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WHOIS - Service that shows registrant of a domain name

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My domain registrar has gone bankrupt but the domain is locked, what can I do?

My domain is registered through a company that has gone bankrupt. The domain status (according to the whois database) is: Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#...
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Where can I safetly search domain whois without worrying about the search engine parking on the domain immediately after the search?

There are a lot of companies that provide domain whois but I've heard of a lot of people who had bad experiences where the domain was bought soon after the whois search and the price was increased ...
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Postal address in Whois information, how bad of an idea is this?

I currently have my full contact details (including my phone number and postal address) in the WHOIS information for all the domain names I have registered so far. I wonder how bad of an idea this is ...
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Is it possible to transfer a domain without a "gap" in Whois privacy protection?

I currently own several domains on which I am using a Whois privacy protection service to hide my personal details. In the near future, I would like to transfer some of these domains to a different ...
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How do you view domain whois history?

I know its possible to view the current whois information on a domain by doing: whois example.com However this is not what I need, I need to view the history of WHOIS for previous owners and other ...
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How can I hide whois information?

Is it possible to hide ownership of a domain, so i won't show up on whois searches for domains I own, even if you know where to look?
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What can I do to contact a domain owner?

A few months ago, I found a perfect .com domain name for a website I'm working on. Bad news: it was taken. Good news: It was set to expire on January 12, 2012. It's not a premium name or anything ...
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Free whois history service? [closed]

I'd like to access whois history starting with year 2007 or earlier for free. Domaintools is kind of expensive for my purposes. who.is seems to provide history starting with year 2009 unfortunately.
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Hiding whois information on GoDaddy registered domains

I have a few domains hosted at GoDaddy, and it's posting my address, phone number, and email address on my whois results. It looks like they charge an exorbitant $10/year for "private registration" ...
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Can other domain registrars view non-public whois information?

If my domains are hosted at a registrar (lets take Gandi, for example) and it has privacy protection on the whois information, can another ICANN-accredited registrar (GoDaddy, for example) still view ...
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Is a place holder phone or fax number allowed in WHOIS records?

Can I use a place holder phone or fax number for WHOIS contact information? I assume the fax number is optional, I just used 555-555-5555. I tend to just add an accurate phone number, street address, ...
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What can I do to take control of a domain from a client's previous developer?

A client of mine has a website that is incomplete. The last developers quit from this work, and they need get this work done. The problem is that I can't get cPannel access, and the first developer ...
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How to show Registrant Name in WHOIS lookup?

I have purchased a domain name (anishghosh.me) from bigrock.com but when I'm doing a WHOIS lookup on the domain the registrant name is not showing in that information. How can I show my name as the ...
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Do search engines lower your ranking for using private registration like WhoisGuard?

I am registering a new domain name from "namecheap.com" which offers free WhoisGuard for a year. There are numerous reasons not to list your contact information with your domain registrar, such as ...
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How to register a .cn domain

I would like to register a .cn domain. I found the below pages which list the officially accredited registrars: -based in China: http://www.cnnic.net.cn/html/Dir/2007/06/05/4635.htm -based outside ...
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Is there a way to hide my domain Whois information for free?

I am so sick of being spammed by calls and emails every time I register a new domain name. I know I can pay for Whois protection with my domain name registrar, or choose a registrar who provides this ...
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How can I keep my privacy while owning multiple domain names?

I want to own, create and run few domains. I do not want 'whois' to have my name, home address and home phone available to anyone who looks me up. I've already bought a mailbox that I can use for my ...
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Can I contact the owner of a domain name based on a WHOIS search?

I did a WHOIS search for a domain name that I want. I found some info about the registrant of the domain name, and while no useful direct contact info was given, there was enough there for me to do ...
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Anonymous domain registration?

For privacy reasons, I'd like to hide my personal information including my name in the WHOIS registry, while registering with OVH. In OVH's OwO Terms of Use, the following information is stated : An ...
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Cloudflare is it safe?

I am thinking of signing up with cloud flare, but since i'm not very familiar with the technical side of things, I wanted to ask here first. How safe is it to sign up with services, like cloud flare? ...
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Finding the expiration date of a domain?

Is there a way to find the expiration date of a ".id.au" domain? I can't seem to find any information on any .id.au domain I search on.
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How do I tell who manages the domain when registrar = registrant

I am trying to track down the owner and/or domain host with a view to buying a specific domain. Fairly standard BUT, the registrant name is a person and they are also the registrar. No email details ...
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Is it possible to use Whois Guard on dot pro domains?

I have purchased two dot pro domains but the holder info is exposed. Is it possible to use Whois Guard or the like on dot pro domains? If so, Do you know any service provider or registrar that offers ...
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Is there anyway for me to legally and ethically hit the whois on thousands of domains?

I have a project that is building comprehensive data on thousands of companies and domain information is an important part of it, but often the whois services will say that you can't use them for high-...
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Who is the real owner of a gTLD domain with Privacy Proxy?

I recently registered a .email domain planning to make it my primary personal email for the time being, with my registrar I accepted a privacy service, my thought was they were going to mask my ...
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How to find the records for domain name purchased today and in past? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I access domain registration (whois) history? How to find the records for domain names purchased today and in past?
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Does changing domain ownership affect SEO?

I have heard that when domain ownership changes, the domain loses its page rank. My theory on this is: Lots of sites selling high PR domains actually cheat. They invest in high PR links for the ...
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reliable way to get whois information in standard format

I am trying to write a script to fetch whois information for a bunch of sites. I am facing two problems: 1) whois command arbitrarily returns fgets/connection reset errors. Trying multiple times for ...
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Outdated Registry Expiration in WHOIS

I have a valuable .com domain, I renew it two months ago but when I check the WHOIS domain information I got: Registry Expiration: 2023-09-09 04:00:00 UTC I contacted the domain registrar and they ...
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Is it possible to keep the old registration date for my domain that is shown in whois when moving my website to a new domain?

I would like to transform my website from www.namesite.example to www.namesite2.example. Is it possible to get the whois data to show the original data of the first domain registration? Or it is ...
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How do domain names get into WHOIS database and which databases get updated for each domain?

The WHOIS query and response protocol is widely used for databases holding various Internet resources like IPv4 assignments, IPv6 assignments, AS numbers and RIR (for example ARIN in USA or RIPE in ...
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How Do I Contact a Domain Owner Who Doesnt Use Email? (Private Registration)

So there is this .com USA based domain set up wrong and is dumping traffic onto our DNS. This domain is privatized with namecheap whois masking, and since it's wrong routing, I can't send emails ...
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False Whois domain data

A domain name I'm interested in came up as registered to someone in the Netherlands two days ago when I first looked for it. I didn't take down the details but the expiry date was in 2015 and person ...
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Which DNS registrars will hide my WHOIS information? [closed]

Whilst browsing this question, some of the answers mentioned that certain registrars will replace your whois information with their own. Can anybody provide details on which registrars offer this ...
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Does a domain "registered on" date carry-over to a new owner?

Question: Does the registered on date carry over to new owners of a domain name? Scenario: I was recently contacted by a very credible non-profit that had lost their domain name because they failed ...
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How long does it take a whois server to update?

I added two NS records to my DNS record four days ago. I did this to use a service provided by the name servers that I added. In order to get them to enable their services, they need to verify that ...
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List of services for privatizing whois information

I am registered with a domain name registrar which does not offer an anonymous whois service. However, I am interested in using some third-party service to keep my whois information private. Are there ...
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Whois shows empty data but domain not free

I looked whois for mrs.in . It isn't free but the whois data is almost empty. Why is so?
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Should I buy domain privacy now that GDPR is in

I used to get scammers ringing my phone because I didn't buy domain privacy. Being in the EU, Do I still need to buy this service if I dont want scammers and spam ringing my phone by looking up whois? ...
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When exactly will a .net domain waiting for deletion become available and how to be the first to register?

I have laid my eye on a .net domain that is going to be deleted soon and will therefore become available for registration. Registry Expiry Date: 2018-04-03T18:13:53Z From what I understand, an ...
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How to change the owner of a .co.uk whose owner has died?

Years ago, I registered a .co.uk domain for my mother using my own 123-reg account. I set the registrant name to hers as it was a gift for her and she would be the owner. Time passed and she has ...
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What happens with WHO IS privacy protection when the domain is not active?

I'm running small Wordpress site (about 15k visitors per month) and I want to buy a custom domain and monetize it. During the registration I'm asked for personal info, I know I have to provide it. I ...
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WHOIS domain name expiry date long over due

I just looked up this domain I was interested in obtaining but when I got the WHOIS info it showed this: Created On:31-Dec-2004 18:18:31 UTC Last Updated On:31-Dec-2004 18:18:36 UTC Expiration ...
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Monitoring Domain Availability

How can I write a tool to monitor domain name availability? In particular, I am interested in monitoring availability of a domain which is in PENDINGDELETE (or REDEMPTIONPERIOD or REGISTRY-DELETE-...
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What does it mean when the nameservers reported by whois do not match those reported by nslookup?

I am currently investigating moving some records to a new set of nameservers, and in doing the research to be prepared for it have come up against a confusing mismatch. A bit of background on the ...
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Whois and server host information privacy

I have a domain that is privately registered, so if you run a whois, you will just the domain registrars name. And below are two questions: Since i am using private registration, is there a way ...
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whois — Can I use a general delivery (poste restante) address?

As far as I know, ICANN wants every domain owner to put their contact information into the WHOIS database. I'm fine with revealing my real name, but having to submit the address where I live seems ...
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How long before I can re-register my domain at another registrar after my registrar cancelled my account and deleted my domain?

I got the problem with my domain with 1&1. They canceled my account without any notice. Then I checked status of my domain on whois. WHOIS Server: whois.1und1.de Referral URL: http://1und1.de ...
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How to disable WHOIS "Statutory Masking Enabled"?

I searched here for "Statutory Masking Enabled", and it's not found. My domain is registered to web.com. Anybody running a WHOIS search on my domain finds practically no information because ...
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Is it possible to look up expiration dates for domains in the .DE (Germany) TLD?

It appears that running a whois on .DE domains returns almost no information. Using google.de as an example: $ whois google.de % Restricted rights. % % Terms and Conditions of Use % % The above data ...
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