What are the best desktop search programs for Windows?

  • #1
    CN
    Written on June 14, 2017
    Carl Newman
    "I used this to simplify my file searches on my pc. It can better locate files you need and quickly locate them when compared to the standard Windows search utility. It definitely found files that were missed on previous attempts without the service."
  • #2
    HC
    Written on September 29, 2017
    Harold Chavez
    "I wanted to see what Lookeen was all about so I decided to give it a test run. There are two versions a free and a professional, so I chose to use the free. There are a lot of features available to use and the program does indeed make it simple to search, but in my opinion I can do virtually everything here already with the default windows search function. So if you need something because you are afraid to use the default windows search function, Lookeen is for you. However, I do not advise you get the professional version. The added features are not worth the price tag associated with the package."
  • #3
    GG
    Written on April 16, 2017
    George Grant
    "I am the systems administrator for a national law firm. One of the most frequent request I would get from users would be the ability to search for specific keywords in a document from are vast file library. I tried several products that were not getting the job done. They would constantly miss files and the interfaces were not user friendly enough for non-technical people. I finally came across Agent Ransack and it has been a breath of fresh air. My users can just jump right into it and have almost no trouble using its search features. It is miles ahead of other search programs when it comes to completely searching all the files queried. I would highly recommend this program to other systems admins looking for a great Windows search program."
  • #4
    Voidtools Everything
    Software

    Windows

    Free - Donation available

    ZM
    Written on September 29, 2017
    Zachary Martinez
    "If you have ever tried to find a program or file on your computer and been at a loss, you could probably get a lot of use out of this program. No more searching for hours and not finding what you're looking for."
  • #5
    SA
    Written on April 6, 2017
    Scott Andrews
    "If you do a lot of file searches, then you know that the windows files explorer just doesn't cut it. Listary fills the holes in explorer with search, compression and application launching that will boost your productivity instantly. It also integrates with existing tools like file commander and Xplorer2."
  • #6
    Exselo Desktop
    Software

    Windows , Mac

    Free - $1.95 user/month

    DG
    Written on June 25, 2017
    Dorothy Gibson
    "Exselo eases the workload in our office. Now we can easily collaborate on projects with this desktop search product because it will search everyone's system for the information we need. Our work is safe and secure and projects don't hit stumbling blocks because we have to wait for information from someone else. This can be a life saver."
  • #7
    CE
    Written on October 14, 2017
    Chris Eakins
    "This is next-gen desktop search technology. Most of the other search engines here rely on exact word or exact partial word matches that require you to play a game of guessing. AKIN uses advanced pattern recognition AI that allows you to just type what you remember and not worry about the exact way something was named or written. It can find things when they were misspelled, or spelled differently, when text was run together or words broken apart, in a different order, as well as semantic search which searches for the meaning of what you typed in the text."
  • #8
    BD
    Written on May 4, 2017
    Bryan Davidson
    "Searches are performed from a database of indexed files and folders instead of directly from the hard-drive, making them faster. Word search does not perform well. I found the database file size for a 300 GB hard disk to be around 30 MB."
  • #9
    HF
    Written on February 24, 2017
    Hannah Fernandez
    "I'm having a hard time deciding if this is a trustworthy solution. I just can't find good info on this solution and the website looks old and not very professionally designed. It's setting off redflags. This software was also looks to have a clunky UI."
  • #10
    KH
    Written on September 29, 2017
    Karen Hamilton
    "My mom is always asking me for help finding programs and picture fules on her computer for her. A friend told me to check out Registry Finder. I can say that it is a bit complicated and not really for searching desktop files at all."
  • #11
    SB
    Written on September 29, 2017
    Sharon Bryant
    "I needed something to search my Windows computer right from my desktop. My computer was getting cluttered and I needed something I could find stuff with easily. This program let me find duplicate files and delete them, so my computer became less cluttered. It was tough to use, since I think it's in Russian, and it didn't seem to do anything else. I needed something a bit more feature-heavy and in English!"
  • #12
    CS
    Written on September 29, 2017
    Crystal Scott
    "Sometimes I find myself in a situation where I need a file on my computer but I can't remember where I put that file. This is rather frustrating. I have used the regular search feature that comes installed with my windows computer, but it sometimes didn't find the documents I was looking for. Someone told me about AstroGrep, and I gave it try. I will say that it is one of the best search programs for Windows. I found files faster with AstroGrep than I did using the search feature that already came with my computer."
  • #13
    KP
    Written on November 26, 2017
    Karen Price
    "Wise JetSearch is an alternative program to help look for files on the computer. It looks like the interface and level of function are worth checking out."

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Summary

Best desktop search programs for Windows
Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
1 Copernic Desktop Search Software 153 Paid
2 Lookeen Software 123 Free
3 Agent Ransack Software 117 Free
4 Voidtools Everything Software 101 Free
5 Listary Software 92 Free
6 Exselo Desktop Software 84 Free
7 AKIN Desktop HyperSearch Software 68 Free
8 Locate32 Software 60 Free
9 SearchMyFiles Software 42 Free
10 Registry Finder Software 31 Free