Salaam and welcome,
Like you, I too felt that people were praising our prophet Muhammad more than they were praising god. And watching the way they were putting Muhammad's name next to god's name. I was told when you start your prayer, you praise Muhammad first and then his family and the other prophets.
Seeking knowledge is a good thing (the true path that god wants us to follow). I'm reading the Quran every day, bit by bit, not rushing. Like I said seeking knowledge is a good thing, however it's how we use it is what we got to watch. I've watched people with knowledge in Islam who then alter it for their own benefits.
May god bless us all and guide us in the right path.