The past few days I've been having problems with IRC, I keep getting disconnected every few minutes. It either happens with a " Software caused connection abort" message or a "Ping timeout closing link".
The problems started all of a sudden a couple of days ago, it had been working fine all day then suddenly I started disconnecting.
So far I tried the following:
*Switched to a different firewall
*Turned off firewall completely
*Switched chat client (tried mIRC and XChat)
*Scanned for virusses - nothing found
*Scanned for adware using AD-Aware - found a few tracking cookies, removed them, didn't help
*Switched to a different IRC server, didn't have any problems there.
*Tried staying on irc.redbat.org and another server simutaniously, no problems on the other server, problems with combine server remained.
MSN, ICQ and all other internet applications still work fine.
I'm running XP, service pack 2 and I'm on cable. Totally clueless as what else I could try to solve the problem, so if anyone has any suggestions I'de love to hear them :)
Thanks for the suggestions, nothing but localhost in my hosts file so I guess that can't be it.
I doubt it's the DNS as well, as I am able to connect and chat on IRC, I just get disconnected every few minutes. I'll try contacting my ISP though, hopefully more people will have had the smae problem or else they'll suggest that I restart my PC or reinstall windows or something :P
Oh and now I'm capabable of reaching www.redbat.org again... seems it just doesn't work some of the time :S