Google Gets Pushy with Chrome, Bundles it with RealPlayer
Article by George Norman
On 06 Mar 2009
Mountain View search engine giant Google, who as we all know has developed Chrome, its own take on the web browser, is by no means taking it easy when it comes to promoting it. The first sign that Google is taking this Chrome promoting business seriously was when it stopped advertising Mozilla’s Firefox; then there was the time when Google decided to bundle Google Pack with Chrome 1.0, not Firefox 3.0; and now we have news that Chrome comes bundled with RealPlayer.

RealPlayer is a standalone software application that can be used to play a large selection of audio and video files, as well as seamlessly download videos from “thousands of websites” so that you can go through them at your leisure. On top of that RealPlayer also provides you with a simple means of burning your data onto DVDs – but only if you get the Plus version.


The simplest way to get RealPlayer is directly from the source (that is from the developer’s web page at The software is provided free of charge, and you should not have any significant problems getting it. In fact, you should not have any problems at all. Once the download process is complete, you will proceed to installing RealPlayer on your machine – be careful when doing so, because you are also offered the option to install Google Chrome in the process. Since the option is enabled by default, users that repeatedly click “Next”, without bothering to look at the information displayed in the monitor will find that they unwittingly installed Google Chrome.

I am not saying that you should not get Google Chrome, which in pretty much every test has come out as the fastest browser on the web. I am just saying that you should pay attention to what you are installing on your machine. If you want to get Chrome, by all means click “Next”; if you are happy with your current browser, be it Firefox 3.0.7, Opera 9.64 or Apple Safari 4 Beta, and are not curious at all to give Chrome a shot, then make sure to uncheck the “Include Google Chrome” box.

One other product that Google promotes is its Google Toolbar 6 for Internet Explorer.

Tags: Google, Chrome, RealPlayer
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