flush dns not working

November 10, 2010 at 08:14:24
Specs: Windows XP
I'm beside myself - at wits end. I've cleared all history etc. in all browsers, flushed, renewed dns, rebooted, etc., etc., all of this several times over the past few days. I'm able to access my site on another computer on the same ISP and router in the same household, but not from my own computer, regardless of browser,etc. I am being re-directed to advertising portals that I had nothing to do with setting up. I'm on WindowsXP SP2 on an HP Pavilion laptop. I hope all of that is enough info to be able to get some help with this, but here are a few more details.

It's an old site that I rebuilt in Wordpress on a new host. I wasn't able to access the admin interface directly until I changed the dns, so I accessed it via ipaddress/username/domain-name.com until I felt ready to go live. As soon as I changed dns, I lost allll access, but just from my computer, and I keep getting redirected to ad portals. I've double checked all the dns info is correct on my hosting account and it's been well over 72hours allowing for propogation.....neither the old or new hosts' support can help - they're insisting it's a problem with my computer -- and neither will fess up to who's put up those ads portals with my domain name all over them!! (The IP config display shows lists of Record Names like i.gtld-servers.net, if that means anything to anyone. I've done whois searches....but don't know where to go from there on that either)

I've been scouring for a solution - but just can't go any further - Please, can someone help me figure this out and access my own website??


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#1
November 10, 2010 at 08:22:44
might help if you actually posted the web site url.

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#2
November 10, 2010 at 08:30:01
wasn't sure if permitted:
removed link after solving

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#3
November 10, 2010 at 10:32:44
Looks/loads fine on my end.

Have you scanned your pc for malware /virus's? Sounds like you may be infected.

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#4
November 10, 2010 at 10:47:36
Thanks very much for responding and checking. I don't understand how it could be that. I built the site, and I lost access the instant I changed the dns on the old host and made the change from ipaddress to domainname.com in my wordpress installation. When I flush dns and then displaydns in command prompt, recipe-for-travel.com is the only record still appearing. But, while we're on that topic, when my command window comes up, it's at C:\\docs and settings\me -- is that right, or should I be in C: -- and how do i change the directory?

I did do a scan with malware bytes and symantic, and I cleaned up files on hard drive and did a defrag. Don't know if it's appropriate to ask or if you can say, but what malware - free, pls, - would you recommend?

I really appreciate your quick response and your help - I've been at this for several days....


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#5
November 10, 2010 at 10:53:32
malwarebytes is a favorite of mine for checking for spyware.

Your cmd prompt is normal. If you want to change it make a shortcut to the desktop and change the start in folder to what you want

if you do an ipconfig /all are you listing your isp dns servers?

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#6
November 10, 2010 at 11:48:55
OMG - I AM such an IDIOT
While replying to your questions - I went back to earlier chat notes with my host and found that I had totally forgotten something I did in the very beginning! I did this to myself!!

When I couldn't access the admin without changing dns, and I wanted to have the site ready before changing dns, I followed the webhosts instructions re: accessing it via the ipaddress - which meant going into my Windows/system/drivers/etc hosts file and adding the new record.

I've just deleted that record from the hosts file and voila!!! I'm in!

Thanks so much for your help. I really feel like an ijut, but it was a couple weeks ago and probably about 5am when I did it. Luckily, I'm a stickler for documentation - just have to remember to check back through it all!


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#7
November 10, 2010 at 12:38:42
Glad to hear you worked it out. Happens to the best of us. :-)

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