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Free Registrar co.cc Goes the Way of the Dodo

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the supply-meet-demand-and-vice-versa dept.

The Internet 70

First time accepted submitter Nexus Unplugged writes "Free domain provider co.cc seems to have quietly and mysteriously disappeared. No official explanation has yet been provided, but a cached copy suggest that they stopped accepting new registrations some time ago. Speculation, however, seems to come to a single conclusion. From the article: 'Due to its free nature (and it's $10 for as many as you want), Co.CC was abused and used for scams and spamming and was even de-listed by Google at one point although they did re-enable it. Getting back to the article on hand a few days ago Co.CC seems to have removed its DNS records which ultimately has stops its own site from working and every sub domain it provided.' It's worth noting that free domains are still easily obtainable from places like DotTK."

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No surprise (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41996549)

We can't have anything good and free because scumbags will take advantage of it.

Re:No surprise (0)

NatasRevol (731260) | about 2 years ago | (#41996965)

You can't have anything free. Ever.

Re:No surprise (1)

alexo (9335) | about 2 years ago | (#41996987)

Air

Re:No surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41997059)

Useless unless it's clean air. Clean air requires constant oxygen supply AKA plants.

Re:No surprise (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41997163)

Ok, make that, unclean air.

Re:No surprise (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41997449)

It costs money to pollute that stuff!

Re:No surprise (1)

Richard Dick Head (803293) | about 2 years ago | (#42009419)

Finally we can put that myth to rest. Air is not free.

However, I would direct you to Mr. Humphries [youtube.com] , who is always free.

Re:No surprise (1)

Stimonk (2582667) | about 2 years ago | (#42062401)

Cost is minimal (internet connect + free time + free easily available proxies)! Also, Co.cc was closed down by their registrar, likely for a user spamming / or a highly illegal act like child porn or a terrorist site - http://diggreponsitory.blogspot.ca/2012/11/cocc-shuts-down-with-millions-of-users.html [blogspot.ca] Either way, they're not coming back!

Re:No surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41997475)

Your mom said I could have her whenever I want.

Re:No surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41997575)

At a buck-fifty a throw, she's cheap, but not free.

Re:No surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41997991)

naw, I told her to keep her money.

Re:No surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999029)

Taxes.

Re:No surprise (2)

ikaruga (2725453) | about 2 years ago | (#41998065)

Specially for DNS. It's already pretty bad people buy domain names that they'll never use so that they can resell it later for 50+ times the price.

Re:No surprise (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41998205)

I agree speculation should be outlawed.

Oh wait, what about Wall Street...

Re:No surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999203)

Like Lennart Poettering >_>

I can't believe no one's noticed... (1)

MisterSquid (231834) | about 2 years ago | (#41999633)

...that people can't get their free domains because co.cc has been cut off.

Or is that what this story is about?

still several for subdomains (3, Informative)

Trepidity (597) | about 2 years ago | (#41996579)

If you're okay with a subdomain rather than looking to register directly under a TLD, FreeDNS [afraid.org] is another one that's been around for a while, though they target themselves a bit more at people who want a changeable hostname for their dynamic IP (a free alternative to the used-to-be-free-but-now-isn't DynDNS).

Re:still several for subdomains (2)

omnichad (1198475) | about 2 years ago | (#41996641)

.co.cc is already a subdomain.

Re:still several for subdomains (0)

mrbester (200927) | about 2 years ago | (#41997067)

Like .co.uk is?

Re:still several for subdomains (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41997483)

no, co.uk is not a registered domain name, co.cc is.

Re:still several for subdomains (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41998633)

Are you a smart ass or an idiot. Cannot tell.

Re:still several for subdomains (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about 2 years ago | (#41996725)

I've always had good luck with no-ip [no-ip.com] . Same deal though.

Google offers very robust free subdomains (2)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about 2 years ago | (#41996743)

under the mygbiz.com address.

Re:still several for subdomains (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41998315)

Pretty sure you can set up subdomains there, but you don't need to. I've used FreeDNS for a while, but all I really use is my .com and a prefix that I use to forward the traffic to a different server on my proxy.

Re:still several for subdomains (1)

fgouget (925644) | about 2 years ago | (#42001209)

Another option is eu.org [eu.org] which was created by a founder of Gandi when .org domains stopped being free.

Just add all the domains to your HOST file (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41996591)

apk, I summon you!
apk, I summon you!
apk, I summon you!

Re:Just add all the domains to your HOST file (1)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#41996757)

It takes more than an APK to modify /etc/hosts on an Android device. If your device isn't rooted, you need to use Android Debug Bridge [slashdot.org] .

(APK has two meanings, as does Twitter [slashdot.org] .)

Re:Just add all the domains to your HOST file (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41996773)

Be carefull, you forgot to chant the incantation to keep the apk-impostor away.

Re:Just add all the domains to your HOST file (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000001)

There is no impostor, there is only apk.

Re:Just add all the domains to your HOST file (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42001011)

he must've really gotten a piece of you that you've gone psycho like this.

Re:Just add all the domains to your HOST file (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42001689)

The summoning was successful!

Mysteriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41996619)

"Quietly and mysteriously disappeared"

The article is written as if the whole thing was somehow shrouded in mistery and nobody could ever find out what happened. Well, my guess is that for very profane reasons such as lack of revenue some ordinary humans (not mysterious aliens) decided to pull the plug. That happens.

Re:Mysteriously? (1)

bbecker23 (1917560) | about 2 years ago | (#41996639)

Mistery in the data-center!? Now it all makes sense. Damned condensate ruins everything.

how dare you (1)

desdinova 216 (2000908) | about 2 years ago | (#41996683)

give a calm, logical, rational reason for something that happened on the internet!

Some geographical .us subdomains are still free (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41996687)

.wa.us is a good example. You can get seattle.wa.us and other such cities free. It's managed through nwnexus.com. I've always just contacted their sales staff to request forms to register a .seattle.wa.us or .olympia.wa.us for example. They're long, but definitely free.

Re:Some geographical .us subdomains are still free (2)

anasciiman (528060) | about 2 years ago | (#41996775)

Can you explain this to me in detail? Their site has nothing specific to how this is done... Thanks.

Illuminati (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41996705)

It is the Illuminati I say. This thing stinks of a conspiracy by the illuminate to take over the world.

Re:Illuminati (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41996787)

No, we have nothing to do with this.

Now excuse me, I have urgent matters to take care of.

Great big .tk advertisement (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41996735)

It's usually not this blatant, is it?

Re:Great big .tk advertisement (1)

Elbereth (58257) | about 2 years ago | (#41996911)

Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

Is it a bad sign that grassroots, word-of-mouth advertising is now indistinguishable from shills, viral advertising campaigns, and astroturfing? It's only a matter of time before corporate America catches on to the fact that we're getting pissed off by this and sells our outrage back to us, in the form of even more cynical advertising methods.

Re:Great big .tk advertisement (3, Informative)

Larryish (1215510) | about 2 years ago | (#41998127)

.tk sucks

Their machine runs like so:

They give you a "free domain", and then when your DNS queries reach a certain number, they suspend your domain for "unspecified reasons" and then make you pay twice the price of .com to have the domain re-enabled.

Don't use .tk for anything that isn't disposable.

Re:Great big .tk advertisement (1)

MysteriousPreacher (702266) | about 2 years ago | (#41999749)

And it's a playground for scammers. I wouldn't use a .tk domain for anything more important than a blog with fewer visitors anually than the ISS.

Re:Great big .tk advertisement (1)

pantaril (1624521) | about 2 years ago | (#41999821)

Just registered with them to try their free domain.

How do they count DNS queries, when i'm not using their name servers? (I'm using mine, check my new http://kalevala.tk/ [kalevala.tk] domain)

Re:Great big .tk advertisement (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000621)

When any host asks tk. which nameserver handles kalevala.tk. of course :) The number of queries will of course not be a total count of the traffic to the site in question since most queries will be cached. But they can still keep a count.

Re:Great big .tk advertisement (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42004535)

check my new http://kalevala.tk/ [kalevala.tk] domain

"If works"?

Re:Great big .tk advertisement (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42123317)

Dot.tk is a giant parking page SCAM set up to lure you in by offering FREE domains only to bait and switch you once your website traffic starts rolling on in.
http://dottkscam.blogspot.ru/2010/02/dot-tk-giant-sedo-parking-scam-stealing.html

My stolen domains :
ADBOARD.TK
ADULT-DATING.TK
HOSTBOX.TK
BRIDESNET.TK
DIGITSHOP.TK
CALLWORLD.TK
EROTOP.TK
TVGIRL.TK
FREE-PEOPLE-SEARCH.TK
INDIANDRUGS.TK
KINOSERIAL.TK
MINIGAMEZ.TK
MYBESTBRIDE.TK
PHONE-CARD.TK
PILLSGURU.TK
SEOTOOL.TK
TECHSHOP.TK
TVFILM.TK
UNLIMVIDEO.TK
WEBDRUGS.TK
VIDEOLIB.TK
WEBDOSKA.TK

Standart letter:
From: Ross Pooley
Subject: Re: HELP !!!!
Dear Sir/Madam,
Thank you for your enquiry about the closed domain. Unfortunately the domain has been shut down because of a complaint about unacceptable content.
With Kind Regards, Dot TK Support

Post your warning on https://www.facebook.com/dottk?sk=wall

DotTK questions (4, Funny)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | about 2 years ago | (#41996761)

If I write an NTP server in Tcl/Tk and register it on Dot.TK could I call it ticktock.tcl.tk?

Re:DotTK questions (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41997105)

nope. 3 letter domains at .tk are $1000/year.,

Re:DotTK questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41997301)

Whooooooooooooooosh

Re:DotTK questions (2)

dissy (172727) | about 2 years ago | (#41998345)

Actually tcl.tk is already the primary domain for active tcl.
I reference wiki.tcl.tk and their online man pages there frequently.

Re:DotTK questions (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999013)

Whoooooooooosh!

Blocked It At My Job (1)

noc007 (633443) | about 2 years ago | (#41996847)

At my last job we encountered too many links to scammers and malware from sites on their subdomains via spam and customer applications. We went ahead and blocked *.co.cc and would not approve any potential customer applications if that's where their website was.

If a company wants to do a website on the cheap, domains don't cost much and hosting can be had for $5/mo to free depending on your content.

Re:Blocked It At My Job (2)

Anrego (830717) | about 2 years ago | (#41997371)

Myabe it's just one of those things that only geeks notice, but it still boggles my mind when I see companies (not even small ones) with a website on freewebs and matching hotmail email.

Re:Blocked It At My Job (1)

Amouth (879122) | about 2 years ago | (#41997779)

i a know multi-national company whose employees (VP's, Regional Managers, ...) regularly use yahoo or gmail accounts with vendors because their corporate e-mail system is so locked down that even the smallest of attachments (anything over 500kb) gets blocked.

can't have nice things (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41996867)

This is the only reason i send in my $499/yr slashdot subscription to Nigeria.

co.cc? (1)

phorm (591458) | about 2 years ago | (#41997145)

I don't suppose it had anything to do with how that particular domain is pronounced?
Might be suited to adult sites, but it wouldn't work for everyone.

I always knew it (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999701)

There Ain't Such A Thing As Free Co.cc.

Re:co.cc? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42051341)

.co.ck already exists for the Cook Islands.

No great loss (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41997303)

I used them a few years ago for a site (hosting old software I'd written), had nothing but trouble with them.
They'd periodically suspend the domain without any notification and then a week long game of email pingpong to get it back again.
"Your site was hosting pirated software" really, that was news to me! . When asked to give a URL to the offending page their reason would suddenly change to
"Your site was hosting objectionable content", nope , no pron there either.
  Again, ask for a URL to the content in question and it'd change again to hosting malware or sending spam.

Not once would they back up their claims with any proof, just email back a different reason for suspension. Then after they run of reasons they'd reinstate it.
Tried swapping to the free .tk domains, that wasn't any better, domain deleted without any reasons given.

As the old adage goes, you get what you pay for.

Sounds like a good target for creative commons (5, Interesting)

epSos-de (2741969) | about 2 years ago | (#41997559)

.CC should become the Creative Commons domain. All websites under this top level must be forcefully re-mixable with attribution. The world would be a much richer place. The creative commons movement is great and is far more profitable than the licensed content model, if you know how to use it properly.

Re:Sounds like a good target for creative commons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41997927)

Tell that to Verisign (owns eNic), because the good people (all ~600) 'need' their own tld.

Re:Sounds like a good target for creative commons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42000167)

keep your evangelism to yourself. if your idea worked as well as your brain did when you came with it, it would fail miserably.

the article is about the apparent shutdown of an independent service that operated on the second-level domain name co.cc; NOT the ccTLD .cc which is assigned to the cocos islands and administered by verisign under contract with that australian territory's government -- it (the TLD) cannot just be 'given' to the creative commons movement.

you get what you pay for (1)

gostu (2473660) | about 2 years ago | (#41997797)

I used to have a .tk domain for my website for several months, and I wouldn't recommend it. Everything was fine until a power outage forced my server to shutdown. As soon as the power was back up, I checked my .tk website only to find out that my domain was redirecting to a "you won a free ipad" scam site. I was certain that my dotTk account was hacked and so I wrote an email to the provider. Their response stated that this was in fact, a standard procedure: they have a script that every once in a while verifies that all .tk domains actually host a website. If it finds any domain without a website, and my domain registered as such because of the power outage, it is automatically redirected to a "sponsor" website. They said that the only way to avoid this is to upgrade to a premium account. They eventually restored my domain, but the damage was done. I had to personally call all my users (some of which are not very technical) to warn them about the scammers. Since then i moved to a paid domain (not .tk) and never looked back. You get what you pay for, and if you want a domain that actually works, a free .tk is not a good choice.

Re:you get what you pay for (1)

dolmen.fr (583400) | about 2 years ago | (#42001247)

Obviously you did not read their terms and conditions [www.dot.tk] before relying on the service. DotTK are crooks by design. Their businness model is clear: get your money once you find the service useful.

Re:you get what you pay for (1)

gostu (2473660) | about 2 years ago | (#42005371)

They also have double standards, since the scam site they redirected to was in itself violating their ToS. Anyway, the pdf you linked says that now they're no longer enforcing the "each domain must have a website" rule. I wonder if there's any truth in this.

Had my website there (1)

yanom (2512780) | about 2 years ago | (#41998041)

I had my personal website up registered there, brrk.co.cc . It wasn't really public, but it was just a fileserver/webserver for my personal use while on the road. Guess I have to go back to the numerical IP now...

Re:Had my website there (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41998077)

no-ip.com still has free sub domains with update client like dyndns back in the day.

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Missed opportunity (1)

fa2k (881632) | about 2 years ago | (#41999817)

They should have positioned themselves as an alternative to .xxx during the years (decade?) when people were fighting about that one. Only problem is for lesbian sites, but they could do things like we.need.no.co.cc.

my first domain was co.cc good times (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41999857)

well i suppose its just about the same as having an angelfire or geocities url but shorter. it felt really amazing though, now domains aren't $50/yr but less than $10 so people have it good these days.

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