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Unusual traffic from your computer network: 7 Fixes

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While browsing the internet, we often come across random error codes here that might worry some users. More often than not, it’s an issue with caching or a site not loading properly, but some issues can be completely different.

Sometimes browsers can confuse real humans for bots and show errors flagging them off as unusual traffic from your computer. If you see this error pop up on your browser, don’t worry, you’re not in trouble. Here are a few fixes you can try to get rid of the ‘unusual traffic from your computer network’ error.

Why does this error occur?

The error usually happens when outgoing internet traffic from your browser is either too quick or shows signs of abnormality, causing the recipient site, search engine or browser to misinterpret the traffic generated by a bot. Other reasons that can cause this issue can be

  • Using a VPN.
  • Automated search tool.
  • Browser extensions.
  • Malicious content on your network.

Also read: How to fix ‘this site can’t be reached’ error on Chrome?

How to solve the ‘unusual traffic from your computer network’ error?

Luckily solving this issue is relatively easy. Just try out either of these fixes, and you’ll be error-free in no time.

Refresh the page

The solution to quite a lot of errors on the internet is simply refreshing the page you’re visiting. Refreshing the page can help refresh the ongoing web traffic as well, which can resolve the error.

Restart your PC or router

Restarting your network equipment such as your router or even your PC can help freshen things up a bit, resolving this error in the process.

Solve the captcha

More often than not, when you’re greeted with this error, you’ll also get a captcha to solve if you were conducting far too many Google searches really quick. Solving the issue is as simple as solving the captcha. Hold off on your Google searches for a little bit to avoid the error resurfacing.

Disconnect the VPN

If you’re using a VPN, chances are the VPN’s encryption might be causing this error as well. Try disconnecting the VPN and visiting the page again to see if that resolves your issue.

Also read: How to fix ‘no WiFi networks found’ error?

Disable your extensions 

Corrupt or malicious extensions can also cause issues with outgoing internet traffic triggering this error.

Head over to chrome://extensions and try disabling all your extensions to check if the browser starts functioning as normal again. If it does, enable them one by one until you have all the essential extensions working again.

If a malfunctioning extension is causing the ‘unusual traffic from your computer network’ error, disable and uninstall it until the developer pushes an update with a patch.

Reset your browser

Resetting your browser can fix all sorts of random bugs and glitches. Here’s how to reset Chrome (or Edge).

Step 1: Head over to chrome://settings/reset. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults.

Step 2: Chrome will show you a warning prompt. Click on Reset Settings, and your browser will reset to default settings. 

Check for malware

If there’s an infected file floating around on your local network, this trigger can be caused as the file tries to communicate through the browser. You can use Chrome’s in-built malware scanner to scan for any malware on your system that might be triggering this issue.

Step 1:  Head over to chrome://settings/reset.Click on Clean unwanted Software.

Step 2: Click the Find button and wait for Chrome to automatically find out and remove unwanted apps/software that might be causing the ‘unusual traffic from your computer network’ error. 

Also read: How to fix ‘no WiFi networks found’ error?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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