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IP Address and Domain Lookup - SmartWhois

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Main Window and Menu

The program main window consists of the input area where you can enter your query, the menu and toolbar for performing standard operations, and the output window where query results are displayed. The output window consists of the Results tree (the left panel) that lists all queried IP addresses and domains, and the text area (the right panel), where the current query information is displayed.

 

 

To obtain information about an IP address, hostname, or domain, just enter it in the input box and hit the Enter key (Ctrl+ Enter in case of domain queries or Shift + Ctrl + Enter in case of IP / Host queries), or click on the Query button. Alternatively you can choose a recent query from the drop-down list. If you would like to learn more about the difference between IP addresses, hostnames, and domains, please see the Types of Queries chapter.

 

SmartWhois displays information obtained from the whois servers as a set of items represented by icons. A query result does not necessarily contain all of the items because the amount of data returned by whois servers depends on the specific IP address. Click here to see the meaning of the right panel icons.

 

The left panel displays all the IP addresses and domain names you have queried during the session represented by icons. Every IP address, hostname, or domain in the tree is represented by a node that includes several branches. The parent node is the IP address, hostname, or domain that you entered. The child branches are the net blocks in which this IP address was found. You can browse through the branches by clicking on them. When a new query is sent all the old threads are collapsed and a new thread is created. Click here to see the meaning of theresults tree icons.

 

Main Menu

 

 

File

 

Clear - clears the output window, both the Results tree and the text area.

 

Open opens a SmartWhois archive or batch file. If a SmartWhois archive is opened its contents are displayed. If some results are already present in the Results tree and text area, they will be merged with the archived data. If a batch file is opened, all IP addresses or domain names contained in it are processed.

 

Save - All Results - saves all the results from the tree into a SmartWhois archive, XML, XLS, or text file.

 

Save - Selected Results - saves selected results from the tree into a SmartWhois archive, XML, XLS, or text file.

 

Save - Current Result - saves the current result from the text area into a SmartWhois archive, HTML, XML, XLS, or text file.

 

Print - prints the current text area.

 

Exit - closes the program.

 

 

Query

 

As IP address / Hostname – performs an IP address / Hostname query.

 

As Domain – performs a domain query.

 

Clipboard – performs queries for the text on the clipboard.

 

Last Active Window – performs queries for the text in the last active window of a 3rd party application.

 

Stop – terminates queries in progress. This item is grayed when no query is being performed.

 

Refresh – updates selected queries in the Results tree by contacting the whois server again.

 

 

Edit

 

Copy - copies selected text from the text area to the clipboard.

 

Paste - pastes the clipboard contents into the input area.

 

Delete – deletes selected text in input area. If the Results tree is active, the selected queries in the tree will be deleted.

 

Select All - selects all text in the text area. If the Results tree is active, all queries in the tree will be selected.

 

 

View

 

Toolbar - shows or hides the toolbar.

 

Panel Headers – shows or hides the headers of the results and information details panels.

 

Results Panel – shows or hides the left panel.

 

Status Bar - shows or hides the status bar.

 

Source - opens a window that shows raw information as it was received from the whois server.

 

Whois Console opens a window for making a custom query. You can specify the whois server you want to query and make a specific type of query.

 

My Notes opens a window where you can enter your notes about IP addresses, hostnames, or domain names.

 

Country codes  - opens a window with the list of countries and two letter codes assigned to them.

 

 

Settings

 

Fonts – opens the Font dialog. The Application font is used for the menus, tool bar, status bar, as well as other parts of the program. The Left Panel font is for the IP address tree, and the Right Panel font is for the text area. Restore default fonts option resets the user settings.

 

Colors – opens the Background colors dialog for the Left Panel or Right Panel. Restore default colors resets the user settings.

 

Resolve IP Address to Hostname check this item if you want SmartWhois to perform a reverse DNS lookup. See the Configuring SmartWhois chapter for

more information.

 

Ping hosts check this item if you want SmartWhois to ping hosts. See the Configuring SmartWhois chapter for more information.

 

Language – allows you to select the SmartWhois interface language.

 

Options opens the configuration dialog.

 

 

Help

 

Contents – opens the help file.

 

Search For Help On – opens the SmartWhois help index.

 

Getting Started – displays the SmartWhois usage hints in the text area.

 

Online Tutorial – opens the Web site with SmartWhois tutorial.

 

Check for an Update on the Web – opens the update downloading dialog window. Please follow the instructions on the screen to download and install the latest upgrade for SmartWhois from the TamoSoft web site.

 

About shows the About window.

 

 

 

Right-clicking on the Results tree pops up the following menu:

 

 

Save - saves the information about the selected queries into a SmartWhois archive, XML, XLS, text, or HTML file.

 

Refresh - refreshes the results of the selected queries.

 

Delete - deletes selected queries.

 

Select All – selects all results in the tree.

 

View Source - opens a window and shows raw information as it was received from the whois server. View Source window has a context menu that allows you to copy the output to the clipboard, select and save the output, change the font for the window, or toggle word wrap.

 

Whois Console – opens whois console; the selected IP address or domain is filled into the query field.

 

My Notes – opens a window where you can put your notes about IP addresses, hostnames or domain names.

 

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.

 

 

 

Right-clicking on the right panel pops up a context menu with the following commands:

 

 

Copy - copies selected text to the clipboard.

 

Copy URL – copies the URL under the mouse pointer to the clipboard.

 

Select All - selects all text in the text area.

 

View Source - opens a window and shows raw information as it was received from a whois server. View Source window has a context menu that allows you to copy the output to the clipboard, select and save the output, change the font for the window, or toggle word wrap.

 

Search for - allows you to search for the selected text using one of the major Web search engines or Usenet. You can modify the list of the search engines by clicking Search for => Configure.

 

Abuse/Spam Reporting – use this command to pass the information about the owner of an IP address or domain to your e-mail application. When you use this command, SmartWhois will create a new message in your e-mail application and put some basic information into the body message. Be sure to customize this message before sending it, i.e. include all the details about the network attack or spam message headers.