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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Jul 27, 2012
    Cannot connect to a website
    Macbook Pro OSX Lion (10.7.5)

    Last October a forum I visit everyday was attacked and the admin had to do something with IP addresses, I'm not sure what. Ever since that day I have not been able to connect to that site. The web address is I have cleared cookies and caches in multiple browsers. I have downloaded new browsers. I bought access to a VPN. I stopped using my airport base station and started using the wireless that comes with the residential gateway from my Internet provider. I have gotten on other networks completely. None of these things has allowed me to connect to that site. My wife's macbook can connect to it just fine on our home network. So can my phone. I talked to the website admin and he is baffled. I did a tracer route:

    Traceroute has started…

    traceroute to :: Volkswagen Classifieds, photos, shows, forums, and information (, 64 hops max, 72 byte packets
    1 homeportal ( 1.889 ms 0.955 ms 1.040 ms
    2 ( 26.571 ms 31.708 ms 29.821 ms
    3 * * *
    4 * * *
    5 * * *
    6 ( 27.554 ms 26.477 ms 27.363 ms
    7 ( 43.522 ms 73.992 ms 50.056 ms
    8 ( 41.742 ms 41.884 ms 42.155 ms
    9 ( 56.705 ms 369.196 ms 57.442 ms
    10 ( 57.235 ms 57.529 ms 60.369 ms
    11 ( 58.815 ms 57.242 ms 56.029 ms'

    The browser says the connection is timing out, which is what the tracer route seems to show too.

    Any thoughts on what could be going on? Thank you in advance.

  2. #2

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    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    I just tried it and can access the site immediately without any problem. You might want to take a look at your "hosts" file to make sure the web site didn't somehow wind up being blocked from there.

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    Oct 19, 2008
    You might want to try resetting the DNS cache. Follow the instructions here to do so.
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  4. #4

    Member Since
    Jul 27, 2012
    I checked the host file and nothing there looks unusual. There is not much there but some stuff for a couple of programs I use that I don't want communicating with the mothership. I reset the DNS cache as instructed to no avail.

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