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Unable to register Parallels Desktop with error 'check your Internet connection'

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition


You are not able to register your copy of Parallels Desktop and get a message saying to check your Internet connection. Even though your Internet is working fine, registration is still not working.


You may have a faulty registration domain listed in your local hosts file which prevents Parallels Desktop to register.


In order to resolve the issue follow the steps below:

  1. If you have proxy turned on in your Mac - please turn it off at:

    For proxy settings:

    1) Please contact you system administrator for assistance.

    2) Disable proxy in System Preferences - Network - Active connection - Advanced... - Proxy

    And restart your Mac.

  2. Open Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal and paste the command below as is and hit Return:

    cat /etc/hosts
  3. Examine the output for similar entries:
  4. In case such entries are present in your hosts file, remove them. To do it: In Terminal run another command (copy and paste it into Terminal as is. You will need to enter your Mac password to run the command):

    sudo perl -pi -w -e 's/(?:[A-Za-z0-9-]+.?)*parallels\.com/#/g;' /etc/hosts

If the issue still persists

  1. Download the file attached to this article
  2. Switch OS X Gatekeeper to Anywhere as per Apple KB ht5290
  3. Double click the downloaded file
  4. The "Fix hosts for PDFM" icon will appear on your Mac Desktop
  5. Double click the file and enter your administrator password to run this utility and the issue will be resolved after this.


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