Query failed: connection to localhost:9312 failed (errno=111, msg=Connection refused). How to hide a Serial Number from Apple System Profiler in OS X? - Mac Software Discussions on AppleInsider Forums Toggle navigation All Forums Recent Posts Sign In How to hide a Serial Number from Apple System Profiler in OS X? ix2root Posted: June 17, 2002 12:18PM in Mac Software edited January 2014 Hello,Do anyone has ideas how to hide mac serial number from Apple System Profiler in OSX?..or,maybe its possible to hide it from programms that need it for registration?Thanks for Your help <img src="confused.gif" border="0"> Comments Reply 1 of 15 jimdad Posts: 209member June 17, 2002 12:27PM Woah ! Off hand, I cant think of a legal reason why you would want to do this. Reply 2 of 15 ghost_user_name Posts: 22,667member June 17, 2002 2:13PM Why would you want to do this? Reply 3 of 15 tool Posts: 242member June 17, 2002 3:37PM Geez..don't you two get it? He has pirated copies of software and doesn't want anyone to know...though the topic and subsequent question does show him to be the true idiot that he is! <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> I say lock up this thread...lock it right now. Reply 4 of 15 ghost_user_name Posts: 22,667member June 17, 2002 4:04PM [quote]Originally posted by TOOL:<strong>Geez..don't you two get it?</strong><hr></blockquote>Oh, I "got it" just from looking at the title of the thread.I was just wondering if he could give any legitimate reason for wanting to do this. Reply 5 of 15 stimuli Posts: 564member June 17, 2002 5:12PM Y'know, with a little creativity, I'm sure he could freestyle something that sounded vaguely plausible.Like, "...My 3 year old brother deleted my Quicktime pro serial, and I had a project due the next day so i used a salty sea-dog serial... lies lies etc etc"It's not that hard... [ 06-17-2002: Message edited by: stimuli ]</p> Reply 6 of 15 ebby Posts: 3,110member June 17, 2002 8:43PM [Grudge]I personally don't care my Mac has a serial number, but I despise everything it is used for. Only the operating system should have access to it. I have never had a problem borrowing software from someone else, though technically not legal, I used the programs only for that specific project. Also, If I buy a program, I will install it on every one of my computers. No, no exceptions. I buy software for $$hundreds$$, I install software on MY computer(S). I will not but a second copy of the same expensive program to do the same thing.[/Grudge]No program I own needs to know that kind information about me, so YES! make a utility to hide the serial number. <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" /> Reply 7 of 15 ghost_user_name Posts: 22,667member June 17, 2002 9:05PM [quote]Originally posted by Ebby:<strong>I personally don't care my Mac has a serial number, but I despise everything it is used for. </strong><hr></blockquote>You despise it? Can you name some programs that use the computer's serial number for registration?I don't know of *any* software that use it.[ 06-17-2002: Message edited by: starfleetX ]</p> Reply 8 of 15 eugene Posts: 8,254member June 17, 2002 9:20PM Maybe he's setting up a machine as a demo somewhere and doesn't want people to see the serial number? Reply 9 of 15 xenu Posts: 204member June 17, 2002 9:37PM God, you people are anal. Reply 10 of 15 protodada Posts: 125member June 18, 2002 12:31AM hello!i know how to hide your serial number. send it back to apple and it might come back with serial number erased. when i received my powerbook back from a repair, the serial number no longer appears when i check it with "apple system profiler." so i sort of freaked and called applecare. they said i am o.k. without it showing up. does anyone know how to put it back on? i feel as my powerbook is going through an identity crisis.... i love it (him) with or without it...... "you are muy muy macho," i tell it... :-) Reply 11 of 15 serrano Posts: 1,806member June 18, 2002 12:43AM [quote]Originally posted by starfleetX:<strong>You despise it? Can you name some programs that use the computer's serial number for registration?I don't know of *any* software that use it.[ 06-17-2002: Message edited by: starfleetX ]</strong><hr></blockquote>privacy is a legit concern and should be a more fully protected right. Reply 12 of 15 ebby Posts: 3,110member June 18, 2002 1:09AM [quote]Originally posted by starfleetX:<strong>You despise it?...</strong><hr></blockquote>[Paranoid]The way I see it, the only reason to have a serial number is to track the product. I don't like the idea of people I don't know keeping a record of me. (This whole "Big Brother" thing.) Intel Built unique serial numbers into their processors, that can be tracked by web pages and other programs. "But you can turn those off!" some would say. And true, you do have an option, but you can't *Really* turn off a part of the main processor, you can only ignore it.And it will only get worse! Weeeee!!.... [/Paranoid]EDIT- Oh yea, I forgot; [quote]Originally posted by xenu:<strong>God, you people are anal.</strong><hr></blockquote>Good one!! <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> [ 06-18-2002: Message edited by: Ebby ]</p> Reply 13 of 15 ix2root Posts: 5member June 18, 2002 12:29PM Ok,people..i see that you all are very clever im sorry,i think that its a techinical forum,but i see that its isnt...its just a Discussions Hub.. where every one want to show how clever he is and at the same time you send messages in other forums like """HELP!How can i delete an IE history!".. and if you want to know...my mac isnt stolen,but i have some ideas why i would like to hide it...and if it were stole.. what a difference..im in russia! im not from Your world. someone can track it,but thats it then...just forget it Reply 14 of 15 eman Posts: 7,204member June 18, 2002 1:51PM [quote]Originally posted by ix2root:<strong>just forget it</strong><hr></blockquote>Why forget it? If someone can help you then they should. It really doesn't matter what we people here think. If you really need it hidden then if possible you should find out. Reply 15 of 15 ix2root Posts: 5member June 18, 2002 2:15PM ok..im sorry..i never ment people as you EmAn...of cource if i will find here people that are ready to share their knowledge..i will be very thankfull..but,you know,i wrote my last message after that what i see-people was playing a judge or saints here,but they just forgot that they broke the law every few days..maybe not in computer life,maybe in very very small things,..im sure about it.We are all just people.And i didnt talk about something illegal..i was just asking how i can prevent that other people can see that what is my privat and own.is it illegal?You know whats funny ? Funny is that if i will post here message that i have a tool to do it how many downloads will i get in one week?What do you think? Sign In or Register to comment.