403 Error With WordPress Stating You Are Blacklisted And You Can’t Login: Three Step Fix

I was almost in a panic today when I got the following WordPress 403 Error:

Your Internet Protocol address is listed on a blacklist of addresses involved in malicious or illegal activity. See the listing below for more details on specific blacklists and removal procedures..

“Due to a real problem with a third party blacklist that Bad Behavior uses, users we’re sent a false positive and effectivley locked out of the WordPress account…”

THANKFULLY, the Bad Behavior people are on the ball and rectified this immediately.

You can download the patch and fine more about the issue here:


To fix your problem follow the following steps:

1. Get the patch from above and unzip it to your computer
2. FTP into the site where you are hosting WordPress
3. Copy the files contained in the patch over-top of your other Bad Behavior files in the wp-content/plugins folder

That’s it!  Try logging on again!

Best regards fellow WordPressers, Press on!


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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Director of Bands in the Calderwood School of Arts at Grove City College in PA. He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award and the PA Citation of Excellence. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the current Vice-President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He also writes for DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and is the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.