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There are a lot of viruses, trojans, and mis-configured computers on the Internet these days. Attackers use them to get to AfterNET for spamming, flooding, and evading bans. Because of this, AfterNET implements RBL, or Realtime Black List checking, and requires users from suspicious IP's to login before using AfterNET.
Every person connecting to AfterNET is checked against our list of DNS blacklists. These lists are maintained by different groups to help stop spam and IRC abuse. They have various mechanisms for finding and reporting hosts which have insecure proxies, trojan horses, or are otherwise allowing abuse.
It's OK, we know; it probably wasn't you. It was probably someone at your Internet address before you. There is an easy way to solve it, keep reading.
For many people, addresses are dynamically allocated every time they connect to the Internet, so sometimes listings are wrong and out-dated. Most RBLs allow you or your ISP to request a retest and removal from their list, but don't worry about that, you should just Login on Connect to bypass the scan. The use of these lists has drastically decreased the ability of miscreants to spam and flood on AfterNET; however, some people with dynamic IP addresses will get frequent false positives as spammers use their IP before them, so they need to log in to use AfterNET reliably.
If you are prompted for your AuthServ password because your host is listed in an RBL, don't fear. You can still get on AfterNET by following these directions:
We apologize for the inconvenience, we understand that the use of the RBLs will cause some people a little bit of extra work connecting to AfterNET, but we hope that the trade off of less spam and abuse makes it worth while. Please don't be discouraged, we will make every effort to allow legitimate users access to AfterNET. If the above doesn't work for you for some reason, let us know why and we'll work with you to find a solution.
You can check the http://OpenRBL.Org site to query all major RBLs at once for your host.