Experiance From Virtuoso Net Solutions Inc
this company is terrible! what a way to treat customers or potential customers, so much for good customer service or even so so customer service, these guys are just plain aweful!
I really wonder how a company like this stays around!
Checkout the convo. between myself and Chad over there at Virtuoso. I am pimpbucks.
From: PimpBucks [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 2:33 PM
Subject: Re: Virtuoso Net Solutions Inc : Order Details
You are WAY to funny.. I expect my money back within 24 hrs! Or I will report YOU for spam, harassment and credit card theft.
On 1-Aug-07, at 2:32 PM, Sales wrote:
I have reported you for spam, harassment and fraud. Your IP has been reported
Do not contact us ever again
From: PimpBucks [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 2:31 PM
Subject: Re: Virtuoso Net Solutions Inc : Order Details
fine you go ahead and report a perfectly good credit card you moron, report me to the authorities too!
I unfortunatly read about you AFTER i signed up.
If the money isn't back on my card by tomorrow I will be processing a chargeback.
On 1-Aug-07, at 2:27 PM, Sales wrote:
If we’re so bad why did you both sign up?
We’ll be reporting this to the actual bank as fraud.
I suggest you work on your social skills and refrain from your childish vulgar language.
Any further emails will result in reporting you to proper authority.
From: PimpBucks [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 2:26 PM
Subject: Re: Virtuoso Net Solutions Inc : Order Details
holly **** you really do need to work on your social skills. I thought it said bank NAME! Those posts about you and your company over at webhosttalking are 100% correct, your a dick head thru and thru.
On 1-Aug-07, at 2:21 PM, Sales wrote:
It was already marked “fraud” therefore it was not charged.
You could have explained why you inputted epassporte as bank phone number,. but you did not so therefore this is fraud
From: PimpBucks [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 2:20 PM
Subject: Re: Virtuoso Net Solutions Inc : Order Details
refund my card then.. its not fraud at all.. but i expect a full refund!!!!
On 1-Aug-07, at 1:15 PM, Sales wrote:
This was marked as fraud due to the following reasons:
Credit card bank phone number provided: epassporte
Billing address is California. IP address used to purchase is from Canada
Domain thetictoc.com shows up as another owner, not matching billing card first/last name.
To correct these factors, you must provide a valid bank phone number which you should have done originally.
From: Pimp Bucks [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 11:23 AM
Subject: Re: Virtuoso Net Solutions Inc : Order Details
Wondering how much longer until the account is setup.
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Originally Posted by Zenex
i am not a kid like you. i got better things to do.
Originally Posted by Zenex
sure, i will make sure to post this in WHT about you guys running scam
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(to think I'll be moving my domain name away from them next month...)
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Just wanted to share my experiences with you once again. There are a select number of companies on this planet that really seem to go out of the way to be obnoxiously bad at their jobs. Comcast, AIG, United Airlines - the familiar litany. Well, my experience with online hosting would put Network Solutions right up there with those in competition for the title 'Worst Company in America.'
Here's the current problem. Yesterday, May 14, 2009, at about 6:00AM, one of my users reported that my site had come up with a malware/virus alert on his computer. This was odd, as I am not a malware host. Further, my work computer had been infected the day before, though I had only visited reputable news sites; and my own site.
Lo and behold, upon investigation I found that my site had been hacked to carry the FakeAlert-CL trojan, which had the effect of causing my computer to pretend it had been badly hacked to get me to buy some spurious anti-virus software. Essentially, buying "protection" in the Mafia sense.
Luckily for me, this is not my first rodeo with Network Solutions' laughable excuse for security. This exact same thing had happened 18 months or so ago. I realized then that a worm had infected NS's shared hosting servers, and had changed every file with "index" anywhere in the title to include an < iframe > tag linking to a malware site (from which the computer would be infected).
So here's my workaround. I downloaded and repaired the three index files which control my site. I then deleted the infected files, and re-uploaded clean ones. Being prudent, and having experience with this, I also uploaded *backup* copies with different file names. This proved wise. NS has now been hacked 3 times in the last 18 hours in the exact same way. Each time I get hacked again, I simply delete the infected 'index' file and rename my backup to replace it, then upload a new backup for later use.
Some notes: this has affected my entire Movable Type system by corrupting the templates. However, it attacks only the base index.php file; if you simply fix that one file, then rebuild your Movable Type database, the offending code snippet will be removed. Secondarily, some sections of my site (my bulletin board, for instance) do not have 'index' in the title of their operative files. If I could remove every index file from my site and rename them, I would, but unfortunately too many of the components are hard-wired for that name. Finally, I tried CHMODing the index files to 444, which should have prevented even an Administrator from overwriting or changing them, but it had no effect.
So, back to NS. I contacted a person from NS' marketing department (who contacted me after I posted a previous complaint on this board) and let him know that I had been hacked. He told me he was referring me to "third level support" (meaning what? they speak better English?). I have since been hacked twice more, and have emailed this same PR guy both times. The last time I asked for a phone call; no shock, I have not yet heard back. Maybe this post will prompt a response.
At any rate, to those of you experiencing this with Network Solutions, hopefully my solution will help you. To those of you considering a hosting provider, DO NOT CHOOSE NETWORK SOLUTIONS.
Wincache Solutions For Windows Based Plesk VPS?
I am planning to move this moodle installation
to this one
However as you may have noticed the second one runs very slow.
On the first one I am using Microsoft's Wincache, however on the second
one I am not using any cache solution as it seems that Wincache does not work.
I tried to follow the following instructions
but all I got was this FastCGI Error message "Error Number: -1073741819 (0xc0000005)"
So I was wondering if someone can recommend me any alternative solution
Backup Solutions - Compressing Partition & Transfer
I administer a busy forum and require a best backup solution.
(Servers are clustered and running Debian Etch)
Currently when backup script packs the whole partition using command:
tar cvzf /backup/webroot/webroot-(today's-date).tar.gz /webroot
But, this causes huge load on to the server and the whole website becomes unavailable during this time.
Since the number of files is huge, it takes around 10-15min for it to finish.
Now, I need another software or a way to limit tar's load on to the system so that the website doesn't go down during the backup process.
(dd would work as /webroot has it's own partition but I'm not sure on how it the load goes with it and also if it works with cron)
Do you know any good solution?
Also, right now all backups are on each server separately.
To clarify, mysql server's backups are on mysql server and actual files' backups are on web server.
As you may have realized, this is very bad as it won't protect me from harddisk failures and hackings.
(Hacker can just delete the whole thing and website will be gone forever...)
So, to prevent them from happening and also for central management of the backups, I got a server just for backups.
Now, I need a way to transfer the backups to it.
What software do you recommend to accomplish this?
(scp, rsync, ncftp, etc...)
Some of you may say R1Soft's CDP is the best but I would like to have that as my last option because I don't want to rely on another company when it comes to backups.
Easiest Automation Of VPS Solutions For Hosting Provider?
I'm doing some research on offering VPS hosting solutions, nothing firm yet as do we start to offer them or not.
So, what are you experiences for as automated as possible VPS hosting offering? Using multiple servers as VPS hosts etc. ready made images etc.
Or am i better of by doing custom tailored my own?
The basic plan is to offer as automated as possible, with minimal support overhead etc. using 2co/paypal/moneybookers subscriptions etc. basicly as simple, and yet as powerfull as possible. Sounds like custom tailored system is the best option.
How about just the server backend only automation wise?
Virtual Private Server (VPS) - Installed By Ourself Or Ready Solutions ?
we have any server with isp, really perfect service and support.
but now we need to buy 1 server with vps solutions and our isp not offer this solutions.
The support have said that we must buy not managed server and install by ourself.
Now we are not sure if better to buy unmanaged and searc expert to install vps OR buy serve with vps solutions from other isp.
What do you think about this?
Speedtest File From Ecatel.net And Rackgo.net
i got some nice offers for Colocation with them.
Now i want to test the network from both of them.
Ecatel provides some testfiles on [url] but the speed vary from 500kbs to 12mb/s depending on daytime to diff. servers in Europe (DE, FR, LU)
They told me, its because the fileserver seems busy with other stuff/processes sometimes.
If you are Ecatel Customer, could you please provide a testfile on a 100mbit dedicated uplink to me?
I signed up for hostinguk.net windows VPS with plesk. Maybe I will need managed dedicated server with sql server.
Can someone tell me about this hosting provider:
4. ...other experience with them
We have had two websites hosted with databasepower.net since 2003 but since yesterday afternoon both have been down.
When you check their own website that is also down!
Their telephone numbers are all failing and emails not being returned.
Anyone have any news?
Our businesses are wholly web based and during these hard times we cannot afford to have all website traffic and worse, all email contact dead!
Worse still is that with us having been with them for so many years, they are also our domain registrars!
How can we even change web hosts without EPP codes?
I come here with my review on Santrex.net, before I thought of creating this thread i've read some reviews that were already against Santrex, and I come to share my bad experience with them.
Alright, It all started off in August when I purchased one of their UK VPS', for five days I received an uninterrupted and overall good service, but after them five days thats when problems started to occur, litterally every day I was experiencing downtime, therefore I created tickets concerning the downtimes, out of the 11 tickets i've made 6 of them gave me the answer that there were "troublemakers" on the UK node and therefore caused the node to crash but after experiencing 1 months worth of downtime i've started to get annoyed and made a complaint, and the reply that I received was that the UK node wasn't experiencing downtime because of the "troublemakers" but instead hardware problems and it would be fixed soon.
So I waited for the node to be fixed and a few days after they replied saying its now fixed, but what happens after? In a short amount of time, around 20 hours to be exact the same thing started to happen again with the downtimes and this carried on happening for the next couple of days until I completly ditched the VPS and made a complaint that I wanted to be moved to another node.
So we agree'd on moving to their France node and all my files from the UK node to be transferred, I myself also made a backup just incase there were any problems even though I knew that if there was a problem I wouldn't be able to upload the backup due to a large file size and I was right, there were problems them transferring my files, and apparently they lost the backup and them blamed me because they asked me to make a backup which I did and even though I told them I would not be able to upload the backup due to the size of the backup.
So we started to argue about the backup and got fed up and requested a refund as I was left with a useless VPS and most likely bad service still as I heard that other members on this forum experienced problems on their France node too.
They directed me to their TOS where it says that they don't give out refunds so I was left nothing, and had to put up with this K Kook guys sarcastic replies to my tickets for 3 months.
And then they terminated my account for using minor abuse to him which I don't care about as the VPS at the end of the day was useless to be afterall.
To conclude, with many of my experiences with web services this has got to be the worst one yet as many others can back me up too.
P.S: Although this is my first post, I roughly joined here the same time I purchased the VPS on Santrex, and hopefully will bring some more reviews on some other webhosts.
Anyone Using Directspace.net
I start using directspace.net just few days ago.
My dedicate server hang up while I was setting up and I sent a reboot request with emergency flag.
It has been almost 5 hours but they haven't done anything so far. I called their 1800 phone number but no one answer it.
Is there anyone using their service? Just wondering what is the expected time to get a support from them?