For some reason, each time we do a search, Google displays the following message:

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.

Is this just us, or are others experiencing the same problem?

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    Are you getting this error while browsing from cafe or your company? I got similar error while from my company pd - Usually t out-going ip of all computers in intranet will be same, so google count it as automated queries... Aug 11, 2010 at 13:20
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    If I could, I would vote to close as too localized.
    – Ami
    Aug 12, 2010 at 3:11
  • @Ami I'd suppose it's not too localized. It is just an error message with a web app that the user's having trouble deciphering.
    – thunderror
    Aug 12, 2010 at 6:25
  • I've seen that error message myself. Just try again later and it should be fine.
    – thunderror
    Aug 12, 2010 at 6:25

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This error message is most commonly seen when the IP address you're using is sending too many queries to Google, or when your browser's user-agent is not reporting correctly.

If you are in a large corporate environment which uses NAT to share a single real-world IP to the entire company, or sends all web traffic through a proxy server, you stand a much greater chance of seeing this message. In these situations, Google sees all of the corporate traffic as being from a single computer (IP Address).

If your security software likes to hide your user-agent header, you can also trigger this. Google's terms of use explicitly disallow using software to search for you. As a result, a nonexistent or unverified user-agent header can trigger this error.


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