the ‘APPlications’ tab.
      3- After that, right click on it, and select ‘Go to Process”.
      4- Next, click on ‘end process’, You will have a window ‘Do you want to end ‘IDMan.ex *32’?
      5- Finally: Click on the ‘OK’ Button in the ‘Internet Download Manager Registration’ Window, and then quickly click on ‘end process’ button in the “Do you want to end ‘IDMan.exe *32’?” Window shown in the Windows Task manager.

      Hope this may help you.

      Thanks for coming by and approaching for help.

      Have a great day ahead! 🙂

      >SK Lohar
      Shivkumar recently posted…Disable PC USB port and increase your system security in 2 minutesMy Profile

  33. will these trick work on the windows 10

  34. Nice post, it really work for me. Keep the blog moving

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