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    Everything

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

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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 your computer. - You can think of...

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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 files Agent Ransack also displays the...

    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 commands in Unix based systems. In other...

    Open Source 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 inside PDF, Microsoft Office and...

    Free Personal Windows

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    Cathy

    An extremly small, very fast and easy to use media cataloging tool. You can use it to index files stored on removable media (CDs, DVDs or even diskettes), hard disks or...

    Free Windows

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    regain

    Search the contents of your files not just the file names. regain is a search engine similar to web search engines like Google, with the difference that you don't...

    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 allows you to easily search files in...

    Free Windows

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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 queries or regular expressions. You...

    Free Windows

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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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