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Dear all,.

I've been reading on some threads both here and else where too... As I'm relatively new to this whole domain thingy....

I was wondering what is the best place to register an expired name that I found, because of one very important reason...

Registrars can can spy on your searches and they also could lie to you by telling you a domain name is not available when it actually is. So when you think it's not available, you go away, and they (registrar) snatch it...

Ok, maybe it's not really like this, but I'm becoming really paranoid...

Far too many people say their domain names were snatched even within minutes of them searching it up...and the problem has become so acute this year...

The more I learn, the more dirty it looks... and these guys will then charge you a hefty fee to buy it back from them....

I'm wondering if Namecheap is more trustworthy and much better than G*****y in this regard?.

I'm worried to try to reg the name at a registrar (any) because the search may say it's taken...when it's not, and then a very short while later on, some scumbag domain company registers it...

P.S : Notice that in order to reg a name you need to "SEARCH" for it first on the registrar website even though you know it's available...you have to go through their whois search function....all the registrars force you to do it in order to register any name at all...

Comments (8)

Search here,if it's available...reg it at your favourite registrar. http://www.internic.net/whois.html..

Comment #1

Whois the domain from a non-registar site like mention above,.

If it's available, register it with any registar..

If the registar you're using claim that the domain is not available, try other registar...

Comment #2

If you've got oodles of spyware/toolbars/etc. installed on your machine, then it's not about which registrar you are using...

Comment #3

Look for a program called Domain All in One. it's a free utility. It's a nifty little program that has some basic functions, which include allowing you to search whois and also Overture and search term results, even though the "Term" feature doesn't seem to be working anymore. There are definitely better programs out there for domaining, but on the free side, it serves it's purpose, which is a quick click to whois and OVT results...

Comment #4

If you're not familiar with doing a UNIX lookup, there are at least 2 sites you.

Can possibly use to see if the domain name's available: http://www.iwhois.com http://registrar.verisign-grs.com/whois (for .com and .net only).

Based on jberryhill's post, make sure your computer's "clean", too.

And every registrar has to "check" what the name's status is (if any). You do.

Not have to use their WHOIS section to check for availability.

BTW, the 2nd link above is where all registrars authoritatively check status of.

A .com and .net domain name. If you can't even trust them, then there's no.

Point registering it...

Comment #5

I would highly advise that you do some research about companies, or you could end up losing a lot of money, even if you intend on only registering a couple of domains. Read the reviews on this site, would also recommend sticking to ICANN accredited registrars, and not going with resellers, as resellers have a tendancy of 'going-under' after a few months. When you finally do decide upon a registrar, take one last step, and look that company up at BBB.org to see if everything checks out there. If you want my personal recommendation, I'd go with GoDaddy.com, it accredited, fairly cheap, is actually a member of BBB, and even though it shows a lot of complaints at BBB.org (a company as large as this one will always have complaints), MOST of them were resolved. To see a stark contrast to this company, look up Registerfly.com at BBB, you'll see much different results......

Comment #6

I actually have 5 good reasons not to go with Go Daddy, 4 of them monetary.

Still, they're doing a pretty good job getting tons of people to do business with.

Them. Just a matter of knowing what you're doing, I guess...

Comment #7

Goaddy/namecheap/moniker/ are the registrars of choice with a large number of NPers...

Comment #8


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.

 

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