Even with every search engine but DuckDuckGo removed, and with DuckDuckGo set as the default, Brave tried to connect to www.google.com on a fresh browser start.
Brave was designed to stop tracking, yet now provides Google with immediate notice when the browser is first started up. Please disable all calls to Google’s servers and block Google’s tracking scripts.
The problem with allowing Brave to automatically reach out to any Google server is that it provides Google with a way to further monitor users. I refuse to use Google’s services and applications because of their abusive practices, and the polarization of society they have caused. There should be an option to allow users to disable all connections to Google’s servers and services.