Oh how I hate Google with a passion. I noticed Whoogle has had a couple of recent updates from the repos, so not sure if this is related. Here is my issue(s);
When I install Whoogle from the repos (chaotic-aur,) and configure it to use localhost, it always throws up Google's ..."detected unusual traffic from your computer network." warning page from the results using a VPN (tried different VPN servers.)
Now, since the last few updates, configure Whoogle to use instead 'Whoogle Search' is throwing up the same page with a VPN, basically making it un-usable, and me
edit: just an update on this. Whoogle sitting on Garuda's servers started accepting search requests using a VPN again. I have no idea what sort of dark arts happened. You still can't use a VPN with the localhost option though, plenty of internetting post on it.
Yeah, I came across that earlier today, thanks. Seems kind of hopeless. There are a few posts with people trying to create scripts running to get around it, although not sure if successful, but it was too much of a complicated order for me.
I suspect we will see more of this VPN blocking with the major corporate closed-source players ramp up. Make it annoying enough for the users to not use protection/privacy features.
edit to add: Using localhost without a VPN is most likely throwing Google your IP address. If you look on their git page, it states it doesn't give Google your IP address ...IF...you use a remote server setup, else it is an open candy store.
Happy to report that after the latest Whoogle update today, localhost search with a VPN now works. Praise Garuda .
With that said, and this is Whoogle's witchcraft, not Garuda's, is that it only works with http://, so no encryption. I think you have to mod the script and use your own domain in order for encryption (https://) to work. Just an fyi.