Bypass Netscape Activation

When you use Netscape 6 or 7 for the first time after installing it an activation screen comes up that requires that you supply Netscape with information in order to register/activate your copy of their browser.

This is an inconvenience if you are reinstalling the browser and don't want to have to activate it again. Don't worry, there is a simple change that you can make to one of the installed files that will make the activation screen disappear and enable you to use the program without having to re-register it.

From the folder where you installed Netscape go into the defaults sub-folder and from there into the pref sub-folder. Here you will find a file called all-ns.js which you will need to open in a text editor. (You may need to hold down the ctrl key and right click the file and select open with... from the menu in order to be able to open it with a text editor rather than trying to execute the contents).

In this file you will find a line that reads as follows:

 pref("browser.registration.enable", true);

All that you need to do is to change true to false on this line and save the file and the activation screen will never bother you again.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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