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Today, Google announced GooglePack, a way to get free software through a coordinated, “Googlefied” download mechanism. The software selections are optional — you just pick and choose what you want. 

Since the packs have a security angle (AV and antispyware), we took a quick look and while its software offerings are not necessarily new or extraordinary, it’s has an elegantly designed download and updating mechanism.  It also gets a Google Updater on your system, providing Google the opportunity to offer you more things in the future…

So what can you get with GooglePack?

    • Adobe Reader 7
    • Ad-Aware SE Personal
    • GalleryPlayer HD Images
    • Google Desktop
    • Google Earth
    • Google Pack Screensaver
    • Google Talk
    • Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
    • Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar
    • Norton AntiVirus 2005 Special Edition
    • Picasa
    • RealPlayer
    • Trillian

Basically, mostly free stuff that you can get off the net. (The Norton AV is not a full AV product.  It’s a six month trial edition, and it doesn’t include worm protection and “extended threat protection”, which detects spyware and certain non-virus threats such as adware and keystroke logging programs.)  





Alex Eckelberry