Thursday, 29 December 2011

Running Whois commands from a Windows PC

How to run Whois commands from Windows Computers

Unlike LINUX this is a little more complicated and you will need to use a 3rd party tool like WhoisCL which you can download from here:

Be careful to click the "External Mirror link" and not the bright flashing "Download Now link" which is just there to trick you into downloading some kind of crapware.

Once downloaded, extract and then open the folder.

Copy the file WhoisCL.exe into your /windows/system32 folder OR make sure you edit your System Environment path so that it knows where the WhoisCl.exe file is located. This prevents you having to put the full path into the command prompt.

Also beware that many viruses often pretend to be commonly downloaded utilities like WhoisCL.exe so if you find a file with the name WhoisCL.exe in a place that you didn't install it then it "may" be a virus.

Make sure you always virus check every file you download and if you think you have a trojan use SDFix.exe in safe mode to hunt and destroy them. I have found that when virus checkers like McAfee or Kaspersky have run a full scan they still haven't found viruses that SDFix.exe has. Bewared though, because of the way the program works other Anti-Virus tools may falsely identify it as a virus.

To run Whois on a windows machine XP, Vista, Win7 (and above) then do the following.

Open up a command prompt and type:


You will get back a full Whois report for the domain you are looking at.

Add the flag -r to prevent the top line of the report from coming back e.g

C:\users\me\>whoiscl -r

C:\Users\me>whoiscl -r

WHOIS Server:

        Domain Administrator
        Microsoft Corporation
        One Microsoft Way
         Redmond WA 98052
        US +1.4258828080 Fax: +1.4259367329

    Domain Name:

        Registrar Name:
        Registrar Whois:
        Registrar Homepage:

    Administrative Contact:
        Domain Administrator
        Microsoft Corporation
        One Microsoft Way
         Redmond WA 98052
        US +1.4258828080 Fax: +1.4259367329
    Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
        MSN Hostmaster
        Microsoft Corporation
        One Microsoft Way
         Redmond WA 98052
        US +1.4258828080 Fax: +1.4259367329

    Created on..............: 1991-05-01.
    Expires on..............: 2021-05-02.
    Record last updated on..: 2011-08-14.

    Domain servers in listed order:

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