Manashosting.com has found its way to this blog again, and if you want to blame anyone for bringing my attention back to this blog you can thank them.
For the last 6 months I have been between buying a new home, packing, moving, fixing up the old house to return it to the to land lord, and fine tuning my new house, all while trying to juggle web design clients that seem to choose the most inconvenient times to give me business. The next step is designing a desk. From that I have learned I am no carpenter, and should perhaps stay away from power tools. Meanwhile this site was pretty low on my priorities. But while all of this has been going on Manashosting.com has been doing a rather aggressive marketing campaign.
Now before anyone wants to get into a whole argument about how I am anti-capitalism, I am going to cut the argument down. I am not against making money, so long as it is done ethically. Spamming is not ethical; in fact it is downright invasive. Given I have a career in the webhosting industry that spans just a little over a decade; I think I have real reason to hate spam. Between installing counter measures, dealing with abusers, and having to delist my servers off spam lists (some of which pretty much required a ransom to remove them) I have lost a lot of time, money, and productivity that could have been used to grow my business. My hatred of spam goes beyond ethics; it extends to my wallet and lost time. So I take spam very personally, especially from a company that claims to be in their own words “Oldest Successful Hosting company of India”.
By aggressive mailing measures I find that Manashosting.com has returned to mailing my yahoo email addresses something they have not done since 2010 on July 17, 2013.
I would have wrote about it back then mostly because it pisses them off every time I write an article. Than I meant to get this done last week, but I made a mistake of involving myself in rewriting the content for a client’s site. My brain may be leaking out of my ears because I learned a little too much about my customer’s insurance business. But today this little email came in reminded me what I was supposed to do last week:
Manashosting.com spam sent January 20, 2014
Thank you for your association with Asia’s No 1 hosting company, we are
glad to inform you that now India’s oldest hosting provider is giving
reseller hosting package at just Rs 10000 for 3 years.
The reseller package is been given with the below features no1 data center,
48gb DDR3 Ram, high speed,Complete up time, unlimited domain, No
Please contact us immediately at 080-42400333 or 18002580258 to avail the
Oldest hosting provider”
Oldest hosting provider? Really, I don’t think so Manashosting.com.
The header information is attached here:
Never mind I have never been and never will be a customer of Manashosting.com, something is missing in this email. The odd thing about this email, like many of the emails from Manashosting.com is that they leave out any name or reference to their company. All I have is this phone number to a company called Target Information Management. I know that is Manashosting.com because some of the spam that has their name on it, also has the same phone number. Strangely their call center is not located out of India, but my country the U.S. out of the state of Michigan. Target Information Management is defiantly worth looking into considering their relationship with Manashosting.com. But for now I want to focus on their spam and where it is coming from, and if you came here because you got spam from Manashosting.com what steps you can take against Manashosting.com.
Looking through the header information in their earlier and latest spam I find the domain name hostingupdates.tk. I find that they are hosted by interserver.net. A company I reviewed last year that tried to pay me to do a post on their company and join their hosting program. But there is no surprise that Manashosting.com is using a .tk domain.
Manashosting.com’s time has come, what you can do
So if you have been getting emails from a hosting company that with any of the following information:
WORLD TRADE CENTER,
That is indeed Manashosting.com
There are four steps that need to be taken against Manashosting.com.
- Forwarding the spam with headers intact to Interserver.net at email@example.com, make sure to leave the headers intact.
- After which the next step is to get the domain name hostingupdates.tk removed from Manashosting.com control. As before forward all spam with headers attached to abuse dot.tk with headers intact. Header information will look like this this text file.
- Contact Manashosting.com’s network provider, which I am a little shocked to see is Rackspace. Forward the spam with headers attached to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to connect as outlined how manashosting.com is connected to the spam.
- The last and finale contact should be the very provider of Manashosting.com’s domain, publicdomainregistry.com. You can reach them at email@example.com. Which is where you can forward your complaint, as well as details that link the spam to Manashosting.com
Steps 3 and 4 are a little more complicated because manashosting.com has kept their domain and name out of the bulk of their spam. So you will need to connect the dots for Rackspace.com and publicdomainregistry.com. The best way is to have them Google “Manashosting.com 18002580258”, which is the same number found in the spam. They can also try calling the number and ask to buy a manashosting.com account. Or you can point them to this post.
The below pics are copies of the whois info for Manashosting.com and their spam domain hostingupdates.tk.
Manashosting.com is not really that bad…… are they?
I could go into a whole time line of events with Manashosting.com, but I did that the last time I covered them:
Since 2010 Manashosting.com has been up to the same tricks, which are not just limited to spamming my Yahoo and Hotmail accounts. Manashosting.com also likes to comment spam forums and blogs with fake positive reviews, often for the sake of drowning out negative reviews. One of the worst sites to show case Manashosting.com public relation spamming attempts is:
Given that I have penetrated a first page Manashosting.com reviews, I have also been targeted with fake positive reviews. Which is probable because I also have a lot of negative reviews from their past customers. The biggest blatant give away that they fake their reviews is that most of the comments come from the same ip address. The other is that they may seem like different people but they put in the same email address and/or domain for many of these reviews.
Normally I would avoid calling any company a scam, but I think Manashosting.com has earned that title. As Manashosting.com may be the worst hosting company in the world, and their business practices tell me why I should not try them.