Download Desktop Search - Best Software & Apps

  • Winamp

    Full 5.666

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Windows Phone

    A hugely popular and versatile audio and media player

    8
    10817 votes
    • PROS: Fully customizable, Small installation, Runs quickly
    • CONS: No MOV support, Rip only on full version
  • Desktop Plagiarism Checker

    1.12

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free Software for Teachers

    7
    117 votes
    • PROS: Free to download and use, Five search engines supported
    • CONS: Only available in English, Only works with Windows
  • Free NIV Bible

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free and comprehensive bible for desktop computers

    8
    41 votes
    • PROS: There is no charge to download this software., A streamlined search function is excellent to find a specific text.
    • CONS: There are no illustrations contained alongside the text., This software application cannot work with systems newer than Windows 7.
  • Google Desktop

    5.9.1005.12335

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Info when you want it, right on your desktop

    7
    1253 votes
    • PROS: Search results in web page format, Large choice of gadgets, Can cross index from multiple machines, Share panel items with friends
    • CONS: First time indexing is long, Intrusive, No logical “OR” or substring search support
  • Bing Desktop

    1.0.45.0

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    The beauty of the Bing homepage to your Windows desktop

    7
    116 votes
    • PROS: Lovely wallpaper, Search straight from the desktop, Useful
    • CONS: Can't change image within app, Some image display problems
  • Allmyapps

    1.5.0.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A Windows app manager

    7
    129 votes
    • PROS: Save all your apps to the cloud, Search for and locate new apps, Update new apps directly from your desktop
    • CONS: Occasionally crashes
  • Windows Search

    4.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Easily find any document on your computer or network

    7
    86 votes
    • PROS: Searches across networks, Good tool for network managers, Outlook searches impressive
    • CONS: Desktop searches slower than Google Desktop, Network searches can be slow
  • Launchy

    2.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Say goodbye to the Start menu

    9
    37 votes
    • PROS: Cuts down on clicking time and requiring shortcuts, Doesn't require Start Menu
    • CONS: Tapping two keys would be better replaced by one
  • The Red Notebook

    0.8.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A free desktop diary

    7
    24 votes
    • PROS: Organize writing by day, Good search tool, Free
    • CONS: Can't import images or use HTML
  • BumpTop

    Free 2.1.6225

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Amazing 3D Windows desktop

    8
    2344 votes
    • PROS: Very intuitive, Impressive design, Customizable appearance, Icons behave like real-life objects
    • CONS: High system requirements, Beautiful, but not that useful after all
  • Videobox

    3.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Search YouTube and Google Video from your desktop

    7
    76 votes
    • PROS: Searches YouTube and Google Video simultaneously, Easy to access via desktop widget
    • CONS: Doesn't display video comments, Results similar for both YouTube and Google Video, Only searches two video websites
  • PNotes

    9.0.107

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Excellent sticky note software for your desktop

    7
    136 votes
    • PROS: Excellent scheduling options, Well presented and easy to use, Group and search notes easily, Auto-update, Password protection
    • CONS: Skins must be downloaded separately
  • WebFerret Free

    6.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Query multiple search engines from your desktop simultaneously

    9
    28 votes
    • Vid Finder

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Search for and watch online videos from your desktop

      8
      2 votes
      • PROS: Search for and watch videos, Pulls videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu and more, Bookmark videos for later viewing
      • CONS: Videos don't always play
    • Times Reader

      2.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Try the New York Times' new desktop application

      4
      21 votes
      • PROS: Very readable, Automatic news updates, Content downloads quickly
      • CONS: Only for New York Times fans!
    • Copernic Desktop Search Home

      5.0.0.

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Stop searching, find your files and emails fast.

      7
      244 votes
      • Tubulator 2

        1.0.9

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Windows
        Mac

        Tubulator 2 is a desktop application that allows you to search, browse and download videos or music from for example YouTube.

        6
        12 votes
        • PROS: Easy to use, Built-in search engine
        • CONS: Few advanced options
      • ESP

        2.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        A really fast, handy desktop search engine

        7
        15 votes
        • DocFetcher

          1.0.2

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Search for specific text inside documents

          7
          16 votes
          • PROS: Fast indexing, Support for many formats
          • CONS: PDF doesn't work properly
        • Yoono Desktop

          1.8.18

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows
          Mac

          Manage your social networking with minimum effort

          8
          21 votes
          • PROS: Supports a good variety of social networks and messaging services, Allows central management of various accounts, Real-time search of networks
          • CONS: Chat feature is slow, Some social networks have more options than others, Yoono browser is unmanageable
        Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
        #NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
        1Full 5.666108178.1Windows, Android, Windows Phone
        2Free 2.1.622523447.5Windows, Mac
        35.0.0.2447.5Windows
        45.9.1005.1233512537.3Windows
        59.0.1071366.6Windows