Hotfile.com Hourly Limit Bypass Hack
Updated: 2011-03-06. Please see the changelog below for more information..
So you’ve found yourself wondering why you can bypass the wait timer downloads, but haven’t had any success trying to bypass the HotFile.com hourly limit? This guide is for you. We will quickly go over how the HotFile.com hourly limit works, and then explain how to bypass the HotFile.com hourly limit.
I will let you know that, again, like the last guide I did, Hotfile.com Timer No Wait Hack, this again is not a simple install-a-plugin-and-push-a-button fix. This guide is written for educational purposes for those users who want to understand how HotFile’s hourly limit system works, and how it can be bypassed.
How to Hack HotFile.com for Dummies ™
The Ifthen Logic of HotFile.com – Using HotFile.com’s own logic against itself.
This hourly timer (unlike the standard wait timer) is a passive timer. A passive timer does not actually run any logic programming behind it, as even if you forced this timer to display a different value, you would still not be able to change the core values that actually matter to the page logic, stored inside of the MySQL database.
While we may not be able to change the database’s contents itself, what we can change is our IP address. It is assumed you are already familiar with your internet connection setup and have a decent understanding of the layout of your path to the internet.
Just give me the recipe! I’m gonna’ bake me some downloads!
Step 1: Get your IP
First of all, before you reset your IP, let’s find out what it is, so you can see if you have successfully reset your IP or not. Please visit my IP address detect page here, What is my IP? to get your current Internet Level IP Address. Once you have it, please make a note of it.
My Internet Level IP Address Direct Detect script will immediately show you your internet-level IP address, the one that matters.
Even if we succeed in resetting our IP address, we will still need to get rid of the tracking cookies and server sessions which are stored locally, so that HotFile.com cannot tie our new IP back to our old one via the same cookies or sessions.
Step 2: Clear all tracking files and data.
For FireFox users (v3.5 and newer)
Tools > Clear Recent History, and select at least the appropriate time period from when you first went to HotFile.com since last clearing your cookies / temporary internet data.
From FireFox go to Tools > Clear Recent History
select at least what is circled in red; Clear at least the cookies and sessions. For the time range (selected in blue) choose appropriate period of time that has passed since you last hit your hourly limit. Take note if the day has changed in the past hour since you first hit your Download Limit. For example, If you hit your hourly limit just before midnight, and it’s 12:42 AM now,that was in the last hour, this would actually be yesterday as the day has now changed since midnight, so select “Yesterday” from the time period, or the equivalent chronological coverage period.
For Internet Explorer users
From within Internet Explorer (as of Version 8), go to your Menu at the top right of the screen and select Safety > Delete Browsing History.
From the Menu, navigate to Safety and then select Delete Browsing History.
Next a new window will spawn prompting you for exactly what options you want to clear. At least check Temporary Internet Files and Cookies. If HotFile.com is bookmarked as a favorite by you then also select the option Preserve Favorites website data.
Select at least the options circled in red. If HotFile.com is marked as a favorite, select the option circled in blue as well.
Step 3: Reset your Internet Connection, get a new Internet Level IP address.
In order for you to get a new Internet Level IP Address, we will force a new IP assignation via DHCP by resetting your internet connection.
For users with:
- Dialup – Disconnect from the internet / Sign off, and redial the network connection.
- DSL (ADSL/SDSL) – Unplug your DSL modem, and your Router. Wait at least 10 seconds, before plugging the power in to your Modem, and then the router.
- Cable Modem – Unplug your Cable Modem, and your router. Wait at least 10 seconds before plugging in the power to your Modem, then your router.
- FiOS – Unplug the power to your FiOS modem, and your router. Wait 10+ seconds before refitting the power connectors.
- Some modems / routers have bigger electrical capacitors, thus hold a charge for longer after being unplugged. You may have to wait an upwards of 10 minutes for the capacitors to drain before you can plug it in for a “cold boot”.
Step 4: Resetting your Local Network connection (if necessary) to repair your Routing from Lan to Internet via NAT.
After doing all the above, you still *may* need to reset your IP lease from your computer itself. We’ll go ahead and do it anyways for the sake of learning and becoming familiar with it.
We will use the CMD prompt window. To open the CMD prompt in Windows…
- For Vista / Windows 7, type in “CMD” from the start menu and press enter. Now type in the below commands in the CMD window that has since manifested itself.
- For Windows 2000 & XPGo to Start (menu) > Run > CMD. Then type in the following commands to the new command prompt window which has opened.
For Linux Users…
From a Shell use one of the appropriate commands based on the distribution (aka Distro, Flavor, Brand, etc.) of Linux you are using.
RedHat Linux command to reload or restart network (login as root user):
service network restart
Debian-based Linux command to reload or restart network:
Ubuntu-based Linux user use sudo command with above Debian Linux command:
sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
Step 5: Power to Self Test
Now, let’s check that you did get a new IP address. Go back to What is my IP? to check if your IP has changed.
If your IP has changed, great, pat yourself on the back, go back to the HotFile.com download page (* See notes below) and away you go.
If it has not changed, make sure you didn’t skip a step, or forget to reboot one device but not the other, etc.
If you have done all this, please see the below notes in the case your setup is an exception requiring an additional specific workaround.
Troubleshooting and notes
Still having trouble?
Things Worth Noting:
- It is common for newer Cable/DSL modems to include routers built into them. A good indication of having one, is if your Modem has Multiple Ethernet connections on the back, typically three to five Ethernet connections total.
- Many modems which come as part of a VoIP/Internet/TV package will come with Router for the internet, a VoIP transcoder, and TV signal parser, all in one box. Please note that these boxes typically have routers built into them (as indicated by the above stated multiple Ethernet connections), as well as they often contain decent sized battery backups, in order to provide sustained power to the VoIP phone line transcoder as well as to the Internet router in the event of a power loss. You may have to wait a substantial amount of time for the power to drain out completely if you have one of these all-in-one modems due to the huge size and capacitance of the battery.
- Each ISP is in control of their own network, and they fully control how often your IP changes, if ever, even if you disconnect / power off your modem and or router for an extended period of time. It could change each and every time you disconnect / reconnect, once every so many days or hours, or even months. If you have a Static IP (often a paid upgrade), then your IP should never change.
- *Make sure you don’t refresh the page, but rather retype the URL or copy and paste it back in. Refreshing the page typically re-posts the data, and could re-post any session information or identifiers transmitted via the URL.
- There are three types of Internet Level IP Address. Dynamic (DHCP), Dynamic Reserved (DHCP), and Static (Non-DHCP). If your IP Address changes frequently, you can bet you have a Dynamic IP address via DHCP. DHCP Reserved IP addresses are also very common. Currently, comcast gives users DHCP reserved IP addresses for periods of six months at a time, unless the user has specifically requested a permenant DHCP Reserved IP address. True static IP addresses won’t ever change. They’re assigned to you by your ISP, and generally have to be manually set into your router/gateway/firewall device.
- If you’re still not getting a new IP Address, go into your router and change the MAC or Media Access Control address of the internet facing interface (Ethernet port usually) for your router. Then reboot your router after applying this change.
Happy HotFile Hacking!
- 2009-10-01: New IP detection method added, removed the old external one. All images, links, and instructions have been updated accordingly. The new IP Address direct detection script can be found here at What is my IP?
- 2011-03-06: Additional information was added to help users differentiate in the types of Internet Level IP Addresses there are, and in addition another method of forcing a new IP address. This can be found under the “Things Worth Noting” section.