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

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.

[highlight]

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

[/highlight]

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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113 Comments

    1. Author

      Hi Abhinav,

      Property of that host file is ‘Read only’.

      Kindly change the property of that file as follow >> Right click on file>> Property >>(uncheck Read-only).

      Hope now you can edit this file. If problem persist then you are welcome with your problem, don’t hesitate revert back.

      Thanks for coming by & asking for help.
      Have a great day! 🙂

      >SK Lohar
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        1. Move that particular host file on your desktop and after making these changes put it back where it was earlier

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    2. When you open Notepad, open as administrator by right click on Notepad icon link, you will be able to save or overwrite now

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    1. Author

      Hi Olivier,

      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.

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

      Thanks for coming by and asking for help.

      Have a great day. 🙂

      >SK Lohar
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    2. When you open Notepad, open as administrator by right click on Notepad icon link, you will be able to save or overwrite now

      or write batch file and open it as administrator notepad %SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
      or open cmd as administrator then rum notepad %SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

      Reply
  1. 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…”.

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    1. I found the serial numbers and also figured out how to get it working with the latest IDM. Nevertheless, thank you.

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  2. 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

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  3. 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……….

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      1. I am getting again that problem fake serial number it just worked for one day that’s it…I am fed up with that and I completely installed idm…I will be happy if you can tell me detailed matter to download and install idm without that fake serial……

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        1. Author

          If you are facing issue then you can uninstall IDM completely using REVO uninstaller which you can doanload from here
          https://www.stupidtechlife.com/top-9-features-of-revo-uninstaller-pro/

          Then download latest version of IDM and install it after restarting the system.
          And follow any of the above steps to register. This has work for many of us.

          Hope it may help to you too.
          Have a great day! 🙂

          >SK Lohar
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  4. 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…..

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  5. 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..

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  6. 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

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  7. 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/’

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    1. Author

      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.

      https://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
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      1. 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

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        1. Author

          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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  8. 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.

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    1. Author

      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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      1. 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.

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        1. Author

          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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  9. 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.

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  10. 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????????

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    1. Author

      Hi Shahab,

      Since you are editing application files your antivirus is detecting it as virus. Since virus attack on program files.
      But you know that it is not a virus, since you are editing it.

      You can disable your antivirus for a couple of minute then try to apply above step.

      Hope it will help you.

      Thanks for coming by and coming up with your query.

      Have a great day ahead!

      >SK Lohar
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  11. 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.

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    1. Author

      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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  12. 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.

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  13. 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!

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    1. Author

      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
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  14. 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

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  15. 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..

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    1. Author

      Hi Manu,

      Glad to know that you got benefited from my article.

      Revo uninstaller is for situation if IDM is not getting register due to previously installed IDM.

      Thank for coming by and sharing your view with my readers.

      Do subscribe by blog using Subscription box provided at the end of article, so that you won’t miss similar stuffs posted here.

      Have a great day ahead! 🙂

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

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    1. Author

      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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  17. 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.

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    1. Author

      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
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  18. when you edit the hosts file. when you try to save it in th etc folder it will deny you that option and rather asks you to save it in documents. save it there and it becomes a text file. enable visibility for file extensions then delete the “exe” part so that in the file type your edited version appears as file.

    now just copy and paste that hosts file into the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc folders and replace the original.

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  19. Used method 1 but the Browser integration breaks up while using method 1. I mean sometimes IDM successfully grabs the files whereas sometimes it fails to do so. Even force grab-download with IDM fails sometimes.

    Another problem is that while opening IDM, only the icon appears in the notification bar. You can do nothing with it. You have to run another instance of IDM to fix this problem.

    Anyway, do you have a good solution to the problem?

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  20. I cant paste the needed file even though the file was a not read only but the original document. It told me that the original document cant be edited

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      Hi Sean,

      When you edit the hosts file. when you try to save it in the etc folder it will deny you that option and rather asks you to save it in documents. save it there and it becomes a text file. enable visibility for file extensions then delete the “exe” part so that in the file type your edited version appears as a file.

      now just copy and paste that hosts file into the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc folders and replace the original.

      Hope this help.
      Thanks for coming by and asking for help.

      Have a great day ahead! 🙂

      >SK Lohar
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  21. The first method did work but now, instead of that annoying ‘fake serial number…’ it becomes ‘counterfeit serial number…’
    Now what should I do? Should I do the next method? or just uninstall IDM?

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      1. If the second method will still not work, will there be other ways to fix it?
        And what if I want to undo what I have done in the first method, will there be solution to that?

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          Hi Scarlet,

          Did you tried second method? Just check it once, it should work fine as it has worked for many other people who have commented above.

          If you want to undo done in first method, just uninstall IDM from your system using Revo Unistaller which you can download from https://www.stupidtechlife.com/top-9-features-of-revo-uninstaller-pro/

          This will remove all the files from your system regarding IDM and will make your system ready for fresh installation.

          Now you can try again.

          Hope this help.

          Thanks for coming by.
          Have a great day ahead! 🙂
          >SK Lohar
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  22. hi i tried the second method from https://www.stupidtechlife.com/remove-idm-registered-fake-serial-number-error/

    for IDM, but now when I am downloading, the window of IDM is not coming and saying the site not reachable.

    How can i get the IDM for lifelong?

    It was once downlaoded for 30 days and again downlaoded after removing from control panel and showign already registered and etc.

    After that I deleted that new IDM form control panel and followed your steps
    Method 2: Play with Hosts File
    Now unable to go to IMD site not reachable.

    If you can guide, will be highly obliging

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      Hi Ranjan,

      Use Revo uninstaller to uninstall 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.

      https://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 asking for help.

      Have a great day ahead! 🙂
      >SK Lohar
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      1. Hi

        I have done the needful of by removing by revo.

        But i have the notepad written/ copy-pasted the previous lines as you told.

        Do I require to delete those lines ?

        as from
        127.0.0.1 tonec.com
        to

        127.0.0.1 mirror3.internetdownloadmanager.com and then start again downloading the IDM?

        If now i choose 1st method, will be able to download the lifetime version? as IMD residuals removed from the system.

        Waiting.

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          Hi Ranjan,

          Use either or one method at a time. If you have uninstall IDM using revo, just clear temp and cache of your machine and trying downloading using step 1.

          However if you still face issue then use below steps:

          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

          Thanks for coming by.
          Have a great day ahead! 🙂

          > SK Lohar
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  23. It’s probably worth mentioning that if you are going to edit the host file, make sure you change the file permissions to read-only otherwise IDM re-edits the host file and comments these hacks out. By making it read-only IDM is unable to undo the changes you make to the hosts file.

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  24. Both of these methods have been circumvented with the new release of Internet Download Manager – Version: 6.30 Build 5(Jan/10/2018) Full.

    As soon as IDM starts, it put a # in front of most of its servers in the host file.
    I have changed the permissions on the host file to read only and it still gets edited by IDM.

    and the copy idmBroker.exe to IDMGrHlp.exe does not get around the block anymore.

    What we need is to discover what in the registry is blocking the serial

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  25. Hello friend im getting notice about “firefox integration not install would you like to read how to fix?” this notice box it keep coming every time i download something.
    pleas tell me how to stop it.

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