Take the 2-minute tour ×
Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I am unable to visit this site http://www.novamov.com/. Whenever I go, it shows HTTP Error 404 - File or Directory not found, but when I try to do it with proxy servers I am able to visit the website without any error. What is the problem here?

share|improve this question

closed as off-topic by Al E., Vidar S. Ramdal, jonsca Aug 19 at 22:36

  • This question does not appear to be about web applications within the scope defined in the help center.
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

    
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about a specific end-user issue with a web application. –  jonsca Aug 19 at 22:36

2 Answers 2

It may be a DNS issue, but I'm not sure. You can test by following the instructions on this page to temporarily switch to Google's public DNS: https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/

If this helps, then you should speak with your ISP about the DNS that they provide. If not, then I honestly have no clue. But whenever this happens to me, changing DNS usually helps.

Honestly, it could be a lot of issues, everything from an error server-side to your browser borking, the DNS not working right, Internet connection, and so on. At least in my experience; I've encountered the issue many times myself.

I would've posted this as a comment if the system had let me, since it's not technically an "answer" as much as it is a suggestion.

There's another possibility too: your IP could be banned, and NovaMov displays a 404 error message when you connect from that IP instead of a "You've been banned" notice... which is something many websites still do for some obscure reason.

share|improve this answer

The site may have been previously infected with malware.

After cleaning up such an infection on my own site, I was unaware that the intruders had also altered my .htaccess file in such a way that only visitors who were sending a Referer header were exposed to the malware. Since I had removed the malware, visitors received a 404.

The intruders had altered the .htaccess file so that I, the site owner, would not recognize the infection, since I usually visited my own site by entering the URL, while other visitors came via Google.

It could be that accessing the site via proxy also invokes that part of .htaccess.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.