Late last night, Google quietly activated the Google.com backgrounds for all users. While many people love it, we’ve had some who simply can’t stand the change.
Though you can remove the image from the Google.com page itself, one industrious Chrome coder has taken things a bit further. Remove Google Backgound is a Chrome extension that makes sure Google will always look as plain for you as it was before the roll out.
Our thanks to @ssethi for the eagle-eyed tip.