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Configuring SmartWhois

You can customize the application configuration by clicking Settings => Options.

Queries

Default query type (hotkey) – select the query type to be used as the default when clicking on the Query button or pressing the Enter key. By default, the

Auto Detect query type is selected. With this query type, the application will try to guess if you expect it to perform an IP address/hostname of domain query. If you need more control over what the application does, select a different query type as the default. All other query types are explicit, i.e. they don't involve any "guesswork" from the application side.

Simultaneous query processing threads – sets the maximum number of simultaneous threads processing queries. This value is set to "10" by default. That value is considered as the optimal one for most computers. You don't need to change this value unless you are unsatisfied with the query processing performance.

Query time-out – this field sets the time limit for each query. If no information is received during the specified time, the query is cancelled. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection and the accessibility of whois servers you may want to increase or decrease the query timeout.

Prompt to re-query unfound items when processing batch files – check this box if you want SmartWhois to prompt you to re-query a batch file. Sometimes the program cannot get information on all the items in the batch file due to whois server time-outs or temporary database problems. In such cases SmartWhois will suggest to scan the batch file once again and send queries for those items that were not initially found.

Automatically de-obfuscate URLs – check this box to have the program decode obscure (or standard) URLs when you paste them to the input field. An example of such a URL is:
http://new.sec.34333QQ@193490259912/o%62s%63ur%65%2e%68t%6D .

Sort query history – when this box is checked, the query history (recent queries in the program's drop-down list) is sorted alphabetically.

Sort results – when this option is enabled (by default), query results are sorted in ascending order. If this option is disabled, results are automatically sorted according to the query history or the way queries appear in the batch files(s).

Clear query history on exit – if this box is checked, the application clears the query history when you exit.

Clear results on exit – if this box is checked, the application clears the Results tree when you exit.

Automatically perform query:

When an item is selected from the history list – runs a query when an item is selected from the drop-down list.

When text is pasted into the query box – runs a query when the clipboard text is pasted into the query box.

Network

Ping

Check if host is reachable (ping) – checks if the host is reachable at the moment by pinging it. If the box is checked, SmartWhois sends pings (echo requests) to the host and waits for the reply. If the host is geographically too far away from you, some of the pings can be lost en route because this kind of network packets have the lowest priority. Due to this reason the program usually sends more than one ping (4 by default) and the response time is calculated as a mean value. You can change the number of pings by modifying the value in the corresponding box.  The time-out box displays the maximum time the program will wait for ping replies.

Disable ping when processing batch files – prevents the program from pinging each host or IP address contained in the batch while making queries.

Ping IPv6 addresses – if this box is checked, SmartWhois sends pings to an IPv6 host. We suggest that you disable this option if you're running Windows XP or older operation system, or experience difficulties pinging IPv6 addresses. Disabling this option may result in increasing the query processing performance.

Custom ping message – allows you to change the default string contained in ping packets.  To use this feature, check this box and type your own message in the textbox below.

Proxy Servers

If the computer running SmartWhois does not have a direct Internet access, you need to configure SmartWhois proxy settings in order to perform whois queries.

Use proxy server - check this box if your PC is part of a LAN and doesn't have direct access to the Internet or you wish to use an external proxy.

Manage proxy servers – click on this button to configure your proxy servers. See the Using SmartWhois From Behind a Firewall chapter for more information on configuring proxy servers.

Use the selected proxy server – check this box if you want to use a single preselected proxy server for all connections.

Use a random proxy server from the list – chose this option to instruct the program to use random proxy from the list every time when a new connection to the whois server is made.

Advanced

Query all IP addresses assigned to hostname – if this option is enabled, SmartWhois will retrieve all IP addresses assigned to a specified hostname and query them separately. Multiple IP addresses will be displayed as the child branches of the specified host.

Reverse resolve IP address to hostname – if this box is checked, the program will try to resolve the host name for the entered IP address when you send a query.

Check for geolocation DNS record (DNS LOC) – check this box to have SmartWhois report the geographic coordinates of a domain / IP address being queried. Please see our FAQ for more information on viewing LOC records.

Check for Google Page Rank / Check for Alexa Traffic Rank – enable these options to have the program display Google Page and/or Alexa Traffic ranks. Note that enabling these options may slow down the program's performance slightly, as additional network connections are needed for displaying this information.

Show IPv6 ranges as CIDR – if this option is enabled, IPv6 ranges in the Results tree will be shown in the CIDR format. This saves some space in the left panel.

Cache

SmartWhois is capable of caching the output of all queries, as well as maintaining a DNS lookup results cache for future use. If you enter an IP address or a host name that has been previously queried the program finds the query results in the cache and immediately displays the information even if you are not connected to the Internet.

Data

Enable data caching – use this checkbox to enable this feature.

Current number of records – indicates the number of currently stored records.

Maximum number of records – allows you to adjust the cache size in terms of records.

View Cache – allows you to view cached records.

Clear Cache – purge the cache.

Clear cache on exit – purge the cache every time the application is closed.

DNS

Enable hostname / IP address caching – check this box if you want SmartWhois to cache DNS queries. On the Internet a Domain Name Server (DNS) mechanism is used for resolving hostnames to IP addresses. Usually your computer queries the DNS of your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for an IP address corresponding to a hostname. However it is possible to have DNS information stored on your local computer, which may make the program work faster.

Current number of records – indicates the number of records currently stored.

Maximum number of records – allows you to adjust the DNS cache size in terms of records.

View Cache – allows you to view cached DNS records.

Clear Cache – purge the DNS cache.

Clear cache on exit – purge the cache every time the application is closed.

Remember that hostnames corresponding to IP addresses can be changed by their owner. The whois server authority can change high-level DNS records, and if you have an old record in your local DNS cache SmartWhois might be unable to access these hosts. Clearing the local DNS cache can solve this problem.

Export

This tab allows you to configure the fields to be included in text, XLS, or XML files when you save results.

Don't include tags when saving as text file – if this box is checked, the text output will not contain such tags as <ip address> or <administrative contact>. When exporting the data to XML and XLS formats the tags are always included.

Integration

This page is for managing a number of plug-ins and add-ons that allow SmartWhois to integrate with browsers and e-mail applications. You can install or remove the following options:

· Google Chrome Extension
· Opera Browser Extension
· Mozilla Firefox Extension
· Microsoft Internet Explorer Extension
· Microsoft Outlook Add-in
· Windows Explorer Shell Extension

Please refer to the Integration Options chapter for the details and installation instructions.

System

Run on Windows Startup – if this box is checked, the program is automatically launched every time you start Windows.

Show Tray Icon – if this box is checked, a SmartWhois icon will be displayed in the system tray area. Right-clicking on it pops up a menu for quick access to the frequently used SmartWhois functions. If you would like to open the program's main window, double click the icon or right-click on it and select Show from the pop-up menu.

Close to tray – if this box is checked, the program's main window is minimized on closing, and a SmartWhois icon is displayed in the system tray area. Use the Exit command of the icon's context menu to close the program.

On startup minimize to tray – if this box is checked, SmartWhois will run minimized every time it is launched. If you would like to open the program's main window, double-click the SmartWhois icon or right-click on it and select Show from the pop-up menu.

Single click on tray icon to open - check this box if you want to open the main window with a single click.

Hotkeys

This page contains hotkeys that allow you to open a number of SmartWhois and perform clipboard and window queries. To enable a hotkey, check the corresponding box and use your keyboard to select a unique hotkey for the selected action (e.g. hold down Ctrl + Shift + H) then click OK. Note that the selected hotkey combinations should be unique in order to not create conflicts with hotkeys assigned by other applications.

Fonts & Colors

SmartWhois' look can be customized on this page. Both the left and right panels may be assigned with the unique background color and font. You can also change the application font that is used in dialogs and menus. Use the Restore Defaults button to roll back to the default settings.

Updates

Enable automatic application updates - if this box is checked, the program will check if an update for the current version is available and will prompt you to download and install it. You may want to set the interval between SmartWhois update checks in the Interval between checks field.

Click on the Check for Updates Now button to check for available updates immediately.