WhoIs Analyzer Pro: Review and Giveaway

LogoHave you ever come up with a great domain name, and wanted to know if it's already taken? Ever wondered who owns Internet.com? Have you tried to figure out whom to contact about the spam you keep receiving? WhoIs Analyzer Pro improves on its command-line cousin, making domain lookups easy, fast, and more useful than before.

The WhoIs protocol provides a connection to databases with information on the owner of a domain name (yahoo.com), an IP address (66.94.234.13), or an autonomous system number, or ASN (26101). Back when computer networks were new and obscure, systems administrators used WhoIs as a way to look up and contact other sysadmins. But now that there are numerous registrars, all with their own databases of domains they've registered for clients, using only one WhoIs database may return no information at all, or not enough information to be of any use.

Enter WhoIs Analyzer Pro, from VOSTROM. With it, you can type in a domain name, an email address, an ASN, or an IP address, and the application will automatically locate the best database and return any information it finds. This feature, known as Smart/Automatic server selection, takes care of locating the best WhoIs server for you, and is one of the most unique features of this app. You can also pick a specific WhoIs server instead, if you want to view the information one registrar has compared to another.

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The main application window is clean and straightforward: Type in the domain you’re looking for (1), and select a WhoIs server if you want (2), or just let WhoIs Analyzer Pro select the best server for you. When you start the search, you get basic info on the domain (3), then more in-depth info if it’s available (4). At the bottom of the screen, you can view a log of what WhoIs Analyzer Pro is doing (5).

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In addition to the Smart server feature, you can also open multiple windows and submit multiple queries simultaneously. You can search for an email address, an ASN, or a URL in addition to the more common domain name/IP address search. Once you have found the results of your queries, you can print, email a pdf, or save the results in HTML format, all from within the application. And if that isn't reason enough to try the software, the company behind WhoIs Analyzer Pro, VOSTROM, develops solutions specifically to address network reliability and security issues. These guys know what they're doing!

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I only found two minor cosmetic issues with the application, both of which should be fixed by the next release. First, right-clicking on the toolbar brought up a blank box in the middle of the screen, for some reason; left-clicking made it disappear (1). Second, the HTML file generated from Save Result contains some non-ASCII characters, which are easily removed with BBEdit (2)–and this does not happen when printing, emailing, or saving as a PDF, only when saving and viewing the HTML. Again, both of these minor appearance issues will be fixed by the next release, according to VOSTROM.

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WhoIs Analyzer Pro can be downloaded from VOSTROM's WhoIs Analyzer website, and costs $24.95 (or if you act fast, you can still buy it from MacUpdate’s past promo link with a 20% discount). However, the generous folks at VOSTROM have offered TWO FREE LICENSES of WhoIs Analyzer Pro. Simply post a comment below with a URL, email address, IP address, or ASN that you looked up, and how the experience was for you — especially if you found out something surprising or unusual in the WhoIs information. Post between now and midnight on Tuesday, April 22nd for a chance to win!

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51 Responses to “WhoIs Analyzer Pro: Review and Giveaway”

  1. Jason on April 15th, 2008 6:53 am

    Looked up google.com just for the sake of it…came up with this:

    GOOGLE.COM.ZZZZZ.GET.LAID.AT.WWW.SWINGINGCOMMUNITY.COM
    GOOGLE.COM.ZOMBIED.AND.HACKED.BY.WWW.WEB-HACK.COM
    GOOGLE.COM.YAHOO.COM.MYSPACE.COM.YOUTUBE.COM.FACEBOOK.COM.THEYSUCK.DNSABOUT.COM
    GOOGLE.COM.WORDT.DOOR.VEEL.WHTERS.GEBRUIKT.SERVERTJE.NET
    GOOGLE.COM.VN
    GOOGLE.COM.UA
    GOOGLE.COM.TW
    GOOGLE.COM.TR
    GOOGLE.COM.SUCKS.FIND.CRACKZ.WITH.SEARCH.GULLI.COM
    GOOGLE.COM.SPROSIUYANDEKSA.RU
    GOOGLE.COM.SERVES.PR0N.FOR.ALLIYAH.NET
    GOOGLE.COM.SA
    GOOGLE.COM.PLZ.GIVE.A.PR8.TO.AUDIOTRACKER.NET
    GOOGLE.COM.MX
    GOOGLE.COM.IS.NOT.HOSTED.BY.ACTIVEDOMAINDNS.NET
    GOOGLE.COM.IS.HOSTED.ON.PROFITHOSTING.NET
    GOOGLE.COM.IS.APPROVED.BY.NUMEA.COM
    GOOGLE.COM.HAS.LESS.FREE.PORN.IN.ITS.SEARCH.ENGINE.THAN.SECZY.COM
    GOOGLE.COM.DO
    GOOGLE.COM.CO
    GOOGLE.COM.BR
    GOOGLE.COM.BEYONDWHOIS.COM
    GOOGLE.COM.AU
    GOOGLE.COM.ACQUIRED.BY.CALITEC.NET
    GOOGLE.COM

    Jason

  2. Danny Tang on April 15th, 2008 6:54 am

    I think this is great, I’ve been looking for a mac app for whois, and this seems to do the trick very nicely. I looked up the school web address (uoguelph.ca) with and it displays all the information I need. It’s perfect.

  3. Abubaker Shamlan on April 15th, 2008 10:16 am

    I looked up my domain which is a country specific domain and it did retrieved the whois record, in other softwares i had to add the whois server manually.

    domain: shamlan.com.sa
    organization: Shamlan Inc.
    address: P.O.Box 13231
    address: 31493 Dammam
    address: Saudi Arabia
    admin-c: AS228-SA
    tech-c: AS228-SA
    reg-c: AS228-SA
    nserver: ns1.dreamhost.com
    nserver: ns2.dreamhost.com
    nserver: ns3.dreamhost.com
    req-date: 2005-09-03
    reg-date: 2005-09-11
    source: SaudiNIC

  4. dave on April 15th, 2008 11:49 am

    i dug up the old and funny “justfuckinggoogleit.com” and it turns out that the domain is set to expire in about 4 weeks!! if they don’t renew, i think macapper oughta grab it ;)

    this is an awesome tool – wish they’d marry it to some of the functions of domainer so that it could double as a domain owner management tool and incorporate all such features…

  5. CaptSaltyJack on April 15th, 2008 1:20 pm

    I just love these programs that are very simple wrappers for pre-existing tools or services that are free. So the developers whip this up and slap a $25 price tag on it.

    You can look up domains easily here:
    http://www.dnsstuff.com/

    There are other batch WHOIS tools out there as well.

  6. Arthus Erea on April 15th, 2008 5:03 pm

    This is a great little app which would simplify tracking down people I hope to buy domains from. I looked up geni.us with it and the service was excellent.

  7. Jorge on April 15th, 2008 8:46 pm

    I bought this last month, and although it can be done in terminal and on the web I prefer using this tool. Also, I can save to html if I want to etc, I think its worth the 24 bucks..

  8. sinbad on April 15th, 2008 9:04 pm

    So I tried this out. Yes, as has been stated, you can do this on the web, terminal, whatever. I liked it. I did find the save as HTML to have the cosmetic issues described above. Glad to know it will be fixed. If I am lucky enough to win a license, I’d be quite happy. If not, I definitely will consider purchasing.

    I looked up Apple.com. Here is my results from WhoIs. What surprised me was that the expiration date is less than a year off… perhaps I’ll put it on backorder ;-)

    whois.verisign-grs.com

    Domain Name: APPLE.COM
    Registrar: MARKMONITOR INC.
    Whois Server: whois.markmonitor.com
    Referral URL: http://www.markmonitor.com
    Name Server: NSERVER.APPLE.COM
    Name Server: NSERVER.ASIA.APPLE.COM
    Name Server: NSERVER.EURO.APPLE.COM
    Name Server: NSERVER2.APPLE.COM
    Name Server: NSERVER3.APPLE.COM
    Name Server: NSERVER4.APPLE.COM
    Status: clientDeleteProhibited
    Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Status: clientUpdateProhibited
    Updated Date: 16-jul-2007
    Creation Date: 19-feb-1987
    Expiration Date: 20-feb-2009

    whois.markmonitor.com

    Registrant:
    Apple Inc.
    Apple Inc.
    1 Infinite Loop
    Cupertino CA 95014
    US
    eddingsk@apple.com +1.4089744286 Fax: +1.4089741560

    Domain Name: apple.com

    Registrar Name: Markmonitor.com
    Registrar Whois: whois.markmonitor.com
    Registrar Homepage: http://www.markmonitor.com

    Administrative Contact:
    Apple Inc.
    Apple Inc.
    1 Infinite Loop
    Cupertino CA 95014
    US
    eddingsk@apple.com +1.4089744286 Fax: +1.4089741560
    Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
    NOC Apple (NA4189-ORG)
    Apple Inc.
    1 Infinite Loop M/S 60-DR
    Cupertino CA 95014
    US
    Apple-NOC@APPLE.COM +1.4089961010 Fax: +1.4089741560

    Created on…………..: 1987-02-19.
    Expires on…………..: 2009-02-19.
    Record last updated on..: 2008-03-30.

    Domain servers in listed order:

    nserver.euro.apple.com
    nserver.apple.com
    nserver4.apple.com
    nserver3.apple.com
    nserver2.apple.com
    nserver.asia.apple.com

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  9. Nick c on April 16th, 2008 1:27 pm

    I also looked up the Apple.com website.

    This app will be very useful for my computer networking course next year!

  10. ErichD on April 16th, 2008 11:27 pm

    I looked up some other mac-related sites, mainly the now in hiatus deal sites, and found that they are indeed, for the most part, in ownership for many months to come.

    Maybe something good will come of maccappaday.com?

  11. Rick on April 18th, 2008 4:10 pm

    @Cap: ordinarily I’d agree with you. But I know of this guy. IIRC he’s connected to the GeekTools people. His work on OS X is weird because he’s not using native tools but I don’t think this is a wrapper. Still I wouldn’t use it because 5.7 MB on the download is just hysterical and I can get what I want from Spike which is ‘native’ and does the ‘magic’ search by default for about 1/100th the disk footprint.

  12. Hawkmoon on April 23rd, 2008 9:10 pm

    I’ve used it to look up my company’s domain name, and my family’s domain name, and the data’s very good. As others have said, yeah, you can do this manually if you have the time and know how to do it, but Whois Analyzer Pro sure makes it easier.
    I’ve used it when servers on our sight have been under attack, and a quick analysis of the attack source is needed. I definitely recommend this tool.

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