Today Google Accused Me Of Generating Automatic Search Queries!

I just got this message when using Google search:

We’re sorry…
… but your computer or network may be sending automated queries. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now.

I just learnt about some new commands for search, specifically allintitle: and allintext:

I did a few searches of allintitle: but then when I tried allintext: I got the warning message. I only tried once – does not sound very automated, doing a search once.

According to Google’s help pages I need to now run anti-virus, anti-malware etc. to be sure there is not something on my system doing automatic queries, and then if the problem persists, I need to file a report explaining why I think there is a problem.

Lets hope this is resolved quickly, as for my business using Google search is vital.

So, why was I using allintext:?

The allintext: command should return all websites where a particular phrase appears on a website. I was attempting to find websites that had quoted one of the brands that I manage to look for opportunities to form better partnerships, and to check they were not giving the brand any bad press.

I now need to restart my computer to update Avast! to run the latest AV to double check I am not infected. See you later.

  1 comment for “Today Google Accused Me Of Generating Automatic Search Queries!

  1. Webologist
    August 4, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Found a solution – just use intext: instead of allintext:

    Still, seems a bit odd to accuse everyone of automating searches – my problem is not uncommon it seems.

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