I was alerted to the "down-time" of my blog by one of my readers. Apparently, Advertlets forgot to renew their domain, resulting in all blogs that run advertlets ads to be redirected to another website.

At first, I thought my web host was down again and was prepared to change my host once and for all. Then it turned out that it was because Advertlets didn’t renew their domain and this effectively redirected all blogs running their scripts to the squatters’ site!

advertlets.bmp

Hmm… not a pretty sight if you ask me, especially when more than 66.6% of our readers think that Simply Jean is down. This is going to be very bad PR for Advertlets.

Out of curiosity, I did a WHOIS and found the following information:

Registration Service Provided By: INTEGRICITY
Contact: +603.77252500
Website: http://www.integricity.com
Domain Name: ADVERTLETS.COM

Registrant:
Josh Lim & Associates
Josh Lim (i@josh.com.my)
8-7-6, Menara Mutiara Bangsar
Jalan Liku, Off Jalan Riong
Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,59100
MY
Tel. +603.22870099

Creation Date: 04-Jan-2007
Expiration Date: 04-Jan-2008

Domain servers in listed order:
ns2.ipserverone.com
ns1.ipserverone.com

Administrative Contact:
Josh Lim & Associates
Josh Lim (i@josh.com.my)
8-7-6, Menara Mutiara Bangsar
Jalan Liku, Off Jalan Riong
Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,59100
MY
Tel. +603.22870099

Technical Contact:
Josh Lim & Associates
Josh Lim (i@josh.com.my)
8-7-6, Menara Mutiara Bangsar
Jalan Liku, Off Jalan Riong
Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,59100
MY
Tel. +603.22870099

Billing Contact:
Josh Lim & Associates
Josh Lim (i@josh.com.my)
8-7-6, Menara Mutiara Bangsar
Jalan Liku, Off Jalan Riong
Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,59100
MY
Tel. +603.22870099

Status:RENEWAL HOLD

Note: This Domain Name has expired. In this status the domain name is
inactive. This domain name will be activated once it is renewed. The
Owner of this domain name can renew this domain name from
their control panel. If this domain name is not renewed by
13-Feb-2008, it will be permanently deleted.
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purposes only, that is, to assist you in obtaining information about or
related to a domain name registration record. We make this information
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(1) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes that stress or
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(2) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass
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prior written consent from us. The registrar of record is
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by these terms.

Registry Status: ok

Hmm… seems like it’s still not renewed yet? Or in the midst of it? 😉

Solution: If you had been hit by this, you can stop this by temporarily removing scripts from Advertlets. This should prevent your website from being redirected. Well, at least it’s not malware this time round. 😉



Reader's Comments

  1. Advertlets Support | January 5th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Hi, the issue will be resolved shortly. In the meantime please see http://advertlets.blogspot.com for updates on the situation.

  2. Simply Jean | January 5th, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Support,

    There’s something in your FAQ that’s not quite right. It says:

    Can I still check out my account details?
    Yes, you can use http://apps.advertlets.com (this is the beta login for Advertlets 2.0 and is mostly functional). Subdomains for advertlets.com are still functional, however, the main http://www.advertlets.com domain is affected.

    Unfortunately, apps.advertlets.com redirects to the squatter page.

  3. Cikgu Azleen | January 5th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Yes, my blog experienced the same.. I’ve tore down the ads and would never put it back again..

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  7. zool | January 6th, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    It happened to my blog too..
    Quite frustrated..

  8. o$p$ | March 28th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Advertlets exposed:

    http://fireopal82.blogspot.com/2009/03/advertlets-exposed.html

    Don’t be a victim!

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