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Friday, 13 March 2009


Here's an oddity when typing "Adobe" into Google.

The first ad refers to a web site called Adobe9.0-PDF.com - that's not Adobe, surely?

Nope.. it doesn't look like Adobe. Let's scroll down a bit

The bit at the bottom is interesting:

All tademarks and copyrights are used for comparison and/or compatibility purposes only and are the property of their respective owners. This website has no affiliation whatsoever with the owner of this software program and does not re-sell or license software. All software is freeware and/or shareware with the understanding that the user may need or want to pay for it later. Membership is for unlimited access to our site's resources. We provide an organized website with links to third party freeware and shareware software, technical support, tutorials and step by step guides.
To cut a long story short, you have to pay to download this free software (this is for "support").. of course you could just download it directly from Adobe.

So, this is kind of curious. Who's running this site? A look at the WHOIS for 0-pdf.com shows an anonymous registration, so no clue there.

The site is hosted on along with several others:

  • 0-pdf.com
  • 1-pdf.com
  • Burning-toolz.com
  • Downzfree.com
  • E-s0ftware.com
  • Es0ftware.com
  • Freedownloadhq.com
  • Freedownloadsnow.net
  • Grafix-viewer.com
  • Internet-callz.com
  • Mediaplayer-stop.com
  • Populartitlez.com
  • Security-bundle.com
  • Virus-tools.com
  • Xtremesoftware-ltd.com
They are all anonymous registrations apart from the last one:

Registrant: Xtreme Software Ltd.
7 Petworth Road

Surrey GU27 2JB

United Kingdom

Created on: 13-Apr-07
Expires on: 13-Apr-09
Last Updated on: 13-Apr-08
Administrative Contact:
Software Ltd, Xtreme Support@XtremeSoftware-Ltd.com
Xtreme Software Ltd.
7 Petworth Road
Surrey GU27 2JB
United Kingdom
8007843167 Fax --
Technical Contact: Software Ltd, Xtreme Support@XtremeSoftware-Ltd.com
Xtreme Software Ltd.

7 Petworth Road

Surrey GU27 2JB

United Kingdom

8007843167 Fax --

Domain servers in listed order:


Incidentally, shuffle across a few IPs to and there seems to be another server belonging to the same outfit.
  • 11-now.com
  • 7-now.com
  • 8-now.com
  • 8-pdf.com
  • 8-software.com
  • 8-ultra.com
  • 9-express.com
  • 9-now.com
  • 9-ultra.com
  • Anti-viruz.net
  • Antiviruz-now.com
  • Avast-hq.com
  • D0wnloadz.net
  • Download-9.com
  • Downloadcenterz.com
  • Downloadzcenter.com
  • Downloadznow.net
  • Downloadzsoftware.com
  • Dvdshrink-hq.com
  • Ed0wnloads.com
  • Esoftware-now.com
  • Irfanview-center.com
  • Irfanview-hq.com
  • Mediaplayer-hq.com
  • Panda-hq.com
  • Pdf-now.com
  • Pdf-soft.net
  • Powerdvd-7.com
  • Rarsoftware.com
  • S0ftware-now.com
  • S0ftware.com
  • S0ftwarez.com
  • Software-hq.net
  • Softwarecenterz.com
  • Swhq-cs.com
  • Tutorial-hq.com
  • Winamp-hq.com
  • Winrar-hq.com
So, it looks like a UK company - and indeed Companies House lists XTREME SOFTWARE LTD (company 05604124) at being associated with that address, but states that it is dissolved. Another company, XTREME-SOFT LTD 05723281 is listed at the same address.

Company records for Xtreme Software Ltd indicate that it was forcibly dissolved, and the director was:

Appointed: 07/11/2005
Date of Birth: (redacted)
Nationality: HUNGARIAN
No. of Appointments: 1
Address: 6434 BAY CEDAR LANE

Dave Shullick is also linked with the domain xtremetransactions.com and Xtreme Innovations, LLC of Ohio. Shullick and another site was mentioned in the Guardian article enetitled Money for nothing in 2006. But as the company was forcibly dissolved in December 2008, the who is running these web sites?

Xtremetransactions.com is also linked to from the Adobe9.0-PDF.com site, showing that the two are closely related.

The UK address isn't much of a clue - it belongs to a company called Fletcher Kennedy, who specialise in forming other companies. Fletcher Kennedy are nothing to do with the site, but they have fulfilled the legal role of company secretary for both "Xtreme" companies, but they appear to have terminated that relationship.

Is the other XTREME-SOFT company any relation? It's odd that they both have very similar names and the same address, but the only director listed for XTREME-SOFT LTD is in Saudi Arabia:

Appointed: 22/03/2006
Nationality: SAUDI
No. of Appointments: 1
Address: 31952 KOBAR STREET
It's not clear if these two entities are actually related in any way.

So, here's an outfit that is hiding its details and appears to have been operating by a firm that had been forcibly dissolved. So who exactly is running it now?

Anyway, that's enough foreplay. Let's get down to the money shot. Let's say that you want to download the software, first there's a registration screen.. then you get to see what this is all about:

Yup, they're trying to stiff you with a £27 charge plus 83p per month to download a free bit of software. Goodness only knows what "download accelerator plus" is.

Here we go.. £37 for something that you can get for free. My advice? Avoid this one at all costs!

If you have paid money to this company any want a refund, this RipoffReport suggests the following:


Don't let these people get away with what they do.

Keep on emailing them as well as the third-party that bills their accounts. I got a full refund, including the so-called $5.99 service charge.

Explore you options on the next. Report them to the internet fraud site. Contact your bank and report them. In fact, do everything that you need to do.

I did not stop, until I got everything back.
Allegedly, the contact email address is support@software-hq.net (and that domain seems to have generated a lot of complaints) but you may be better off contacting your bank if you believe that you have been misled in any way.

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