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What Makes A Site Refuse A Connection?

Discussion in 'Malware Help - Public (Anyone Can Post & Respond)' started by faster, Aug 22, 2017.

  1. faster

    faster Private E-2

    I'm here at majorgeeks, and logged in, but last time I tried to, I couldn't open the site. I had been refused! (FYI, I use W7.)

    At first, coming to this site, I encountered a "Contentteller" window (with no URL), that said:
    "The MySQL database of this Contentteller Content Management System installation has encountered the following problem:
    The MySQL database server is not reachable

    Please try it in a few minutes again. We apologize for any inconvenience."

    Trying again didn't work. And who is "WE"?

    Have you EVER heard of Contentteller? What should I do about my SQL to make it "reachable"?

    Next time I tried to get majorgeeks, I was flatly refused.

    I've done nothing to merit such treatment, but I don't think it is major geeks' fault. It might be the doing of an employee with "issues," though. After rebooting, there was no problem coming to this site.

    I was in the midst of a problem where something changed my RealTek network adapter to a Samsung. Which, of course, didn't work. Without question, it was malicious. It had to use administrative privileges to change the adapter in Device Manager. I still haven't solved it fully, though I can get around it, sometimes. That may account for that thing about SQL, but I don't see how.

    Does anyone know what the criteria are for a website to refuse to let someone connect with their URL? And anyone know HOW it's done? Has anyone experienced anything like these things? Is it possible it was anything but a hack, rather than malware?
  2. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    You were "refused" because the servers were down and didn't come back until 3 am.
    Eldon and dr.moriarty like this.
  3. faster

    faster Private E-2

    Well, if the servers were down, why didn't it say so, or at least say it was unable to connect?
    A refusal is an intentional thing. It is a decision.
    Maybe that refusal ought to be rewritten? It made me think they were keeping me away, specifically, and that I somehow was deemed harmful. The world's first wheelchair-ridden grandma cybercrook.
    When servers are down, they usually just say that.
    A refusal should be just that. A genuine refusal of someone, and for a specific reason.
  4. Eldon

    Eldon Major Geek Extraordinaire

    It depends on more than just the server being down - your ISP, your browser, etc.
    I got no message in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Just a blank screen. And then I realised it was 2 AM in Florida...
    It's one of those things. :)
  5. TimW

    TimW MajorGeeks Administrator - Jedi Malware Expert Staff Member

    If the servers are down....how can it broadcast a message? The refusal probably came from your ISP.
  6. sexyandy81

    sexyandy81 Sergeant Major

    I tried to sign in from UK and got a message from Virgin Media ISP saying that "majorgeeks.com may not exist"
  7. PrivatePile

    PrivatePile Private E-2

    Depending on the nature of the servers being down, depends on the nature of the HTTP response. If the entire server was just down, you should have gotten a 404 or a 408 message. If you got a 403 message, it probably came from something acting as a proxy between you and majorgeeks.com.


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