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Windows 7: Seek Connection Solution To A Website

09 Sep 2011   #11
Darryl Licht

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Hmmmm, .... well, a little research educated me about free web proxy addresses. So I grabbed a random US-based address/port and went to tools>options>connection>LAN Settings and put in the numbers. Lo & behold, I can bring that website up. I don't know why this works but do want to know how can I get things back to normal?
First off sorry you didnt like the lil joke... and after thinking more on it... it cant be a temp file either. So that was a bad suggestion on my part.

Since it worked when you used a proxy and hide your true IP/ISP, and the issue only came into play after the site was maliciously attacked; I think someone may be misinforming you of any blocks in place. It obviously isnt windows or browser specific, since it worked with the proxy.

What was the site URL for this social networking site??? Is it in another country? Perhaps more info regarding the site and the nature of the attack may prove helpful?

Next time you proxy to that site, use a visual IP tracer (or note the IP and trace it later) find your point of origin, that might be helpful to any real tech at your ISP. Problem is most times when you call an ISP's "tech support" you get some underpaid tool in another counrty. You need a tech at your local ISP's nearest office, I honestly cannot see how it could be a sw issue on your end!


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09 Sep 2011   #12
Darryl Licht

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
This may or may not help, but lets give it a try. When that site was hacked or what ever, your computer might of got infected. Their are programs that are free that could help. Malwarebytes Anti Malware and Super Anti Spyware. Scan with these after updating them might find and remove some bad things. It can't hurt. Of course scanning with you anti virus is always a good thing. To put it simple, lets make sure your computer is clean of bad things. Their are so many things that can cause these kind of problems. If you care to could you tell us the website you are having problems with and what security status it uses. Please make a note of what ever those scans fined and or clean.
I doubt it since he hit it fine through a proxy...
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10 Sep 2011   #13
MourningStar

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Thnx LB & DL for your replies.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
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Hmmmm, .... well, a little research educated me about free web proxy addresses. So I grabbed a random US-based address/port and went to tools>options>connection>LAN Settings and put in the numbers. Lo & behold, I can bring that website up. I don't know why this works but do want to know how can I get things back to normal?
First off sorry you didnt like the lil joke... and after thinking more on it... it cant be a temp file either. So that was a bad suggestion on my part.

Since it worked when you used a proxy and hide your true IP/ISP, and the issue only came into play after the site was maliciously attacked; I think someone may be misinforming you of any blocks in place. It obviously isnt windows or browser specific, since it worked with the proxy.

What was the site URL for this social networking site??? Is it in another country? Perhaps more info regarding the site and the nature of the attack may prove helpful?
Crosstown Torrents - a community of fans of the late James Marshall Hendrix that share info and unofficial recordings. I do know that the site owner/admin is in the USA. I will can contact the site owner and get additional data regarding the hacks. What should I ask, specifically?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
Next time you proxy to that site, use a visual IP tracer (or note the IP and trace it later) find your point of origin, that might be helpful to any real tech at your ISP...
Now this, I must admit, has flown under my radar. Once I learn what this means and how to do it, I could then contact my ISP (Charter, btw) and hope a 'real tech' comes online. In prior contact they 'claimed' they do not put blocks in place and simply terminate a customer's service altogether when warranted. However, in the many years gone by, I have learned that all tech support agents are islands.
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10 Sep 2011   #14
Darryl Licht

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Hmmm... I can hit it just fine, see more about that under next comment (Love Hendrix!). My thinking is if he experienced a DOS (Denial Of Service) attack, it may have affected his DNS status with some DNS servers. No matter what, if you know site owner/admin... more info may be helpful!

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Now this, I must admit, has flown under my radar. Once I learn what this means and how to do it, I could then contact my ISP (Charter, btw) and hope a 'real tech' comes online. In prior contact they 'claimed' they do not put blocks in place and simply terminate a customer's service altogether when warranted. However, in the many years gone by, I have learned that all tech support agents are islands.
There are several good apps for giving you a visual trace...
Visual IP Trace - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
Visual IP Trace - IP address trace, domain name trace, trace multiple IP addresses or domain names using batch tracing.

Also try this to determine just your IP... whether you are proxied, or not, this tells you the IP of your outbound packets... how they look to others. https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

I recently did a video for one of my classes showing how the Tor network masks your IP through proxies... i had one window open without Tor and it shows my actual ISP IP... then in the other window running thre Tor network it showed a completely different IP. In that example, the 2nd IP traced to Germany! It was also cool to reset and find out where I was after... (my IP that is... I was still in So Cal!)

Now, to my final observation... you're in So Cal, Im in So Cal.... Your ISP is same as me... Charter! I have no issue visiting that site! What area/city are you in? If we are the same area... that will really confuse me as I can get to that site!
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10 Sep 2011   #15
MourningStar

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
... No matter what, if you know site owner/admin... more info may be helpful!
Are there specific questions I should ask?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
... Now, to my final observation... you're in So Cal, Im in So Cal.... Your ISP is same as me... Charter! I have no issue visiting that site! What area/city are you in? ...
Adelanto
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10 Sep 2011   #16
Darryl Licht

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MourningStar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
... No matter what, if you know site owner/admin... more info may be helpful!
Are there specific questions I should ask?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
... Now, to my final observation... you're in So Cal, Im in So Cal.... Your ISP is same as me... Charter! I have no issue visiting that site! What area/city are you in? ...
Adelanto

Get any additional info you can from owner/admin... ask specifically if it was a DOS or DDOS attack... Or if he knows more about the attack than he's already told you. Anything may help here.

Im down in Riverside, so we are not on same node with Charter...

Since it may be a DNS issue (either with your system or @ charter), try flushing your DNS cache ... if you havent already:
How to clear/flush DNS Cache in Windows 7 or Vista | Bala-Krishna
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10 Sep 2011   #17
Darryl Licht

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As you maybe "downwind" of a malfunctioning DNS server....give NameBench a try... namebench - Open-source DNS Benchmark Utility - Google Project Hosting
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10 Sep 2011   #18
MourningStar

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^
Thnx Darryl - I will follow your advice and report back.
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10 Sep 2011   #19
Darryl Licht

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If you try namebench and want to change DNS server... Do you have a router? If so, change DNS there per namebench's suggestions. Let us know if you dont know how...
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10 Sep 2011   #20
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

no joy w/dns flush - will now proceed with that namebench thing and report back (yes, I have a router) - thnx.
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