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As always, the answer begins: it depends on the type of content that you want to remove. Our webmaster help center provides detailed information about each situation. Once we recrawl that page, we'll remove the content from our index automatically. But if you'd like to expedite the removal rather than wait for the next crawl, the way to do that has just gotten easier.
For sites that you've verified ownership for in your webmaster tools account, you'll now see a new option under the Diagnostic tab called URL Removals. To get started, simply click the URL Removals link, then New Removal Request. Choose the option that matches the type of removal you'd like.
I have a site that I have no idea how it got indexed (it is just an IP, no domain name!) and I want to get it out of Google. I put up a robots.txt to ban access to the whole site 3 weeks ago and it is very slowly disappearing. I figured this tool is perfect for just getting the whole of the rest of the site removed quickly - put in the request and it has been denied. How useful!
I recently got hacked by some "jerk" that put some dodgy html pages in one of my folders, that redirected to absolute filth and built links to these pages. I really don't know how he got into my server.
I robots.txt them out of google but this is taking a while and have now submitted a removal of one of the pages to see what happens. It's currently pending removal.
Will let you know what gives when it is "complete".
[edited by: Pico_Train at 10:53 am (utc) on April 19, 2007]
I submitted a second site. All I did was put up a robots.txt excluding the whole site and then put in the request. I checked my logs carefully, there was an automated request for the robots.txt and that was it - 12 hours later and the request was dealt with.
Went back to my first site, made sure my robots.txt was correctly in place, submitted the request again, and it has now been denied once again.
When I first tried to have my directories removed I only had a 404 status code. It wasn't until I also added the robots.txt exclusion that the url removal tool worked for the directories.
Of course my individual pages are still pending even with a 404 and robots.txt...
New Removal Request
Remove your entire site
Submitting this request will remove this entire site including all subdirectories from Google search results. Learn more
Are you sure you want to remove this entire site from Google search results: https://www.mysite.com/?
 Yes, I want to remove this entire site.
Now obviously, I am very scared that if I "remove this entire site", that both my http and https versions of the pages will be removed, because both are on the same domain. Does anyone have experience with this particular issue?
See this thread for more information on effective ways to approach the protocol problem: