The #1 guide on how to bypass an IP ban in 2022

Learn how to change your MAC, use a VPN to change your IP address, clear your computer’s cache, as well as discovering tools and tips on how to use proxy solutions
Aviv Besinksky
Aviv Besinsky | Product Manager
11-Aug-2022

In this post, we will discuss ‘bypassing website blocks’ in the following sections: 

Frequent reasons why people experience IP blocks

Common reasons for an individual or company to have their IP address getting blocked from a target website or platform’s server include:

  • Spamming for commercial use, such as mass messaging or advertising a product or service without first receiving platform consent
  • Post links on forums, social media sites, and platforms that divert traffic to another domain 
  • Performing web data collection from a target website. This is called a ‘rate limitation’. Different sites will block a requesting IP at a different rate. For example, ‘50 requests per minute’, which is above average and identified as abnormal behavior. 
  • Trying to access a website from a geolocation or device type that is blocked. For example, a Chinese IP may be trying to access an American eCommerce website, or a desktop/Residential IP is trying to access an application only open to mobile devices. 

Four ways to troubleshoot IP bans 

Here are four ways to help you easily bypass some of the internet’s most common IP bans:

#1: Switch out your Media Access Control (MAC) address 

MACs are individual network addresses assigned to a network interface controller and is used in the context of communications inside a network segment. Many platforms may choose to block your MAC address in addition to your IP address, which is why it is important to take care of this and make sure that this is not what is preventing your IP from operating normally.

A step-by-step guide to changing your computer’s MAC address

Step one: Head on over and click on your computer’s ‘Settings’ 

Step two: Hit ‘Network & Internet’

Step three: Go into the ‘Change adapter options’ 

Step four: Right-click your internet adapter and hit ‘properties’ 

Step five: Select ‘Client for Microsoft Networks’, and then hit ‘Configure’.

Step six: Head to the ‘Advanced tab -> Then hit ‘Network Address’ 

Step seven:  Go to browserling, create a new MAC address and then copy and paste it into the ‘Value’ box. Now hit ‘Ok’, and wait a few seconds. 

#2: Change your IP address using a VPN

One of the most logical things to do when the IP address that you are operating with has been banned is to opt for a VPN. Bright VPN, is one of the best free premium VPNs currently available on the market. 

VPNs are useful in that they change your IP address so that your activity is not restricted. Not only does it change your IP address but it also can help you change the location you are perceived as being in, as well as the Internet Service Provider (ISP) that you are currently using. 

Good VPN services do not track/store browsing history logs, traffic destinations, data content, or DNS queries. They should also employ IKEv2 (Internet Key Exchange version 2) connection encryption technology, which is a VPN encryption protocol that handles all request-and-response actions.

A step-by-step guide to installing Bright’s free VPN

Step one: Download the VPN 

Step two: Install it on your device 

Step three: Change your IP address to a location of your choice and a randomized number combination

Step four: Navigate to your target website, and circumvent the previously enforced IP ban 

#3: Clear your computer’s cache & ‘digital residue’

When attempting to access a platform or application that you have been blocked from, very often there are files on your computer pertaining to that program that need to first be removed.  

Be sure to do this by searching your entire computer for the name of the program in question or by manually combing through the following computer folders:

  • C:/programfiles
  • C:/programfiles (x86)
  • C:/%programdata%

A step-by-step guide on removing digital leftovers 

Step one: Hit the Windows key + R and then type in the word ‘Regedit’

Step two: A window will open with different locations on your computer – copy and paste these into the search bar

Step three: Delete anything related to the application or program whose ban you are attempting to circumvent 

#4: Uninstall the program or browser 

Depending on what you are trying to access, go ahead and uninstall the application, program, or browser that you are using if your target is a web page. 

{h4} A step-by-step guide on uninstalling a browser/program

Step one: Head over to the ‘Control Panel’, and choose ‘Programs’

Step two: Now click ‘Programs & Features’

Step three: Right-click the program in question and hit ‘Uninstall’ 

Why do some believe proxies to be the most effective tool?

The above-mentioned techniques can be effective for simple IP bans, especially for individuals looking to gain access to specific sites. But you are a company dealing with data collection on a much larger scale, you may want to consider professional proxy services

Many target sites will use complex architectures or preempt high traffic crawling by employing human behavior checking techniques. Buying a proxy can be an extremely effective way of solving CAPTCHAs and unlocking sites.

Proxy technology can be a more effective solution for the following reasons:

  • Proxies can employ automatic IP address rotation, meaning that their success rates are very high. They rarely get blocked by the target site, and when they do, they swap in a fresh IP address. 
  • Proxy networks can give you access to IP addresses in every geolocation in the world. So if your company needs to check competitor pricing on an American eCommerce website from China, you can use an IP address located in New York, for example.
  • Proxy networks enable users to choose from a variety of devices such as ‘residential’ or ‘Mobile’ (3G/4G), so if a business is trying to circumvent a mobile-based app ban, then they can route traffic through real mobile devices. 

Aviv Besinksky
Aviv Besinsky | Product Manager

Aviv is a lead product manager at Bright Data. He has been a driving force in taking data collection technology to the next level - developing technological solutions in the realms of data unblocking, static proxy networks, and more. Sharing his data crawling know-how is one of his many passions.