Hmm.... Before you just say I'm crazy and like to hang out in bomb shelters, Have a look at a few things around here. Once upon a time, the internet was a place pretty much free of advertising. Do you remember that time? If you do, you likely remember BBS's and when 14.4 was FAST for a dial-up. It used to be the etiquette that you didn't spam anything, or anyone. Commercial ads were a big no-no.

Of course, that eventually changed, and now there's more ads than content online. Seems like many of the ads lead to scams, and there's nothing more annoying than the "Junkware" that has been written just to get ads all over your computer. In all of this, one group has officially made this once taboo internet thing into big business. If you don't know the answer, I'll give you just one guess.

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Huh? Yeah, these guys are the BIGGEST spammers on the web. The email clowns are coming from all over, but hands down the biggest spammer of the web is Google. But it gets worse.

Have you ever tried any Google product? Google Earth? Google Voice? Whatever...... Well, even if you uninstall it, Google is likely still keeping tabs on you. SAY WHAT? Google keeps track of you through cookies and software on your computer to know who you are, who you talk to, who you email, where you like to go... and they keep it on file for at least 18 months. They claim it's for helping target the right ads to you. I think there's more to it than that.

Essentially, Google has their finger in so many parts of your world, that even if Google is NOT being evil with the information, anyone who breaks in to Google is going to have lots of information to play with.

You can call me a tin-foil hat wearer if you like, but I really want Google out of my way. I have a few neat tricks that will help you out with that. I highly recommend visiting Fanboy's Ad-Block home page.

http://www.fanboy.co.nz

They have auto-block lists you can ad to most any browser, such as IE or Firefox. I doubt they'd do you any good on Chrome since you're inviting Google to spy on you by using it in the first place.

The most Dangerous word online is FREE. There's lots of good free things, but there's 5 evil ones for every 1 good one.