Google Blocked My Search

Google, are you a little temperamental today?

While I’ve heard of this happening before, it’s the first time it happened to me: Google attempted to block my search.

I tried Googling “Burst Media” (I was doing research for a presentation), and the screenshot below appeared, also seemingly accessible at this link (click for a larger image; I had trouble posting it bigger):Google_blocks_my_search_full_scre_3


I’m not sure what Google has against ad networks, and I had no problem conducting the search after. Maybe instead of this error message, Google can just put up a giant ad for AdSense.

The full text of the error is below, in case it’s easier to see than the image:

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
you might want to run a virus checker or spyware 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

If your entire network is affected, more information is available in the Google
Web Search Help Center

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


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