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Given a url - how can I find which hosting company hosts this website?

 9:57 am on Nov 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Given a url - how can I find which hosting company hosts this website?

Would be really great if someone out there can help me.



 9:58 am on Nov 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

I mean is there some kind of look up tool that anyone knows?


 9:59 am on Nov 8, 2004 (gmt 0)


[edited by: trillianjedi at 10:29 am (utc) on Nov. 8, 2004]
[edit reason] Linking [/edit]


 10:20 am on Nov 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

thanks mate. the thing is that i have looked on this site - there are a number of tools there. But I can;t find one to find the web hosting company from the url.

Could you do me a huge favour and point me to the relevant tool on this site? I have looked pretty hard but can't find the right tool. I would be really, really grateful.


 10:58 am on Nov 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Use the tools to find the IP that the site is on and then run that IP through the queries. A little bit of the detective spirit is required for things like this.


 11:11 am on Nov 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

The IP tools that I have looked at return the Netblock owner - that is the entity that was allocated this IP address. In many cases - the netblock owner is a company that is allocated many IP's and then sells/allocates these onto other parties.

So, the entity returned is not actually the direct, current owner of the IP address. How do I solve this. Help.


 11:20 am on Nov 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

I am really sorry about being a baby on this - but I have explored many avenues on this samspade.org site and am not going where i want to go. I have also been playing around on netcraft dot com - a similar kind of tool site - with no success. Help.


 11:25 am on Nov 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

do a simple traceroute and then ck the owner of the last couple of ip's.


 11:39 am on Nov 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Doesn't a Whois search reveal the host(s)?
My listing gives IP numbers. Another Whois reveals
who those belong to, i.e. my site host. - Larry


 12:55 pm on Nov 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Can you post which whois tool u r using? The url of it .


 11:17 pm on Nov 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

There are lots of techniques, including but not limited to:
- Traceroute
- Reverse DNS on IPs, either the IP itself or hops in the traceroute
- (This is a neat trick :) - telnet to port 25, the mail server. See what it says. Same thing applies to lots of other apps that have banners, such as FTP.
- Visit the website at the IP address rather than the hostname, see what comes up - often a default page of some kind, since most hosts are doing http/1.1 virtual hosting.
- By the same token, telnet to port 80 and do a simple HTTP/1.0 request.
- Ask

It really depends on the situation...


 1:43 am on Nov 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

You can use also www.netcraft.com (What's that site running feature and then see the IP block owner)...



 9:35 am on Nov 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

rhodopsin, if you bung it over to me by sticky I'll see what I can do.


 10:11 am on Nov 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

as already said, you can easily get the owner of an IP range.
If this is a large provider sub-leasing addresses to his customers, which may be smaller ISPs, which may give IP addresses to their customers, which may be cheap resellers of shared virtual webspace hosting for Joe User ... well, besides doing some additional detective work (which may work *sometimes*, and often not ...) there is no way to find out easily, except asking each party for details about their individual customer relations on all levels from bottom to top.
There is no query tool to a central database, because there is no database.


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