I was reading on a particular forum how Google.com is used to track people online-- as are many search engines and Internet Explorer.
This is why I use the free Firefox instead of Internet Explorer, and have had lots less internet crashes because of it.
Well i just learned the other day that the following two search engines are proven safe and non-spying -- and dont plant cookies in your hard-drive. Google and the other major ones seem to have an ulterior purpose behind them. Just type your name and address in Google.com.- it'll practically pull up your social security number!