While using Google Search Engine these days, some encounter the above screen and have to mark that they are not “robots” which known as Captcha Fault. Moreover, this can happen more than once. Of course, making this mark over and over again in every call made gives trouble. It even makes people think, “Is there something on my computer?”
Since Google is the best search engine that shows the results and your searches nowadays, no one tries it, even if there is a chance to leave it and use someone else. So let us tell you why this happens and how it can be fixed.
CAPTCHA Helps Separate Human Movements from Robot Movements
Let’s remind for those who do not know CAPTCHA; It consists of the initials of the phrase “CompletelyAutomatedPublicTuring test to tellComputers andHumansApart”. This is a test to distinguish between human behavior and botnet (robot software) based actions. reCAPTCHA is Google’s anti-spam service.
As you know, these botnets are harmful formations that consume the resources of the servers of various services used by internet users and generate spam. Google introduced a service interface (API) for this in 2014. Google later introduced the invisible reCAPTCHA as well as the Android API.
Invisible CAPTCHA helps stop bots without showing the message “I’m not a robot” to human users. However, sometimes it does not work even if the message is shown. For example, the Google search page itself may display the “I’m not a robot” CAPTCHA message in certain situations when you enter the query and press the search button. You may be asked to prove you are a human by selecting the checkbox or selecting images based on the clue given. Sometimes you even need to verify five or six times before you see the search results.
Even if you approve these and take the necessary action, sometimes Google may not show you your search process by showing you an “apology” page. In this case, there is nothing to be done. You may have to wait and try again later.
Google Search shows reCAPTCHA. What should I do?
- Check your IP address
- Check your network
- Turn off VPN
- Do not use unknown proxy servers
- Use Google public DNS
- Stop searching illegal queries
- Slow down your clicks
- Stop sending automated queries
- Do not make calls that look like a robot
- Check for malware and browser extensions
Why is Google Search showing a CAPTCHA message?
The CAPTCHA message will appear when Google detects unusual traffic activity. After the unusual activity has stopped, Google will allow you to search normally. But if you’re seeing the message often, there’s definitely something wrong. Chances are your network is matching too quickly with spam or bots. Consider thoroughly checking your network, slowing down your activities, and using public DNS to get rid of the “I’m not a robot” CAPTCHA message.
Below the “I am not a robot” reCAPTCHA message, “Why did this happen?” When you click the link, it shows you:
This page is displayed when Google automatically detects requests from your computer network that appear to violate the Terms of Service. The blocking will expire shortly after traffic requests stop. This traffic may have been sent by malware, a browser plugin, or a script that sends automated requests. You should request information by sharing your connection with your network administrator. A different computer using the same IP address could be responsible. Learn more Sometimes you may still see this page if you are using terms known to robots or if you are sending requests too quickly.
How Can The Problem Be Solved?
Below, you can read about the issues that cause the reCAPTCHA problem and the solutions to it.
Google blocks search results based on source IP addresses. There are numerous databases—public and maintained by private companies—that show questionable IP addresses. If there is suspicious activity from your IP address and it is marked as spam, Google will throw the reCAPTCHA message as Captcha Fault message and stop you for verification.
Generally, internet service providers use dynamic IP addresses with wide range. So disconnect your internet connection and reconnect to get the new IP address. Or just wait for a while and try calling again. For this, you can reset your modem or router connection.
If you want to reset the IP address manually, follow these steps:
Reset IP Address in Windows 10:
- Press the “Windows + X” keys to open the power user menu and navigate to the “Command Prompt (Admin)” option.
- Enter the commands below to reset the network adapter and IP address.
- netsh winsock reset
- netsh int ip reset
- ipconfig / release
- ipconfig / renew
Reset IP Address on Mac:
- Press “Command + Search” to open Spot search and go to “System Preferences”.
- Go to “Network” options and select your active Wi-Fi connection.
- Click on “Click the lock to make changes” and enable edit mode by providing your admin password.
- Go to the “Advanced…” option and then the “TCP/IP” tab.
- Click “Renew Retained DCHP” to renew your IP address.
Check Your Network
Sometimes (in countries like China) Internet Service Providers mask the IP address and monitor browser activities. Google reCAPTCHA blocks such IP addresses.
The other problem may be due to the sharing of the WiFi network. So there is a possibility that someone else on your network is sending automatic traffic and Google will then stop all calls from that Wifi network.
You can get a static IP from your ISP to resolve them. This will help you get around the spam network problem.
You know, Virtual Private Network (or VPN) hides your IP address and routes traffic from different locations. This is used to access blocked websites and also mainly used in hiding the IP address to do illegal activities. VPN use is illegal in many countries due to the nature of the use. The server may not be clean, although you can use it for good purposes.
So, avoid using free VPN apps and uninstall them from your computer. Google does not generally block Paid VPNs.
The proxy server used can also cause problems as illegal activities can be done through this proxy server. So don’t use unreliable proxy servers. In Windows 10, you can press the windows key and go to “Settings > Network & Internet”. Here you can disable all proxy and VPN connections.
On Mac, follow the similar steps described above to reset the IP address. Under the “Proxies” tab, make sure to remove all proxy servers.
Use Google Public DNS
Another problem could be your DNS. DNS issue could be from your computer settings or ISPs or VPN’s private DNS. While it won’t cause the broken DNS reCAPTCHA message, it will slow down the connection.
The simple solution here is to switch DNS to trusted public DNS.
Searching for Illegal Words
If you’re really trying to search for illegal terms, Google will probably stop you. You can clear your browser’s cache and try searching again.
Too Many Clicks
Sometimes the reason may be unusual clicks. When you enter the keyword and hit enter very quickly, your Google activity will be matched with automated robots and stop you. While this is weird, it slows down and speeds up your mouse and uses normal speed to avoid the CAPTCHA FAULT message.
Do Not Use Automatic Queries
You can easily search for terms directly using a URL such as “https://www.google.com/#q=search-term”. This is the most popular way for automated robots to send traffic to Google. Searching using a URL causes Google to think you are a robot and shows Captcha Fault.
Don’t Make Calls Like a Robot
One way to show you’re not a robot when searching is to log into your Google user account. Robots often search with capitalized words. People were not like that.
It Could Be an Issue with Browser Extensions or Malicious Code
Your computer may be infected with malware that sends automatic traffic to Google. Also, some browser extensions and add-ons may send automatic traffic. If you often see the “I am not a robot” message as Captcha Fault, check your computer for malicious programs and remove unnecessary browser extensions.