With just two installs of Google
spyware software, Google put so many registry hooks so deep into my system (I had to edit software, root, and class keys - by hand! - to get it out), that the software took over my computer, and in theory, me, with perfect sleight of hand. I say "sleight of hand" because that's exactly what it is: the devs gave me no choice what should hook into what, when, where, how or why (yes, coding software is like writing for a newspaper - thanks for noticing).
Without my consent, both Google Toolbar for IE (which I installed only to see Sidebar Wiki for myself, and which did not allow me to see Sidebar Wiki for myself, even after I enabled the function manually), and Google Chrome (which I only installed on the erroneous belief that SRWare Iron was out-of-date when it wasn't) installed the Google Updater into, I'm not kidding, at least four different folders on my computer, some so deeply hidden that even a search with Everything could not find them. I had to remove them manually after I uninstalled both programs using Google's included Uninstallers.
That just describes what Google did to Explorer on a Vista OS. Don't even, I mean back off even asking me, what Google did to my Registry, because I will snap. It's not really the number of keys and entries, which is not that high compared to say, AOL's, the arch-nemesis of computer clean freaks - it's where those keys were put and why, and the fact that removing Google programs did not remove neither hidden nor obvious Google folders, keys and entries. That just burns me up, because it points to motive - or to the sloppiest programming since, ha, you guessed it, AOL.
Either way, that's something a big
monopoly company like Google should be ashamed of.
I think Google has a motive, and it's not "Don't be evil", it's "We'll do whatever we want."
My theory is after you uninstall Google's
crud software they leave a lot of crudlets on your computer for future functionality. Google Updater can technically push anything to your system, like browsers, advertisements, toolbars, and even entire operating systems, like the so far vaporware Chrome OS, and in a huge, wild coincidence, it is Google Updater that is cleverly hidden all over your computer after you remove any product made by Google.
This is not a formal look into the topic because I didn't take enough screen shots to make it one - yet- but I will, so consider this my introductory post. As soon as I can get to it, there will be more.