Welcome to LQ.
1. On boot, I choose GNOME. There is KDE, Win something. Are these just different desktops?
Sort-of. Gnome and KDE are the most Windows-like. I personally don't like them, but there you go. Try them both. If you find an application that you like under Gnome but you're not particularly impressed by its KDE counterpart, you can run the Gnome one under KDE. And vice-versa. The other one, Win-something is Windowmaker. If you've never used 'alternative' desktops for Windows like LiteStep then you're in for a shock! It is very different. It is pretty cool, but it is very different.
2. When I go to the Internet, I go to Google type my search, hit search nothing comes up, it stays on Google. It says the search is done. What am I doing wrong? I have to type the exact address in.
Have you tried other search engines to see if this is a recurring problem? How about other Googles? If google.com doesn't work, try google.co.uk, etc.
3. I don't like Netscape but it is the defaul, can I change it to IE or something else? It says Mozilla, is the underlying browser Netscape?
Well, unless you are into fiddling about, you're not gonna be using IE as it is a Windows thing. If I were you I would consider this a blessing rather than a curse
Konqueror (under KDE) is a good browser. There are many Mozilla based (Gecko-based) browsers about, the most popular seems to be Phoenix.
4. Can I access my Windows stuff from the desktop? Was reading somewhere that you can make a shortcut from the desktop and create a link to a partition. I right-clicked and didn't see anything.
If the above doesn't work, then you will need a little-bit more work. Post back here with your progress.
5. I have a digital camera, where would I go for it to be recognized--USB connection. Is there an explorer type Window?
That all depends on whether your camera is 'well behaved' or not. Mine is not, and many others' are not. However, if you get a cheap card-reader you can (almost) guarantee it to work.
6. Is there a built in firewall? I thought there was? What do I use for an antivirus?
As above. You will not necessarily need antivirus software. There is a fairly lengthy discussion on this topic around somewhere, but in general you will only need anti-virus software under Linux if you want to make sure you don't pass on any Windows virii.
7. Will Spybot or Add-Aware work?
They will not work natively as they are Windows apps and not Linux apps, however, they are also redundant as there is nothing (to my mind) that is even vaguely like Spyware under Linux.
HTH = Hope This Helps.