Can't connect to any server

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everything was fine till 2 days back. i was able to connect to gaming servers and everything but now something is gone wrong.

i can't connect to any gaming server. i can't login to steam (www.steampowered.com) either. i cant ping the servers/ cant scan them as well. however i am able to use the internet otherwise, i am also able to access other computers on my sify network.

apart from joining gaming servers, others are now unable to connect to ones created by me.

other users on sify are still able to connect. it doesnt appear to be my computer's problem. i disabled the firewall, also logged in safe mode with networkin and tried. i tried it on the other PC as well. just cant join any gaming server.

for the first time, sify customer care is trying to help. but unfort the prob cant be identified. at one time, the sify guy tried to access my computer but was unable to.



any help wud be welcome.
 
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Do you mean to say that those using Sify can connect to the servers created by you but not those who are not using Sify? Also is it that you can connect to servers created by other Sify users? Of course I don't talk of a neighbourhood subnet but rather the whole of Sify network across India.
 
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no i cant connect to any game server. whether it is created by a sify user or a full 24/7 dedicated server like kawabonka.com or frag-shack.com servers. earlier i was able to connect to them with
 
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haha, man i can't connect to any antivirus site form last 2 month. :sand till now nobody was able to solve it. huh?
 
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i cannot connect to sify customer care since ages.oh wait, that is happening to many others :p
 
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Ok hpgupta, sounds rather freaky. I will check whether I can connect to some foreign game servers of the game BZFlag which is the only online multiplayer game I play. Could this have to do with the network upgradation that Sify says it is doing in phases, I wonder. Also guru, when you say you're not able to connect to any AV site do you mean you aren't able to update your AV? Sounds like you have been infected by a virus itself. Try this. Search for the file named "host" if you're on Windows and post its contents, maybe you could PM me if solving your problem would be going off topic on this thread :p
 


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PM'dbut the same is happening with my friends computer also.and I don't know but from last two days i get logged off after 30-40 minutes :si tried using my friends account also from my system but the same happened again, but every thing works fine from his system.
 
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so ur friend cant access an antivirus site? that is really weird. vsnl did reportedly tried to ban net2phone sites in the past but i really doubt sify would be interested in banning anti virus site access just to force u to use securesynergy :p
 
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Pm'd the answer to you guru. This is the first thought that came to my mind too, that is it Sify forcing us to use Secure Synergy? But turns out it's not come to that yet :p. You see I asked guru to PM me the contents of his C:\Windows\hosts file. This file acts as a local DNS server. It contains URLs and their respective IP addresses. By default it just has 1 entry :-127.0.0.1 localhostThe 127.0.0.1 represents the machine that this file is on. It's a local loopback address and not that of any server. guru, your hosts file had the URLs of all the AV websites listed in that file and matched to 127.0.0.1. So whenever you tried to open an AV website all you got connected to was your own computer and not the AV server. Obviously this addition to the hosts file is the work of some malicious program. Just see the things these malicious programs come up with.guru I'd even recommend that you download Spybot Search and Destroy, Ad-Aware and SpywareBlaster, and update them and use them regularly, because many spywares and trojans that can also alter this file and do other nasty things are missed by AV programs. Also download a program called CWShredder. All these programs alongwith AV program and a firewall make us secure provided we regularly update them and scan our computers with them.
 
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Thanks inetbum, now i can see antivirus sites also ;)but why this all happened :s
 
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Good to know your problem's solved guru. Read why it happened above ;)
 
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Hi hpgupta, I was able to connect to foreign game servers of the BZFlag machine and play normally. Maybe other members of this forum who have multiplayer games like CS, Quake III etc could try connecting to fragshack and kawabonka. I do have Quake III Arena demo but they want the cpma mod on kawabonka. Maybe I can try connecting to your server with my Q3A ;)
 
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host file: the safest way to block ads and bad networks. :perrm. u would not see the google ads if u ban these. and it will lead to no revenues coming to me :ph34r:
 
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How do we block ads by using the hosts file? I most certainly don't have anything blocked in my hosts file so no loss of revenue to you from my side :p
 
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That was me. I often can't log in using Firefox even though I sign in. If it doesn't work once I do it again and it works the second time. But recently it just doesn't work once in a while and I have to switch over to IE. You might want to check out this issue the site is having with firefox.