It appears that the US government has determined that Google is perhaps too successful, or that in being successful in it's market has abused it's power/influence. U.S. Escalates Google Case by Hiring Noted Outside Lawyer http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/27/technology/google-antitrust-inquiry-advances.html Meanwhile, there are alternatives to Google. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_search_engines (interestingly a number a Chinese) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahoo!_Search According to the article Yahoo search is second largest (6.42%) after Google (85.35%), but Yahoo has agreed with Microsoft to use Bing to power Yahoo! Search. Apparently, all Yahoo! Search global customers and partners are expected to be transitioned by early 2012. What is one's experience with Google and search engines in general. I tend to ignore ads, which I find annoying.