Due to past experiences, I have learned that when I'm contemplating purchasing a suitable domain name, I should NOT do so by searching on the websites of domain registrars (GoDaddy, name.com, etc.). This is because when I have done so in the past and did not immediately purchase the domain name, I attempt to purchase the domain name a day or two later only to find out that someone else just bought the very obscure sounding domain name (perhaps GoDaddy and these other domain registrars sell this information to professional squatters?).
As a remedy to this problem, I began using a new strategy to search for available domain names. This was by simply typing in the domain name in the browser address bar as if to navigate to a website. If I get the default ISP/browser page for a non-existent website (e.g. http://www.some-example-asdfldsafidfdssfdoisfd.com ), it is quite likely (but not 100% certain) that the domain name is available for me to register.
I have been using this strategy for some time. However, strangely, a few days ago I used this strategy to see if a domain name was available, and happily saw that it was available for registration. Just now when I attempted to purchase the domain name at a registrar, I was told the domain name was unavailable, and upon performing a whois on the domain name, I see that it was purchased only three days ago!
What is the explanation for this?
My computer is clean from any type of malware.
The only 2 possibilities I can think of are:
- Glitch in the way DNS works for non-existent domain names (or maybe not a glitch?)
- ISP selling information about non-existent websites their customers try to visit to potential buyers