Is Google Chrome Spyware?

C'mon, don't pretend you haven't thought about this. We all NEED to know. Is Google Chrome spyware? Well, let's start with the definition of spyware (from Wikipedia):
Spyware is computer software that is installed surreptitiously on a personal computer to intercept or take partial control over the user's interaction with the computer, without the user's informed consent.

Does Google Chrome fit this mould? The short answer is: No.

Why? You choose to install it, you visit the website, you download it, you double click the executable to install it. The Chrome installer does exactly what you expect it to do - It installs Google Chrome, nothing else.

Does Google Chrome send your browsing habits to Google servers? Yes, sometimes, but only to legitimately help you. Can you stop it from helping you? Yep, sure.
  1. Right click the address entry bar and choose "Edit Search Engines".
  2. Remove all the search engines from the list.
  3. Restart Google Chrome.

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