Why Google Gives You the “Unusual Traffic” Error

  • Unusual traffic from your computer network
  • Our systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer network

If you have been familiar with the above-mentioned errors while using Google, it may be due to the fact that you have been using it too quickly.

These errors appear when Google thinks the searched are sent from a network automatically and it assumed it to be a robot or anything malicious, for example, a virus, that is making the searches instead of a human.

It is crucial to understand what these errors “do not mean.” These errors are not the proof that all your network activity or searches on Google are monitored by Google, and they don’t even confirm the existence of a virus on your system. Ideally, if you have some reliable antivirus software installed on your computer, you won’t face this issue. However, there are no long-term effects on your network or system from these errors.

Why The Error Occurs

If you find this error in your computer, chances can be any of the following:

  • You are connected to a VPN
  • You are making too many searches too quickly
  • You are running an automated search tool
  • Your network uses a shared public IP address like a public proxy server, due to which Google may have noticed the traffic from other people’s devices.
  • Multiple people on your network are making searches at once.

Risks

Apart from the above-mentioned facts and chances, it is important to be aware of the harmful situations that may be taking place to cause the error.

  • There may be something malicious on your network or computer.
  • Someone else may be using your network suspiciously.
  • An unknown process is running in the background that is sending some unwanted data.

How to Stop the Error

Deciding what to do next totally depends on what you are doing now. It the error has caused by you, you can be assured to get through it with just simple steps. However, if you are certain that you are not the cause of the error, make sure to look into the matter before searching with the Google.

  • You should get a CAPTCHA code on the screen that you can fill. Typing in the characters you see in the box can tell Google that you are a human and you are not abusing the network.
  • Disconnect the VPN connection, if any.
  • Pause making manual searches on Google for a while to avoid getting the “unusual traffic” error.
  • Turn off search scrapers temporarily, like Mozbar.
  • Restart the web browser, then your computer, and if the error remains, finally, restart your router.
  • If you suspect a virus infection, run a malware scan immediately to get rid of it.
  • Run your Chrome Cleanup Tool to find out if there are malicious programs Google looks for.