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Great Anti-spyware, Free From Google*

I am a “downloader”. I get a real kick out of downloading cool and/or useful programs — particularly when they’re free. A lot of you are “downloaders” too, and one of this site’s more popular items is the daily free download link I post at the end of each article.

I also like the fact that when I am considering spending money on a program, I can (usually) download a “trial”, which I can use to see if it works as I hope it will before I lay out my hard-earned cash.

By taking advantage of these trials, I have avoided spending money on programs which failed to live up to their promise. And I have found some great programs (games, mostly, but that’s just me) that I would not have found otherwise.

Today I want to tell you about a “package” of downloads put together by Google. This “pack” of download includes some of the programs I have featured in my “Today’s free download”, and a couple that I haven’t yet.

The one (included) program that triggered me to write today’s article is Spyware Doctor. Spyware Doctor is a for-pay anti-spyware tool that has consistently ranked number 1, or number 2, on the Best Anti-Spyware lists (currently number one). It is well-worth the $30 price.

The Google Pack includes an effective, though smaller, version of Spyware Doctor, (free!) as well as an impressive list of other applications.
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One of the truly great features of the Google Pack is that you can pick-and-choose which of these programs to download to your machine. (You could, conceivably, download a “pack” of one.) The default selections are shown here, but I would do a little checking and unchecking before I clicked the “Download” button.

First, uncheck the “make Google my Homepage” as you probably have already set your desired “Home” for your browser. Also, uncheck the box for Adobe Reader. If you must have a “reader” to open PDF files, use any other free reader (unless you enjoy being hassled while you compute, and prefer a slow boot), such as Foxit Reader.
Do not check Real Player. Those of you who are security conscious (hopefully all of you) should keep the checks in Norton Security Inspector (which includes antivirus and anti-spyware) and Spyware Doctor.
I have mentioned the others before, except for Google Talk, which is an IM, and Google Photos Screensaver. Those of you who want to take advantage of this unique download bundle offered by Google, click here.

Today’s free download: (Yes. Another one!) Those free “trial” programs I mentioned above are not always such a wonderful thing– particularly when they are ‘forced’ upon us against our will. Whenever you buy a new computer, it will come preloaded with all sorts of trialware (as it’s called) that most of us don’t want. If you have just purchased a new PC, download and run the wonderful PC Decrapifier and clean off that stuff.

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September 13, 2008 - Posted by | advice, anti-spyware, computers, PC, security, software, tech, Windows | , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. I’m a HUGE fan of all things Google!

    I downloaded the PrimoPDF software (apparently for the 2nd time, must not have actually gotten around to installing it the first time around) you referred to in this article but I must be missing something because it doesn’t seem to want to work as a viewer so much as a creater of PDFs.

    It doesn’t really want to open my existing PDF files. Am I doing something wrong?

    P.S. I have used CutePDF Writer in the past and really do like it but the append feature that Primo has would really come in handy for me.

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    Comment by gadzooks64 | September 13, 2008 | Reply

  2. Gadzooks64–
    No, this one is definitely “my bad”, and I apologize. The PrimoPDF app is for creating PDF’s from just about anything, and Foxit (see above) is my recommended substitute for Adobe Reader.

    I sincerely regret any inconvenience my error may have caused, and I will change my article right this second.
    Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention.

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    Comment by techpaul | September 13, 2008 | Reply

  3. i really dont think that this program is great at all.

    i really dont trust so much in programs by google

    maybe its only my doubts about the google security…

    i dont know…

    ill try it thou…

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    Comment by betterworldforus | April 1, 2009 | Reply

    • Sir or Madam–
      Spyware Doctor is by a company called PC Tools, and for several years now has ranked either #1 or #2 in independent testing.

      Google is merely the conduit. If you would prefer to download PC Tool’s free version of Spyware Doctor elsewhere, you can also find it on download.com

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      Comment by techpaul | April 2, 2009 | Reply


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