Google says Mac has Virus

So I was searching around on the web today and when I type “PHP Learn” in google I got this message.


We’re sorry…

… but we can’t process your request right now. A computer virus or spyware application is sending us automated requests, and it appears that your computer or network has been infected.

We’ll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your computer is free of viruses and other spurious software.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we’ll see you again on Google.

View a screen capture. Google Virus

So what is going on here?

Remember I am running a Apple MacMini using Firefox 1.5. But the interesting thing is this message only shows up if I type “PHP Learn”.

here is the actual search string if you want to try.

6 thoughts on “Google says Mac has Virus

  1. reid

    my guess is it has to do with that virus that was going around a few months ago, it infected phpbb or some other forums setup and then searched google for other infectable boards

  2. reid

    ah, here it is

    cute thing is, i searched “phpbb worm” in google and got one of those virus messages 🙂

  3. Tack

    “… that your computer _or network_ has been infected.”

  4. reid

    “_and it appears_ that your computer or network has been infected.”

  5. robert


  6. Mike

    It’s pretty annoying, this problem. I get it with every Google search. I also just spent $80 on spyware and virus checking software, only to find that my little Mac is clean. So what gives?