Our systems have detected unusual traffic

Our systems have detected unusual traffic

Postby ChrisGreaves » 20 Dec 2010, 16:15

Correct Forum?

"Our systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer network. This page checks to see if it's really you sending the requests, and not a robot."

Google has, quite rightly IMHO, suspended operations on the grounds that malware might have overtaken my system.
I have programmed Word/VBA to loop along a local street here, checking every address from "3000 Wharton Way" to "3300 Wharton Way".
Right now I detect the Google pause and the MsgBox allows me to type the captcha and no harm done. (If I didn't do this I'd end up with about 250 identical text files which start "Our systems have detected unusual traffic ").

Apart from the hiccough at the start of such a run, is anyone aware of any other detrimental effects on this operation?
I read through the Google terms of service and didn't see anything banning a programmed loop to obtain data from pages of hits.
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Set doc = ie.Document
Dim strResult As String
If doc Is Nothing Then
    strResult = "strLoadLinkToDocument Failed to load document. " & strURL & vbCrLf
Else
    strText = doc.body.innertext
    If InStr(1, strText, "To continue, please type the characters below:") > 0 Then
        ' Got a captcha
        MsgBox "Got a captcha"
    Else
    End If
    Call UW.PutFileData(strFileName, strText)
End If
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Re: Our systems have detected unusual traffic

Postby HansV » 20 Dec 2010, 16:28

It's not really a VBA question, of course, but OK...

I don't know whether Google will block you if you keep this up.
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Re: Our systems have detected unusual traffic

Postby ChrisGreaves » 20 Dec 2010, 16:39

HansV wrote:I don't know whether Google will block you if you keep this up.

A big fear.
I got smart yesterday and began saving each address's text file to the hard drive, so once it is d/l I can work from my offline copy while I'm tweaking code.
During development I could run, say, 20 addresses at a time, then wait 15 minutes etc.
Production runs would be quite something else.

P.S. Re "forum", thanks. I was stuck but figured it is a problem that affects programmers rather than web designers?
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Re: Our systems have detected unusual traffic

Postby ChrisGreaves » 20 Dec 2010, 16:48

HansV wrote:I don't know whether Google will block you if you keep this up.
Good point, actually.
Made me think "What if I had to drop down to (shudder) Yahoo or other.

Then it dawned on me that just possibly, a different search engine might return cleaner data in terms of hits to analyze addresses. (toddles off to inspect Yahoo, Answers etc,...)
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