Mac spyware and google message.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by thetonyclifton, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. thetonyclifton macrumors regular

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    I am getting this basic message after every google search.

    "Sorry but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now."

    Is this even possible that I have spyware on a mac? Is it a problem on googles end? Is it possible to scan for these virus' spyware all programs seem to be for windows?

    A little guidance please.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    *Sigh*

    No its not spyware. No way it can be. As for the Google I'm not sure, what browser you using? Possible it's on Google's end.
     
  3. thetonyclifton thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the answer, it seemed to sort itself out so it must have been google's problem. Sorry for the seemingly stupid question, I was 95% sure that it couldnt have been spyware, but I know the odd virus pops up ever now and again that can infect an apple. Also I thought that it is possible to have a virus but that it is simply inaffective unless passed on to a networked pc user didnt know if google cold detect the presence of an inactive virus.
     
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    A virus by definition is only able to infect a Windows Machine. But I can understand how some new Mac users are still flinchy when there is an odd occurence on your machine. Virus shouldn't even be in the Mac vocabulary.
     

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