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File sharing sites and IWF proxy issue

2011-05-21 15:56:03, by drsox

This news item has been superseded by a newer and shorter item found here.

Edit19: 2011-05-21 15:56:03 - Oron.com is affected again, this time also hitting BE and BT Internet customers with the message "You have reached the download limit: 10000 Mb". There is no known workaround.

Edit18: 2011-05-12 14:01:40 - w-s-m has posted a copy of the IWF message reported by fileserve.com, which apparently appears EVEN if you have a premium account as per their advice!

Users report that when Premium downloads do work, they go at 200kB/sec or less and often never complete. The best course of action is to Raise a Ticket with BE (make sure you are logged in first! (Top Right)) to complain but as per previous issues (October 2010 onwards) don't expect much to be done. There is also a forum thread where you can chat to other users about your frustrations.

Edit17: 2011-05-11 19:39:24 - Looks like the fileserve.com message has changed to constantly show "You need to wait 900 seconds to start another download." and one customer even reports the following message came up "The IWF has recently implemented changes that may affect your download ability on the site. Please contact your local ISP or upgrade your account to a Premium account now."

Edit16: 2011-04-04 12:56:40 - Some may be interested in Oron's take on the situation claiming the IWF proxy may be 'potentially illegal'.

Edit15: 2011-03-29 20:14:00 - Looks like uploading.com is also affected for the first time with the message "Sorry, you have reached your daily download limit.
Please try again tomorrow or acquire a premium membership"

Edit14: Another checker to see if a site may be affected by your ISPs IWF proxy has been posted.

Edit13: A BE forum users also points out that fileserve.com is also inaccessible due to the BE IWF proxy, giving the message "Your IP has failed the captcha too many times. Please retry later."
No-one has yet posted a fileserve.com workaround.

Edit12 - 2011-01-31 20:23:18: Looks like Oron.com has now also been hit by the BE IWF proxy (hah, Plusnet and BT customers are affected too) and gives the message "You have reached the download limit: 5000 Mb". WORKAROUND: You need to edit your HOSTS file to contain:     oron.com     www.oron.com

Edit11: Looks like the workaround below for filesonic no longer works as simply as it used to. You now need to edit your HOSTS file to contain:     filesonic.com     www.filesonic.com

Show full post and other workarounds (highlighted in red)...

For more information about the IWF list and proxy systems in use in UK internet providers see our wiki.

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