I've got a little history with these chaps and chapesses, and it ain't good! It all started in February of this year, when I came across two scammy websites;
The latter, thanks to the help of Stein Vråle and the legal/abuse folks at Opera, was shut down. The former however, is still online to date. At the time, it was peddling what they claimed was Internet Explorer 7, but like goofull.com, wanted you to send them an SMS text that surprise surprise, ended up with your paying through the nose. I did report them to RapidSwitch, for all the good it did - evidently RapidSwitch couldn't give a hoot aslong as they're getting paid.
i-explorer.info is now peddling what they claim is Internet Explorer Pro 2.3.6 Final , and surprise surprise, you gotta pay them. As evidenced by the following in the installers nsi.ini file;
If you click to get an activation code, you are taken to (screenshot);
Which has the lovely little disclaimer at the bottom;
.... and nope, "Terms of Service" is not linkified - thar be nothing to click. The TOS is actually located at;
... and makes for interesting reading.
Surprisingly, if you go to i-explorer.info (the main homepage), you get redirected to /es and you get what actually seems to be IE 8 beta (this is also not a good thing as I'm pretty sure Microsoft don't allow distribution of their beta's), packaged in a 7zip file. I'll have to do a comparison with the official IE 8 beta from Microsoft to see if they've added/modified anything.
Alas however, this is just one of the sites on this IP, there are many others - and the theme remains the same. i-explorer.net for instance, peddles what they claim is Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18241 Beta 2 (XP), and leads you to download;
Unlike i-explorer.info/es, this definately isn't the official Microsoft beta. As evident by the same thing as previously referenced, appearing in the installers nsi.ini file (the screenshot above is the same theme that appears here).
Once again, you are led to the following in order to pay them;
... which has the same disclaimer as i-explorer.info.
To view the full list of domains running this scam (or at least, those I've got in the hpHosts database), see;
So what of RapidSwitch? Well, I tried calling, I tried e-mailing, and eventually the RS MD called me to tell me they'd now banned my e-mail address from contacting them - which I found hillarious. His reason? I apparently registered on their system as a customer.
Er nope .... I sent an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com as sending it to abuse@, created duplicate tickets.
After the call, I sent them the following;
... and their reply?
Woops! Seems Paul wasn't informed that;
1. My domain had been blocked (which itself begs the question of how my e-mail got through).
2. Sending an e-mail to abuse@, creates a ticket, that alas may aswell just be completely ignored, RapidSwitch themselves certainly aren't going to do anything.
Never the less, the fact these are still online, and there's been more popping up since I reported the sites to them, simply proves that RapidSwitch couldn't give a hoot - they're getting paid. Thus my personal recommendation? drop their entire range;