But accessing that page leads to another error (no screen shot):
… 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.
What a mess!
Should visiting any web page really “harm your computer”?
On what basis would Google think that a web page is going to “harm your computer”? Does it take into account or even know what kind of computer you are using?
If Google had reason to believe a web page were to “harm your computer”, should the page be really listed as a search result? (Less is more?)
If a search result page is not marked with the warning, would you blame Google if you then visited the search result page and your computer came out “harmed”?
Are these search result page getting too crowded altogether? craigslist has barely changed their listing format and they’re doing just fine.
Of course, this was a temporary glitch. According to google’s blog, “the errors began appearing between 6:27 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. and began disappearing between 7:10 and 7:25 a.m. [PST]“. (So I ran into this just towards the end, around 7:20). The problem’s root cause is given as:
“Unfortunately (and here’s the human error), the URL of ‘/’ was mistakenly checked in [to a list of bad URL's] as a value to the file and ‘/’ expands to all URLs”.
And it wasn’t StopBadWare.org’s list as Google had originally posted. (The two organizations work together on this list). Well, mistakes happen …