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Posted in: Google by Richard Hearne on August 9, 2009
Internet Marketing Ireland

Sitting in an airport, and just noticed that Google has updated their horrible “Your computer may be infected” sorry page with this more useful “Stop scraping us” screen:

Sending automated queries to Google?
Sending automated queries to Google?

I suppose it’s a whole lot more useful than the old “your computer may be infected” screen, but I wonder if maybe this uses a new detection method? I’m sitting in an airport lounge using wifi, and I’m not sending any automated requests.

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  1. Nothing new Richard.

    I’d be willing to bet that it’s a firefox extension you have installed (I know the screenshot is Chrome).

    I know the SEOtoolbar causes it when cache date, DMOZ (G dir) and PR is turned on. IF you have your results set to > 20 it happens.

    Google have also been increasing the timeout. I’ve had to wait a few hours to get my IP white again.

    SEOquake causes it too.

    You’re right though, the message is slightly different.

    Comment by Dave Davis — August 9, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

  2. Yep – have come across it myself quite a bit too.

    Comment by Tom Doyle — August 10, 2009 @ 10:23 am

  3. Hi Dave

    Not seen you in a while :)
    I hadn’t seen this particular message before.

    @Tom – so now we all know… you’re the one who’s been sending all those automated requests to Google ;)

    Rgds to both

    Comment by Richard Hearne — August 10, 2009 @ 11:29 am

  4. @Richard Damn the secret’s out! :)

    Comment by Tom Doyle — August 10, 2009 @ 11:31 am

  5. I work in a company with shared IP – one for the whole company, and we get lot’s of captchas every now and then. But I must say that in the last 2 months I’ve not seen one. I guess coworkers are searching less or there s some algorithm on google to recognise this situations.

    Comment by Sanovnik — December 15, 2009 @ 8:49 pm

  6. I am getting this on start up as my homepage is set to http://www.google.com It started when I found Firefox hijacked on this laptop, but fixed it. I guess I’ll have to live with doing this every time I boot up now. UGH. Wish there was a way to ask google to reset it for what? my particular IP addy?

    Comment by Brenda — March 21, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

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