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#1 UnknownReverence

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 01:49 AM

I keep getting the "Activation Failed". I've had to use the key I got a few times because I've had to reinstall Windows. I'm guessing that I've used it too many times, but I'm not sure if there's a limit. I only have one email address and I've used it for my laptop (which is activated), but my desktop doesn't want to activate. It was fine the first time, but I had to reinstall Windows a while back. Now it won't activate.

#2 CeciliaB

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 09:27 AM

Hi UnknownReverence,

Since it is a license problem, you must contact Lavasoft support instead of this forum with mostly volunteers.
You can use (since you cannot register your product): http://lavasoft.com/..._problem_report
If you have a Facebook account, you can write to them there.
Probably you will not receive any answers during the weekend, but if you don't receive an answer on Monday, please write here again and I will inform my contact person at Lavasoft and he will investigate why you haven't received an answer.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:21 PM

I emailed them and it's been 2-3 days and I still haven't received a response.

#4 CeciliaB

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:25 PM

That was strange. Please, send me your email address in a PM and I will forward it to my contact person at Lavasoft. Someone at Lavasoft Support will then be able to contact you.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 12:33 AM

Thanks!
I have forwarded it to my contact person.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:10 PM

My contact person has checked with technical support and they haven't received any emails from you :(
But I hope that you will receive one soon.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:12 PM

I got an email, but it's just telling me to fill out the same thing that I already did.

#8 CeciliaB

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:30 PM

Please, answer them and write that you already has done that.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:46 PM

They asked you to do it again, since they haven't received any emails from you before.

Just to be sure. You aren't trying to use the same license key on both computers, are you?

If you send me a PM with your activation key(s), I can forward it to my contact person and she can look up what information they have. If necessary they can add activations to it.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:59 PM

Sorry for jumping in on this tread, and my first post, but I'm having exactly the same issue. Mines just a fresh download to try it out. Received my activation code but when entered I just get Activation failed message and told to try again later.

I'll use the email addy above to ask the guy's at Lavasoft but thought I'ld write this just in case it's a bit more of an issue than just one new user, now maybe two.

Bazza

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:40 PM

Hi Bazza,

Good that you used the web page to contact Lavasoft, but if you don't receive an answer within 48 hours, please write again and I will inform my contact person at Lavasoft.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 07:34 AM

They asked you to do it again, since they haven't received any emails from you before.

Just to be sure. You aren't trying to use the same license key on both computers, are you?

If you send me a PM with your activation key(s), I can forward it to my contact person and she can look up what information they have. If necessary they can add activations to it.


I'm not sure if it's the same or not. I used the same email for both.

#13 CeciliaB

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:30 AM

After you have clicked on "Options" on main screen of Ad-Aware, you can see the entered license key. Do that on the laptop and you can see if it is the same as the one you are trying to enter on the desktop.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 02:00 PM

I am having the identical problem-- I have been using Ad-Aware for years; when I updated to the 10.2, it ran out of the 30 day trial period and now I must activate with the key to be able to update definitions. I tried to use the key 12 times last night, and again this morning. I keep getting the "activation failed" reply. I re-registered, got a new key, and the same problem. I have tried entering the key manually and by copy & paste. No success. This is a pain in the neck!!!

#15 CeciliaB

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 02:03 PM

Hi thsands,

Have you tried to contact Lavasoft? See post #2 and #11.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 02:08 PM

Reading Newbie's experience, it seems to be a futile effort. I came to this forum first, as thought it would be helpful. I guess it'll be more time efficient to delete the Ad Aware entirely and download again.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 02:40 PM

I'm a volunteer, I'm not paid by Lavasoft and is visiting the forum on my free time. The purpose of the forum is to let users of Ad-Aware help each other. I or any other user of Ad-Aware can't help you with license/activation issues. But I have been here so much that I got a few contact persons at Lavasoft, but still it takes time for me to first ask for email address and license keys, then when I get it I have to send it to my contact persons and then they shall send the information to the right department. If the web page for support works as it is supposed to do (and do for a lot of persons every day), an email will get to the right person immediately and you will get an answer faster than if your problem shall pass me and my contact persons first. That is the reason why I prefer if you use the web page.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 02:58 PM

I have deleted the program, reinstalled. Still getting the activation failed message. I am not upset with you, just frustrated with the problem. I am now on hold with the phone contact number given on the website. Thank you for your help-- I appreciate the time you invest here.

#19 CeciliaB

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 03:06 PM

I can understand that you are frustrated. Be aware of that phone support isn't handled by Lavasoft and not free. Lavasoft only has email support and it's free.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 05:14 PM

I have submitted a request for help on the Lavasoft website and no reply yet. That's understandable-- hopefully within 48 hours, I will get an email.





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