Google says “We’re sorry …”

Jul 15, 2007 | 1 minute read

I was performing an advanced search on Google Blog Search (posts that include “commerce server 2007” over the past week) when allow of a sudden I started getting the following error:

We’re sorry … but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application

Que?! What is it with me and search engines?!

Something very similar happened awhile back when I was searching Yahoo. I got the infamous “error 999”, which evidently is most often caused by bandwidth limiting that Yahoo! invokes to prevent DoS (Denial of Service) attacks and automated processes that overload their systems.

Come on now, is it too much to be able to perform some advanced searches? While I wasn’t surprised to see this happen with Yahoo!, I’ve come to expect more from Google.


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