Dell also jammed a McAfee trial version on the machine I ordered even though I specified "No Security Subscription". You really can't get past the McAfee spash screen without registering the product and I had to stop all of the McAfee Windows XP processes before I could un-install it. I'm sure a high percentage of typical users would just sign up with McAfee because it's the easiest route. I'm sure Dell gets a cut of the sale.
Anyhow ... who knows. Maybe some at Dell think Google is optional for the user just as some think McAfee is optional when the reality is the user can not get rid of the splash screen without taking the next step toward purchasing the product.
I used to be a huge fan of Google, so I hate to say it, but it seems to me that Google is becoming a company that does not look out for it's own customers. All it watches is the bottom line and not the quality of its product and the satisfaction of its customers. I wouldn't be surprised to see it slowly start to degrade over the next few years relative to other companies. Maybe Yahoo will make a comeback?