Karen’s WhoIs for Windows – An Easy to Use Whois Client

The process of searching for a website’s owner is referred to as a “WhoIs search”, as in who is the owner of a particular site or domain. The search operation is often carried out if there is any instance of identity theft or download of virus from a particular website. Knowing who owns a website also assures protection against any sort of Internet scams.

‘WhoIs’ is a standard Internet protocol for contacting a domain database, inquiring about web site’s history and owner. Although, you can get this information if you have the necessary know-how, it isn’t easy for a novice user to track down the contact details. As such, should you feel the need, there are tons of good and free programs available over the Internet to help you find the registered owner of a website. Karen’s WhoIs is one such.

Karen’s WhoIs for Windows

Karen’s WhoIs is a program with no cluttered interface. The simple freeware tool is capable of giving information about all the Internet sites by querying all the top domain registries along with the Regional Internet Registries all over the world. It can query over 200 top-level domains.

The tool lets you just enter a domain name address and get the contact details. After you have entered a domain name, the program reveals the name of the registered owner, his company, email address and his phone and fax numbers too.


Thus, the easy to use Whois client gives plenty of info. It can be downloaded and installed easily, no issues! However, the download should be accompanied Visual Basic Runtime v6.0.

Since version 1.0 until version 2.6.6, many bugs have been fixed and Karen WhoIs has been updated thoroughly. Most features have been enhanced continuously in all the versions. The version 2.4.1 fixed a bug where the Cancel button got disabled all the time. Version 2.6 has changed the basic way of detecting the updated RIR information.

Karen’s WhoIs download

Download Karen’s WhoIs from its home page.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.


  1. Karen Kenworthy passed away on April 25, 2011.

  2. Oh… Didn’t know that …

    There are some great tools here: http://www.karenware.com/powertools/powertools.asp

  3. How can Karen’s WHOIS version 2.6.6., updated Aug 30, 2008 — a full year before Windows 7’s release, and a full four years before Windows 8’s release — possibly be “for” either Windows 7 or Windows 8? Moreover, if it’s true that Karen died in April of 2011, a full year-and-a-half before Windows 8’s release, then… er… well… you get the picture.

    This website — or at least certain of its writers — just keeps getting more and more sloppy in thinking, writing and recommendations. Just because something happens to work on either Windows 7 or 9 doesn’t mean it was “for” either OS version. Please stop being so reckless.

    Moreover, since version 2.6.6 of Karen’s WHOIS utility, all of the registrars have enacted even more blocks to direct access, on any of the common WHOIS ports, to their databases; thereby forcing the user to endure their web WHOIS interfaces, instead. Network Solutions, and GoDaddy are the two who have erected the most effective barriers. Karen’s over four-year-old WHOIS utility, then, could not possibly have anticipated such things; and so, no doubt, falls prey to them.

    If you’re going to recommend a WHOIS client, at least bother to make it one that has tried to keep-up. NirSoft’s free WHOIS tools, for example, while not pretty, are nevertheless updated frequently to try to stay one step ahead of the WHOIS databases that will no longer take direct inquiries on the common WHOIS ports; and which, then, refer the inquiry to their web-based interfaces where one must, irrirtatingly, navigate all manner of “Capcha”-type and other validations (to ensure that the inquirer is not a spammer’s robot) before the WHOIS record will finally be given-up.

    Karen’s WHOIS client, updated before most of such things were implemented (or at least before most of them were multiple-times updated and improved since Karen’s WHOIS client was last updated), could not possibly have anticipated any of that. And if it’s true that she’s been dead for almost two years, then I’m guessing it’s pretty unlikely that anything will ever be done about it, either.

    Due diligence, people. Due diligence! We rely on you for good recommendations and bleeding-edge information. This one, sadly, was neither.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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