..you were happy with IE bundled on Windows then?
Sigh... The same old comparison being drawn.
This is NOT the same. Nobody is forced to use Google as a search engine. It is a personal choice. Indeed, for IE / Windows users, it requires a user to consciously change from the default which is Bing.
And even if you do use Google as your search engine, no one is forced to click on any particular one of the search results returned.
If a company wants to appear at the top of a particular set of results, they can pay for a sponsored link, but even if they don't do that, they will still appear in the organic results depending on their relevance.
Google does not hide or refuse to show links to competitors. What Google may do is give preference to their own services, but it does not force you to select them.