Google is distributing a free software startup package to help promote its web portal and boost online ad sales.
The new Google Pack includes a selection of Google applications already available separately, plus a free six-month subscription to Norton anti-virus software.
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In addition, the package includes the open-source Firefox browser, Adobe Reader for handling PDF files, a RealNetworks media player, and Cerulean Studios' Trillian instant messaging program.
A Google screensaver that can automatically display pictures stored on a user’s PC has also appeared for the first time as part of the Google Pack.
The package comes with tools to install the applications easily and to update them once they are on users’ machines.
Google is hoping that by making it easier for users to download and secure more content on their machines, they will become more loyal to the Google brand and view more of its ads.