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Windows 7: Google Search asks for a captcha authentication

20 Aug 2015   #1
boyboyds

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 
Google Search asks for a captcha authentication

Hi,

This has never happened to me before. I was trying to fix a WordPress website (for the very first time), but now every time I Google something using the word "WordPress" I get the following message -

"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."

If I search "problem posting WordPress" - I get this message.
If I search "problem posting YouTube" - no message.

What is this......?

Ran Malwarebytes - no issues.

Thanks,
-BBDS


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21 Aug 2015   #2
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Hi .... Has been doing that for quite a long time ... Usually goes away on its own time ...

https://support.google.com/a/answer/1217728?hl=en
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21 Aug 2015   #3
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I'd never had such a notification until the last 6 months or year.

Since then, I've noticed it 2 or 3 times; most recently yesterday.

Not clear to me what triggers it as I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary for me.
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21 Aug 2015   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

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21 Aug 2015   #5
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I'd never had such a notification until the last 6 months or year.

Since then, I've noticed it 2 or 3 times; most recently yesterday.

Not clear to me what triggers it as I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary for me.
Some ISPs tie several dwellings together on one network before there is a connection to the internet. In those cases, Google sees all of those dwellings as "traffic from your computer network". I see this CAPTCHA at work - usually when I use "site:domain.com" in the search.
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21 Aug 2015   #6
boyboyds

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

@TrashZone .... this message only pups up on my PC, my wife's laptop has no issues, though I was first working on that website from her machine and also Googled from her machine for some advise.

This is the first time I dealt with the WordPress, and it is kind of buggy.

Thanks,
-BH
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21 Aug 2015   #7
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Well I had the same problem for the last week or so. Mostly when performing searches like Usernameissues describes.

MBAM scan - clean
Comodo AV scan -clean
Emisisoft Emergency Kit scan - clean

Zemana Antimalware scan - malicious objects detected
Google Search asks for a captcha authentication-zemana-antimalware.jpg
Code:
stflt.sys
Status             : Scanned
Object             : %systemroot%\system32\drivers\stflt.sys
MD5                : B9657A0AFF28C1CB114ACC0CB93EE4BB
Publisher          : Crawler, LLC
Size               : 51496
Version            : 4.0.1.1
Detection          : Win32/Browser.Hijacker.Crawler!Ep
Cleaning Action    : Delete
Traces             :
                File - %systemroot%\system32\drivers\stflt.sys
Since removal I don't see that captcha anymore. I was also seeing a similar captcha on a few occasions using other search engines. Most notably:

zoeken dot nl (dutch)

iZito - English equivalent

I cannot say for sure that removal of the file is the reason why I no longer see the captcha.


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21 Aug 2015   #8
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Callender,
I don't want to derail this thread, but hopefully the OP won't mind this excursion/rant:

This is what I hate about antivirus apps. Your Comodo app should have flagged this and let you decide if it is a PUP. The file has been listed on VirusTotal for a month now. I know that Comodo uses VirusTotal info, so Comodo knows about that PUP. IMO, antivirus apps should offer a setting that lets users opt to see every possible warning.

BTW, I'm guessing that the file that you had is the same file that I linked to in VirusTotal based on the MD5 info. Odds are, this is not an MD5 collision.
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21 Aug 2015   #9
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Yes Comodo should have picked it up. Not sure why it didn't because it usually alerts on anything suspicious.

It is the same file listed on Virustotal:

From my system image backup.
Google Search asks for a captcha authentication-file-information.jpg
Comodo re-scan comes up clean!
Google Search asks for a captcha authentication-comodo-scan.jpg
I suppose I'd better report it!


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21 Aug 2015   #10
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Comodo AV PUP Detection

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Callender,
Your Comodo app should have flagged this and let you decide if it is a PUP. The file has been listed on VirusTotal for a month now. I know that Comodo uses VirusTotal info, so Comodo knows about that PUP. IMO, antivirus apps should offer a setting that lets users opt to see every possible warning.
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Okay I've looked into it. Thanks for the post otherwise I probably woul not have gone digging through the settings. It seems that there was a mis-configutation and PUP detection was switched off!
Google Search asks for a captcha authentication-comodo-advanced-settings.jpg


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