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So I was browsing the Internet and everything was nice and dandy suddenly my favorite site wikipedia gave me this:

Forbidden

You don't have permission to access this page.

I have been trying desperately to get it work for a while now, but I just cannot! Things I have tried:

  • Firstly I deleted all my cache, cookies, offline data etc from Firefox (which is the browser I always use) but it didn't help.
  • Then I tried with a bunch of browsers including Chrome, IE and Safari but it didn't work.
  • Then I downloaded Opera and tried but it didnt work.
  • Then I used ipconfig/release and ipconfig/renew to reset my IP but it didnt work.
  • Then I called my ISP and asked them to reset my modem from their end, which they did. Then I restarted everything from my modem, router, laptop, browser but it didnt work.

I don't know what else to do!

A few more observations:

  • This only happens when I am connecting to Internet using this particular ISP.
  • If I use another service provider, I can access wikipedia without problems
  • If I use Tor to access wikipedia when connected using the problematic ISP, I can access without problems
  • The site I have trouble with is en.wikipedia.org - www.wikipedia.org and all other language sites work.

A totally silly, unrelated and kind of creepy trivia:

This started at the exact instant when I went to wikipedia to read about this ghost story that I had been following for the past two days, I was able to access wikipedia just fine a few mins prior to that...Lol I know its silly :p

Anyways, I am at a loss as to what is causing this - do you think I should try exorcism as a last resort :-( I am at a loss to what else to try now, is there any firewall rules I can check? I am using firefox on windows 8.1

  • Have you asked the ISP to fix it, since this appears to be something they are doing? – fixer1234 Nov 5 '14 at 19:54
  • Try a different DNS server than what the ISP gives you. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 5 '14 at 20:12
  • @fixer1234 They said that they are not getting that issue when they try from their end. The reset my modem, I do not know what else to ask them... – open_sourse Nov 5 '14 at 20:14
  • @Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 - how do i do that? – open_sourse Nov 5 '14 at 20:14
  • Modify your network settings and put in a differnet DNS server. Say, Google's (8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4) - here's their documentation on it: developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 5 '14 at 20:16

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