Windows 10: Google - "unusual activity" recpatchas

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  1. Posts : 264
    Windows 10 64-bit home
       21 Dec 2017 #1

    Google - "unusual activity" recpatchas


    I don't know where to post this but Google has been hitting me with a lot of "we've detected unusual activity" nonsense lately, especially if I run too many searches in a few minutes (how many is anybody's guess as it seems arbitrary).

    But their recaptchas are unsolvable. I mean absolutely unsolvable. It's infuriating - the images fade in and out slooooowly, and you have to click multiple times before you get them all. Then, you fail anyways, and have to start a new one. Over and over and over for 10 minutes or more, until I'm finally blocked for too many attempts. It's ridiculous. I get these captchas a lot when joining forums, posting comments, etc., but when I run a search on Google and suddenly they pop this up, that's where I draw the line.

    Why do they hit me with these just for using their search engine for common searches? Why are their recaptchas impossible to solve? On some sites they seem to work okay - the images load much faster, and some puzzles actually work - like the bridges and buses, which just require 1 click and they are solved. But the ones that slowly fade away and more pop up are impossible, especially the ones with cars and signs and store fronts. Selecting the "audio challenge" option instantly results in a temporary block.

    Is there a certain browser that works better with these nightmares? I use Firefox in private browsing mode most of the time. I've tried Chrome and I see no improvement. Why does Google want to make me hate the internet?
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  2. Posts : 7,474
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1709
       21 Dec 2017 #2

    Hi rivre.

    I just rattled off five searches with barely a second in between. No challenges by Google.

    When the last time you ran a secondary scan for unwanted guest on your machine. You could try Malwarebytes from malwarebytes.com

    Maybe I just didn't run enough searches to trip the alarms.

    Maybe its the private browsing, that I didn't use. If I don't want my searches logged I use DuckDuckGo.
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  3. Posts : 984
    Windows 7/64 Professional
       22 Dec 2017 #3

    I use Firefox as my browser and Google as my search engine.

    I don't have such a problem.

    How many searches do you have open at one time?

    Jack
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  4. Posts : 264
    Windows 10 64-bit home
    Thread Starter
       22 Dec 2017 #4

    Only one search at a time.

    I run Malwarebytes and Avast scans regularly. I have no infections.

    I've also tried forcing new IP addresses in my router.

    I still get the same issues. I suspect it's either the fact that I use prviate mode in my browser or perhaps certain search terms tend to get flagged as bot or spam. I don't know. It doesn't happen all the time. I'll go days without an issue, then suddenly, I'll be searching for something and Google pops up their recaptcha.

    I know I'm not the only one because I've seen others post about this same issue for years on other forums. It's nothing new. A Google search will bring up lots of threads.

    This still also doesn't explain why sometimes on some forums the re-captchas are easy to solve and the images load quick, and other times like when Google serves it up directly after a search, it is impossible to solve and the images load sloooow. Both of them are Google's pwn re-captcha. It seems the slooow ones are limited to cars and roads and streets. No matter how many times you fail, it just loads another one of those 3 until you're eventually blocked for failing too many times. The better puzzles are buses and bridges.
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  5. Posts : 984
    Windows 7/64 Professional
       22 Dec 2017 #5

    At various times during the day you could try this test.

    https://www.speedtest.net/

    How are you hooked to the internet?

    jack
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  6. Posts : 490
    Win 10 Home Build 1803, 17133.1,64bit
       22 Dec 2017 #6

    Are you using a VPN ?
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  7. Posts : 6,966
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       22 Dec 2017 #7

    rivre said: View Post
    ...perhaps certain search terms tend to get flagged as bot or spam...
    Quite likely. The (very) few times I've seen a re-captcha from Google I've usually been searching for technical information with some keywords from html or psp.
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  • Posts : 264
    Windows 10 64-bit home
    Thread Starter
       28 Dec 2017 #8

    Layback Bear said: View Post
    At various times during the day you could try this test.

    https://www.speedtest.net/

    How are you hooked to the internet?

    jack
    Wired fiber.

    torre said: View Post
    Are you using a VPN ?
    No.
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  • Posts : 264
    Windows 10 64-bit home
    Thread Starter
       28 Dec 2017 #9

    Okay, I'm signed into Google at the moment on my PC and I was managing some settings and it just gave me the same ridiculous "suspicious activity" captcha after I clicked to open a setting in a new tab. I hate Google.
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  • Posts : 7,474
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1709
       28 Dec 2017 #10

    So I assume you are using Chrome and that is where you signed in.

    Have you tried using Google's My account see if there are any hints under "Device Activity & notifications.

    https://myaccount.google.com/intro/s...tions#activity
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