If you’ve gotten this error since Google Instant launched:
“We’re sorry… but it appears your computer is sending automated requests.”
…you’re not alone. It seems, (thanks to Google Instant Search) that the increased searches per user per minute trigger a red flag in Google’s Automated Requests department.
The problem is, the Google Automated Requests (GAR) team and the Google Instant team work on opposite sides of the building and are on rival softball teams in the company’s intra-google softball league. Ok I made that last part up, but it definitely seems like there was some lack of communication going on at Goog headquarters – but just because it seems to be Google’s fault doesn’t mean it is (this time). Evidenced by the fact that Instant Search as a whole is working for most users.
So who’s fault is it? The answer is found in the following question… (mischievous laugh)
- Disable any extension you might have that auto-generates the next page of results (FastChrome, AutoPager, etc.)
- Clear your cache/cookies etc.
- Restart your Browser
- Search Again
I stopped seeing the Google Instant Search We’re Sorry error after I disabled my Google Chrome FastChrome extension. I’m pretty sure the “Endless Pages” feature that automatically loads the next page of results before you hit the bottom of the page, had something to do with the GAR team dropping their softball mitts to stop my searches. Since disabling FastChrome I have not seen that Automated Request error page again.
There are other extensions, whether Chrome, Firefox, etc that have an “endless page” feature that might be triggering your Automated Request error. If you’ve got some variation of that feature, disable it.
So who’s fault is the Automated Request error? Yours of course. Just like the speed of search is only limited by your ability to type… says Matt Cutts.
Comment below if you’ve got other fixes or if this one doesn’t work for you.