Anyone else notice Chrome ads on Google.com for people running Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Opera?

Chrome may be dominating browser wars but apparently Google isn’t satisfied. Recently — and by recently I mean past few days, if memory serves — I’ve noticed an ad on Google.com telling me to install Chrome. I first saw the ad on Google.com in the form of a blue banner that ran across the top of the window while running Internet Explorer. Then I saw the same ad in Firefox. Then the ad changed a the rectangular ad that sits on the right side of the screen, as shown in the screenshot above. And now I’ve confirmed the ad is showing in Opera too but not in Chrome (duh). The same is probably happening for other non-Chrome browsers, like Safari.

I’m not too sure how I feel about Google running ads for its own browser on the most popular Internet destination without giving a chance for competitors to do the same. I mean, yeah, I get it — Google.com is Google’s website and they are advertising their own browser. No harm in that, right? I won’t claim this new ad for Chrome violates anti-trust laws because, frankly, I have no idea if it does. However, I will say that it just feels dirty — I must see an ad for Chrome just because I use a browser other than Chrome? Bah, humbug!

For what it is worth, clicking the ‘X’ closes the ad and the ad does not reappear until you clear your browser cookies. Still, despite being able to get rid of it, it feels wrong.

If you are seeing the same ad, let us know in the comments below. Also feel free to express your thoughts on this move by Google.

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  • Jenny

    @mukhi:
    LOL!!!! Sorry – but that is just funny! :)

  • mukhi

    yes few months but the funny thing is that it appears even though chrome is installed, duh!

  • Jenny

    Yep, google.com showing blue bar advert for Chrome on my Opera browser, and has been for a wee while.

    Most of the time I mentally tune it out – “blue bar? What blue bar?” :)

  • Bull

    I stay clear from all things google, but just to see what this article was talking about, i decided to check it out for myself and didnt see anything.

    I use IE with DuckDuckGo and dont see the banners.

  • Horrabin

    Yep, there it is in Waterfox. I use DuckDuckGo anyway for the most part myself.

  • Hamza

    Yes, I saw it few days ago and I closed it.
    I am using Firefox.

  • Col. Panek

    Funny, I’ve never noticed any ads. Of course I am pretty much oblivious to them anyhow.

    Oh wait, there’s one, now that you mention it.

  • John G

    OK, I use Palemoon browser and Bing as my default search engine. To date, no ads for Chrome browser.

  • I fell for one of these a while back….tried Chrome….didn’t see what all the fuss was about…..went back to Opera…..fits my needs BETTER than Chrome with a LOT less adds…..anyone notice that Goggle adds some how pop up in Chrome?

  • tony

    I use https://startpage.com/ . supposedly “the world’s most private search engine”

  • JonhhyG

    I saw it for the first time here (IP in Spain) about two months ago. Since then, it pops up once every 10 – 12 days or so.

  • woodshed

    You only see it if you use google search engine.I use firefox with duckduck and dont get it. My wife has firefox with google and gets the message every time been going on for months

  • Ashraf

    @kumar: Okay you guys win. But my point still stands.

  • kumar

    I have seen this add in my firefox for few months also. Where have you been, really?

  • Ashraf

    @leland: Few months? Really? Where have I been. o_O

  • I have been experiencing this for a few months. It does get annoying but I guess that is why I converted to DuckDuckGo…