Same Error, Different Search Engine
There’s something scary about enountering a number 999 Yahoo error message. The error looks a lot like the Google Error that has been the subject of much discussion here. The error is reported to occur when automated software programs scrape search engine results. I encountered the error when doing a Yahoo search in Internet Explorer. Others report encountering it while using other Yahoo products. I looked through Yahoo’s Search Content Quality Guidelines and didn’t find any language forbidding the use of automated rank checker software programs. I’m sure Yahoo doesn’t like it. Google doesn’t.
The full text of the Yahoo error reads:
Unable to process request at this time — error 999
Unfortunately, we are unable to process your request at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please try again later.
Unfortunately we are unable to process your request at this time. This error is usually temporary. Please try again later.
If you continue to experience this error, it may be caused by one of the following:
- You may want to scan your system for spyware and viruses, as they may interfere with your ability to connect to Yahoo!. For detailed information on spyware and virus protection, please visit the Yahoo! Security Center.
- This problem may be due to unusual network activity coming from your Internet Service Provider. We recommend that you report this problem to them.
While this error is usually temporary, if it continues and the above solutions don’t resolve your problem, please let us know.
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