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Block Adobe Photoshop CC Activation using Windows HOSTS file

block adobe photoshop cc

Block Adobe Photoshop CC activation outbound link using windows host file or firewall is a common question for everyone.

I am not a professional Graphic Designer, but sometimes I like to play with Adobe tools like Photoshop CC. As I dont use it for professional works, I decided to not purchase, instead just use the Trial version.

But almost everyone know that Adobe allow 30 Days Trial, after then it will keep showing activation message.

So, as a hobbyist Designer, how I can use Adobe Photoshop CC without activation? Yes, there is a way. You can use either Windows firewall to block all outbound link from Adobe, or you may also use Windows host file to block those URL.

Today I am not going to share how to block any software outbound link using Firewall, because I dont want to write a very long article. You can search on Google about how to block any software or may be how to block Adobe Photoshop CC using Windows Firewall.

Update Note: A lot of my readers asking solution to activate Adobe Photoshop and others adobe products like Adobe Premiere pro, After effects, illustrator etc. I know purchasing from original vendor is quite expensive for us, that’s why we use almost all premium software for free. I will share activation method bellow of this post very soon.

By the way, You can use this method to block windows host for all Adobe software such as:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: Any Version
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS Any Version
  • Adobe After Effects CC/CS Any Version
  • Adobe Photoshop CC/CS Any Version
  • Adobe Lightroom CC/CS Any Version
  • Adobe Illustrator CC/CS Any Version
  • Adobe InDesign: CC/CS Any Version
  • Adobe Animate: CC/CS Any Version
  • Adobe Audition: CC/CS Any Version
  • And all of the Adobe software, off course Any Version.

And you are looking for a way to block using Windows host file, then this article is for your. Bellow you will get a proper way to block Adobe Photoshop CC activation using Windows host file.

STEP One: First open your notepad using Administration permission. Search for notepad and right click on it to see the option to run as Administration permission.

block adobe photoshop cc

Notepade

STEP Two: After opening Notepad window, click on file and Go to Windows > system32 > drivers > etc folder. Here you will see a file name host. If you don’t see, then please change file format from text to all files at the bottom. You can see bellow image for better understanding.

block adobe photoshop cc

STEP Three: Now its time to edit host file using notepad. Copy link from bellow and paste at the bottom of your open host file in notepad. And after then don’t forget to save it.

block adobe photoshop cc

Block Adobe Photoshop CC Activation

127.0.0.1 hl2rcv.adobe.com

127.0.0.1 adobeereg.com

127.0.0.1 activate.adobe.com

127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.com

127.0.0.1 ereg.adobe.com

127.0.0.1 activate.wip3.adobe.com

127.0.0.1 ereg.wip3.adobe.com

127.0.0.1 wip3.adobe.com

127.0.0.1 activate-sea.adobe.com

127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip60.adobe.com

127.0.0.1 activate-sjc0.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 adobe-dns-5.adobe.com

127.0.0.1 hh-software.com

127.0.0.1 www.hh-software.com

127.0.0.1 activate.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 ereg.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 activate.wip3.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 wip3.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 3dns-3.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 3dns-2.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 adobe-dns.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-2.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-3.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 ereg.wip3.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 activate-sea.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip60.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 activate-sjc0.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip60.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 hl2rcv.adobe.de

127.0.0.1 nero.com

127.0.0.1 www.nero.com

127.0.0.1 activate.nero.com

127.0.0.1 www.activate.nero.com

127.0.0.1 nero.de

127.0.0.1 www.nero.de

127.0.0.1 activate.nero.de

127.0.0.1 www.activate.nero.de

127.0.0.1 validation.sls.microsoft.com

If you successfully did everything properly, then you can be relax about Photoshop CC activation blocking. Because from now you will be able to use Photoshop CC trial as many days you want.

Thanks and wishing you best of luck.

 

Shameem Reza
I am Father of a Son, blessed with a pious wife. I am a Web and Mobile Apps Developer, WordPress Ninja and Blogger. I love to work with PHP, JavaScript, VueJs and other web based technologies.
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  • Wackford Squeers Sep 2,2019 at 6:10 am

    Great that you did this. I have just done a re-install and forgot about the hosts file. So many people use TPB for software. You need this list as well as firewall.

    • Shameem Reza Sep 4,2019 at 6:40 am

      Thanks and glad to know that my trick works for you.

  • Wackford Squeers Sep 2,2019 at 6:10 am

    Great that you did this. I have just done a re-install and forgot about the hosts file. So many people use TPB for software. You need this list as well as firewall.

    • Shameem Reza Sep 4,2019 at 6:40 am

      Thanks and glad to know that my trick works for you.

  • E Aug 13,2019 at 5:32 am

    I’m getting the error message “The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process”. I’ve tried restarting th computer and ending Creative Cloud processes but it still comes up with the error.

  • E Aug 13,2019 at 5:32 am

    I’m getting the error message “The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process”. I’ve tried restarting th computer and ending Creative Cloud processes but it still comes up with the error.

  • Tim Waindi Aug 1,2019 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks for the info. Worked perfectly.
    I’m I able to update the software after this, or should I logout of creative cloud altogether?

    • Shameem Reza Aug 2,2019 at 4:28 pm

      No, you wont be able to update the software.

  • fekzior Jun 9,2019 at 3:07 pm

    worked so well. thanks a thousand time my man !

  • fekzior Jun 9,2019 at 3:07 pm

    worked so well. thanks a thousand time my man !

  • Joshua Jun 8,2019 at 8:33 pm

    I haven’t read through this article while I am typing this. I love your website dude! It’s beautiful. nice work. I hope I’m not disappointed by it’s content though

  • Joshua Jun 8,2019 at 8:33 pm

    I haven’t read through this article while I am typing this. I love your website dude! It’s beautiful. nice work. I hope I’m not disappointed by it’s content though

  • Jackson May 26,2019 at 1:55 am

    I did every step. When I restarted my pc and opened creative cloud it told me to update it. Is it safe to update creative cloud I feel like I should not be told to update as this blocks the communication from adobe like that what should I do now?

    • Shameem Reza Jun 3,2019 at 8:45 pm

      I am not sure that you did correctly or not. Please check yourself again. If blocking from host file dont work, then you may directly block from Windows firewall.

      • kumar Jul 24,2019 at 2:39 pm

        i did the exact same way you mentioned above and wait for 7 days to finkish my trial period but even after ther whole 7 days waiting it still pop up dialong box saying to renew or buy from adobe please help and how to block via firewall

  • Jackson May 26,2019 at 1:55 am

    I did every step. When I restarted my pc and opened creative cloud it told me to update it. Is it safe to update creative cloud I feel like I should not be told to update as this blocks the communication from adobe like that what should I do now?

    • Shameem Reza Jun 3,2019 at 8:45 pm

      I am not sure that you did correctly or not. Please check yourself again. If blocking from host file dont work, then you may directly block from Windows firewall.

      • kumar Jul 24,2019 at 2:39 pm

        i did the exact same way you mentioned above and wait for 7 days to finkish my trial period but even after ther whole 7 days waiting it still pop up dialong box saying to renew or buy from adobe please help and how to block via firewall

  • John May 26,2019 at 1:51 am

    I tried this but when I restarted my pc and opened creative cloud it told me I had to update it but this should not be possible as my pc should not be able to communicate with those servers to give me that information please help do I update it or not

  • Ali May 21,2019 at 11:15 pm

    can ve do same for Adobe others products?

  • nilesh May 11,2019 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you Shammem for the hosts entries.
    I would just lie to tell people about a very useful free pogram for editing the hosts file…. itis called HostsMan.
    You can run it as administrator and it takes care of all the permissions issues whe dealing with the hosts file and it has its own hosts file editor.

  • Sudhi May 10,2019 at 6:41 am

    will this work on windows 10

    • Shameem Reza Jun 3,2019 at 8:47 pm

      Yes, its working on Windows 10 as I am using Windows 10 OS.

  • Mera Apr 8,2019 at 3:01 pm

    when i finished i tried to save but it didn’t work it’s saying they qill save it as a folder plz need your help

    • Shameem Reza Apr 8,2019 at 3:09 pm

      You need to open your notepad or any text editor with Administrator privilege. Please follow my guide properly and let me know.

  • Bri Mar 25,2019 at 8:40 am

    I just did this. Will this protect all my other Adobe products, as well?
    What additional lines are needed to include all products (if not already included)? Thank you sir.

    • Shameem Reza Mar 26,2019 at 6:25 pm

      No need to do anything else. This method will block all Adobe products (Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom etc) activation link. 🙂

  • Rob Feb 6,2019 at 4:14 pm

    So I guess you also don’t like to pay for windows or nero?

    • Shameem Reza Mar 15,2019 at 6:50 pm

      Actually I am using original Windows. But most of the times, we cant effort the money to buy all our essentials software, isn’t it?

      • Muneeb May 17,2019 at 6:03 pm

        It still doesnt justify the usage of illegal software

        • Shameem Reza Jun 3,2019 at 8:48 pm

          Is there any problem? Almost 99.99% people use most of the software in illegal way.

  • Veneive Feb 6,2019 at 5:09 am

    I tried this last night and it worked! But when I tried to open it the next day, it doesn’t work anymore. I tried to redo it but it still doesn’t work.

  • Patrick Wirtz Feb 3,2019 at 7:54 am

    You are just awesome, Yap awesome. You dont know how much time I saved, just because of you. I am really appreciate for your help. This is first time I got a real tech solution from a real tech person.

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