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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:18 pm    Post subject: I receive a message from Google about virus or spyware... Reply with quote

Sometimes while using Accurate Monitor for Search Engines you may receive the following message from Google:

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We're sorry...
... but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.

We'll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spy ware remover to make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious software.

If you're continually receiving this error, you may be able to resolve the problem by deleting your Google cookie and revisiting Google. For browser-specific instructions, please consult your browser's online support centre.

We apologise for the inconvenience and hope we'll see you again on Google.
To continue searching, please type the characters you see below:


What is it and why does it happen?

Google shows this message when it receives a large amount of queries per time period from a single IP address. Accurate Monitor for Search Engines does perform queries to Google, but the reason for the above message is not Accurate Monitor for Search Engines itself, but a large amount of queries that it sends to Google when accquiring your web ranking data.

Does it hurt my rankings?

No, this is not a ban and your website is not influenced in any way. Google simply blocks your IP address for a while.

How can I avoid this message?

There are four possible ways (three and a half, actually):

1. Reduce the amount of queries.

Google asks for CAPTCHA when it receives a large number of queries, so making that number smaller could help you to avoid the block of your IP address.

If you need to check a bulk load of keywords (1000 or 2000) - do not perform this at once. Split your keywords onto several groups and check them one by one. Also, you don't need to check first 500 results of SERP - limit yourself with first 30-50, because nobody look so far in the search engine rankings anyways, so it doesn't really matter if your site is 357th or 452nd - you won't get any visitors either case.

2. Use proxy

Another way to avoid IP ban is using a proxy server. This way Google possibly blocks the IP address of a server, not your IP address. You can read more about checking web ranking via proxy here. Moreover, Accurate Monitor for Search Engines includes the Multi Proxy feature that might be helpful too.


However, you should understand that this way is not actually a solution, but merely a workaround of the problem. You really should reconsider the amount of queries you send to Google (see pt 1 above).

3. Use Human Activity Emulation

Accurate Monitor for Search Engines features a Human Activity Simulation option, which adds a random pauses while search. This method does not stress Google so much and thus significantly reduces the probability of having your IP banned (to almost zero).

4. Use Google API

This method once being a major one, now is only a half of the method, actually, because Google does not support Google SOAP web API anymore. However, old API authentication keys still work, so if you have one, you can specify it in the Preferences window of Free Monitor for Google and check Google rankings thru its own API which is a fully legitimate way to do the trick. You can read more about advantages and disadvantages of Google API here

Please also consider reading these articles:
10 Tips to Avoid Google Ban
What is the safe number of queries you can perform using the default method without a risk of being banned?
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