Friday, January 25, 2013

Blocked by Google

Now this may seem like such a big deal however it is not that big of an issue.  Let me further explain.  

Automated requests sent from your machine

When I received the message:

We're sorry...

... but your computer or network may be sending automated queries. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.

See Google Help for more information.

According to the website and help documentation I should check for Viruses, Malware and Spyware using a whole list of software they recommend to use.   I however know 100% prior to this my computer was clean.  So then why did I get this message.

Internet Service Providers (ISPs)  only have a number of Internet Protocol  (IPs) addresses they can use.  Thus they do not give you an internet address you can use on the internet.  However one address that is used on the intranet.  Then once you go out the internet you share your IP with 100's of other people on the internet.  This is know as being behind a proxy.

So how do you check if you are behind a proxy or actually assigned an IP address.  Well the process is very simple.

If you just type into Google what is my IP it will give you what your IP address is.    Then you will have one or two things you must do.

If you are connected through a router go to the router admin page and look for the WAN IP.  If that number is the same as the IP given on Google then you are not behind a Proxy.   Now if you are not behind a router and connected directly you will go to your   Windows start icon and type in the search for programs type "CMD".  (no "").   A box will appear and inside the box you will type ipconfig /all.  Look for IPV4 address and that will either match or not.   If it does not match then you are behind a proxy server.   Proxy address normally begin with either 192 or 10.

Simple and if you are unsure if you are clean from viruses, spyware and malware please read my tips on keeping your computer clean.


  1. Useful article especially for those abroad who may find themselves in a location known for spamming that may cause alerts. I have had problems from several major airports previously due to people "spamming" on their networks. Not the fault of the airports as they are providing a much needed free service. But obviously got some bad customers passing through.

  2. You are welcome gald you could find some use.