Google Captcha pops up on EVERY search

For the last 3 or 4 days, every time I try to search for anything at all, Google Captcha pops up.

Sometimes it only requires me to check the box, sometimes gives me one or two arrays of “buses” or “sidewalks” or “bicycles” or “fire hydrants” to check, and sometimes goes on asking for what feels like an endless series of (extremely slow to load) iterations. This is infuriating and wastes a lot of time.

An example of the kinds of searches I’m doing: adjectival order in English, multiple sclerosis, Versailles 1919, Eyjafjallajökull - in other words, a vast range of topics. Google isn’t blocking me because of the topics I’m looking for.

I can’t tell you how this issue can be reproduced by anyone but me - and I reproduce it by searching for anything at all.

Brave Version 1.13.82 Chromium: 85.0.4183.83 (Official Build) (64-bit)]

Mac OS Catalina 10.15.5

hey @Kalense are you using VPN?

Yes. I use it permanently. But I haven’t change my VPN for months and this issue has only recently started.

i get those captcha when i change my location on vpn or changing ip addresses often, maybe try restarting the browser and the vpn

Yes, I could understand that, but I hadn’t changed my location when this started, and the IP address remains the same on any given location. I tried changing location but that made no difference to the problem. I think that Google may have changed its attitude to VPN and has started to make them harder to use.

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