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Stop Adobe CS products from phoning home

Adobe has shipped with its CS products a product “phone home” feature, some would call it spyware, others would say its for their “product updates”. While the reasons can be many, the simple fact adobe does not make it apparent what they do with this information nor offer an easy upfront user option to disable this “feature”.



To stop Adobe CS products from calling its mothership, so to speak. You need to open to add the following lines to your hosts file using your favorite text editor.

This is true for all supported platforms that Adobe products can be installed on.


# Block Adobe Activation hl2rcv.adobe.com t3dns.adobe.com 3dns-1.adobe.com 3dns-2.adobe.com 3dns-3.adobe.com 3dns-4.adobe.com activate.adobe.com activate-sea.adobe.com activate-sjc0.adobe.com activate.wip.adobe.com activate.wip1.adobe.com activate.wip2.adobe.com activate.wip3.adobe.com activate.wip4.adobe.com adobe-dns.adobe.com adobe-dns-1.adobe.com adobe-dns-2.adobe.com adobe-dns-3.adobe.com adobe-dns-4.adobe.com crl.verisign.net CRL.VERISIGN.NET ood.opsource.net 209-34-83-73.ood.opsource.net practivate.adobe practivate.adobe.com tpractivate.adobe.newoa practivate.adobe.ntp practivate.adobe.ipp ereg.adobe.com ereg.wip.adobe.com ereg.wip1.adobe.com ereg.wip2.adobe.com ereg.wip3.adobe.com ereg.wip4.adobe.com wip.adobe.com wip1.adobe.com wip2.adobe.com wip3.adobe.com wip4.adobe.com www.wip.adobe.com www.wip1.adobe.com www.wip2.adobe.com www.wip3.adobe.com www.wip4.adobe.com wwis-dubc1-vip60.adobe.com


  1. Hello,
    I have a legal copy of Adobe CS3 that was registered about 10 years ago with a receipt.
    Recently adobe is blocking us from using this and making us download a NEW version with a new serial number.
    The new software stinks and I want to continue to use my old CS3.
    The paths are better and I have 3rd party filters that I occasionally use.
    I work in CS6 but the NEW pen tool stinks. I found that out in CS5.
    When I have multiple paths to cut I use CS3 and then CS6 for the rest of the work.
    Is there anyway to block them from me using my CS3.
    On my old mac pro, (2008) if I unplug the ethernet I can use it.
    On my newer mac pro, (2012) even when I unplug it I get the re activate window.
    There are 3 separate drives in the mac pro. Maybe they put something on all my drives after it got flagged.
    Even if I unplug the ethernet and put a backup copy on the drive, (that works on my old mac pro) it still gives me the re activate splash screen.

    I am not asking for anything illegal.
    I paid for this product and I think it’s illegal Adobe won’t let me use it.
    I have used adobe photoshop since the early 80’s and have purchased all versions since photoshop 2.5.
    I have 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, cs, cs2, cs3, cs5, cs6
    This is BS
    Any help would be appreciated.

    Dave L

    • You could make a virtual machine of your “old” macs, and use a host-only adaptor so you old copies of Adobe products will stop trying to update.

  2. I am on osx mavericks 10.9

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