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I need a windows file search utility


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#1 RknRusty

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 09:05 PM

Since I haven't figured out how to fix my built in explorer search program, and no one has been able to suggest any advice, I just want to replace it with a freeware search utility. I'm looking over the ones on the first page of Google right now, but I wondered if any of you had a recomendation for a good simple utility for XP.

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Anyone who hasn't seen my thread about explorer.exe locking up after a search can take a look here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/212842/explorerexe-locks-up-while-searching/

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 09:31 PM

You can install Desktop search engines. A few are:

Full list of Desktop Search engines from Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_searc..._search_engines

You can also google for "Desktop Search"

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 10:28 PM

Thanks. As I said, I have been Googling but thought some opinions from BC experts would be useful. It doesn't have to be a desktop type thing, just any simple program to do file searches on my system.

I tried Google desktop search for about ten minutes, but it wanted to do a bunch more things than I want, so I uninstalled it and rolled back my registry to strip its fat ass out of there.

Edited by RknRusty, 28 March 2009 - 10:38 PM.


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Posted 31 March 2009 - 08:27 PM

A little utiliuty called Instant File Name search from Sowsoft does the job really well. It builds a catalog every time you open it but it's really fast and doesn't bog the system like indexing does. I just wish I could set it to hijack Windows Search like Process Explorer does to Task Manager. I found it at Tucows.com

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 05:13 AM

Agent Ransack. I read about this recently and downloaded it but have not yet used it.

http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 10:40 AM

Thanks for the tip. I just downloaded it so I can take a look.




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