• Report: #135161

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  • Submitted: Tue, March 15, 2005
  • Updated: Thu, March 17, 2005

  • Reported By:Minneapolis Minnesota
Google
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, California U.S.A.
  • Phone: 650-623-4000
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  • Category: Internet

Google SPYWARE WARNING! ripoff Mountain View California

*Consumer Comment: GOOGLE IS NOT THE PROBLEM

*Consumer Comment: You just now realized this

*Consumer Suggestion: Could you be more specific? The Google Toolbar is not spyware..

*Consumer Suggestion: I happen to like Google

*Consumer Comment: Google mania...much ado about nothing! Internet Explorer is your culprit

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Warning! Google is trying to get people to download a program to search your own computer! If you do this, Google can use this Spyware to spy on anything inside your computer anytime they wish! Do not agree to this scam! Choose another search engine like MSN as your internet search engine! Warning! Google is using Spyware now! Warning! Do not trust Google! Spyware is creeping into your computer! Warning! Choose another search engine as fast as you can! Warning!

Jim
Minneapolis, Minnesota
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/15/2005 08:57 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Google/Mountain-View-California-94043/Google-SPYWARE-WARNING-ripoff-Mountain-View-California-135161. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

GOOGLE IS NOT THE PROBLEM

AUTHOR: Sherri - (U.S.A.)

I agree with the poster who stated that your problem is Internet Explorer. Ever since I stopped using IE and started using Mozilla Firefox, I have had NO spyware and NO viruses on my PC...none, nada, zilch. And best of all, you can download it for free. It is faster than IE as well.
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#2 Consumer Comment

You just now realized this

AUTHOR: Matthew - (U.S.A.)

You just now realized that Google is full of spyware. If you think the tool bar is full of spyware, just go ahead and sign up for a Gmail account.. Most people dont notice the spy ware as they dont really know what to look for, but Google products are up to the rim in Spyware.

This is not to say that the engine should not be used. Its good as long as the internet based search engine is all you use. Just dont download anything they put out and dont get a gmail account. There are many other email services that give you lots of space. walla.com is one of them.
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Could you be more specific? The Google Toolbar is not spyware..

AUTHOR: Jonathan - (U.S.A.)

Which aspect of the Google search are you referring to as being "spyware"? The Google Toolbar is not spyware, although it does automatically update itself. It can also relay information back to Google if you choose to do that, to determine how the page you are searching for shows up in Google Ranks.

I am not familar with the Desktop Search feature as I do not use that. However, I doubt it would fit into the definition of spyware/malware or adware.
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I happen to like Google

AUTHOR: Bob - (U.S.A.)

Of all the people on the internet, Google is about the only one I DO trust.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Google mania...much ado about nothing! Internet Explorer is your culprit

AUTHOR: Robin - (U.S.A.)

"Google desktop search may collect certain non-personally identifiable information that resides on your computer, including, without limitation, the number of searches you do and the time it takes to see your results. Unless you choose to opt out, either during installation or at any time after installation, non-personal information collected will be sent to Google."

Jim, there is an opt-out option during installation. There is also an option to opt-out after installation. Just uncheck the little box.

Google is not filling your computer with spyware. BUT, if you are Googling with Internet Explorer (and I'll bet you are, as you seem to have just gotten over an unpleasant episode of spyware), IE is the inlet for the junk, not Google.

If you must continue to use IE for some reason (personally, I can see no reason to "HAVE" to use IE) set the browser to prompt you when it is trying to run scripts and download ActiveX components.

Once you have done this, you will be amazed at the interaction between IE and various websites.

Try an alternative browser and use IE only for Windows updates.

Use Copernicus Desktop Search if Google scares you so badly.

Get some antispyware programs that alert you to attempted changes to your registry and other settings in real time. Spybot S & D has a feature called TeaTimer that will do this. Microsoft's own AntiSpyware Beta will also do this. Both are freely downloadable.

Calm down, Google is not out to get you.
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