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Effective File Search Reviews

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Effective File Search
aka. File Search (sowsoft)
aka. EFS ... (and efs)

Installer only, no portable version by any other vendor (that I could find)
There are several unrelated file/folder finders all called "File Search" ... just to add to confusion

I ran the "setup.exe" in a sandbox, because the "Effective File Search" website is a VPN server
and not a self hosted secure (HTTPS) website.

EFS leaves a lot to be desired ... not very impressive

  1. first created in 2012 and no upgrades since then
  2. no options-settings
  3. inspite of being an installer is not avaiable on Win-Exp Context menu
    . . . ie, no Shell integration
  4. initial target folder (Look in) defaults to Users.Documents folder
  5. no options, so no option to add EFS to Win-Exp context menus
  6. must browse to new target from previous search; using an ancient (Win-9.x) WinExp dialog.
  7. default settings must be tweaked to ensure "Files" are searched too
    ( my initial test was 15 items short of other reliable file-finders (UtraSearch, FileSearchEX)
    ( until I discovered the "Files" checkbox was unchecked

IMO ... There are better file finders available . . . especially those that are integrated into WinExp context menu

Tested in SandBoxie environment