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When you use Google to search, regardless of your browser or operating system, you sometimes get the error message “Your computer or network may send automatic queries.”
This error may prevent you from accessing certain web pages and may require you to enter captchas multiple times to reset your search, which may not always work.
Cause of automated query errors
If Google’s servers and search receive many connection attempts, that is, requests from a single computer or network, they flag this as a possible automation.
If detected, Google will temporarily limit your search usage (and you may not be able to access specific webpages) to make sure other users aren’t slowed down.
Often after displaying this error, Google will ask the user to enter a captcha to prove that they are human and not sending automated requests from their computer or network.
How to fix automated query errors
Your computer or network is unlikely to send automatic queries. This error message is usually a problem that you can fix with a few solutions.
If you encounter this error immediately after installing a particular program or downloading and opening a specific file, a program may have connected to the Internet without your knowledge. In this case, try uninstalling the program first to see if the problem persists.
Clear your browser’s cache. No matter what browser you’re on, clearing your cache is a great way to make sure your browser data isn’t causing any problems.
Please try another internet browser. Sometimes the browser itself can cause this problem. Trying to search in a new browser will confirm if the problem is related to an application.
If you don’t get the error message in another browser, uninstall and reinstall your original browser; then try searching again to see if you get an error.
Restart the browser. Closing it completely and clearing open tabs is an important step you can take that might fix the problem you’re having.
Restart your computer. Many device problems are temporary problems that a fresh boot from a powered off state can fix. Once back on your computer, try searching again.
Reboot your router and modem. If the steps above did not resolve the issue, the problem may not be related to your device, and instead be a problem with your internet connection.
If you can access the Internet without any problems and the problem persists after restarting, the problem is probably not related to your network or Internet connection.
Scan your computer for malware. Unless you frequent sketchy sites or download suspicious attachments, a virus is unlikely to appear on your computer. However, a malicious program or service can cause this error message to appear.
Once the scan is complete and you have removed all detected infected files, try scanning again.
What to do when all else fails
Computers are complex pieces of technology and many things can go wrong. However, whenever you encounter a problem, there is always a last resort: a system reboot.
The Reset this PC feature on Windows PCs allows Windows users to reinstall Windows without a disk and gives them the option to keep their files intact.
Mac users, as well as MacBook Air users, also have the option to restart their computers. On Mac, you can choose to back up your system and then restore a rebooted computer from the backup.
Although you can keep all your files even when you restart your computer, this is a nuclear solution that you should only try if all else fails.
It is good practice to make sure you have an extra copy of all essential files on your computer, preferably stored in the cloud where they are not susceptible to hardware failure.