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Specific website blocked on Windows 8.1

  1. #1


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1

    Specific website blocked on Windows 8.1


    This is an odd little problem, but I can't access DeviantArt on my HP Laptop.

    A little history:
    I bought the laptop new for Christmas. It had Windows 8 64 bit installed, and I immediately upgraded to 8.1, and at that time, I remember browsing the site looking for desktop wallpaper. Since then I upgraded with the Spring update, and any other update Windows gives me, so the laptop is up to date. I use FireFox (up to date) as a browser, and when I recently tried to access the site, I got a 'Connection has timed out' screen. I opened IE, and got a 'The operation timed out' screen.

    Things I have tried:

    ISP / Router -
    The laptop I'm having the trouble with is wireless. Using an older desktop (XP 32 bit SP3 as up to date as it will ever get) that is hardwired into the router, I have no problems accessing the site. Using my cell phone on the same WiFi (Android OS with Chrome browser), I'm also able to access it.
    Using an online proxy/anonymizer, I was able to get the site site to on the laptop.

    HOSTS file -
    Since the 'Connection has timed out' is the same one I get from an ad page the HOSTS file has blocked, I removed it and replaced it with a blank one. No effect on either browser. I should also note that this is the exact same HOSTS file and FireFox version I'm using on the XP machine without issue.

    Anti-Virus -
    I use Avast's free version, also up to date. I turned it off, again with no effect, and, again, it's the same that's running on the XP.

    DNS -
    I used the 'ipconfig /flushdns' to no effect. I even tried to use DeviantArt's IP address (199.15.160.100), again, nothing.

    I'm seriously at a loss. I'm not a tech wizard, but I'm not completely computer illiterate either.
    I ran a scan with my AV, MalwareBytes, and Kaspersky's TDSSKiller with no results on any of them. All other websites that I normally go to are working fine.
    I guess my question is which other component of Windows could selectively block a website?
    Any advice would be appreciated, Thanks.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Maybe they banned your IP accidentally? I would try sending an email to the site using Contact Us and ask what's up. Maybe they got an attack with a spoofed IP that happened to match yours.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Maybe I'm not as smart as I thought. Since I'm using a router, wouldn't all the devices using it have the same IP address?

    How would I check and/or change the IP address of the laptop to see if that's the problem?
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  4. #4


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    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Deviantart site has been down for the last day or two but apparently up now:

    Deviantart.com - Is DeviantART Down Right Now?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by burnedblack View Post
    Maybe I'm not as smart as I thought. Since I'm using a router, wouldn't all the devices using it have the same IP address?

    How would I check and/or change the IP address of the laptop to see if that's the problem?
    It may be easier to clear the browser cache on the devices that can access it. Make sure they aren't just reading the cached files. Although I just downloaded from DA on the 24th.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    It's not the site being down, because I was able to access it from the XP and Android devices at the same time as it is being blocked on the Win8 one. Right before I typed this I went to Whatismyip on my Android and Win8. Both show as having the same IP address. Android loads the page fine, still nothing on the Win8.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    I'm pretty sure I have that turned off, but that wouldn't affect FireFox, would it?
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  9. #9


    Quote Originally Posted by burnedblack View Post
    I'm pretty sure I have that turned off, but that wouldn't affect FireFox, would it?
    FF picks up settings from IE.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    I'll check that when I get when I get home from work and report back. Thanks.
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