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  • Everything icon

    Everything

    "Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows. Unlike Windows...

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    DocFetcher

    DocFetcher 1.1 is a portable German/English Open Source desktop search application. It allows you search the contents of documents on...

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    Agent Ransack

    Agent Ransack is a tool for finding files and information on your hard drive fast and efficiently. When searching the contents of...

    Freemium Windows

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    Locate32

    Locate32 is software which can be used to find files from your harddrives and other locations. It works like updatedb and locate...

    Open Source Windows

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    RecentX

    RecentX is an innovative launcher that gives you instant access to your files, folders, programs, websites & clipboard history. It...

    Commercial Windows

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    FileSearchy

    File search utility that provides instant search by file name, and powerful search by file contents, size and date. Supports search...

    Free Personal Windows

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    FileLocator

    FileLocator Lite enables you to locate files on your pc. It performs a thorough and quick search for any file you want to find. It...

    Freemium Windows

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    AstroGrep

    AstroGrep is A Microsoft Windows GUI File Searching (grep) utility. Features include regular expressions, versatile printing options...

    Open Source Windows

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    Copernic Desktop Search

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    Free Personal Windows

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    Cathy

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    regain

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    Open Source Windows Linux Self-Hosted

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    SearchMyFiles

    SearchMyFiles is a non-indexing portable alternative to the standard "Search For Files And Folders" module of Windows. It...

    Free Windows

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    dnGREP

    dnGrep allows you to search across files with easy-to-read results. Search through text files, Word documents, PDFs, and archives...

    Open Source Windows

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    Lookeen Desktop Search

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    Freemium Windows Microsoft Office Outlook

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    PowerGREP

    Quickly search through large numbers of files on your PC or network using powerful text patterns to find exactly the information you...

    Commercial Windows

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    Searchmonkey

    A fast real-time search engine for displaying regular expression matches (both file name and content) across multiple directories. ...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

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    FileSeek

    FileSeek is an easy-to-use file search app that includes advanced functionality for power users! Search through files using simple...

    Free Windows

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    Index Your Files Discontinued

    Index Your Files allows you to search through all your files or folders on local or networked drives without remote admin rights (as...

    Free Windows Linux Wine

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    XSearch

    XSearch is a free search tool that with more features that Windows Search didn't provided. It can search files on your computer in...

    Free Windows

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    BareGrep

    A free file finding and text searching tool: * Regular expression text search * High performance search algorithm * Wildcard and...

    Freemium Windows

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    SMF – Search my Files

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    Free Windows

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    Find Any File

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    AIKIN Desktop HyperSearch

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    Super Finder XT

    Replacement for Windows built-in search. Search files, folders and other data efficiently and easily.

    Free Windows

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    Wise JetSearch

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    liquidFOLDERS

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    Commercial Windows Windows Explorer

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    ANGRYsearch

    Instant file search, showing results as you type.

    Open Source Linux

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    Gaviri SearchOS

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    Ffind

    Ffind is a graphical file search application for Microsoft Windows, inspired by Unix "find" command-line utility. It is...

    Free Personal Windows

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    TaggTool

    The Personal File Tagging Utility. Tagg is a utility which locates your files based on simple labels you attach or tag on to your...

    Commercial Windows

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    FileSearchEX

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    Commercial Windows

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    LAN Search Pro

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Cool Find Comments

Had great Unicode / Office grep features, but now very old

Positive Comment by Ozaru
about Cool Find and Agent Ransack Aug 2014

Sadly this hasn't been updated since 2005. It used to be a fantastic way to search for DBCS (unicode) text such as CJK (Chinese / Japanese / Korean) text hidden in .pdf or .doc files hidden inside .zip archives in a forgotten folder somewhere etc. - but it is in need of an update or replacement. Agent Ransack achieves much of what CoolFind used to do, on modern systems too, but there are some features which are lacking (like the scenario outlined above), and I've not found any alternatives which have them.

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