Soft Quality

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History

Soft / Quality aka RoyalSoftware, OEM Software, Quality Software, Soft Quality, Soft Store, surfaced about September 2009, and grew into significant spamming numbers through October / November. It was discovered again in June 2010 under the name OEM Software or Quality Software. Another version called Lucky Lib appeared in May 2013

Soft Store 2011
Soft Store
OEM Software / RoyalSoftware
OEM Software
Soft quality - 2
Soft Quality
Quality Software
OEM Software

Evidence of spamming

The "Contact Us" page shows that this company is finding itself being blocked by spam filters. That is a clear indication that their domain names are being so heavily spammed that they have to tell people to turn off their spam filters in order to receive mail! The spelling, punctuation and grammar is left unaltered.

From http://softqualitygo.com/user/contact/
Need Help?
Want to purchase, but have a questions? Complete form bellow to get quick response via e-mail. To get response make sure, that you have disabled spam filters on your mailbox (or check spam/junk mail folder). Registered users, please, consider to use login form above.

Evidence of piracy

From http://download-community.com/info/faq/

1. Why is your software cheaper than the original version?

Because we offer only download copies of licensed versions. This means that you will not
receive any printed documentation (licensing or instructions) - just files and instructions
in .txt format, and will not be able to register this software online. All updates (for
most of the software) are available to you. The software which we selling was bought
primarily at auctions and from companies that have gone out of business.

From their own admission, they do not provide software keys that are designed to prevent software piracy. Even second hand software comes with an enabled software key, transferable from the previous owner. If there is not a key, then the software is either "not for resale" or stolen.

False Pretenses

Bogus acreditation

Soft Quality logos.jpg

A set of accreditation logos on the page make it look as if this operation is certified by several organizations. The first sign that this is a fraudulent claim, is that each logo is an image with no click through to the appropriate site for verifications. Secondly, if you do take the trouble to visit such sites, you will find no reference to Soft / Quality. They are not referenced at c|net, nor as an Adobe Certified Partner, nor an Autodesk Authorized Reseller nor a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. What they have done is stolen the logos from each of the sites for these certifiers, and displayed them on their web site.

Bogus physical address

Their web site pictures their building in "business.jpg" and gives an address at 901-999 North 3rd st, Abilene, TX 79601.

Google maps shows a different building at that location, and it is the Abilene Independent School District building.
Fake picture - Click to enlarge
Actual 901 North 3rd St - Click to enlarge

In November the address was changed to a real building at 795 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. A search of the database of Microsoft Gold Certified Partners for online software shows no partners at that address. There is no listing to be found on the Adobe Partners program either.

Sample sites

Domain name Registrar IP Address Name Servers
softdepartment.net PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM 89.32.151.138 ORDERBOX-DNS.COM
softdirection.net PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM 89.32.151.138 ORDERBOX-DNS.COM
tourav.net PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM 89.32.151.138 ORDERBOX-DNS.COM
tourav.biz PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM 89.32.151.138 ORDERBOX-DNS.COM
bestdownloadsoftwareshop.com PAKNIC (PRIVATE) LIMITED 46.16.240.26 ns1.newwt.ru ns2.newwt.ru
good-software-market.net PAKNIC (PRIVATE) LIMITED 46.16.240.26 ns1.newwt.ru ns2.newwt.ru
buycheapsoftwarenow.net PAKNIC (PRIVATE) LIMITED 46.16.240.26 ns1.newwt.ru ns2.newwt.ru
cheapsoftwaremagazine.com PAKNIC (PRIVATE) LIMITED 46.16.240.26 ns1.newwt.ru ns2.newwt.ru
soft-for-all.com ALANTRON BLTD. 60.172.228.103 ns1.pr2mf.com ns2.pr2mf.ru
soft-downloads.net ALANTRON BLTD. 60.172.228.103 ns1.pr2mf.com ns2.pr2mf.ru
software-discounter.net ALANTRON BLTD. 60.172.228.103 ns1.pr2mf.com ns2.pr2mf.ru
software-software.net ALANTRON BLTD. 60.172.228.103 ns1.pr2mf.com ns2.pr2mf.ru
oemsoftwarediscounter.com ALANTRON BLTD. 60.172.228.103 ns1.pr2mf.com ns2.pr2mf.ru
get-soft-now.com ALANTRON BLTD. 60.172.228.103 ns1.pr2mf.com ns2.pr2mf.ru
oem-market.net ALANTRON BLTD. 60.172.228.103 ns1.pr2mf.com ns2.pr2mf.ru
appe-software.net ALANTRON BLTD. 60.172.228.103 ns1.pr2mf.com ns2.pr2mf.ru
billing-one.com ALANTRON BLTD. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
bill4soft.com ALANTRON BLTD. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
clean-oem.com HOOYOO (US) INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
download-community.com BIZCN.COM, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
download-journal.com BIZCN.COM, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
greatoem.com ONLINENIC, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
oem-box.com ONLINENIC, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
oem-data.com ONLINENIC, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
oem-name.com HOOYOO (US) INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
oem-planet.com DOMAINCONTEXT, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
oem-share.com BIZCN.COM, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
oem-software.cn XIAMEN LONGTOP TECHNOLOGY 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
oemlibrary.com ONLINENIC, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
oemlight.net DOMAINCONTEXT, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
oemstart.com ONLINENIC, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
oemwin.com ONLINENIC, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
sales-download.com ONLINENIC, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
soft4lib.com BIZCN.COM, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
soft4pcs.com BIZCN.COM, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
soft4windows.com BIZCN.COM, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
soft4world.com BIZCN.COM, INC. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
users-help.com ALANTRON BLTD. 212.117.165.179 ns1.ns4dns.com ns2.ns4dns.com
softqualitygo.com ALANTRON BLTD. 122.225.56.90 ns1.gr4ns.com ns2.vb8ns.com

No reputable registrar should honor a service contract to register a domain name for criminal use.

IP Adddresses

190.2.4.81 is owned by

Administrador de Ips
abuse-iplan@IPLAN.COM.AR
Reconquista, 865, 5to piso
1003 - Buenos Aires -
AR
+54 11 50320000 []

212.117.165.179 is owned by

root eSolutions
35, rue John F. Kennedy
7327 Steinsel
Luxembourg
+352 20.500
+352 20.500.500

122.225.56.90 is owned by

CHINANET-ZJ Jiaxing
No.101 Zhongshan Road,Jiaxing,Zhejiang.314001
CN
+86-573-2050040
+86-573-2079999

ns1.ns4dns.com has address 85.17.189.165

 RIP Mean
 P.O. Box 93054
 1090BB AMSTERDAM
 Netherlands
 +31 20 3162880
 +31 20 3162890

ns2.ns4dns.com has address 202.71.104.226

Gatekeeper TMNET Sdn bhd
TMNET Sdn Bhd
Tingkat 3, TM IT Kompleks
Jalan Lingkaran Fauna 2, cyberjaya
+603 26812075
+603 26810187
MY

60.172.228.103 is owned by

Jinneng Wang
17/F, Postal Building No.120 Changjiang
Middle Road, Hefei, Anhui, China
CN
+86-551-2659073
+86-551-2659287
wang@mail.hf.ah.cninfo.net

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