#1Copernic Desktop Search
Copernic Desktop Search is an alternative to Windows Search as it allows you to centralize your document, file & email searches in one unique interface.
$55.49- Free trial available
Lookeen Free Desktop Search is a Windows search tool enabling you to find data saved anywhere on your local drive. Business edition also available.
$49.8- Free trial available
Agent Ransack is a freeware Gui based, multithreaded search tool published by Mythicsoft. Available for free Agent Ransack is the lite version of File Locator file searching solution.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that the first three search engines ever made were named “Archie”, “Veronica”, and “Jughead”? The “Archie” search engine is considered to be the first one developed, which was derived from the word “archive” without the V and created by three computer science students from McGill University School of Computer Science in 1990, in which the program downloads the directory listings of all the files located on public anonymous FTP sites, creating then a searchable database of downloadable file names. The service began as a project for students and volunteer staff of the university and further work on the Archie server was ceased during the late 90s, although it is still maintained and active for historical purposes in Poland at the University of Warsaw’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling.
A year after Archie’s release, the Gopher protocol emerged, spearheaded by University of Minnesota’s Microcomputer Center manager Mark McCahill, and with it, two programs dubbed “Veronica” and “Jughead”. Despite the Archie server creator Alan Emtage stating that there were no relations between his program and the Archie comics, the two new programs from the Gopher protocol were characters from the series, thus referencing their predecessor.
Although the earlier search engines might be considered inferior compared to the ones we have today, most of the features that were incorporated within their forerunners - like algorithms, keywords, and related studies - are what made modern search engines easier to use.
Exselo Desktop is desktop search tool that allows users to collaborate, search and share data in real time using encrypted peer-to-peer technology.
Listary is a search utility for Windows that lets you quickly find your files and launch applications.
#6AKIN Desktop HyperSearch
AKIN Desktop HyperSearch is a desktop search programme for Windows that counts with advanced pattern recognition that allows you search without worrying about misspelling a word and find exactly what you need.
Everything is a esktopd dsearch tool for instantly finding everything you need in your Windows device. A small installation file gives you access to a clean and easy interface for your desktop searches.
#8SSuite Desktop Search Engine
SSuite Desktop Search Engine is a free desktop search engine that allows you to easily search for files, pictures. videos, and programs that you have on your computer. If you don't seem to find it, or can't remember in what folder you put it, then this tool will help you out.
Wise JetSearch is a free tool that helps you find your local folders, files, images, videos, quickly in your local drives. Removal and FAT drive supported.
TextSeek is a software designed to improve user's efficiency in desktop searching. It supports different document formats such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF, RTF, and more.
Varies by plan
Locate32 finds files and directories based on file and folder names stored in a database. It lets you locate files quickly, using databases to store information about directory structures and then using these databases in searches.
SearchMyFiles allows you to easily search files in your system by wildcard, by last modified/created/last accessed time, by file attributes, by file content (text or binary search), and by the file size.
AstroGrep is a Microsoft Windows grep utility, a command-line program which searches within files for keywords. It supports regular expressions, versatile printing options, stores most recently used paths and has a "context" feature which is very nice for looking at source code.
AnyTXT Searcher is a desktop search engine which supports various formats such as plain text format, Microsoft Outlook (eml), Microsoft Excel (xls, xlsx), PDF, and more. This local data desktop search tool is designed with quick search feature.
#15Duplicate & Same Files Searcher
Duplicate & Same Files Searcher lets you search for duplicate file contents regardless of the file name (true byte-to-byte comparison). It allows you to delete duplicate files, move them to another location, and also replace duplicates with NTFS hard links.
Registry Finder is an improved replacement for the built-in Windows registry editor that allows you to browse the local registry; create, delete, rename keys and values; modify values as its natural data type (string, multistring, DWORD) or as a binary data, and more.