Every now and then I am unable to access a website due to my IP being blocked by the web server's firewall. I'm not sure why it happens, but I've even been blocked on my own website and had to remove my IP from the blocklist.
For around 6 months now, I have been unable to access http://w3counter.com which is my favourite web stats program. I can access it through a VPN or Proxy or any device not using my IP. I have written to the owner asking him to check to see if my IP has been blocked but he says the firewall is not blocking any IP's.
For months I tried other stats programs but always found that I preferred w3counter. I would really love to pay for it instead of using the free version as there are some awesome features, but if I can't access it without using some slow VPN or proxy, that's just not going to happen.
So basically I am looking for any suggestions as to what I can do to troubleshoot this. Since losing access, I have even reformatted, but it's definitely not a problem with my computer because it happens on any computer on our network. So it must be relating to my ISP/IP.
Now the only issue I can think of is that my IP has been blocked by the firewall and yet the owner says that his firewall is not blocking any IPs. So what steps can I take to troubleshoot this? The last website I got blocked from said that while their firewall wasn't blocking my IP, it wasn't configured to accept connections from my IP range, so I forwarded this to Dan at w3counter but it didn't help so I am out of options.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks