Fix: Error 1005 ‘Access Denied’

Some users are suddenly prevented from accessing a website by the Error 1005 Access Denied error. This type of error is encountered on a variety of websites (blogs, forums, video streaming, etc.) Most recently, a whole lot of users reported that they were suddenly prevented from accessing Crunchyroll (one of the largest anime & manga websites).

Error 1005 Access Denied - The owner of this website has banned the autonomous system number (ASN) your IP address from accessing this website.
Error 1005 Access Denied – The owner of this website has banned the autonomous system number (ASN) your IP address from accessing this website.

What is causing the Error 1005 Access Denied error

Basically, the error is occurring whenever the website administrator decides to blocks an IP or an IP range. Here are a few situations that might lead to the apparition of the Error 1005 Access Denied error:

  • Website administrator blocked an entire IP range – this famously happened with Crunchyroll, when they decided to block all IPs owned by DigitalOcean due to abuse tactics.
  • VPN service is blocked by website – Tunnel Bear or similar VPN services might be blocked by the website you’re trying to visit. If this is the case, you can resolve the issue by switching to a different VPN provider or by losing the VPN altogether.
  • Your IP got blacklisted by Cloudflare for abuse – A lot of websites are using Cloudflare to protect again DDoS attacks and other types of security attacks. If you or someone else on the same NAT (Network Adress Translation) have used abuse tactics, this could be the reason for the error message.

Method 1: Uninstall the VPN service or use a different provider

Big sites like Crunchyroll block IP ranges if they see evidence of malicious activities. Because of this, your IP might fall into the banned range even if you did no crime yourself. However, a plain internet connection (without VPN or proxy) will rarely get banned via IP range, so you should be able to resume your normal browsing behavior if you lose the VPN service.

Regardless if you’re using a VPN solution that is installed locally or applied to your browser, you can disable it temporarily and see whether the website in question becomes accessible. If it does, look for a different VPN website that wasn’t yet banned by the respective website or uninstall the service altogether.

If you’re using a locally installed VPN service, here’s a quick guide on uninstalling it from your system:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, type “appwiz.cpl” and press Enter to open up Programs and Features.
    Run dialog: appwiz.cpl
    Run dialog: appwiz.cpl
  2. Inside Programs and Features, look for your VPN service (Tunnel Bear, TorGuard, etc.), right-click on it and choose Uninstall.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to uninstall the software from your system.
  4. Restart your computer and visit the same website with a plain internet connection.

If the issue is still not resolved or this method wasn’t applicable, continue down with the next method below.

Method 2: Disable Proxy Server

If you’re using a proxy server to preserve your internet anonymity, that might be responsible for the apparition of the Error 1005 Access Denied error. This can happen when your Proxy solution is hitting banned IP ranges that are prevented from visiting the website.

If you’re using a proxy server, disable it temporarily and see if the issue is still occurring. Here’s a quick guide on disabling the proxy server on Windows 10:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Next, type “ms-settings:network-proxy” and press Enter to open the Proxy tab of the Settings app.
    Run dialog: ms-settings:network-proxy
    Run dialog: ms-settings:network-proxy
  2. Inside the Proxy tab, scroll down to the Manual proxy setup section and disable the toggle associated with
    Disable toggle associated with Use a proxy server
    Disable toggle associated with Use a proxy server
  3. Restart your computer and see if you’re able to access the same website at the next startup.

Method 3: Contact the website administrator

If you previously determined (using the first two methods) that the issue was not occurring due to a VPN or proxy server that you were using, your only option by now is to contact the website administrator.

This might be tricky since you won’t be able to submit a contact form because of the IP ban. You can contact the admin via the form section (if the website has one). If you received an IP ban on your plain internet connection, use a VPN service that is not blacklisted by the website to reach out to the admin and sort out the situation.


Kevin Arrows

Kevin Arrows is a highly experienced and knowledgeable technology specialist with over a decade of industry experience. He holds a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification and has a deep passion for staying up-to-date on the latest tech developments. Kevin has written extensively on a wide range of tech-related topics, showcasing his expertise and knowledge in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. His contributions to the tech field have been widely recognized and respected by his peers, and he is highly regarded for his ability to explain complex technical concepts in a clear and concise manner.