[Solved] IDM was registered with a fake serial number

Good News [May 08, 2015]: IDM developers got smarter, but the crackers are always a step ahead. Follow this article and send an email to uglyduckblog@gmail.com if you are desperate. I can NOT post any crack here for legal reasons. Happy Downloading with IDM.😉

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I am sure many of us are too much dependent on Internet Download Manager a.k.a. IDM. The main reason didn’t permanently switch to linux was IDM. I mainly use it for batch downloading and download streaming videos.

Till yesterday, IDM was working fine with me (of course with fake serial numbers, keygen, crack, patch etc. which could be found with little effort).

But few days ago, with the latest update version 6.18 build 7 (released on Nov 09, 2013) Internet Download Manager was literally had a breakthrough and crushed all the serial numbers, keygens, cracks, patches. Even if they worked just for a little while, users were prompted every minute reminding,

idm has been registered with a fake serial number

Internet Download Manager has been registered with a fake serial number

I tried re-patching, reinstalling, but this annoying message was persistent. It was so annoying that it keeps popping up until you exit IDM.

Many of the users were experiencing the same problem and the most favorite solution was to edit the “c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts” file and setting the address of http://internetdownloadmanager.com and similar domains to local host 127.0.0.1 [click to see].

I didn’t like the above mentioned way and it felt like having a vasectomy instead of just putting on a condom.🙂

The other way is the easiest way. After cracking and patching IDM, just go to the installation folder of IDM “C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Download Manager” and rename the “IDMGrHlp.exe” to anything you want or just delete it. Done!

rename the

Rename the “IDMGrHlp.exe” to anything you want or just delete it

But wait! Every time you run IDM, there would be a new popup box saying “IDM cannot find 1 files that are necessary for browser and system integration. Please reinstall IDM“.

To get rid of it, place anything in that folder “C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Download Manager and rename it “IDMGrHlp.exe“. I made a copy of the “idmBroker.exe” and renamed it to “IDMGrHlp.exe“.

make a duplicate of idmBroker.exe and rename it to IDMGrHlp.exe.

Make a duplicate of idmBroker.exe and rename it to IDMGrHlp.exe.

No annoying message anymore!!!

UPDATE

Many of you complained about this method is not working.
I suggest you to please watch this video (in full screen). I hope i didn’t make you confused with all these.

784 responses to “[Solved] IDM was registered with a fake serial number

  1. Thank you soo much! The pop-up box was really annoying!
    You saved me😀

  2. Thanks finally I found it…I’m really to give up with my idm….but thanks again..🙂

  3. YO Yo man ….. I love you …. why that interesting thing work … i don’t know .. though i just wanted to appreciate … Thumbs up for you and Piss off IDM we have uglyduckblog ..

  4. Haiiii…….Thanx for your sharing…..and i really appreciate your patient&dedication to reply to those comments……..keep it up…..;)

    • To be honest, this is the first time i am having so much response on something. I am pretty excited about that! Thanks to you too for the appreciation!

  5. You’ve made my day🙂 Thanks a lot. This “fake serial bullshit” was so annoying.. You’re the man!

  6. Hi… i did as your method above but i still get the message Every time i run IDM, there would be a new popup box saying “IDM cannot find 1 files that are necessary for browser and system integration. Please reinstall IDM“.

    • Until you have anything called “IDMGrHlp.exe” you will be receiving that message.

      Make a copy of the “idmBroker.exe” on the IDM folder and rename it to “IDMGrHlp.exe“.

      Hope that helped.

      ******************
      please follow the latter part of the article.

      To get rid of it, place any file in that folder “C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Download Manager“ and rename it “IDMGrHlp.exe“.

      I made a copy of the “idmBroker.exe” on that folder and renamed it to “IDMGrHlp.exe“.

      • Hello, why it’s still pop ups, i do every step you gave. Please Help!

      • To get rid of it, goto IDM installation directory (i.e. “C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Download Manager“ or C:\Program Files\Internet Download Manager“) and make a copy of the “idmBroker.exe” and rename it to “IDMGrHlp.exe“.

  7. I just wanted to show up to tell you Many thanks… Yours, was the easiest, simplest, effective way to solve this problem

  8. I didn’t have luck with that host thing but the other one works.
    Many thanks to you.

  9. Wow, that’s just genius man~! I rarely take the time to leave a comment anywhere but this deserves a proper thanks.. A simple and straight-up fix. Great job~!

  10. U sucks bro..Really appreciate this help..U saved my life for this annoying pop-out..Thx a lot

  11. I just really appriciate for your great Effort …. i found everywhere but there is a lot of complication. Thanx i have no words to explain it is just really awesome.

  12. And i thought idm had finally find a solution to annoy the cracked users…. but… the universe is once again saved….thanks to u bro..

    and do u happen to have any fix for the avast pop up….that shit has no manners… pops up when i am playing online..

  13. THANK YOU SO MUCH! YOU’RE MY SAVIOR IT’S BEEN VERY ANNOYING SPECIALLY WHEN IM READING SOMETHING ON THE INTERNET THANK YOU!🙂

  14. i reli loves ur update..keep it up
    i will surely do something positive
    abt ur blog..luv uu

  15. bro thanx for ur help bt now it suddenly started showing that- idm has been registered with a fake serial num ,idm is exiting. and then it shows the registration window. what to do now?

  16. for some reason, I’m still getting “idm cannot find 1 file s that are necessary for browser and system integration”, even though I have followed all the steps!!!

  17. still im getting same popup
    Internet Download Manager has been registered with a fake Serial Number…😦

  18. ooo mmmmmm gggggggggg u r perfect one love u soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for this site and help

  19. dude !!! i am still having this problem “idm has been registered with a fake serial number or the serial no. has been blocked. IDM is exiting.. ”
    and after clicking ok it still asks for registration , i did the way you explained but still … :/
    and i did’nt make change in host file this time , waiting for your help

      • thanks dude😀 its working awesome , but that 1 file is missing error still comes even after i delete IDMHlp.exe then copy idmbroker and pasted their and renamed it to IDMHlp.exe , but still i would say thanks yaar you are doing awesome man😀

      • Thats weird! Just a note, the file is called “IDMGrHlp.exe”, the name has to be EXACTLY the same.
        Okay, once again for you.

        1. Goto your Tools>Folder Options>View and Uncheck “Hide Extensions for known file types”. Click Apply and OK.

        2. Goto IDM installation directory, (C:/Program Files/Internet Download Manager or C:/Program Files (x86)/Internet Download Manager) depending on your Windows version.

        3. Right click on “idmBroker.exe” and make a copy and paste it in the same folder.

        4. Delete the original “IDMGrHlp.exe” then rename the copied version of “idmBroker.exe” to “IDMGrHlp.exe”.

        The names has to be EXACTLY the same.
        I double checked the procedure, and its working fine.😀

  20. Thanks but there appears to be another problem. Whenever i open any video IDM gives me a download from this page panel instead of the normal download this video panel. Any solutions? Please reply.

    • Hi Tom, If i understand you correctly, it seems like a feature of IDM allowing you to download multiple videos from a page with a single button.

      For me, it happens in two cases:
      1. When a page contains multiple videos or multiple versions (720p, 1080p, mp4, flv etc.) of the same video (For example: in youtube). In that case it will show a menu of the available versions of that video.

      2. When you seek a video before fully buffering then clicking on that button will show you parts of that video to be downloaded.
      For example, a 10 min video of 100 MB, and you click to jump to 7th minute, the remaining 3 minute of the video will be of 30 MB (say). Then IDM will allow you to download only last 3 minute of the video (last 30 MB at the end) and the full 10 minute video (of 100 MB) as well.

      I will post more on this with screenshots later.

      Let me know if you got your answer or i understood you wrong.😀

  21. Buddy.. I’m using IDM 6.18… I did everything as you instructed but still I’m getting that annoying pop-up window… please help help me to get rid of it…

    • Hi Shimi, first uninstall the current version of IDM from your computer.
      Restart the pc and dohwnload the latest version of IDM from Internet download manager dot com.

      Then apply correct patch/crack (can’t post it here due to copyright issue). Then follow this tutorial once again.

      In addition, do check your email.😉

  22. It works great… It was very simple… and helpful… Thank u soooooooooooo much…🙂 Good work admin…🙂 keep posting informative things like this…🙂

  23. Thank you very much ugly duckling!!🙂
    I hope one day you too will be happy and find your mother!!😀

  24. Perfecto!! Sir, You’ve earned my everlasting gratitude!
    Thank you!
    btw you’re page has made it to the top of google search😉

  25. it’s damn working! wohoo i dont know what to do if i didnt find your page, thank you so much for the good work man keep it up!

  26. Thanks man, after everything that I’ve searched and tried, it doesn’t work but this.. This one.. Yours is the only one that finally worked..
    Cheers, mate.

  27. hey,,
    “IDM cannot find 1 files that are necessary for browser and system integration. Please reinstall IDM“.
    is showing.
    I’hv cmpltd the procedure as u hv said.
    Plzz Help Me.
    Yhnxxx in advance.

    • To get rid of it, goto IDM installation directory (i.e. “C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Download Manager“ or C:\Program Files\Internet Download Manager“) and make a copy of the “idmBroker.exe” and rename it to “IDMGrHlp.exe“.

    • I think yes, even though it will work for a short time.
      Best option is not to update.
      If you need to update anyway, you should apply correct crack/patch and then follow this article again. (i do this.)

    • Thanx for the compliment Bhai.

      Thanks, i was actually confused with complement and compliment which one to use!😛 Thanks once again for making me rethink.😀

  28. Whoaaa … Super cool!
    Really simple steps … and voilaaa … it really works!!!
    Thanks (^_____^)

  29. wow! i got to this page when i saw a comment stating that it ought to be at the top and i definitely agree. so simple yet very effective!

  30. In my system i updated idm after that my idm not work it shows something fake serial like that so i un installed in that i give full delete… then i downloaded new version idm 6.18 build 12 with patch & installed it then i copied patch file paste in that installed folder but it did not paste it shows access is denied..give some solution for this problem bro…

    • You are doing it right, until pasting the crack. While you are pasting it, make sure idm is not running. Kill it from the Task Manager and try to paste it again. Also make sure your user account on windows has the permission to paste on that folder.

    • Sorry Mr. Abhi, i can’t approve your comment with those links.
      I have lost a whole blog including posts and pictures due to copyright violation and bla bla.
      I can’t take any risk for this blog. Hope you understand.

  31. I know an easier way :
    1.run regedit
    2. go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\downloadManag­er
    3. find CheckUpdtVM and change the value to 0
    4. now ……… it’s gone forever🙂

    • Thanks, i will add it in the main article if it works for me. Does it disable the automatic check of update? or Does it disable the fake serial checking?
      I mean to ask is, can we check kor IDM updates with that value set to zero?

    • Please be more specific. What kind of problem you are having?
      The general solution to all IDM related problems (like a PARACETAMOL) is:

      First uninstall the current version of IDM from your computer.
      Restart the pc and dohwnload the latest version of IDM from Internet download manager dot com.

      Then apply correct patch/crack (can’t post it here due to copyright issue). Then follow this tutorial once again.

      Btw, do check your email.😉

  32. hi?😦 im noob, can like link where to get the broker thing, idk how to fix mine. amf>.> new ! ! i been reading and i think memorized it but i have no clue of some part of the programing thing now i only think is where to get that alike yours broker so i changed the exe >.> btw i also dnt know what version to download i just dl the latest yet says block then i took IDMan its not writen as exe but when i do that the IDM wont run so i figured that was im looking >.> the one u gave dont have exe too.. now im trying if i can get that ibroker thing run as IDMan but i worry shows block blah blah again >.> amf wish i know u so u could like fix it fast,.. IDOL❤❤ help!!

  33. oh ! mmm maybe this helps u to help me ,
    i got a trial version before from a friend.. but its not registered.
    – tried to , then it wwork successful after like days it says block -.-
    uninstall download latest version from the IDM itself and >.> still block, i look for the given exe but i found IDMan with icon IDM then the other one without exe. tried to delete the other one that state that should be deleted or changed but nothing happens so i tried IDman that has icon in it then wula the 2nd step pops up ..
    IDK where to get the iBroker.exe……….>.>
    so far thats what i did..

    • You will find the idmbroker and idmgrhlp files in the idm installation directory.
      In general it is: C:/Program Files/Internet Download Manager or in C:/Program Files (x86)/Internet Download Manager.

  34. i’ve tried this so many times and keep restarting my lap but it’s still not working😦 the pop up message keep saying about the fake serial number and serial number has been blocked.what should i do??? please help ,,

    • Did you apply the correct crack first before following this article?

      This article won’t work until you apply the crack first.

      Also try the following (collected from another user):
      1.run regedit
      2. go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\downloadManag­er
      3. find CheckUpdtVM and change the value to 0
      4. now ……… it’s gone forever🙂

      • How to find the correct crack?? can it be trusted ??bcause i heard most cracks control virus and control programs too. my laptop just being format recently,and i lost most of my data.so i really need your help with this one,,

      • Yes it can be trusted. It doesn’t have any virus. You can find appropriate crack by searching google, or from torrent.
        As you have already lost everything, you have nothing to lose.😀

        I shouldn’t vouch for it, but it is pretty safe. I can’t give you the link here.
        Do check your email, with which you have commented here.

        If you need further help, leave your skype ID or Teamviewer ID on this page, so that we can agree on a time to fix it.
        https://uglyduckblog.wordpress.com/ask-me-something/

  35. hi bro pls hlp me if i restart my pc it indicates fack serial no every time but if i enter crack it works hear the problem is every time after restating my pc i should enter sr no i tried above one mine idm6.19

    • May be, you are not using the correct crack or Patch. Find the right patch first.

      You can also try the following:
      1. Run regedit
      2. go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\downloadManag­er
      3. find CheckUpdtVM and change the value to 0

      Collected from the user comments (Mehran)

    • Then forget it, try to find the correct crack which will not reset IDM everytime after you restart your computer.
      I cant provide you the link of cracks here. Find an appropriate crack from torrent and then follow this article once again.

      And i checked with 6.19 build 2, it is working fine.

  36. as u described done same bt still getting the same problem plz cn u help me its qute annoying

    • This method requires applying correct crack/patch/keygen first. Are sure you did that before following this article?
      Please do check your email.😉

    • This method requires applying correct crack/patch/keygen first. Are sure you did that before following this article? Please do check your email.😉

    • This method requires applying correct crack/patch/keygen first.
      Are sure you did that before following this article?
      Please do check your email.😉

    • yes, i have told that already in my article.
      Also, it will create another error “idm can’t find a file which is necessary…” i have covered that too.

  37. Hi man , i don’t know why, but it didn’t work for me😦 , i will try patching it.

    • Hey man, i hope by now, you managed to patch it already.
      This method requires applying correct crack/patch/keygen first. Please patch it first, before following this article.

      Please do check your email.😉

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    • This method will NOT work if you don’t apply correct crack/patch/keygen first. Please patch it first, before following this article.

      Please do check your email.😉

  39. Hi,
    I’ve tried removing the notifications. How do i apply the correct crack/patch/keygen first? I just installed IDM. Please help. Thanks!

    • For certain reasons, I can’t post cracks here. But do some google search, to find correct cracks, or download it from torrent. Please check your email.😉

  40. bro,i have follow the instructions that U have gve..for this annoying bar..i have delete/rename it..but the extensions in chrome/mozilla ain’t detect..so what i vae to do?

    • They should work normally like regular method. Please install the latest IDM in order to integrate IDM properly with Firefox or Chrome.
      Please, Let me know if that doesn’t work.

    • I have considered it and the link you provided is fake, so I removed it. You provided a link of IDM 7.1, but the latest version of IDM is 6.19 till now (March 29, 2014). So, I consider it as a spam and removed your link.😀
      Also, I can’t post crack in this site for legal reasons. Thanks to you too.

  41. hey bro i dont have the correct crack can u pls send it to my email and thanks in advance🙂

    • Please be more specific, what was the problem?
      Did you apply any crack first? It will not work unless you apply a crack first. Google it and i hope you will find one.

  42. thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
    You are great🙂
    Thanks A LOT🙂

  43. hi bro.
    i have a problem with idm.
    i installed it and use it normally but after a month it stopped working. now im trying to solve this issue but failed.
    i uninstalled it and again installed it but problem persists. plz help me to register it and run it normally. i dont want to reinstall window again. waiting for your reply.

  44. I did it but couldn’t find IDMGrHlp.exe, I found IDMGrlP
    There wasn’t an extension. help please

    • Go to Control Panel>Folder Options or Organize>Folders and Search Options and click on View. Uncheck the Hide extensions for known file types. You will then be able to see the file extensions.

  45. Great!!!! You’re the Man….. Thank you very much.. you are heaven sent. My Problem Solved!!!!

  46. Hi … I have tried installing a crack but it says 12 items are missing necessary for browser integration. So, i uninstalled it and installed a different crack latest version. But when I opened IDM, the Registration option under registration tab could no longer be clicked, so I could no longer add keys. The previous crack registration seemed messing up. It says my IDM is registered when I check about IDM section. But it is not allowing me to add key for the new crack. I applied your instruction though. Please help. I need IDM to work well.😦 Thanks a lot

    • The registration option is disabled that means it was registered successfully. What you can do now is to do a clean install and check your email you provided while you made this comment.

  47. i can’t find idmBroker.exe. i’m really a novice in software stuff. but looks like you’re doing a great service. could you help me?

    • It is located inside the “C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Download Manager” folder or “C:\Program Files\Internet Download Manager” folder. Did you find it? Let me know.

  48. Hi,
    I’ve tried patching but I get an error message saying ‘can’t patch this file because of a version error or because it’s already patched’. What should I do? Thanks for helping.

  49. wew….i had a long times this problems with fake serial number then i can’t take anymore coz the annoying pop up. So i find the new patch but still the fake serial number shows up. So i find the new solution and here i am. First method yes it make me dizzy but the second it just as simple as going to hell. LOL :p

    Thanks man keep the good work btw nice backgrounds😀

    • It will not work unless you use the right crack, i can’t post cracks here, sorry. I think you are smart enough to search google and find that.😀

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  51. hey…. i m still getting fake serial error.. i guess my patch is not good… can u please help me???
    waiting for ur reply

  52. Hey bro (I dont know why I assumed you are a guy :P)
    I dont have the file called idmBroker.exe…

    • Go to Folder Options>View and check the box called “Show Hidden and System Files” and uncheck the box called “Hide Extensions for known file types”.

      And you can make a copy of any file and rename it to idmgrhlp.exe. It doesn’t always have to be the idmbroker.exe. If you cant any file

      • Alright. And also, i cant patch it again with the same serial number. It’s smart now.😛

      • Use any other serial number. Just search Google to find a new one. You are also smart!😀

        Once you do it, do the trick mentioned in the article. That will disable IDM’s ability to check whether the current serial number’s validity.

  53. I’d actually tried different keys from some websites yesterday. Read your reply and tries with some today also. No luck so far. It’s still pretty smart.😀

  54. I just deleted the file and its preety working , no more messeges awesome crack,
    dude could you please post way to change my laptops BIOS start Screen image, plzzzz🙂

  55. not working 4 me every time i restart my pc idm pop up msg up across “fake serial” …help me

    • It will happen if you don’t apply the crack before following the steps mentioned in this article. Do a Google search to find appropriate crack for your IDM version first. Then follow this article so that IDM can’t check if the serial number is fake or not.

    • The steps will not work if you don’t apply correct crack/patch for your version of IDM. Find some crack first, apply it and then follow my article.😀

  56. Hi Uglyduckblog..
    I’m so happyyyy… I wanna ask you.
    HOW DO YOU KNOW TO FIX THIS? wHERE DID YOU LEARN?
    AND HOW CAN I REPAY YOU?
    I feel so touched with your kind help.
    Huwaaaaa….

    • You did something wrong (may be you couldn’t find a good crack at the first place).
      Find and apply a good crack for your version of IDM and follow this once again.
      It sure works.

  57. OMG…!!! Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very thankfull bro… U r the Man of decade.. awesome work

  58. still it says idm was registered with a fake serial number and idm is exiting even after following the above steps

      • After every release of IDM, hackers also release a crack for that version. If the version number doesn’t match, the crack won’t work. i.e. for IDM 6.20.5, search google or torrent for “IDM 6.20.5 crack” to find it.

        I can’t provide it here for legal reasons. Sorry about that.😦

  59. GGGGGGGGGRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! solved it man!!

  60. this case just happened to me, and i do delete idmgrhlp. never thought the last step!! this is f*ckin tricky!! awesome!!

  61. any solution to increase expiry date of kaspersky antivirus ?
    please help by sharing your view

  62. thnks it worked for me.for all those who are facing problems.please download latest version of idm (craked) from any torrent website.i personaly prefer kickass torrents.when yu download and instal idm and if it dont popup then its fine,but if it does popping up idm is registerd with fake serial then miss ugly duck method is your solution:)

  63. hey man, please do send me the serial number and other proper registration details, i will appreciate if you do, thanks.🙂

  64. In all my entire life of searching for solutions on Google and other sites, this has to be the easiest and Pardon me ”Bestest” of them all. Thanks alot

  65. Hi Duck, First of all please try to understand that you’re dealing with a complete idiot here, namely me. I had IDM, I don’t rember where I got it, but anyway I lost it, I think I deleted it while I was under the influence of the booze. That “fake number” message got to me and I deleted IDM while drinking some whiskey. I would be very much obliged if you could send me the key gen thingy and all the rest. I’ll drink to that. Thanks.

  66. Thanks for this great idea .
    I just wanna ask you if it is possible ,after finishing this operation you put,to update my IDM which downloaded with fake serial number?

    • It is possible to update IDM after that.
      But i woudn’t recommend that if you don’t want to take the hassle of applying the crack and do the steps once again.

  67. Thanks! The crack is even better than the “crack” (craic) we have in Ireland. Thanks a lot.

  68. Dhonnobad vaia. I think you can provide all these followers with a zip file containing the idman.exe file and the fake IDMGrHlp.exe file along with the keygens. It will be easier for them to Ctrl+c and Ctrl+v.🙂

  69. Dude….its not working for me…please help…
    everytime i on my lappy ….the son of a bi*** error message puts its as* right in front of me

  70. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL THIS WHILE! I GUESS AV JUST BEEN SEARCHING IN THE WRONG CONOURS OF THE WEB. THANX A BUNCH MATE!!

  71. I used Local Host method (as I dislike crack and patch)
    I agree that it was annoying so I did little cmd-prmpt code and that tricky method become 1 click trick
    then one day that method failed and thought now I need something to fix it and your method worked after host method😀

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  73. This is brilliant! I’ve looked on a few web sites to look for a solution but this simple fix does the trick!

  74. This is so awesome. Thank you a lot man, you’re the best. I have been looking for a solution for a longtime now and this one seem to be the only one that works perfectly. Thanks again.

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  76. thanks mate. i guess i’ll be visiting this blog in case i encounter another/different problem.😀

  77. Thanx for the help bro. Just one question though. Do I keep the IDMGrHlp Copy.exe in the folder? Also does this work for the newer versions as well?

  78. I found the CheckUpdtVM thing which was mentioned in a comment above and i changed the value to 0. Not sure if its working or not cuz after using IDM to download something the value returns to its original number, in my case 10. Just figured i should mention it.

  79. Bwa ha ha brod, nice work! nice and simple. it worked with me. thanks brod. i wonder what tricks will IDM do this time…

    • It worked till IDM version 6.23 build 10. For the version beyond that, you need to send a mail to the address presented at the top of this article.