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I can trace/ping my site www.blah-blah.com from any traceroute server without any trouble, but can't get it on my browser. My host has no service problems, but my dsl-isp can't trace/ping my site. Is it my isp's dns? It seems "localized" and I don't know the terminology enough to complain vociferiously. It is causing me a little grief and would like to know how to clear it up.
My solution?....short of wiping my PC and starting clean?...or digging into the registry after anti-virus and scanning software turned up nothing?
EDIT the "HOSTS" file.
The local HOSTS file takes precedence over any local/remote DNS settings or redirects that are in place.
Go to your HOSTS file and make an entry with the IP address and domain name of the websites in question.
Follow the syntax thay give you as an example in the HOSTS file itself...follow that.
(the # sign should be removed)
In XP it will be here:
Just search you windows directory for it and open it with NOTEPAD.
Realize...this is just a band-aid...your machine likely has been hijacked in some way and you need to find the true cause of the problem. I got fed up with it and formatted my machine eventually. It took less time than searching for it.
The problem turned out to be that my [large] DSL-ISP had instituted some obscure security thing that was conflicting with my web host, and only from a certain section of my state.
The problem got resolved shortly after I did a whois on my ISP and called the Director of Network Architecture (probably a coincidence, but I can dream, can't I).
One more "clue"
All 3 PC/laptops on our home network cannot raise the site via our DSL via Company A's ISP but we can get to the site fine when we switch over to our backup dial-up at run by Company B.
"The IP has been banned in the past for various SPAM and phishing scams and that may also be part of the problem."
My heart missed a beat... my site was until recently well-liked by Google but has dropped off the map, so to speak... I am white hat all the way and don't use any oddities... strictly content and updating... but I got whacked hard... might the problem be my webhost? Under these circumstance should I get ready to move everything to a webhost with a clean rep?