How to Fix IDM Fake Serial Number Error?

The Internet Download Manager(IDM) makes our download jobs the easiest but while using it, you might have suffered from the error and sometimes it compelled us to uninstall it. This has what I have suffered myself too and had been finding the solution from a long time, and now I have found it, also just want to share it with you. Move on and get rid out of it soon, start following the steps below to fix IDM fake serial number error.

Fix IDM Fake Serial Number Error
1. Open the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc and right click on “Hosts” file and select Properties then click the on Security button then click on users appears, click on Edit button and tick the box of “Full control” and click Ok.

Permissions & Users

2. Open the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc and right click on “Hosts” file and open it with Notepad.


3. After Opening With Notepad copy the data below,and then paste it on the notepad:

Notepad (Copy & Paste the code)

5. When finished, do not forget to save(Ctrl+s), then right-click the Hosts file again and select Properties, then check the sign Read-only.

Fix IDM Fake Serial Number Error
Hosts Properties

6. If “the fake serial number error” still appears again then fill the fields with the below given serial number or restart your computer.


Note: Please Turn off Your Internet Connection and then try the above steps.

If the steps below didn’t work successfully, then uninstall IDM fully, you’ll be prompted to restart your computer, click on Restart and when the computer turned on, install again the latest version of IDM and run the patch.

Method 2:
If the method above doesn’t work, then you can go a head and try these steps here.

1. Open Windows Explorer and browse to C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Download Manager and right click on idmbroker file and copy it then paste it there.

Internet Download Manager -Windows Explorer

2. Now select the IDMGrHlp, copy the name and delete it. When deleted,  go a head and rename the copy of the idmbroker with the IDMGrhlp and refresh once. After refreshing, restart your computer and it will work fully.

Rename the IDMhelp file

Hope it will work and you’ll get rid out of it. Ok, when you’ve finished the steps, don’t worry you won’t get the error anymore. Feel free to ask your questions by the comment form.
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