For hours today every time I do a Google search it comes back with a “we’re sorry” message and makes me keep putting in a capcha. WTF? I know it’s not something on my PC because the same thing is occurring with searches conducted from OMB’s built in Google search.
Specifically the error reads:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ but your query looks similar to to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t process your request right now.
WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious software.
We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see you again on Google.
Somebody there needs to get this sucker fixed!
I found a ton of links in Google to these specific error results, but they are all talking about using things like inurl: intitle: and other advanced searches. I’m not doing any of that! All I’m doing is using the actual Google sidebar to perform my searches, or using the normal search function on my blog which has been working perfectly for over a year.
- Discussion thread on Webmaster World
- Heres one out of a bunch of threads on Google Groups about the problem.
- MyDigitalLife reported the same issue.
- JayAre comments on automated requests and queries.
Is anyone else getting this crap?