Download Search Tools - Best Software & Apps

  • Adobe Reader

    2.0.0.163

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone
    Palm OS

    Adobe Reader 11: the essential PDF viewer

    7
    4195 votes
    • PROS:Increased security, Send files by e-mail, Sticky notes and highlight options, Full-screen reading, Accessibility options
    • CONS:Memory use
  • Google Play

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android

    Access your library of media from you browser

    -
    No votes yet
    • PROS:Multi-platform access, Free to download,
    • CONS:Not available on other browsers, Poor integration on Chromebooks
  • Google Maps

    Varies with device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone
    Web Apps
    Symbian

    An indispensable guide to the world

    6
    214 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

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows Phone
    Android
    Web Apps
    iPhone

    Search Google quickly and easily on your Windows Phone

    5
    8 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
  • F-Droid

    0.76

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    An open-source alternative to the Play Store

    5
    10 votes
    • PROS:Good selection of apps, No need to log in, Free apps, Various versions of apps, Built-in search, Shows apps compatible with your device
    • CONS:Not as varied as Google Play, No screenshots of apps
  • Everything

    1.2.1.371

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Powerful local search tool with remote access to indexed contents

    8
    141 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
  • HP Scan and Capture for Windows 10

    40.0.245.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Scan from your HP device with HP Scan and Capture for Windows 10

    6
    47 votes
    • PROS:Simple scanning and editing, Automatic device scan,
    • CONS:Limited options for output file type, Only basic image editing tools
  • Ava Find

    1.5.218

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Advanced PC-based scout bot for personal use

    8
    132 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.
  • Google Search for Windows 10

    1.1.1.37

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Set Google as your default search engine in Windows 8

    8
    191 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
  • Windows File Explorer

    Beta 0.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A Free Alternative To The Functions And Settings You Have On Windows Now

    6
    94 votes
    • PROS:The preview function on the bottom left is far bigger than standard Windows preview, It is tiny change but it may allow you to streamline your sorting and filing process, The search function may be improved (which is amazing for Windows 10),
    • CONS:Getting it to work on some Windows 10 devices is tricky, Some of the functions are not part of Windows 7 and Windows 10, Such a minor change may be unimportant to some people,
  • Bing

    Extension 20090601

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    iPhone
    Web Apps

    Free and Effective Online Search Engine Add-On

    7
    217 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.,
  • Chrome App Launcher

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Access all your Google Chrome apps from your desktop

    7
    148 votes
    • PROS:Has all Google Chrome apps and services, Integrated search engine, Convenient and easy to use
    • CONS:Uninstalling the launcher isn't straightforward
  • Allmyapps

    1.5.0.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A Windows app manager

    7
    178 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
  • AppDelete

    4.2.7

    License
    try Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Thorough application removal and deletion tool

    6
    58 votes
    • PROS:Removes all associated files, Very quick to search files and apps, Removes orphan files, Developer very responsive
    • CONS:Freezes when you restart your Mac,
  • Windows Search

    4.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Easily find any document on your computer or network

    6
    28 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
  • Mac Free Any Data Recovery

    5.5.8.8

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Mac Free Any Data Recovery can help retrieve files even from mobile devices

    8
    708 votes
    • PROS:Three step recovery., Recovery options and search mode., Very clean interface.,
    • CONS:The full version carries a hefty price tag,
  • Easy Digital Photo Recovery

    3.0

    License
    try Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Search for lost images on your drives

    6
    9 votes
    • PROS:Easy to use, Clear interface
    • CONS:Lacks search, No advanced options
  • RedLaser

    2.9.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    iPhone
    Android

    Effective barcode scanning for quick price comparisons

    3
    4 votes
    • PROS:No frills, Very fast scanning, Effective, fast search results
    • CONS:Limited to USA and UK
  • Google Voice Search Hotword

    Beta 0.1.0.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A Free Browsers program for Windows

    7
    47 votes
    • Revo Uninstaller Portable

      1.94

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Remove any unwanted application installed on your PC

      8
      32 votes
      • PROS:No installation required, Includes embedded search engine, Scans hard drive and registry for leftovers
      • CONS:Doesn't display percentage when scanning for junk files
    Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
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    15.5.8.87088.2Mac
    21.1.1.371917.5Windows
    3Extension 200906012176.9Windows, iPhone, Web Apps
    42.0.0.16341956.7Windows, Android, Mac, iPhone
    5Varies with device2145.9Android, iPhone, Web Apps, Symbian