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Re: Error 403 from Google

In article <dq8f1m$2jnu$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Roy Schestowitz
<newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes
>__/ [Big Bill] on Friday 13 January 2006 13:26 \__
>> On Fri, 13 Jan 2006 11:55:16 +0000, Roy Schestowitz
>> <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>__/ [Roy Schestowitz] on Friday 13 January 2006 11:47 \__
>>>> I find this rather amusing actually. I have been getting 403 errors
>>>> (denial of access) from Google for the past few minutes, claiming that "A
>>>> computer virus or spyware application is sending us automated requests".
>>>> I have Netcraft and the A9 toolbars installed. They tend to echo my
>>>> requests, i.e. visit all pages in my 'history', so I suspect they are the
>>>> culprits. GoogleBar and SearchStatus request PageRank values on
>>>> occasions, but I have not run any tools that leads to heavy query load
>>>> (not for months anyway...).
>>>> I have tested access to Google from a remote computer to confirm that it
>>>> is only my IP address (which means that I can still get around this by
>>>> SSH'ing), but nonetheless it's an interesting observation, I think. Have
>>>> they become paranoid or vain perhaps? Maybe they dislike multiple
>>>> requests from various locations, but if that's the case, they are
>>>> stepping on their rivals' toes.
>>>> Roy
>>>Update: it appears as if Google intercept only requests which come from
>>>GoogleBar, the Open Source toolbar that predates the official Google
>>>GoogleBar enables its user to fetch 50 results for each results page. I
>>>toyed with the URL's and settings to discover that Google deny the fetching
>>>of >10 results for particular terms, but not for others. Nonetheless, they
>>>begin to limit the load they are willing to tolerate and information that
>>>they deliver as a *Web page* (a SERP). It's just an intersting observation
>>>because this has worked flawlessly for a long, long time.
>> Sounds like they're suffering from load problems all round then.
>I hope that they replace the contents of that 403 page. It's very deceiving.
>If I were a Windows user, I would have spent time in vain.
>Here is the full content of the page:
>    We're sorry...
>    ... but we can't process your request right now. A computer virus or
>spyware application is sending us automated requests, and it appears that
>your computer or network has been infected.
>    We'll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon.

This conflicts with what a 403 is meant to convey. From RFC2616:

10.4.4 403 Forbidden

   The server understood the request, but is refusing to fulfill it.
   Authorization will not help and the request SHOULD NOT be repeated.

> In
>the meantime, you might want to run a virus checker (LINK) or spyware
>remover (LINK) to make sure that your computer is free of viruses and other
>spurious software.
>    We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we'll see you again on

Philip Baker

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