Due to piracy and other forms of unauthorized use, users cannot
always be sure that they have a genuine copy of software. The goal
of product activation is to reduce a form of piracy known as casual
copying. Casual copying is the sharing and installation of software
that is not in compliance with the software's end user license
agreement and is estimated to contribute to half of all pirated
installations. Product Activation helps ensure that each copy is
installed in compliance with the end-user license and is not
installed on more than the limited number (usually one) of
computers allowed by the product license. We have worked to make it
as easy as possible to activate a licensed installation of
During software registration, the registration wizard prompts
you to enter a product key . The product key is a 25 character
alphanumeric code shown in five groups of five characters each (for
example, GBFTK-3UN78-MKF8G-T8GTY-NQS8R). Keep the product key in a
safe location and do not share it with others. This product key
forms the basis for your ability to use the software after the
For purposes of product activation only, a non-unique hardware
identifier is created from general information that is included in
the system components. At no time are files on the hard drive
scanned, nor is personally-identifiable information of any kind
used to create the hardware identifier. Product activation is
completely anonymous. To ensure your privacy, the hardware
identifier is created by what is known as a "one-way hash". To
produce a one-way hash, information is processed through an
algorithm to create a new alphanumeric string. It is impossible to
calculate the original information from the resulting string.
Your product key and a hardware identifier are the only pieces
of information required to activate the product.
If you activate via an Internet connection, the product key and
a hardware identifier are sent automatically. When you decide to
activate over the Internet, the product attempts to establish an
online connection to the activation server, www.activatesoft.net,
by way of the Internet.
If an online connection cannot be established, you can activate
yourself via the browser. In this case you will be prompted to
enter the product key and a hardware identifier on a Web page, and
will get an activation key in return.
Activation is completely anonymous; no personally identifiable
information is required. The activation key can now be used to
activate the product on that computer an unlimited number of times.
However, if you need to install the product on a different
computer, you will need to perform the activation process again.
Please refer to your end-user license agreement for information
about the number of computers you can install the software on.
Until you have activated your copy of the product, an Activation
Reminder will occasionally pop up. This reminder will not appear
after you have activated your copy of the product.