Google filtering some searches



It caught me by surprise at first. I had done a search and got the following…

“We’re sorry…

… but we can’t process your request right now. A computer virus or spyware application is sending us automated requests, and it appears that your computer or network has been infected.

We’ll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your computer is free of viruses and other spurious software.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we’ll see you again on Google. ”

Wow – that’s strange. Thinking through the linux system here and in the back room, no windows machine on the network. Unless one of my linux boxes is compromised there’s no way a virus is doing automated searches from here. So I experimented a bit. Most of the searches being blocked were combinations of site:domainname.com and inurl:searchstring

Truth be told I was searching my own website to see if Google had yet indexed any posts from 2005/08/, so my search was site:averyjparker.com inurl:2005/08 usually on the second page I was getting the above message. I wrote it off thinking, maybe this IP block has something that has got it flagged by google. So the next morning I ran into it again and started searching.

As far back as January this behaviour has been noticed. There was a virus using google to scan for vulnerable sites (phpBB sites), in response Google started limiting some of the volume of results of certain advanced searches.

It seems as though (I use firefox), I get the message with ANY inurl:term search in the quick search bar, but if I pull up the Google Page and then search the message doesn’t show up until I advance in the search results. (In my case, page 2). What this meant for me is instead of searching for site:averyjparker.com inurl:2005/08 and then browsing through the results, I had to add a specific date, inurl:2005/08/05 for instance.

It’s interesting to see them trying to protect people from “google hackers”, but it is very frustrating to see just one page of results for some of my searches of my own site to see what’s indexed. I think a better solution would be for people to take responsibility for fixing what’s on their own server. Just because you can’t get it in a Google search doesn’t mean it’s not a problem. Here’s another view on this

Related Posts

Blog Traffic Exchange Related Posts
  • Google announces analytics for web sites Google has rolled out another free tool for site owners. Google Analytics was announced today. Using technology acquired from Urchin, this free service (limited to 5 million page views a month), sits on your webpage as a little javascript "bug" of sorts and tracks information on visitors to your site.......
  • Yahoo Search Shortcuts I haven't used yahoo search too much in quite a while, but there is an interesting post in their search blog about Yahoo Shortcuts. An example is typing in !ebay lamps takes you to ebay.com and searches for lamps. (Part of me is asking, why not just go to ebay......
  • A note for those of you using Google Adsense You've probably noticed the Google Adsense ads throughout the site. I have a couple of tools that I use to monitor adsense and one is a firefox plugin that tracks impressions. This afternoon it went to zero suddenly which had me investigate. It looks as though adsense has changed their......
Blog Traffic Exchange Related Websites
  • Proper Search Engine Optimization When Using Google Adsense On Your Web-Site If you've been using Google's AdSense in your pages you obviously really feel the need to somehow generate even much more visitors to your web site, which in turn would translate to much more AdSense click plus a greater income. But who do you do this? Properly, the major way......
  • The Most Effective Strategies To Make Use Of When Setting Up Links Traffic generation to your site from the search engines can be divided in to two sections. These portions are usually on-page search engine optimization as well as off-page search engine optimization. Although both of these areas of SEO are very important, in this article we will be focusing more on......
  • Top 10 Article Submission Sites For Marketing Ebooks When designing a web site, a typical term utilized is link building. Link building is developing connections to a web site. As a way to develop hyperlinks which will market your website, you will need to use effective link building software. You will find a entire range of software that......
en.pdf24.org    Send article as PDF   

Similar Posts


See what happened this day in history from either BBC Wikipedia
Search:
Keywords:
Amazon Logo

Comments are closed.


Switch to our mobile site