SwiftSearch is a lightweight program whose purpose is to help you quickly find the files you need on your Windows machine without ever requiring you to index your drives. Most search utilities that achieve similar speeds do so by indexing drives while the computer is idle, but because idleness detection is so difficult to get right, in practice they end up slowing down the whole system just to speed up search. SwiftSearch works differently: given administrator privileges, it completely bypasses the file system (only NTFS supported) and reads the file table directly every time, which speeds up search by many orders of magnitude. Typically searches yield full results in ~10 seconds or less, a significant speedup for many users.
Locate32 finds files and directories based on file and folder names stored in a database. Locate32 saves to a database the names of all files on your hard drives. Once the file indexing has occurred, you can locate files quickly by using the application's search form. It works like 'updatedb' and 'locate' commands in Unix. In other words, it uses databases to store information about directory structures and uses these databases in searches. The use of these databases provides very fast searching speed. The software includes a dialog-based application as well as console programs that can be used to update and access the databases. Locate32 is not primarily meant to find text or data within files, but it has a primitive feature to do this.
SearchMyFiles is an alternative to the standard 'Search For Files And Folders' module of Windows. It allows you to easily search files in your system by wildcard, by last modified/created/last accessed time, by file attributes, by file content (text or binary search), and by the file size. SearchMyFiles allows you to make a very accurate search that cannot be done with Windows search. After you made a search, you can select one or more files, and save the list into text/html/csv/xml file, or copy the list to the clipboard.
GrepWin is a simple search and replace tool which can use regular expressions to do its job. This allows to do much more powerful searches and replaces. GrepWin adds an entry to the shell context menu to easily search selected folders. It is also possible to include system items, hidden items and subfolders, allow only one instance of grepWin, as well as to choose the match mode between Regex and text.
SoftPerfect Network Search Engine
A self-contained index-based network search engine that indexes all files in your local area network and provides users with the ability to locate necessary files within a few seconds. It returns blazingly fast search results to your users, even when large numbers of shared files and folders are present.
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UltraSearch finds files and folders on local NTFS drives and provides the results in just a few seconds. UltraSearch does not maintain an index which is stored on your harddisk, but achieves its speed by working directly on the Master File Table (MFT) of the NTFS partitions. UltraSearch even identifies NTFS hardlinks.
Everything is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows. Unlike Windows search Everything initially displays every file and folder on your computer (hence the name Everything). You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed. Everything only uses file and folder names and generally takes a few seconds to build its database. Everything does not search file contents, only file and folder names.
LanHunt is a LAN based search engine, which enable users to download and look for content shared on local area network. LanHunt is fast, typically giving results in seconds. Database update is required only once from the inbuilt updater. Supports parallel downloads, parallel searching, direct 'open location' feature, filetype based narrowing and much more.
RegFind is a fast and flexible command-line utility that will help you search files and directories for regular expressions - and more. Basically, RegFind expects a regular expression search pattern as its first argument, followed by one or more 'file masks'. A file mask is a file name with or without wildcard, and with or without a directory part. Give RegFind a try to see what it's really capable of!
LAN Search Pro
LAN Search Pro is a free utility for fast file searching across your LAN. You can search for specific file names or for specific file types (e.g. all MP3 files). LAN Search Pro provides a lightning fast search engine and lets you search hidden network resources, restricted access resources, IP subnets, LAN FTP servers and much more. It comes with a built-in password manager to store your network logins for resources with restricted access.
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TheSearchMan is a simple utility designed to help you find files easily and fast. It is a tool which searches your hard drives for files by their name. TheSearchMan accepts windows wildcards (? for one character and * for multiple character). The 'Search with-in Search' feature will show searches within searches. Blazing fast (searches 50 GB drive in 1 second!).
Shortcut Search and Replace
Shortcuts Search And Replace allows to do easy operations on shortcuts like:
- Search for shortcuts target path, working directory, arguments, and icon location content
- Replace multiple shortcuts target path, working directory, arguments, and icon location content (useful if you move portable applications paths or directory)
- Search dead links, to resolve or delete them (multiple resolves/delete in one click).
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VX Search is an automated, rule-based file search solution allowing one to search files by the file type, category, file name, size, location, extension, regular expressions, text and binary patterns, creation, modification and last access dates, EXIF tags, etc. Users are provided with the ability to categorize and filter results, copy, move or delete files, save reports and export results to an SQL database.
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FileLocator Lite is a free reduced functionality version of FileLocator Pro. It used to find files that other search engines missed out. Features includes Immediate results - found text is shown with highlighted keywords so you don't need to waste time opening each file looking for the right information, combine search terms using the familiar Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT, has support for popular Office formats including Office 2007 and OpenOffice, has support for Perl compatible regular expressions and has highly efficient search algorithms mean that you spend less time waiting for results.
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Agent Ransack is a free tool for finding files and information on your hard drive fast and efficiently.
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DupScout is a duplicate files finder allowing one to search and cleanup duplicate files in local disks, network shares, NAS storage devices and enterprise storage systems. Users are provided with the ability to search duplicate files, save reports, replace duplicates with links, delete duplicate files or move duplicate files to another location.