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 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

    4.2.16.87075793.arm

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows Phone
    Web Apps
    iPhone

    Google Now on your Android device

    7
    5 votes
    • PROS: Lets you search lots of things on your phone, You can customize what it looks for, Includes Google Now
    • CONS: No search button within the app itself, Only displays a few results on screen at once, Google Now lacks results depending on user
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Bugfixes and improvements for Windows Vista

    7
    562 votes
    • PROS: Fixes bugs and vulnerabilities, Improves Windows Search and Bluetooth connectivity
    • CONS: Requires uninstalling of previous release candidate
  • 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,
  • CamFind - Visual Search Engine

    Varies with device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    A Free program for Android‚ by CamFind Inc.

    -
    No votes yet
    • 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.,
    • 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
    • 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
    • Google Voice Search Hotword

      Beta 0.1.0.2

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A Free Browsers program for Windows

      7
      47 votes
      • 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,
      • 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
        709 votes
        • PROS: Three step recovery., Recovery options and search mode., Very clean interface.,
        • CONS: The full version carries a hefty price tag,
      • 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
      • WinDjView

        2.0.1

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        A slick DjVu document viewer

        6
        44 votes
        • PROS: Lightweight and compact tool, Dictionary and text search options included, Custom keyboard navigation and scrolling shortcuts available, Magnifying glass and marquee zoom available
        • CONS: Advanced features take time to learn
      • Episode downloader

        3.1.4_

        License
        try Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Search and download TV episodes

        6
        55 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
      • Spyglass

        1.2.0.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows
        iPhone

        How will you use your free space?

        6
        11 votes
        • PROS: Easy to use, Good interface design, Search for duplicates, Analysis of used space
        • CONS: Few advanced options, No filtering for format or date of use
      Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
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      5Varies with device2145.9Android, iPhone, Web Apps, Symbian