Originally posted by wonderworld
reply to post by badmedia
What would it mean if it did say that; "we have detected the possibility of external software being used",?
My Google error 403 also states "We're sorry...
... but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer software" To protect our users your request is denied. Google keeps asking me
to verify my IP address by typing the following characters in to the box below. On EACH search. Why would they do that?
I feel like I'm on a watch list now.
That is the error. It means for some reason something is going on where you are doing many many searches on google.
Scraping just means doing a bunch of queries and taking part of the result. For example, if I owned ATS and I wanted to see how well I ranked on
certain keywords, then I could get software that would perform a bunch of google searches, and then the software would automatically take the results
and try to find the ATS website in those results, along with the ranking.
Google hates this because it eats up there resources. They want real searches, not bots checking ratings. Other people also do things like taking
the results and copying content for pages they think will rank high, but it's dumb and doesn't work. People still try stuff like that though.
Google already knows your IP address. As does every single website you ever connect to. They are probably just asking you for it to confirm you
are an actual person rather than a bot. Not only do they know your IP address, they know your OS, your browser, your screen resolution and so forth.
All websites get this information by default, most people only use it for statistical information. For example, I keep track of what browsers
people use on a site, and then I make sure it appears ok for that browser. If only 1% of the people use that browser, then I won't worry about it to
So for whatever reason, they don't think you are a real person. It takes a good amount to trigger that stuff, so I'd be looking at any PC on your
network. You could have a virus that is running commands to search google and so forth. Any PC on your network would cause this problem to happen
across all PC's on that network as you describe. Because google is just looking at ip addresses and such.
As someone else mentioned, if you have wireless, someone could be using your wireless and doing these things as well etc.
But it seems you have located the source of your problem.
My first course of action would be to turn off any and all connections to the net for all PC's other than the one you are using. Assuming you have
a dynamic IP address(changes all the time), I would then reset my internet connection to get a new IP address, and try a search again. If it happens
again, then you know it's a problem with your PC. If it doesn't happen again, then it hints towards another PC.
If google is just working on something new, then the error would be on their end, and they would eventually get it fixed. I use to get that error
from time to time on blog searches, but they seemed to have gotten the bugs fixed because it doesn't happen anymore. I haven't had any recent
problems with google, and I use them pretty often(I even use them as a spell checker if I can't spell a word).
There can be numerous causes for the google search thing, so it's hard to say what it is. Can be your google toolbar making calls to google in the
background and has a bug in it for example. Hard to say, but that error is a result of too many searches, and it requires a good amount of searches
in a short time period to trigger that, well beyond the average user.
If that doesn't work - contact google. They are actually pretty friendly and if it is a genuine error, they would LOVE to hear from you about it.
Google isn't going to block you for no reason on purpose, if it was a matter of censorship they would just not include the sites in the search