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Didnít think much of it at the time but all the URLís had PHP in them.
I was doing some competitor research one day and I had 10 instances of Optilink running backlink checks, as well as opening the first 10 results in tabs and checking their G backlinks, PR, etc. using the SEOpen extension.
I also use Fasterfox, which is supposed to cache the linked areas from your current page for faster browsing. All of those together seemed to make Google think I was a robot.
I have also "broken" Yahoo in this way. Both of the bans cleared up after leaving them alone for 20 minutes or so.
Please correct me if I'm wrong.
A year or so ago Brazilian hackers began automated searches for phpBB2 forums [phpbb.com] (searching in google.br for every site with `phpBB2 v 2.0.10` on the page) and hacking them - page 11 on the link has the exploit used.
Google instituted a check at it's end to try to stop it. Unfortunately this was defective, and for quite some time *any* search that included "index.php" caused the result detailed in message#1 of this thread. After a week, or two, G fixed it and it became part of G history.
Ah yes. Deja Vu, all over again.
PS (vaguely related) has anyone else noticed just how many so-called cache entries are not (cached, that is)?
That was using the firefox search box. When I typed in google.com and searched for the same thing, the search went through fine.
All other searches in the search box, including ones with php in them, but not phpbb, also worked fine.
A computer virus or spyware application is sending us automated requests, and it appears that your computer or network has been infected.
I'm getting it now again. Google, it is not a virus or spyware application! Jeez! If you don't want to show results for a particular term then don't show them. But just keep mum instead of alarming the world that their machines have been infected!
What's wrong with these guys? :::shaking head:::
Removing any one parameter, allows the search to proceed.
If you remove the &num=100 parameter, make a search, and then click the "In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 400 already displayed. If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included." message (which adds the &num=100 parameter back on to the search URL) it then works OK. If you add the &num=100 parameter back on by hand, then you get the error message again.