If you come across the error message ‘Our systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer network’ while searching something on Google, you have been using it too rapidly. Well, this happens when the Google systems think that the requests being sent are done automatically by a robot or a virus. Basically, when you search something on Google, what you are doing is sending requests to the servers which then respond to your respective query. However, when the requests are being sent too fast, you will be stopped by the said error message.
The error message can be due to a number of factors that we’ll discuss in detail down below but just to give you the basic insight, it can be due to your VPN connection, browser configuration etc. It is important to note that the error message doesn’t mean Google is tracking your activity or keeping records of your network, but rather it is just an assumption made by the Google systems.
In case you do not already know, automated traffic means the requests being sent over to the Google systems are done using automated tools etc. Such requests are considered automated by Google due to which the error message pops up to prevent such traffic.
Note: If you are using Google Search in high frequency, this error message is normal and you should use the recaptcha to verify your identity. If you are performing no such searches and still getting the error message, proceed down below.
What causes the ‘Our Systems have Detected Unusual Traffic from your Computer Network’ Error Message?
Well, as we have mentioned above, this error can be due to a number of factors. These factors include —
- VPN Connection: Most of the people usually get to see the error message when they are using a VPN connection. Such a case is quite common and you will just have to disconnect your VPN to resolve the issue.
- Malicious Content on your System: In some cases, the error message can be due to some malicious content on your system. The chances of such a case are quite plain, albeit, it’s a possibility still.
- Browser Configuration: The browser that you are using to access the site and perform your searches also plays a vital role in triggering the error message. In some cases, the third-party extensions that you have added onto your browser can be the responsible party.
- Network Connection: Your network connection can also, at times, trigger the error message. If you are using a public network, the error message might have been generated on the grounds of the traffic from other devices.
Now that you are aware of the possible causes of the error message and what it means, we will get into the solutions. You can implement the following fixes to isolate the issue.
Solution 1: Disconnect VPN
If you were using a VPN connection while the error message surfaced, you should try to disconnect your VPN and then see if it fixes the issue. Virtual Private Networks often cause such problems while you are conducting a search on Google, therefore, if you wish the error message to be gone, you will have to stop using the VPN connection.
Solution 2: Reset Browser
Your browser settings can also trigger such issues due to the third-party add-ons installed etc. In such a case, you will have to reset your browser to get the default configuration.
Here’s how to reset Mozilla Firefox:
- Press the Alt button to enable the Menu bar.
- Click on Help and then select Troubleshooting Information.
- Click the ‘Refresh Firefox’ option to reset Firefox.
If you are using Google Chrome, you can reset it by doing the following:
- Click the Menu button (3 dots) on the top-right corner of Google Chrome.
- Go to Settings and then click ‘Show advanced settings’ at the bottom.
- Click the ‘Reset settings’ button to reset your browser.
Solution 3: Restart your System and Router
If the above solutions do not solve the error message for you, then you can try to isolate the issue by first restarting your system. If the issue persists even after a reboot, head to restarting your router. Restarting your router will most likely circumvent the issue.
Solution 4: Perform a Malware Scan
As we have mentioned, the error message can, rarely, be due to some malicious content on your system. In such a case, you should perform a scan using the Windows Defender or any third-party antivirus that you have installed on your system. If there’s any virus found, the Windows Defender or your third-party antivirus will take care of it and your issue should be fixed. To perform a scan using Windows Defender, do the following:
- Press Windows Key + I to open Settings.
- Type in ‘Virus and Threat’ in the search bar and then hit Enter.
- Once there, just click Quick scan to search for any malicious content quickly.
- You can also perform a full scan by clicking Scan options and selecting Full scan there.