I'm a member of a student forum (http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk, to be precise!) which bans certain IP ranges to prevent spamming etc. (In the words of one of the mods there: "Just to clarify IPs haven't been 'banned' as such; it's done by an automated process that prevents us from being attacked, so we can't really 'unban' them as such.").
Anyway, all of a sudden about two weeks ago, I ceased to be able to access the site due to apparently having a banned IP (though no attempt was made to ban me specifically - I did nothing!) and I've been trying to get around it ever since.
One of the moderators suggested changing the proxy server I use to 'webcacheh11a.cache.pol.co.uk (126.96.36.199)', which I tried, and I've also tried selecting not to connect via proxy, and connecting via proxy as usual but putting thestudentroom in the list of sites not to use proxy for. No luck with any of these though.
The site admin then told me to do the following:
"Open up C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts in notepad. Add the line:
which I did - again with no luck. I also tried changing the IP he gave to the one previously suggested by the mod, and also a random one from www.stayinvisible.com ("188.8.131.52"). This also had no effect...
...I'm pretty much out of suggestions and people to ask. Is there anything else I can try? Perhaps I needed to do something else along with the above changes to bring them into effect or something (as they in fact seemed to make no difference whatsoever)?
Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.