- Your IP address may be blocked on a website if you try to log in too often or if you are suspected of being a spammer.
- You can wait 24 hours if the ban was temporary or check if you have been blacklisted by looking at a public list.
- You can also bypass the block by changing your IP address or using a VPN.
While most users shouldn’t see this error very often, it’s always possible that a website you’re trying to access is blocking your IP address, preventing you from reaching it. This can happen for a number of reasons: you may have tried logging in too many times, or you may have violated the site’s terms of service (for example, by posting unapproved content). But it can also be something that is not your fault, for example if your computer’s IP address is included in a ban on a set of IP addresses because you are a suspected spammer.
There are several ways to investigate and fix this problem, unblocking your IP address so you can finish whatever you were doing online. Here are seven of the best ways to fix your connections when your IP address has been temporarily blocked.
See if your IP address is blacklisted
Many websites subscribe to publicly available IP address blacklists. These lists are often compiled from known spammers, and blocking addresses can help keep unwanted users away from their websites and prevent spam abuse. However, your IP address might have accidentally been included in one of these blacklists. The good news is that you can check out a page on What is my IP address – click Check IP address. Your IP address is automatically filled in and the site will report if it appears on one of these lists.
Update your computer
A software update can also help. If you’re not running the latest version of Windows, a security breach could expose you to malware that could block your IP address. Click on Begin then type “update”. In the search results, click Check for updates and see if there are any pending updates – if so, install them and reboot. Wait a day and try to access the website that blocked you.
Scan for Malware
Running anti-malware software on your computer is always a good idea, but it’s especially important if something big like your IP address is blocked. This is a red flag that your computer may have been hacked and is being used to send spam or carry out denial of service (DoS) attacks. Even if you have 24 hours and the ban is lifted, you may be blocked again shortly thereafter unless you resolve the underlying issue. The bottom line: Use antimalware software to scan your computer and take action. If you are using Windows, click Begin and type “security”, then click Windows Security when you see it appear in search results. Click on Protection against viruses and threatsand perform a Quick scan.
Change your IP address
Of course, the most direct way to bypass an IP block is to change your IP address. Doing this is easier than it looks; if you change networks or locations, you automatically get a new IP address. If that’s an option, change your Wi-Fi network. You can also restart your internet modem, which should generate a new IP address for your computer when it restarts.
Use a VPN
If you can’t change your IP address and the other troubleshooting steps haven’t helped, you have one last option: you can use a VPN (virtual private network). A VPN hides your IP address and allows you to connect to websites with an IP address that appears to be from another location. It’s commonly used to provide additional privacy and security, but it can also be used to help you bypass an IP block.