FREE STUFF

You can get a nice packet of free software at http://pack.google.com. It’s called Google Pack, and it works with Windows XP or Vista. The latest version includes Norton Security Scan, which scans your computer for viruses and removes them if it finds any, and nine other utility programs. These include Google Earth, a program that provides maps and close-up views of many places on Earth. Type in an address and get a bird’s-eye view.

Other programs include Google Screensaver and Slideshow, Spyware Doctor and Picasa, a good photo organizer and editor. When you download the pack you can click “remove” next to any program you don’t want to install.

The free version of Spyware Doctor that came with this pack found 88 infections — including three hijackers — on Joy’s computer. Best of all: It fixed them.

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