November 1, 2010

GOTD is back on-line!

Hello everybody,

we are aware of the situation with Giveaway of the Day site and are sorry for the inconvenience. Our domain record was supposed to auto-renew but failed for some reasons that have yet to be investigated.

Let us assure you domain has been successfully renewed, still the system needs time to get the site back on track.

For those users who still experience problems accessing GOTD, please stay on-line or try to reach us in several hours. We will finally be back! :)

Update: current History Explorer 2.2 is going to be available for 3 more hours. New giveaway will start as usually at 3:00 (UTC-4).

Have a nice day!
GOTD project team


  1. I still cannot access the site except through a proxy….

    Comment by matt531320 — November 2nd, 2010 at 11:06 am
  2. Still getting redirected at various point when trying to download. Oddly enough, this is only happening on my Win7-64 desktop but not my Win7-32 notebook. The notebook wirelessly connects to my router; the desktop uses an ethernet connection. The problems only occur on the desktop, and only on some pages — not all.

    For example, is still blocked but is not. I downloaded and installed RipTiger, but the page that pops up following successful installation is blocked.

    Any suggestions would be mighty welcome.

    Comment by John — November 2nd, 2010 at 11:24 am
  3. If anybody else has the problems detailed in #47 try this:
    open a command prompt window (CMD in run box)and type this:

    ipconfig /flushdns (and hit )

    (assuming you get a successful completion message, now type this:)

    ipconfig /registerdns (and hit )

    This may take a while, but then all the giveawayoftheday pages should load.

    “Thanks for calling IBM”

    Comment by John — November 2nd, 2010 at 11:31 am
  4. Glad to see you’re back up. The whole site seems to be working fine for me without clearing caches or dns.

    I don’t download many of your offerings but it’s a great resource and I check it daily, I have your widget included on my local home page so I never miss an offering.

    Comment by mikenchico — November 2nd, 2010 at 1:35 pm
  5. Wow, just barely download WinX DVD and activated. When I started to download the game, the site was gone. Glad to know that you’re back. Now just waiting for a release on a Partitioning Utility.

    Comment by JerryG — November 2nd, 2010 at 3:44 pm
  6. I can’t download today’s giveaway, when trying to download, it takes me to a parked page saying the domain is expired…

    Comment by TheSimpsons101 — November 2nd, 2010 at 3:56 pm
  7. Still problems. :-(

    Comment by HansV — November 2nd, 2010 at 5:36 pm
  8. Do not use angle brackets in your comments!!! Anything between them will not appear. So, for clarity (in #48 above) add “ENTER” following the word “hit” — I’d put it in angle brackets, so it did not show up! Ho Ho Ho

    Comment by John — November 2nd, 2010 at 6:01 pm
  9. I am able to see your main page. However, when I go to your files.giveawayoftheday/riptiger page, it redirects me to the NIC webpage renewal expired page. I cleared my old cookies, no luck.

    Comment by El Borikua — November 2nd, 2010 at 9:20 pm
  10. Still cannot access your GAOTD site. I can get to the GGAOTD and to the blog site, but all I get for the main site is the parked page. I’ having withdrawal pains, please help….

    Comment by Bret — November 2nd, 2010 at 9:31 pm
  11. Please, list your ISP providers and DNS servers in replies here. This can help us resolve this issue. The domain has been expired for three hours only, two days ago, but some people are still having problems. We need help finding those ISPs who cached that result and still didn’t update the records.

  12. Welcome back —-Welcome back —-Welcome back —-Welcome back —-Welcome back —-Welcome back —-Welcome back —-Welcome back —-

    Really missed you.


    Comment by Danny — November 2nd, 2010 at 11:35 pm
  13. As Comment # 46, matt531320, indicated, you may be able to access the GOTD site through a proxy. I tried a few online proxies, but any that did bring up the site, I was unable to download the zip package with the Setup app in it. There should be proxy sites out there that do work for downloading the zip file though.

    As for myself, since I am use the Firefox Browser, I eventually installed the “Tor-Proxy.NET Toolbar 0.3.3” Add-On for Firefox, and I was able to go the site and download the zip package with no problem. Here is the link for the Add-On:

    So for those with Firefox, you can use that Tor-Proxy toolbar. As for those with Internet Explorer that do not have Firefox, you should be able to find a proxy out there that enables you to download the zip file, I don’t know for sure though; otherwise just download the Firefox browser and add Tor-Proxy after you get it up and running. Here is the link for downloading the Firefox Setup file:

    If you do not want to incorporate Firefox into your system by a general install, then you can download Firefox in a completely portable fashion to the hard-drive or other device (just because it is portable does not mean you can only install it to a portable device). Then when you’re done using it, it will be a nice and clean delete…that is, if you don’t want to use it anymore. Anyway here is the link for Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition:

    …and here is a link for the same portable version for German:

    I hope this has helped!

    Comment by dmb3777 — November 2nd, 2010 at 11:57 pm
  14. Well, after I got done submitting my last comment, above, I had visited the GOTD site without a proxy and it is now accessible without a proxy. They must have done the fix while I was typing out my earlier message to this Blog.

    Well, good…however, those of you without Firefox, go ahead and try it; the Add-Ons alone are definitely worth it! The links for downloading either the regular Setup or the Portable App are both shown in my previous message above.

    Comment by dmb3777 — November 3rd, 2010 at 12:13 am
  15. I downloaded Inca Ball and WinX DVD Ripper Platinum but when I tried to install them I couldn’t activate them as the site was down. Come on GAOTD be fair and allow everybody to finish this giveawayoftheday which was cut short not by us. I tried several times to connect yesterday but gave up in disgust and as a result also missed History Explorer 2.2 also ubfair. Not impressed.

    Comment by Spacepixie — November 3rd, 2010 at 12:21 am
  16. Glad you are back! I love checking your website to see what new and interesting programmes. Thank you for the great job you do!! Like # 43, this is the first website I go to when I start up each day. So happy you are back on board.

    Comment by Sandra — November 3rd, 2010 at 2:11 am
  17. Glad to see you back online. Haven’t been able to access the site on the 1st or 2nd of November and only just been able to access it now.
    Any chance you can repost RipTiger Full and History Explorer 2.2? It would be great if you could, cause I couldn’t get into the site at all when these were posted. Glad GOTD is back and not gone forever!!!

    Comment by Matt — November 3rd, 2010 at 2:12 am
  18. To all those who are upset about not being able to download the program due to the site being down, I can understand your pain. But what you have to realize is at least we have an extraordinary site like this one, and shouldn’t really be upset because there is more free software to come. At least we have GotD.

    Comment by Keith Davis — November 3rd, 2010 at 3:32 am
  19. Bummed…. haven’t been able to get back
    to GAOTD until TODAY…. Missed a couple
    of good giveaways :(

    Glad to see that you are back. Sorry for
    your troubles and thanks for the lesson :)

    Comment by Karen Stavert — November 3rd, 2010 at 5:24 am
  20. Awesome. So glad you are back on line. Any chance of re=posting Rip Tiger?

    Comment by Ian — November 3rd, 2010 at 5:46 am
  21. I agree with #58, (Glad to see you back online. Haven’t been able to access the site on the 1st or 2nd of November and only just been able to access it now. Any chance you can repost RipTiger Full) I was patiently waiting and hoping that it would be offered again. I love the program please see what you can do.


    Comment by Priscilla — November 3rd, 2010 at 5:55 am
  22. For 2 days neither myself or my friends whome I’d told them about GOTD, couldn’t get access to the website and when we can finally re-access GOTD we disover that GOTD didn’t offer to RE-RUN History Explorer v2.2 or Rip Tiger Full.

    Not very good

    Judging from other comments I’m not the only one who isn’t happy about the poor performance of GOTD.

    Comment by Peter C1 — November 3rd, 2010 at 7:10 am
  23. I also wanted Rip Tiger Full but it was too late to get it after you were finally back on line. Wish you had a better way of notifying those of us that are notified daily of the giveaway for that day. I got your notices of the programs available but when I went to the site you were off-line and by the time I found out you were back on, it was too late.

    Comment by scrppn — November 3rd, 2010 at 7:54 am
  24. My typical time to check Giveawayoftheday is later in the evening. Unfortunately, this meant that I totally missed Rip Tiger, which is one that I’d have truly loved to have had. I’d been wondering if such software existed. Unfortunately, since all I got was a “This domain has expired page”, I’ll never know how well it works. The same thing happened on the 1st. (It finally let me into the main page, but the download page was down.) I realize you guys are saying it’s not your fault, but perhaps you could allow some extra time to download and activate the files that aren’t accessible?

    Comment by Dean — November 3rd, 2010 at 8:34 am
  25. I wasn’t able to access your website normally until this morning (Nov. 3). I was able to download RipTiger, but not install it (I used the IP address instead of the site name). The install probably failed because it was trying to contact GOTD by name and I was still seeing redirection to DirectNIC until today. Now if I try to install, it says the offer expired. Is there any resolution for this or will I have to wait and see if it is offered again in the future? Thanks

    Comment by Mike Burke — November 3rd, 2010 at 9:15 am
  26. Hi, I have the same question as everybody else. Will the software be rerun? I wasn’t able to get the RipTiger full edition program and would really like to. Glad you back!

    Comment by Katie — November 3rd, 2010 at 9:33 am
  27. Please repost RipTiger Full. I couldn’t get into the site at all when it was posted.

    Comment by Als — November 3rd, 2010 at 9:48 am
  28. GOTD is back online, yay. I missed two programs (History Explorer and Riptiger) that both look like something I might use.

    When will those be re-run?

    Despite the date on this article, I was unable to access the site yesterday and went to a “domain expired” landing page.

    Comment by Alex — November 3rd, 2010 at 10:02 am
  29. Ditto Matts #58 comment. Couldn’t access your site for two days and missed Rip Tiger.

    Comment by Jeff — November 3rd, 2010 at 10:36 am
  30. Very glad that you are back on line in The Netherlands. Hope this never happens again. We love you GOTD!

    Comment by Very nice — November 3rd, 2010 at 12:19 pm
  31. You’re back online in canada, but i missed a couple of things i wanted to download. The site’s been missing since Sunday, here. Any chance of reposting the weekend giveaways?

    Comment by Mary — November 3rd, 2010 at 2:26 pm
  32. Please offer RipTiger again. I was not able to get it yesterday with the site problem. Thanks.

    Comment by fip678 — November 3rd, 2010 at 9:37 pm
  33. I really wanted to install – WinX DVD Ripper Platinum 6.0 – but, your site domain was not working. I tried many times and thought I might have had a re-direct virus or something.

    Please email me when I can get “WinX DVD Ripper Platinum 6.0” and re-download and install it, as I’ve been waiting a very long time for this app on your site and don’t want to be “slighted” due to a technical glitch in the system.

    Thank you!

    Comment by Eman — November 4th, 2010 at 3:13 am
  34. Hi Guys,

    Yesterday I downloaded Zentimo and went to the suggested webpage to register the program. I tried three times, but have not yet received any reply from Zentimo. What happens now? Will somebody let me know how I’ll be able to register this program?

    Thank you.

    Kind regards,


    Comment by Graham — November 4th, 2010 at 7:12 am
  35. I just downloaded Aplus Screen Recorder but receive “failed to connect. Please try again later” message. Since I will be leaving the office in 1 hour, do I have an alternative method of installation?

    Comment by Bob Levy — November 6th, 2010 at 6:07 am
  36. Hi GAOTD!!
    So glad you are back on-line. I love coming here to try some of the interesting programs, and reading all the comments and suggestions.
    Just couldn’t believe it when I was redirected to a domain site. Kept trying over and over again. Thought I had spyware or something on my computer that messed with the Hosts file.

    You don’t know what you’ve got, till its gone!!

    Welcome back,

    Comment by Bennietop03 — November 6th, 2010 at 1:58 pm
  37. can we plz have the ball game again I was unable to get

    Comment by Tina — November 7th, 2010 at 1:03 am
  38. Also glad site is back. Looked rather hopeless at first but then remembered similar things in the past. Got back up OK in decent time.
    Happy for return & thanks for all the great work & comment responses.

    Comment by beergas — November 7th, 2010 at 10:45 am
  39. Hi, we downloaded WinX DVD Ripper Platinum and got it registered on our computers before your site went down. Now our copies of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum aren’t registered anymore. What can you do to help us out. We have this loaded on 5 computers.



  40. I am unable to access your g.o.t.d. “boxoft photo magic maker”
    Thanks for all your work btw !

    Comment by David — November 7th, 2010 at 5:25 pm
  41. You guys had me going there! Imagine my face when I first visited GOTD only to find the domain had expired. ;)

    Glad you guys got it back up and running!

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