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Google search captcha

Nev Stokes [PersonRank 1]

Monday, November 5, 2007
13 years ago3,450 views

Hey there. Something strange (well, I thought it was strange) happened to my Google search last week. I was presented with a captcha before I could continue my search. There's a screen grab on my blog: ...

Anybody else experience this on any of their search terms?

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Yeah, this is quite common if Google thinks you're carrying out too many searches or requests in a specific time period. If it wasn't you, it could perhaps have been someone else on your network.

Nev Stokes [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Thanks Tony, but it does seem strange that I keep on getting this (even when the office is quiet) when trying the same search terms ("php submit post") but I don't get the captcha on others.

The message given by Google is:

We're sorry...
... but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.

George R [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Try accessing google via a different domain or by IP.
Clearing cookies might also work.

A proxy will also work.

Zim [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

>A proxy will also work.

Or it may be the problem. If you are behind a proxy like Tor, usually you get these messages because the public proxies hit google lots of time.

I tried with the same search query you mention at your blog, and I had no problems.

opit [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Google is by far and away my favourite search engine – but never will rate an exclusive. I always have backups on hand : in fact, some are loaded as delivered in Firefox and Opera browsers. One reason is sometimes glitches/attacks occur which make a site unserviceable. Rare ? Yep. Unprecedented ? Not so much.

J. McNair [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Here is a full link to Google's official reasons for the new CAPTCHA:

googleonlinesecurity.blogspot. ...

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