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    Whois from MS SysInternals

    I downloaded Whois from SysInternals.
    I click the ZIP download;
    then one of the contained EXEs [one x32, one x64];
    get an 'autoextract is enabled…' popup which I click to allow;
    and then… nothing.

    No new icon on my desktop, no program or command window open. Running 'whois' in CMD fails. Nothing's been installed according to Apps & features. Disallowing autoextract doesn't help.
    The above page doesn't have any info on how to use the app, just a one-line syntax example. The download I got is the 158KB specced on the page.

    I must be missing something totally obvious, help
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    It has to be run from the command line!
    who-is.PNG
    I'v always used one of the many free web-based tools. Martin

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    Thanks Martin, but I don't have a SysInternals folder in either \Program Files\ or \Program Files (x86)\.

    As I said…
    Running 'whois' in CMD fails
    …I just ran it from the default location C:\Users\Lugh as I couldn't locate anywhere else the program might have installed—just in case it had installed & added itself to the Path env variable.

    I'v always used one of the many free web-based tools.
    Yeah me too, when checking who owns a domain or getting other info on an existing domain.

    However when exploring domains to purchase, I prefer to query the registry directly. There's a long history of people mysteriously losing domains which they thought were free, but weren't when they went to pay for them. It's called Front Running because of its similarity to the shady financial practice of the same name.

    That said, I've never had that happen when querying at Namecheap, those guys appear to be straight.
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    I've had no problem. I opened the zip (File Explorer my default), dragged whois.exe to a folder I have foe such programs. First time I ran it - from FE - it gave me a T&C type window, but after that nothing whenever I ran it from there. I went to Powershell and ran it from there - using ./whois.exe. Attached is the result from checking the forum.whois.txt
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    All of the Sysinternals apps are portable. You won't see any installation for them. What do you mean by "failed"? Did not execute at all? Can you find the .exe file?
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    Lugh,

    You need to find the folder (most likely in your documents) where it was extracted to. I extract the whole sysinternals suite to a directory called NonInstPrograms.

    Here's what I get when run from an Admin (probably not necessary) Command prompt.
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    G:\BEKDocs\NonInstPrograms\SysInternals>whois /h
    
    Whois v1.12 - Domain information lookup utility
    Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com
    Copyright (C) 2005-2014 Mark Russinovich
    
    
    Usage: whois [-v] domainname [whois.server]
     -v   Print whois information for referrals
    
    
    G:\BEKDocs\NonInstPrograms\SysInternals>whois -v www.google.com
    
    Whois v1.12 - Domain information lookup utility
    Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com
    Copyright (C) 2005-2014 Mark Russinovich
    
    Connecting to COM.whois-servers.net...
    Server COM.whois-servers.net returned the following for GOOGLE.COM
    
       Domain Name: GOOGLE.COM
       Registry Domain ID: 2138514_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
       Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.markmonitor.com
       Registrar URL: http://www.markmonitor.com
       Updated Date: 2018-02-21T18:36:40Z
       Creation Date: 1997-09-15T04:00:00Z
       Registry Expiry Date: 2020-09-14T04:00:00Z
       Registrar: MarkMonitor Inc.
       Registrar IANA ID: 292
       Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abusecomplaints@markmonitor.com
       Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.2083895740
       Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientDeleteProhibited
       Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
       Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientUpdateProhibited
       Domain Status: serverDeleteProhibited https://icann.org/epp#serverDeleteProhibited
       Domain Status: serverTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#serverTransferProhibited
       Domain Status: serverUpdateProhibited https://icann.org/epp#serverUpdateProhibited
       Name Server: NS1.GOOGLE.COM
       Name Server: NS2.GOOGLE.COM
       Name Server: NS3.GOOGLE.COM
       Name Server: NS4.GOOGLE.COM
       DNSSEC: unsigned
       URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/
    >>> Last update of whois database: 2018-12-06T15:34:04Z <<<
    
    For more information on Whois status codes, please visit https://icann.org/epp
    
    NOTICE: The expiration date displayed in this record is the date the
    registrar's sponsorship of the domain name registration in the registry is
    currently set to expire. This date does not necessarily reflect the expiration
    date of the domain name registrant's agreement with the sponsoring
    registrar.  Users may consult the sponsoring registrar's Whois database to
    view the registrar's reported date of expiration for this registration.
    
    TERMS OF USE: You are not authorized to access or query our Whois
    database through the use of electronic processes that are high-volume and
    automated except as reasonably necessary to register domain names or
    modify existing registrations; the Data in VeriSign Global Registry
    Services' ("VeriSign") Whois database is provided by VeriSign for
    information purposes only, and to assist persons in obtaining information
    about or related to a domain name registration record. VeriSign does not
    guarantee its accuracy. By submitting a Whois query, you agree to abide
    by the following terms of use: You agree that you may use this Data only
    for lawful purposes and that under no circumstances will you use this Data
    to: (1) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass
    unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations via e-mail, telephone,
    or facsimile; or (2) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes
    that apply to VeriSign (or its computer systems). The compilation,
    repackaging, dissemination or other use of this Data is expressly
    prohibited without the prior written consent of VeriSign. You agree not to
    use electronic processes that are automated and high-volume to access or
    query the Whois database except as reasonably necessary to register
    domain names or modify existing registrations. VeriSign reserves the right
    to restrict your access to the Whois database in its sole discretion to ensure
    operational stability.  VeriSign may restrict or terminate your access to the
    Whois database for failure to abide by these terms of use. VeriSign
    reserves the right to modify these terms at any time.
    
    The Registry database contains ONLY .COM, .NET, .EDU domains and
    Registrars.
    HTH
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lugh View Post
    As I said……I just ran it from the default location C:\Users\Lugh
    Sorry, I didn't read you first post carefully enough. It seems you ran it from within the zip file, and, as I have just tried, that doesnt work. Open the zip file and drag the .exe anywhere you want, then run from the command line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by access-mdb View Post
    I opened the zip (File Explorer my default), dragged whois.exe to a folder
    Quote Originally Posted by mngerhold View Post
    Open the zip file and drag the .exe anywhere you want, then run from the command line.
    Thanks Access & Martin, that was it, working now. I can't believe I missed that—how long does the brain CMOS thing last anyway?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lugh View Post
    I must be missing something totally obvious
    Woohoo, I was right! I feel better now
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    I have the entire Sysinternals Suite downloaded and extracted to a folder named Sysinternals. From there any of the commands can be used from Command Prompt.

    *There is a downloadable subset of Sysinternals called PsTools, a useful set that can be executed remotely.
    Last edited by bbearren; 2018-12-07 at 11:09. Reason: addendum
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    ZIP has been around since 1989 but of course a young man like you wouldn't remember such arcane facts.
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    I have a utility called wscc.exe (Windows system control centre). This has all the Nirsoft and Sysinternals command in a window and you can run whois from there. You just need to add the website you want in the parameters bit. I hadn't realised I had it already!

    Plus lots of others as well!
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    Access,

    Did you get this when you downloaded?
    WSCC Dangerous.JPG

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    RG, it was a long time ago - and I think it was on this forum where I got the link from.

    I just checked it at virustotal and appears clean....
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockE View Post
    ZIP has been around since 1989 … How old are you, again?
    Many thanks Phil Katz, you did us all proud!

    You're right RockE, definite senior moment I'd downloaded the ZIP & opened it, then got called away for a while. When I returned, I'm looking at these 2 EXEs & thinking they're auto-extracting ZIPs when I click on them.

    It was only after Access & Martin posted that the penny dropped that I was still looking inside the ZIP, which looks the same as any other folder in my file mgr

    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Did you get this when you downloaded?
    Security programs often/usually wave a flag at those kinds of software RG, since they contain utilities that can do potentially dangerous things. If you got it from a known-trusted source like Major Geeks, you should be good.
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