This morning Google’s search results don’t work.
Let’s say you search Google for water. Then:
Each result has a warning under its link “This site may harm your computer”:
Clicking on the link doesn’t take your browser to the page as usual, but brings up an error message.
Clicking on the “This site may harm your computer link” produces a help page with the title “Concerns About Web Search Results: Results labeled ‘This site may harm your computer'”:
So now I search Google for “Concerns About Web Search Results: Results labeled ‘This site may harm your computer‘”. The first result is a Google support page at
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, “