I've been having some weird experiences; the more time that passes, the more often it occurs. I go to websites, forums, etc., that I have never been to before, and messages come up saying my IP address has been blocked, banned, or blacklisted.
The first incident was a couple of years ago; having trouble with my cell phone, I Googled to find a forum that was all about cell phones; when I attempted to join, the message said my IP address was blacklisted because it was associated with spam. More recently, I've found regular websites that I can't bring up on my computer, saying the website owner banned my IP address. I've had at least a half-dozen experiences like this, mostly during the last couple of months.
I don't know if it's related or not, but I went to a forum tonight and it said 'welcome back, your last visit was 3:40 a.m.' The last time I'd been to that particular forum was a couple of months ago, and I've never actually joined it.
Specifics: I've never spammed any sites, no one but me uses my computers, I have a modem & DSL no wi-fi. I have Windows 7. And I've had the same internet company for many years.
All I was able to find online that I understood was about disconnecting modem/computer, but that wouldn't do any good because I automatically disconnect my entire system every night and even when I'm going to be away from the computer for a few hours.
I contacted my internet company but they didn't offer any info or advice. All they did say was type in a bunch of commands, etc., which I'd not be able to figure out how to do in a million years.
So would anyone here possibly have an idea about what's causing this problem, and if there's anything I can do about it?