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The Google Pack was launched by Google at the beginning of 2006. The Google Pack is a collection of essential free software aimed at your average home computer user. The goal of Google Pack is simplify the process of getting useful software on your home computer by making installing and keeping the programs up-to-date as easy as possible.

Google has teamed up with other companies to provide a lot of the software in Google Pack. The security software supplied in Google Pack to protect users against spyware and virus threats is an example of this. In fact the security software provided in Google Pack is essential free software for the home user.

The anti virus software is provided by Symantec who is the company behind the popular Norton AntiVirus products. The program in Google Pack is called Norton Security Scan and despite its name it scans AND removes virus threats. Security Scan is based on the award-winning Norton AntiVirus products and provides excellent protection from viruses.

The anti-spyware software has recently been improved and is now supplied by a company called PC Tools. PC Tools are the makers of the excellent Spyware Doctor spyware remover software which again has received many industry awards. Within Google Pack you will find the Spyware Doctor Stater Edition which lacks some of the more advance, active protection features of the full version but retains the excellent spyware scanning and removal capabilities.

There are some other useful applications within Google Pack. Picasa is a personal favorite for editing and organizing my digital photos. Mozilla FireFox is also included which is an excellent web browser. There are also some other Google Applications like Google Desktop and Google Earth which you could find useful.

At the center of Google Pack is “Google Updater.” This program downloads and installs all the software you want. It also keeps the software up to date which is very important. Basically the Google Updater provides a single, simple interface to manage your Google Pack software download.

The security programs in Google Pack are essential free software to protect your computer and for that reason alone Google Pack is worth downloading.