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HowTo: Block Adobe Activation using the Hosts file (Updated Jan 2014)

Adobe applications includes an activation mechanism since version 8.0 (CS) and later.
You can prevent the application from calling-home by manipulating the system's Hosts file.

After we update the host file, when the application will try to contact the activation server it will be redirected to the loop-back address 127.0.0.1 and therefore will be blocked.
The Hosts file is a static name-resolution table that overrides the system's DNS server settings.
it can be edited using any text-editor such as Notepad. the file is located at:

%systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Please note that the file has no extension.

To find the file manually:
1. Open "My Computer"
2. Open Drive C
3. Open Windows folder
4. Open System32 folder
5. Open Drivers folder
6. Open Etc folder
7. Double-click the hosts file and choose to open using Notepad when you're asked.
** if you get "access denied" errors when trying to save the file, try openning the file using "Run as Administrator". this issue happens usually when you're working on Win Vista/7 with UAC turned on.
*** on Win8 you can't just edit the file and save it on it's original location. instead, edit the file and save it on the Desktop. later replace the original file with the new one you saved on the desktop using the file explorer's Copy-Paste. You will probably be asked to confirm the action using Administrator account.


At the end of the file add the following list and save:


127.0.0.1 3dns.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 3dns-1.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 3dns-2.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 3dns-3.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 3dns-4.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 3dns-5.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate.wip1.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate.wip2.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate.wip3.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate.wip4.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate-sea.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate-sjc0.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-1.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-2.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-3.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-4.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 adobeereg.com
127.0.0.1 ereg.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 ereg.wip.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 ereg.wip1.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 ereg.wip2.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 ereg.wip3.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 ereg.wip4.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 hl2rcv.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe
127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.ipp
127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.newoa
127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.ntp
127.0.0.1 wip.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wip1.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wip2.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wip3.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wip4.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip100.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip101.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip102.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip103.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip104.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip105.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip106.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip107.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip108.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip109.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip110.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip111.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip112.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip113.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip114.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip115.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip116.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip117.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip118.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip119.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip120.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip121.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip122.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip123.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip124.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip125.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip30.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip31.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip32.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip33.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip34.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip35.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip36.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip37.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip38.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip39.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip40.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip41.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip42.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip43.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip44.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip45.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip46.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip47.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip48.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip49.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip50.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip51.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip52.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip53.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip54.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip55.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip56.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip57.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip58.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip59.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip60.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip60.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip60.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip61.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip62.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip63.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip64.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip65.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip66.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip67.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip68.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip69.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip70.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip71.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip72.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip73.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip74.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip75.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip76.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip77.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip78.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip79.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip80.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip81.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip82.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip83.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip84.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip85.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip86.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip87.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip88.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip89.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip90.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip91.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip92.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip93.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip94.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip95.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip96.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip97.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip98.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip99.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 crl.versign.net
127.0.0.1 ood.opsource.net




143 comments:

  1. Good stuff man! Yeah I use Adobe just for mucking around. Paying what it costs is rediculous. If I owned a GFX design firm or made lots of money from it I would pay but just a tinkerer here :)

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  2. Thanks bunches! Your the YaronMan!

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  3. Updates, Yaron! :-)

    # Start of Adobe Updater blockers
    127.0.0.1 crl.verisign.net CRL.VERISIGN.NET ood.opsource.net
    127.0.0.1 activate.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 activate-sea.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe
    127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.newoa
    127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.ntp
    127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.ipp
    127.0.0.1 adobeereg.com
    127.0.0.1 activate.wip1.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 activate.wip2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 activate.wip3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 activate.wip4.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 www.adobeereg.com
    127.0.0.1 hl2rcv.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 wip.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 wip1.aobe.com
    127.0.0.1 wip2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 wip3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 wip4.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 www.wip.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 www.wip1.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 www.wip2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 www.wip3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 www.wip4.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns-1.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns-2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns-3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns-4.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 adobe-dns.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-1.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-4.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 ereg.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 ereg.wip.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 ereg.wip1.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 ereg.wip2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 ereg.wip3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 ereg.wip4.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip60.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 activate-sjc0.adobe.com

    Work like a charm. Enjoy! Steve :-)

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    1. Looking at the date of this post, and the date of the "Updated" article above, are we to include this text? And if so, where??
      Or is this enough to stop the activation?

      Please someone reply!

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    2. I've try this but still doesn't work. I've install ps cs5 extended without internet. I change the Hosts file, I open PhotoShop and still get id adobe request.
      Is it because I have windows xp sp3 ?

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    3. You ever get this fixed?

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    4. This doesn't work if you just download the trail. This method is used when you install a hacked adobe product and you dont want the programe to check for updates.

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  4. Editor Note:
    Thanks Steve for your contribution.
    I've added your list among with many more and update the post (Jan 2011).

    Enjoy!

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    1. fantastic instructions, Yaron!! (tov meod!!) thanks much. i'm rebooting the machine now, and hoping to successfully open up the installed adobe pro 9 without request/demand for license activation. you're a good man/mensch ;>)

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    2. it worked like a charm!! Todah Rabah!! ;>)

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  5. when i type in the link in search bar it said doesnt have the file..? what do i do now?

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  6. to open host file:
    1. go to My Computer or Computer
    2. open C;\\
    3. open Windows
    4. open etc
    5. open host

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  7. I can not save the notepad, he says: Access Denied
    Csn you help me pleaseee

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    1. you can make it as an txt file, and then delete the .txt after the file replace, DONE!

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    2. Sometimes you get a permission error telling you that you can't save the file in the windows folder and below. Just save it to a diffrent location, say your desktop and then manually delete hosts from the etc folder and move your modified file there.

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  8. Be sure to run notepad as a admin to ensure you can save.

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  9. Is this still up to date?

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  10. Hi,
    i used the just copy and past the adobeblocker posted by Yaron Maor..

    It work welll..
    Thanks man...
    God bless you...

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  11. I entered the updated code by Steve into the host file and I am still getting the "continue to use as trial" message.
    How do I get rid of the trial and use the registered version?
    Thank you.

    Ruth

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    1. look... you have to have an original or the fake copy of an adobe product where you can enter the serial key oh yes that's your main prob you need to enter a serial key first the purpose of this host file thing is to block the adobe activation server/auto updates not to convert trial vers. into registered

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  12. Ruth, if your software has already phoned home you may need to completely remove CS and start again. Adobe has some tools to clean up after is: http://www.adobe.com/support/contact/cscleanertool.html

    Otherwise you'll still need a valid key to get around the trial message I believe.

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  13. I'm logged on as the Administrator but WIN 7 won't let me save the notepad.
    No option to open the notepad as an Admin. just offers option to open file using notepad.
    Any ideas?

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    1. let me know if u still need this info, I can help, email me....olakunlejacobs07@yahoo.com and subjest it as adobe host help

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    2. What you need to do is right click over the host file, and go to properties. click on the Security tab. Where it says edit, click that. In there you will be able to adjust your privileges on how you run your computer. I would click Full Control under your computer name and then press OK. then apply. After you do that you can open the file as a notepad file and save it without issue.

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  14. Maybe your hosts file has the "Read Only" attribute. I'd suggest you first save the file in a different name (i.e. "hosts.new"), then rename the original to "hosts.old" and rename the first back to "hosts."

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  15. this is the end of the file.
    # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

    127.0.0.1 localhost
    ::1 localhost

    im trying to add the long list and gives me error

    "MAKE SURE THE PATH AND FILE NAME ARE CORRECT"

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  16. could someone post a screenshot because I'm not sure that I'm entering the copy/paste stuff in the right place in the host file notepad thing

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  17. Works great..thanks..a few tips.

    *First, either log in as administrator or have admin rights.
    *Navigate to the hosts file.
    *Right click and select properties.
    *Click the Security tab.

    ****Make SURE that you have write permissions for the host file. I gave full write permission to every account listed.****

    *Put you cursor one line below the last #. *Paste your entry

    ****When saving the file do NOT click Save As. Just click Save.****

    *Exit Notepad and bring it back up. Re-open the Hosts file to make sure what you entered was saved correctly.

    *enjoy*

    and THANKS again to OP..MUCH appreciated!

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    1. vERY VERY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD

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  18. Where do I get a serial?

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  19. im unable to save hosts.

    please help!!!

    the end of file is:

    127.0.0.1 localhost
    ::1 localhost

    below the end of the file, i am copy paste following data:

    127.0.0.1 3dns.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns-1.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns-2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns-3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns-4.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns-5.adobe.com

    and so on...

    it is still doesnt allow me to save the file even i am administrator.

    please help

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    1. You need to first open notepad as an administrator, then go to File-->Open, and then open the hosts file. (you will have to choose 'see all files' from the drop down list as the hosts file is not a txt file)

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  20. it says:

    c:\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file

    make sure that the path and file name are correct


    please help

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  21. Start Menu/All Programs/Accessories/Right click on Note Pad/Select run as administrator/Provide password if necessary/File/Open/ go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts / You should be able to save it now. If you cannot you did something wrong, redo these steps. If your adobe software has made a connection to adobe you'll have to completely delete the installation. I think my did just that because after updating my hosts correctly, it still doesn't allow me to upgrade from the trail. Fl for some reason seems to be much more of a stickler than Ps.

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  22. Hello,

    I have some trouble with adobe master collection CS5 on windows xp. The install is good, I got a lot of cracks and pached files.. But I still cant pass the adobe id... (I have made 2 adobe accounts and they boh dont work) how can I pass the id without register anything? anyone got tips? I'm already looking for 3 days on google... please help me :(
    greetings,
    An person in trouble!

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  23. its just simple... to edit that registry and save changes you need to 'take ownership' of etc hosts ----> follow the link

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-take-ownership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/

    open the right file bla bla bla hosts (right click) run as admin ---> wait till screen flashes once ---> now you see the message ' registry updated successfully'
    than ad that save changes
    done
    now back to school boys

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  24. IF you have done this correctly, you should be able to ping activate.adobe.com and it will show the 127.0.0.1 as the IP address it's reaching out to you. Any IP address that starts with 127 routes back to your own computer. So what this host file edit does is loops the registration back to your computer and never hits Adobe's servers. To ping, simply open your Command Line application in the accessories folder and type in ping activate.adobe.com (and then press return).

    - Toxic

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  25. Just use this
    http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?a110o93wd865pvp

    Run it as administrator if you are using windows 7 or vista and double click it if you are using windows XP

    It will add the link automatically to the hosts file. :D

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  26. I have just found this thread, hope it's still active. I followed the steps and was able to get Command Prompt to ping back to the 127 IP address. But I still need to input a serial number?

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  27. You still need to enter a serial as the setup requires.
    The above procedure blocks the adobe software from calling home and realize the serial you use is not legit.

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  28. Hey guys,
    I wanted to know that will there be an adobe id part in between also and if yes, then how to skip or tackle it??
    Please help,
    -Sidhant

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  29. i'm so happy, thanks very much for all ;), for a moment I wanted to uninstalling the fucking program

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  30. As for the ID part just click skip button. Or you could make a junk email and put it in there instead. Even though I do own a legit copy of Master Collection CS3 I do not want to pay any of the ridiculous prices. I paid enough to get free updates for life. So I do use a Keygen as well as patching the host file. I use a junk email for the id. It works for CS5.1. It will update as well with no issues.

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  31. followed all instruction....ping test works...enter serial number...valid...but still authenticates....

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    1. Yes. Exactly what happens to me. Did you make any progress?

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  32. a bit more info...still have to enter adobe id....then it authenticates

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  33. This is all my hosts file but still doesn't work :(. Do I need to add something more?

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  34. sorry rajat...still no luck...fully uninstalled...ran adobe cleaner...clean reinstall...same thing

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  35. after a several try.. at last it works.. thanks..

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    1. does it works for photoshop cs6 too?

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  36. thanks a ton........ its really helpful and i able to ping successfully as well

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  37. If you cannot edit Hosts file, boot in safe mode.

    I'm worried about extensions and plugins.
    Are they safe?
    I cannot register an extension after blocking.
    needs to send email address
    Any ideas?

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  38. when entering on notepad: it might help, once you've logged in as administrator, to drop the save down menu to "all files" not text file - it will ask if you want to replace the text file, say "yes".

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  39. does it works for photoshop cs6 too?

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  40. it works for all adobe software, including CS6

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    1. do i have to paste all that in hostfile using notepad after or before installing photoshop? btw i installed it as a trial version because thats the only way.. and paste all that in hostfile but when i open photoshop keep opening the trial version window...how do i now i have done correctly and is not the trial version?

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  41. How do I know if I'm running notepad as a administrator? I can't save "access denied"?

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    1. Nvm. It works. I right click notepad and choose "run as administrator" then I do the step above. Thanks!

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  42. I accidently saved the hosts file as text and can't figure out how to change it. I've ran it as admin and tried it several times to no avail.

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    1. change the folder options to untick hide file extensions for known file types and then click once on the hosts.txt file press f2 then delete the file extension including the .

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  43. To anyone having problems saving the hosts file even though they're the administrator. Just copy the host file and paste it anywhere else like say "Documents". From there open it up using notepad and paste in the list. Then save it in "Documents". From here just copy and paste the host file from "Documents' onto "etc" thereby overwriting the original host file that you didn't have access to save to. Hope that helps someone!

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  44. Adobe launched an update - they targeted my host file..I see a timestamp of 4/3/12..wtf, so they hacked my host file...should I sue?

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  45. So basically you save the hosts file BEFORE installing the program?
    Or do you have to install the program without activating it, then edit the hosts file, then activate.

    PS. you can disable the updates in the control panel...

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  46. Guys, it's very simple. Just right click the file, go to properties and un-check read only. Then open notepad as administrator by right clicking it under accessories in your program menu. Then through notepad select file>open and go to the host file through there. You will need to select all files so that you can see the file, it will be set to find only .txt by default. Once you find the file, double click it, make the change and save it. Close the notepad window and then right click the host file again and reset it as read only by right clicking it, selecting properties and clicking the read only check box.

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    1. Do you change the host file BEFORE OR AFTER you install the adobe program?? Second question, once everything is set---I run program---program asks for serial---I input serial number -----at bottom it will say activate now or later----Do I select activate now?----then do i select activate by internet?----AND then this is where my host file will do its magic where the activation will loop back to my computer instead of contacting the activation server?? Please help i am so close. I think I understand or am I missing something. OR am I not suppose to see this "activate now or later " message if everthing goes according to plan?

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  47. I cannot save it as the file, when I put in the changes and click the red X to save it, it won't save over the original and tries to save as .txt since its opened in notepad

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  48. Some of the people that have posted in this are complete morons and are useless to mankind. If you can't figure out how to edit a HOST file and more over save that host file after edit then you need to put your daddys computer down and go play with something else. Over 20 posts in here on how to open, edit, and save and these morons still ask HOW HOW HOW. Then you have the morons who want help CRACKING there version or think that adding Adobe redirects to local in the hosts file will remove trial versions. Like I said, Complete Fucking Idiots!! LEARN TO READ PEOPLE!!!

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    1. Yup - I understand one description (to help the less informed) - but really, if you follow the directions in the beginning of the post - it all works. Press the *save* button and tada! Not rocket science people...

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    2. Chill out buddy. What may seem simple to you might be confusing to someone who doesn't spend much or any time installing cracked programs. Your "moron" rant could easily apply to you in some other circumstance where you are the beginner. Help people with their problems or GTFO.

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  49. Any updates about the list?

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  50. guys if u get the acess denied error just right click the host file go into properties and in security option click edit then select the account name ur currently using( even if ur the administrator) then under that check all the allow boxes now press ok and apply it and itll work like a charm

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  51. First, I am a single user of a fully licensed Acrobat 9 Standard. I installed it on the 5 different computers I use only ONE AT A TIME! WTF makes Adopie think that I going to buy 3 seperate copies of Acrobat when I (can) only use ONE computer at a time! I have no problem being legal, but I have a problem with this restriction in my particular case, forcing me to purchase something I already have! If they can phone home the moment I open my Adopie 9, then they can also tell if I am trying to use MORE THAN ONE installation! I file this under GREED! I will go find another solution! The solution provided here looked intriging but Adopie has apparently gotten wise to this hosts file thing and it still contacts the license server whining about number of licenses in Windoze7 even with the above recommended host file changes. Just FYI, there are some log files associated with this and most likely a registry settings as well. If you block it by deleting the LOG files then it plays the "not responding" notice and recreates the LOG files in the Temp Folder. The three LOG files in the Temp folder that are recreated even if you delet them or rename them are alm.log, amt.log and swtag.log. There may be others as well in addition to registery stuff. The nag screen persists with the number of days you have left on planet earth unless you pay more ransom! This proggy reminds me of a virus .. uh, no .. a trojan, in it's behaviour. The only feature I use mostly is the snapshot feature so I can save certain portions of Acrobat documents as *.jpg file that I can refer to later rather than wade through a whole 200+ page document search repeatedly. I could use Shift Prt Scn and save them that way. Adobe [1], User [0]. -Nutz

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  52. Hi, I have a mac, how would I do this on that instead of windows??

    Lou-Lou

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  53. Hi can somebody PLEASE help me out, i had trouble saving in notepad so i saved to desktop, deleted the host file manually then moved the new file into the ect folder. However the new hosts file is saved as a text document and im not sure this is correct ? and also photoshop is still not working

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  54. Hi is there somebody who can help me to solve this? I am using a dial up connection and also a free vpn software. Will stop the hosts file to be considered? I have edited the hosts files and I am also trying to bypass the server local address in Internet Explorer but when I click the check box it asks for proxy. What to do?

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  55. editing hosts is easy guys.....jus go to this link : http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/6540/stupid-geek-tricks-create-a-shortcut-to-quickly-edit-your-hosts-file/

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  56. Do you have a good place to download CS6 master and other adobe products?

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  57. http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=master_collection

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  58. i already have the adobe photoshop cs6 on my mac on the trial for a month how can i convert that too full version ? thanx

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  59. This is a funny read, you try and help people and they wont take 60 seconds to help themselfs. I am sure there is a lesson in there somewhere. Patching of the host files is windows 101 people. When in doubt GOOGLE IT.

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  61. If you add these to MAC host file, will this work also?

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  62. I just copy and paste that block list and still pop out that activation window...
    Someone can help me this problem?
    thx

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  63. If you can't edit your hosts file simple copy it to your desktop and then edit. Once your editing is complete simple copy your hosts back to its original directory and allow overwrite of existing file. (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc)
    If your still unable to edit make sure to untick 'read only' in the properties by right clicking on hosts file.

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  64. Hi, Copied and pasted, saved and loaded, but saying license revoked and asking for new serial key? WTF

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  65. 127.0.0.1 lm.licenses.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 lmlicenses.wip1.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 lmlicenses.wip2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 lmlicenses.wip3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 lmlicenses.wip4.adobe.com

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  66. to open host file:
    1. go to My Computer or Computer
    2. open C;\\
    3. open Windows
    4. open etc
    5. Right click on the host file and select properties
    6. Uncheck "read only"
    7. Apply and Save
    8. Open host file in a text editor (Notepad)
    9.to open host file and add;

    127.0.0.1 lm.licenses.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 lmlicenses.wip1.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 lmlicenses.wip2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 lmlicenses.wip3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 lmlicenses.wip4.adobe.com

    Save it.

    It will be wise to go back to Host file properties and check read only again. Just for safety

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    1. I've tried all of the information on this post. It still doesn't work. Adobe tells me it's not connected to the internet and I have 7 days to connect.

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    2. Is it work with cs 6 master collection?

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  67. Hi all. Do you think I can install a new version (with a serial that I own) on a computer that has other Adobe cracked softwares, hence with a modified host file (with adobe addresses blocked). Meaning, I want to download and buy LR4 and install it. Do I have to clean the host file first, uninstall all the cracked software, purchase, download and install the purchased LR4 and then modified the host file and then reinstall some other cracked softwares?

    ... I know it doesn't make sense to buy for a software and crack others... but I feel the need to pay for LR4 as I will use it a lot.



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  68. Hey I have a simple question that hasnt been answered yet. Do you change the host file BEFORE OR AFTER you install the adobe program?? Second question, once everything is set---I run program---program asks for serial---I input serial number -----at bottom it will say activate now or later----Do I select activate now?----then do i select activate by internet?----AND then this is where my host file will do its magic where the activation will loop back to my computer instead of contacting the activation server?? Please help i am so close. I think I understand or am I missing something. OR am I not suppose to see this "activate now or later " message if everthing goes according to plan?

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  69. update this works

    #Adobe Activation Block#
    127.0.0.1 192.150.14.69
    127.0.0.1 192.150.18.101
    127.0.0.1 192.150.18.108
    127.0.0.1 192.150.22.40
    127.0.0.1 192.150.8.100
    127.0.0.1 192.150.8.118
    127.0.0.1 209-34-83-73.ood.opsource.net
    127.0.0.1 3dns-1.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns-2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns-3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns-4.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 3dns.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 activate-sea.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 activate-sjc0.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 activate.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 activate.wip.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 activate.wip1.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 activate.wip2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 activate.wip3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 activate.wip4.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-1.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-4.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 adobe-dns.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 adobe.activate.com
    127.0.0.1 adobeereg.com
    127.0.0.1 crl.verisign.net
    127.0.0.1 CRL.VERISIGN.NET.*
    127.0.0.1 ereg.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 ereg.wip.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 ereg.wip1.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 ereg.wip2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 ereg.wip3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 ereg.wip4.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 hl2rcv.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 ood.opsource.net
    127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe
    127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.*
    127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.ipp
    127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.newoa
    127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.ntp
    127.0.0.1 tss-geotrust-crl.thawte.com
    127.0.0.1 wip.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 wip1.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 wip2.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 wip3.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 wip4.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip60.adobe.com
    127.0.0.1 lm.licenses.adobe.com

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  70. I have CS5.1 Photoshop Extended edition. The 30 day trial is up. Edited hosts file in the Dec 18 post by Anonymous above. Tried many serial #s but always goes to the Create Adobe ID screen. I created a fake email ID but doesn't work. Says "We are unable to start your subscription for Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Extended". When I close the window and restart program, it again asks for serial number as trial has ended.

    Can anyone give a step by step instructions on what to do now? And in which order to edit host file - before or after install?

    1. Uninstall and reinstall (if so, where should I download file)?
    - Install as trial or do I input a serial # from the beginning?

    2. Then edit hosts file with which ip addresses (is Dec 18 post correct)?

    3. Where find serial #?

    4. Should I create an Adobe ID or will it never get to that screen after inputting serial number if the edited hosts file is correct?

    Thanks very much - this would be so appreciated!

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  71. What about Mac.......PLEASE!!!!

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  72. I have always just used

    127.0.0.1 activate.adobe.com

    and i have had zero pop up asking to activate. My updater works fine as well.

    I run cs5 master collection.

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  73. i have idm also registered like this methode so how can i use both in host file

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  74. Does anyone know if upgrading to a new OS (Snow leopard to Mountain Lion) would undo any of this? I have the Master Collection and need it for Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop (I'm a film student), but am too afraid to upgrade to Mountain Lion out of fear that I will lose these programs

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    1. If I were you, I would save a copy of the patched file just in case and THEN upgrade. It might replace the hosts file, but it might not. The best thing to do is just play it safe and back it up.

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  75. does this mean that the program wont get updates?

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  76. this doesn't work anymore. adobe found another bypass that is actually checking your registry looking for the loopback. Even when u click 'no' to change registry it is still doing something; ie: defaulting to the app as temporary usage like 30days.
    was fun while it lasted.

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  77. any new ones for Photoshop CS6 Extended?

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  78. Dear Yaron Maor - ירון מאור

    Thanks for helping people.

    Kind regards,
    JB

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  79. Worked like a charm for Photoshop CS5, thanks <3

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  80. I've used this method for a while now and it works. Problem is using 127.0.0.1 causes issues with other programs, Carbonite Backup, for one. When I open it's control panel, it won't run. Called Carbonite and they logged into my computer and looked at my localhost file. The tech was laughing when he was asking if I used Adobe. I said yes and realized what he saw. Can I use another 127.x.x.x number that will still do the Adobe work around and open up 127.0.0.1 to other programs that use it?

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  81. 127.0.0.1 is just the loopback address for your Network Interface Card (NIC). This is why it is used so it will be connectable, however it doesn't go anywhere except back to yourself. The best bet would be to find out what address is needed for Carbonite Backup and either remove it from the above list or give it a proper IP address of the company. Just my 2 cents. :)

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  82. THANK YOU <3 <3 <3

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  83. Yaron! Help! I tried this, and it worked perfectly the first time for my CS5 hacked photoshop. HOWEVER, now it has reverted back to asking me for the activation code!! The hack doesn't work anymore even though the text is still in the Notepad document.

    What happened?? Help is much appreciated.

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  84. Remember to change your host file to read only after you save!

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  85. I have a "disable activation" script file. I'm about to launch the photoshop now to see if it took. Wish me luck.

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  86. Hi, we are trying this with Coldfusion 10 and having trouble. A few questions:

    1) If we already installed adobe software (coldfusion), and then UNINSTALLED, will this approach work? Or do we need to install on a CLEAN MACHINE and fix this the FIRST time?

    2) Do we mark the HOST FILE as *read only* immediately? Is it necessary for HOST FILE to stay 'READ ONLY?

    Any other suggestions for doing this with coldfusion?

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    1. Did you end up finding a way to get CF 10 to stop activating?

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  87. Go to http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm to get a freeware host updater program. Add the above updated URLs to the bottom of the included HOSTS file and then run the batch. It will update the file for you, as an Administrative user, and will save the file properly. Reboot and you shouldn't have the problem anymore. Check there for updates monthly, they're really good about blocking tons of other nasties on the net!

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  88. Good day! I'm having a problem regarding the adobe activation thing...
    the scenario is I already signed up for adobe id before, and then I'm installing Adobe Photoshop CS6 (cracked) now..
    I successfully activated offline the serial key and then when I opened it a trial notice keep on appearing. I already tried posting the codes you have shared, but nothing happened.. I hope you can help me to remove it~ PLEASE!!
    I'll be waiting for you reply :)

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    1. Btw.. it is not just Adobe Photoshop CS6.. It is CS6 Master Collection..

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  89. My CS5.5 for PC has stopped working as well. Had everything all good as gold for about two years and then almost 30 days ago. Bam. It's back to . Any thoughts?

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    1. ^^^^^^ Scratching my head on this one too :/

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  90. I was about to try this method but I read this a few comments back...

    "this doesn't work anymore. adobe found another bypass that is actually checking your registry looking for the loopback. Even when u click 'no' to change registry it is still doing something; ie: defaulting to the app as temporary usage like 30days. was fun while it lasted."

    looks like i won't be using this after all :(

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  92. Those of you having issues with the Adobe Activation, more than likely didn't follow the instructions provided to you by the uploader of the files that you downloaded from the web, or you didn't do a clean install.

    I would recommend reading first any instructions provided on how to crack or activate any product. Having said that, it wouldn't help to do a clean install on a newly reformatted computer.

    Thank you, Yaron Maor...and Shalom!

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  93. To edit and save the hosts file, you don't change permissions or any of the other asinine suggestions proffered in the posts above. To edit and save it, do it properly with administrator privileges.
    Here's how...

    Click "Start," go to notepad and right click it, choose "Run As Administrator," the click "File" in the upper left corner of notepad and choose "Open," then navigate to the hosts file. As you're doing so, make sure you change the file types in the lower right hand corner from "Text Documents" to "All Files" or you won't be able to see anything when you open the "etc" folder.

    That's how it's done properly.

    Regards,
    -Greg

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  94. Help! Its still saying "unable to connect to internet" after i follow the instruction. What should i do?

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  95. Does anyone have serial number I can use for adobe acrobat x1 ?
    I don't want a generator, just a list of serial numbers thanks

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  98. I did replace the file (Or at least edited the file and deleted the other one, does that count also?) But according to adobe I have still 30 days of the trial version left. I'll check tomorrow if it says I have only 29 days left, but I think the pop-up shouldn't even be there if this worked.. Can someone help me?

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  99. it should be saved in .txt or just FILE?

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  100. Just FILE without ext. Just like the HOSTS file in c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc (i suppose this path is the right one, im writing by heart)

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  101. Thanks for the updated list! I had an old version of this crack and it failed on me after installing on a new laptop. Now I see a very comprehensive list, so I hope this time it works for a long time. Thanks a lot, and I'll let you know if it evetually fails (I hope not). Thx again!

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  102. I think I need to edit the reg. i have an install working on one machine, but another one stopped. Everything is the same, files, hosts, ...but one I can't get to reinstall & work. Anyone know what I need to find in the registry to get it to work?

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  103. i want to install adobe audition on MAC but i am unable to install it

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