Download Search Tools - Best Software & Apps

  • Google Play

    (ex Android Market) 5.9.12

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows

    Get Android apps, games, and more from Google's official store

    7
    17394 votes
    • PROS: Search by keyword or category, Automatic app updates, Attractive design, Lots of content
    • CONS: App selection can feel overwhelming at times
  • Adobe Reader

    2.0.0.163

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone
    Palm OS

    Adobe Reader 11: the essential PDF viewer

    7
    9214 votes
    • PROS: Increased security, Send files by e-mail, Sticky notes and highlight options, Full-screen reading, Accessibility options
    • CONS: Memory use
  • BitTorrent

    7.10.0.44091

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android

    The official BitTorrent client

    7
    7585 votes
    • PROS: Takes up very little resources, RSS, apps, and remote control, Official client, Lots of customization options, Ability to rate individual torrents, Completely free
    • CONS: Nothing of note
  • Google Maps

    Varies with device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone
    Web Apps
    Symbian
    Windows Phone

    An indispensable guide to the world

    7
    638 votes
    • PROS: Extremely easy to use, GPS navigation, 3D street view, Information about business and places of interest, Text and voice search
    • CONS: Can put a strain on memory and battery
  • Google Search for Windows 10

    1.1.1.37

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Set Google as your default search engine in Windows 8

    7
    296 votes
    • PROS: Quick search, Beautiful interface, Syncs your Google search history, Opens links within the application, Voice search, Portal to Google web apps, Replaces Bing as default search app
    • CONS: Lags sometimes, Cannot multitask with Google apps
  • Everything

    1.2.1.371

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Powerful local search tool with remote access to indexed contents

    8
    276 votes
    • PROS: Incredibly fast when indexing and searching, Very light on resources
    • CONS: You can't filter contents to be indexed, There are no security measures to enter the HTTP server
  • Ava Find

    1.5.218

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Advanced PC-based scout bot for personal use

    8
    140 votes
    • PROS: The basic version of this software is free to download and install., Ava Find instantly displays the sizes of all highlighted folders.
    • CONS: The last software update occurred as far back as 2009., Access to advanced features will require a one-time purchase.
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2

    (SP2)

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Bugfixes and improvements for Windows Vista

    7
    787 votes
    • PROS: Fixes bugs and vulnerabilities, Improves Windows Search and Bluetooth connectivity
    • CONS: Requires uninstalling of previous release candidate
  • Google

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows Phone
    Android
    Web Apps
    iPhone

    Search Google quickly and easily on your Windows Phone

    7
    45 votes
    • PROS: Reliable, relevant results - it's Google!, Easy to use, Voice search function, Filters results by type
    • CONS: Lacks the range of tools of Bings, Doesn't integrate fully into Windows Phone
  • Bing

    Extension 20090601

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    iPhone
    Web Apps

    Free and Effective Online Search Engine Add-On

    7
    376 votes
    • PROS: Similar to other search engines., Can be downloaded as an add-on to Firefox in seconds.
    • CONS: Not as many search results (arguably) as larger platforms., May block certain gaming and entertainment websites from listing within the search results.
  • 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
  • CamFind - Visual Search Engine

    Varies with device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    A Free program for Android‚ by CamFind Inc.

    8
    12 votes
    • Bing for Windows 10

      1.5.1.259

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free Search Engine Software Application for Smartphones

      7
      52 votes
      • PROS: Bing for Windows 10 can be downloaded at no charge., Users can enjoy immediate access to news feeds and similar updates.
      • CONS: Some have stated that Bing search results are not as comprehensive as Google., This application is only available in a handful of languages.
    • Google Voice Search Hotword

      Beta 0.1.0.2

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free Add-On for Google Users

      7
      61 votes
      • PROS: Free to download and use, Provides instant access to thousands of websites
      • CONS: Voice recognition is hit and miss, Only world with Google Chrome
    • Episode downloader

      3.1.4_

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Search and download TV episodes

      7
      53 votes
      • PROS: Quick search, Ability to download multiple videos at once, Media converter, Ability to watch live TV
      • CONS: Low quality content, Unsophistocated search and sorting, No scheduling
    • SearchMyFiles

      2.06

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Feature rich freeware alternative to Windows search

      6
      14 votes
      • PROS: Lots of search options, Free, No installation necessary
      • CONS: Searching big drives can take time
    • 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
    • J. River Media Jukebox

      12.07.17

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free, full featured music jukebox with loads of extra tools

      8
      130 votes
      • PROS: Intuitive interface, very easy to use, Great management tools for your music collection, Embedded player, search tool, ripping tool and burning tool, Support for portable music devices, Smart playlists
      • CONS: Could this be iTunes plagiarism?
    • UDPixel

      2.2

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Search and destroy bad pixels

      6
      62 votes
      • Power Scan - Barcode Scanner

        1.0.3

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Android

        Power Scan -- Barcode Scanner, Price Comparison Assistant, QR Code Reader and Sale Search.

        6
        4 votes
        Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
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        32.0.0.16392147.1Windows, Android, Mac, iPhone
        4(SP2)7877.1Windows
        5(ex Android Market) 5.9.12173947.1Android, Windows