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Google search thinks I'm a robot?

19130 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 3, 2011 2:49 PM by varjak paw RSS
scorpio985 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 16, 2010 7:39 AM
This is the second time I've had this happen to me. Whenever I type something into google search I'll be redirected to a page that says:

"To continue please type the caracters below, (and it has a CAPTCHA for me to solve)

About this page

Our systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer network. This page checks to see if it's really you sending the requests, and not a robot. "

Then it has my ip address.

When I click the "why did this happen" link I get th following message:

"This page appears when Google automatically detects requests coming from your computer network which appear to be in violation of the Terms of Service. The block will expire shortly after those requests have stopped. In the meantime, solving the above CAPTCHA will let you to continue to use our services.

This traffic may have been sent by malicious software, a browser plug in or a script that sends automated requests. If you share your network connection ask your administrator for help -a different computer using the same IP address may be responsible."

Help.....what does this mean, I've only had this happen twice...
Sony Vaio, Windows 7, iPhone 4 32GB, iPhone 3G 8GB
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,430 points)
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    Nov 16, 2010 7:52 AM (in response to scorpio985)
    Do you get that message using WiFi in the same place? If so, the router(or computer on the network) could be infected, sending automated search traffic, by proxy, through the network. This can happen anywhere.
    MacBook Pro
  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6 (10,785 points)
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    Nov 16, 2010 9:25 AM (in response to scorpio985)
    This is new from Google. And it's not unique to the iPhone. From my laptop, I am now being asked to verify I'm a real person when using Google. So, this question, should be directed to Google as it has absolutely nothing to do with your phone or Apple......
    Asus Laptop, iPhone 4 and Very Happy With It!
  • tuula2010 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 8, 2010 11:26 AM (in response to scorpio985)
    Hi dear, thank you for posting discussion. i had same thing last night.
    I was using my iphone 3G looking up something in google and somehow i got this page saying " Your computer unusual traffic detected" just wondering will it happen again? or some third party watching?
    Any way thanks again for started this discussion.
    macbook pro, Other OS
  • marcbyron Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Dec 9, 2010 2:39 PM (in response to tuula2010)
    How are you trying to perform your google search? By typing the search term in the search window inside Safari? Or by entering www.google.com and enter it there?

    Have you tried using the Google Mobile app?
    MacBook Pro Core Duo 2.16, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • kevinknutson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 30, 2010 1:14 PM (in response to scorpio985)
    I disagree that this question is answered. I've had this issue three times with my iPhone 3GS (running ios4) using the 3G network, not wifi.

    Its is very difficult to find any relevant information on this somewhat serious issue. Moderators aren't touching this topic on this site, and google continuously says the same thing "you're violating our terms of use".

    The fact is, this happens on both the goggle app, and safari. Clearing the cache and cookies on the iphone is not a solution. It just seems the block is lifted after a long period of inactivity on google.

    This is frustrating because anytime theres an issue with third party software, these forums still try to assist before wiping their hands of the issue. But for this, there is not attempt made to seek the cause.
    MacPro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Dec 30, 2010 1:38 PM (in response to kevinknutson)
    Many people, using many systems (desktop, laptop and smartphone, on multiple provider networks), are reporting in the various forum the same issues over the last month or so. So this is not an iPhone-specific issue.

    If you have any of the several Gmail-oriented apps, that may be a factor and you might try disabling that app and see if eventually the messages go away and don't return. Restart your iPhone after deleting (probably worth trying even if you don't have Google apps). And of course if presented with a CAPTCHA prompt, you need to respond to it.

    If none of that helps, you'll probably need to take this up with your wireless provider.

    Regards.
    iMac Core i7 8GB ATI Radeon 4850, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Also: iMac 2.8 Core 2 Duo 24", IPad 16GB WiFi, Dell w/ Windows 7, Win XP via VM
  • ajduguid Level 3 Level 3 (650 points)
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    Dec 30, 2010 3:56 PM (in response to kevinknutson)
    scorpio985, the person that posted the question must have marked it answered so (s)he must have felt it had been answered to at least their satisfaction.

    Now I haven't experienced this yet myself but a couple of people have said they've experienced it and that it isn't specific to the iPhone. I'd say the reason why it would be more apparent if you mostly use 3G is because I believe most, if not all, mobile providers use a proxy of some kind. This means Goggle will be seeing a lot of requests appearing from a small block of IP addresses.
    2.26GHz 13" MacBook Pro and Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • themagicfox Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 3, 2011 9:12 AM (in response to scorpio985)
    I find this all funny how google becomes anti-competitive with just the iphone right after the FCC makes their claim on freedom of speech.

    This is a sign of things to come
    I fermented my apple ;), iOS 4
  • kevinknutson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 3, 2011 2:37 PM (in response to varjak paw)
    Fair enough, but clearing cache/cookies, and restarting does nothing. The CAPTCHA only appears once, even if entered correctly.

    My experience with google leads me to believe when they say that my device in violating terms of use, I believe them.

    If its a provider issue, thats one thing, but the general attitude on the forums has been to look the other way.
    MacPro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Jan 3, 2011 2:49 PM (in response to kevinknutson)
    The general opinion on all the forums in which I found this problem discussed, including in Google's own forums, is that Google is full of it and that these are mostly bogus messages or an overgeneralization based on problems on a given carrier from some users being misapplied to other users. But since I've not experienced the problem myself, I can't say with certainty.

    Regards.
    iMac Core i7 8GB ATI Radeon 4850, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Also: iMac 2.8 Core 2 Duo 24", IPad 16GB WiFi, Dell w/ Windows 7, Win XP via VM

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