IP Address Blacklist Check
Use this tool to check an IP address against the most common blacklist databases. If you believe a blacklist or blocklist wrongfully added your IP address or mail server, this test helps you confirm and determine what to do next.
What is a blacklist check?
An IP address blacklist check, or IP address blocklist check, is a procedure done to show if a URL or IP address entered is listed with a domain name server blacklist (DNSBL). There are dozens of DNSBLs online, all of which use different criteria for listing and delisting addresses. However, IP addresses or mail server IPs that exist on any of the lists are believed to be a source of spam, resulting in those addresses being blocked from sending emails.
Spam filters utilize various DNSBLs to verify that incoming emails do not come from blacklisted sites, which would be a red flag. These domain name server blocklists are generally the first line of defense against IPs or domains sending spam. However, in some cases, the blacklist database adds addresses that don’t send spam. Users can use the free blacklist IP checker to find if their IP address was wrongfully blocked by the database.
How do I check if my IP is blacklisted?
Check blacklists for your IP address by entering the address into the tool above. If you don't know your IP address, the What's My IP address homepage shows you your IP address and its details. It also lets you conveniently copy and paste your IP into this tool to run a scan.
The IP blacklist checker tool will search IP blacklists and report a table of various blacklists. It lists the block status of your server IP address with each.
Domain name blacklists don’t notify users when their IP address goes on a blocklist. Users need to check name blacklists to find their status. Therefore, blacklist checks are essential for users, mail servers, or businesses who believe that they have a blacklisted IP address. Using the tool above is the easiest way to check for blocked IPs.
How do I get my IP off a blacklist?
Even if an IP address blacklist added your IP, you can still do an IP blocklist removal online. To fix a blacklisted IP address, first make sure that your network is free of malware, as databases sometimes blocklist IPs for infections users aren’t even aware of. If your network is clean, find the list that blacklisted your IP address and contact them directly for removal. After you make the request, check the blacklists again later to see if your IP remains on the list.
Each blocklist handles IP removal requests differently. You can't do a removal online, and unfortunately, databases can choose whether or not to honor requests; however, making a removal request still serves as the best method for clearing your IP address or mail server IP from the blocklist. If you’re an email system administrator with a blacklisted server, you need to work with the various DNSBLs that listed you.
What causes IP blacklisting?
Blocklists add IP addresses for many reasons. The intention is to protect other websites and users from dangerous IP addresses. However, sometimes blocklists wrongfully list other IPs on the list. Therefore, this results in the blocklisting of a normal, safe IP.
You may do a blacklist check online and find your own IP was blacklisted. A blacklist typically adds an IP for the following reasons:
- The IP appears to be the source of spam messaging
- The IP associates with a website containing inappropriate or dangerous content
- Your device has a malware infection which then could spread to other devices on the network
- You accessed the dark web or other illegal trading sources with the IP
Blacklisting websites for spam protection
As mentioned above, domain name server blocklists are the primary line of defense against spam as they block IP addresses believed to be spam accounts. However, there are also spam uniform resource identifier blocklists (SURBLs) that serve as backup defense. They are blacklists of websites noted for appearing in unsolicited emails; not all email spam filters are capable of using them.
Spam filters that can utilize the SURBLs scan the body text of emails, extract any website addresses present, and check them against blacklists. If the server finds an address, it flags the message as spam and handles it accordingly.
Since both methods filter spam differently, they are most effective when combined. Unfortunately, as spammers become more clever, there is no method capable of catching every spam message. Users must be vigilant in checking their own inboxes and educating themselves on how to avoid email scams.
Reporting IP blacklisting by analyzing email headers
It's useful to learn how to analyze email headers using an email header analyzer tool; these tools inspect and return a sender's IP address. If you receive spam messages or experience harassment online via email, use the analyzer tool to inspect the email header and report the address to the anti-spam blacklists.