Google Inc. has become the first tech heavyweight to tackle the daunting task of uncluttering computers, introducing a program that quickly scours hard drives for documents, eMail messages, instant messages, and past web searches.

With the free desktop program, Google hopes to build upon the popularity of its internet-leading search engine and become even more indispensable to the millions of people who trust the Mountain View, Calif.-based company to find virtually anything online.

The new product, available at, ups the ante in Google's intensifying battle with software giant Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc.,...

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