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    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 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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    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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    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 is a free reduced functionality...

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    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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    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 Linux

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    • Unlike copernic, cathy does not search into contents of files. Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    Lookeen Desktop Search

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    Commercial Windows Microsoft Office Outlook

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    Quickly search through large numbers of files on your PC or network using powerful text patterns to find exactly the information you want. Search and replace with plain...

    Commercial Windows

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    A fast real-time search engine for displaying regular expression matches (both file name and content) across multiple directories. Written in Gtk2 it is highly...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

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    Index Your Files

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

    Free Windows Linux Wine

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated since 2012. Last version,, released in December 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    A free file finding and text searching tool: * Regular expression text search * High performance search algorithm * Wildcard and regular expression file search *...

    Freemium Windows

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

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Copernic Desktop Search Comments

CDS6 - nothing but a pain

Negative Comment by danielson
about Copernic Desktop Search Feb 2017

Doesn't deliver as good as CDS5.
Promises Onenote integration (yet to see) and basically only "scans" the first three categories plus images.
Have touched based many times with support; some just repeat a protocol like a recorder, others are sincere to try and help.
Not pleased with this edition (and service) so far (2017-02-23)

All in all, this version feels more like an alpha than beta or stable.
Sad news from a company that i have always highly esteemed before.

[Edited by danielson, February 23]


The pro version also exist

Comment by jdopen
about Copernic Desktop Search Aug 2011

If you have a big size archive the paying Pro version is better imho ! ;) (Alas does not seems to work well on win7-64bits). But It works ok on XP. ;)
The big missing feature imho : is an option to remove similar documents from keyword searches. Otherwise this is a great software. ;)


Stay with version 2.3 (build 18), remove upgrade reminder

Comment by StephanF
about Copernic Desktop Search Jul 2011

Stay with the latest version 2 (build 18) from 2008!
Remove the nagging screen by the following method (taken from somewhere else :):
In XP just change your system date to 2030, exit / restart CDS, then go to the registry (Start / Run / regedit)
Local Machine / Software / Copernic / DesktopSearch2 / System and change the registry key UpdateAvailable from 1 to 0. Then change the clock back to the correct date and you are done


Limited features include: My Searches disabled

Negative Comment by mistaecko
about Copernic Desktop Search Jun 2011

Limited features include: My Searches (save search queries) disabled, preview window cannot be placed on the right side, (to be continued)


First of all: this WAS an awesome FREE indexer

Negative Comment by mandin82
about Copernic Desktop Search Jun 2011

Ok, first of all, I have to admit this WAS an awesome FREE indexer for Windows, up until ver 2.3 Build 30, cause after that everything good in this program was just stripped from the free version. I've kept the 2.3 version installed, but annoying popups calling for an update appear something like once a day. Not that big a deal.

I've used it for something like 2 years at work now. It's awesome that it even indexes network drives, as well as Outlook's PSTs and pretty much everything you'd like a good indexer to index (it opens and indexes the inside of Office docs also, which is AWESOME).

The last couple of weeks, however, it's been behaving strangely (it hasn't been indexing correctly) which I believe is due to a recent patch my company implemented on every Windows machine (don't ask me what it is, 'cause they won't tell me). I don't think it's the software's fault it's malfunctioning; I've come to believe that since it's quite an antique version, this new patch they implemented just f*cked up something...I don't know what...but I just don't want to update Copernic because believe me, the latest versions SUCK.

I'm going to try something else now, but before doing so I just wanted to leave a comment here for all you guys who want to try this software and recommend you to google for version 2.3, because I've known lots of people who install the latest version and come back to me saying "that software SUCKS!!!". Trust me on this one: ver 2.3 RULES!!!