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I live behind the Great Firewall of China (not very proud of it) and I'm slightly technical. So I use SSH tunnel to route all connection to my VPS. (i.e. ssh -D port and then set localhost:port as a SOCKS proxy)

It works for me. However, Google thinks that I'm a bot. I see the following picture every time I try to search. It used to ask me to enter a captcha, but not anymore.

Screen shot of Google

Can anybody help? How do I bypass this?

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It sounds like the VPS you are connecting to is (or has in the past) been used to do a lot of queries and Google doesn't like it. You probably need to change the IP address you are connecting too. [ I've used a SOCKS proxy exactly like you describe to not only do Google searches but to purchase stuff ]. The solution is probably to find another IP address/VPN to use.

You might also want to look at the browser you are using - Google may not like the Referer string - but I suspect this is not where the problem lies.

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I use Linode, I guess it's too popular for Chinese. I'm sure I'm not the only one who uses this as an SSH tunnel. – h__ Jan 6 '14 at 1:10
The problem is unlikely to be your distro, although it is possible your SSH connection is being MITM attacked and you getting redirected based on some kind of injection. I would suspect this is unlikely -although definately possible. – davidgo Jan 6 '14 at 1:19
You might also want to look at the browser you are using -- can you explain? How to check? – h__ Jan 9 '14 at 23:52

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