Network Solutions Makes Another Evil Move

April 8, 2008 · Print This Article

Not content with the profits it makes from front running, Network Solutions has decided to scam people in another way: it is now hijacking unassigned sub-domains.

A subdomain is basically a domain built on a domain – so, for instance, some sites might add a blog at blog.domain.com. An unassigned subdomain is a subdomain that hasn’t been set up and there will be an infinite number of them – e.g. NetworkSolutionsSucks.DomainBits.com, EvilNetworkSolutions.DomainBits.com, etc. What Network Solutions is doing is presenting a parking page any time someone goes to a nonexistent subdomain of a website hosted with them.

If these pages ended up getting indexed in Google or any of the other major search engines, it could cause some serious trouble for the website owners. Even if they don’t get indexed – how would you like your host to be adding pages to your website, without letting you know?

Network Solutions Sucks – avoid them like the plague!

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14 Responses to “Network Solutions Makes Another Evil Move”

  1. damir on April 8th, 2008 9:49 pm

    GREAT post.

    This kind of Company’s would not exist if they had NO customers so some people must LOVE Netwotk Solutions

  2. admin on April 8th, 2008 9:59 pm

    A lot of it’s inertia – people have their domains and hosting there and can’t be bothered to move it. Also, they have a lot of corporate business, and many of those corporations will be very conservative about whom they do business with.

  3. Sammy Ashouri on April 8th, 2008 10:02 pm

    WHAT?! You’re freakin’ kidding me…..

    This is absolutely ridiculous

  4. admin on April 8th, 2008 10:04 pm

    I wish you were right, Sammy ๐Ÿ™

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  6. Jumos on April 9th, 2008 7:07 am

    I tried http://hyhyhyhhyhdd.domainbits.com/

    and it just says problem loading page.

  7. admin on April 9th, 2008 7:51 am

    I’m not hosted at Network Solutions, thankfully.

  8. John Bomhardt on April 9th, 2008 9:32 am

    Just wild card your subdomain so anything before say like “anything.domainbits.com” will forward to anything you want. Just do a Mod_Rewrite in your .htaccess file…

    John
    http://unplain.com

  9. admin on April 9th, 2008 11:20 am

    Thanks John – I could forward it to IdiotU.com ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. John Bomhardt on April 9th, 2008 11:31 am

    :O lol

  11. Dany on April 9th, 2008 2:06 pm

    I just get “page not found”.
    Can anyone replicate this claim?

  12. admin on April 10th, 2008 1:10 pm

    @Dany – that’s what I’m getting now too. Network Solutions must have changed things pretty quickly!

  13. John Cline on January 21st, 2010 7:20 pm

    Once Network Solutions get your domain name they will only let you move it once from their site to another every three months. They hijack it.
    I paid for the domain name it should be mine.

  14. Alan Sawyer on March 28th, 2010 4:45 am

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