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HDDB v4.4.0

Checker on 6 Dec 2015
  • 1MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Mar 2015
  • Suggested by Userfriendly

HDDB (HardDisk DataBase) is a file search tool that provides as-you-type results to search terms. The program quickly assembles a database of the drive contents on initial program-run and keeps this until another check is run (or a regular check is set in options). Since the program doesn't auto scan for changes on start-up, searches can be conducted on the previously saved data.

Additional features include lightning fast sorting, folder search panel, folder sizes (enabled in Tools - Options), thumbnail view, folder tree view, named searches, multiple instances, file listing export, and command-line support. Although the program doesn't do live updates, it can be set to auto-update on a timer (e.g. 5 minutes, daily, at startup, etc.)

Only functional on NTFS drives, but does not require admin privileges or trigger UAC prompts like similar programs. Does not search file internals.

Note: Main site offline, linking to Archive.org and Softpedia. Accessory files are also available (thanks Userfriendly).

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download hddb-[version number].x86.exe or hddb-[version number].x64.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.
Similar/alternative apps: Everything, Ultra File Search Lite, UltraSearch
What's new? New features:
  • /online and /offline filter.
  • /sort in query.
Improvements:
  • Polish and Swedish language support.
  • Toolbar overflow chevron.
  • Support showing the db location menu by keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+D).
  • HdView support lister plugins placed in sub folders of the lister folder.
Fixed issues:
  • File records on disconnected remote drives lost in db after build.
  • Hddb lose focus if showing preview while HdView was minimized.
  • HdView lister plugin window not focused on window activate.
  • Empty search determination should not be affected by global filter.
  • Avoid showing the build-in-progress prompt on auto build.
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billon on 2015-05-21 07:28

seems like site is dead (temporary?)

webfork on 2015-05-21 21:26

joby: thanks, updated. Just going with Softpedia.

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Pretty Run v8.2.0.6

webfork on 8 Apr 2016
  • 7MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Jan 2015
  • Suggested by lautrepay

Pretty Run is a powerful keystroke-based program launcher and search tool. It searches the start menu, desktop or any other folder for the shortcuts or files that meet your query. More than that, Pretty Run allows searching Internet Explorer favorites, Firefox and Chrome bookmarks, Control Panel items, Printers, mp3 files (by tags), jpg files (by exif data), databases, clipboard and on the internet (more search engines can be added to those already included).

Program also includes screen capture tool, Magic Words, a note manager, etc.

Note: To help compensate for drive letter changes that happens with removable drives, use the %PrettyRunDrive% environment variable.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract the file prettyrunsetup.exe
  2. Use Universal Extractor on this file, saving to a temporary folder
  3. Move the contents of {app} to a folder of your choice
  4. Open PrettyRun.ini in a text editor
  5. Under [Options], add the following line:

    Portable=1

  6. Launch PrettyRun.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Executor Launchy
What's new?
  • Added engine to search GDrive.
  • Added engine to search OneDrive.
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oblivion on 2014-03-12 11:45

Interesting, effective, but slow.

An option to limit folder recursion might help (you can say %PrettyRunDrive%\portableapps -- for instance -- but the scan subfolders option is going to make PrettyRun go to a lot of unhelpful places, whereas if you could restrict it to just one subfolder down, it might be faster.

The MP3 tag search is also quite slow.

It's not the most intuitive to set up, either.

FindAndRunRobot (from www.donationcoder.com) has a similar philosophy to this but is much, much faster (despite also taking a similarly non-indexed approach) and has a lot more functionality, too.

Midas on 2014-06-02 11:13

Pretty Run changelog hasn't been updated since v6.1.0.17 (http://www.pretty-software.com/prettyrunhistory.txt)...

Ganamyde on 2014-06-04 04:15

Avoid-ware.
Installs adware and spyware in background.

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Locate32 v3.1.11.7100

webfork on 2 May 2016
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Aug 2012
  • Suggested by freakazoid

Locate32 is an indexing search tool that allows you to find files on local and Windows networking-compatible remote shares. After an initial search of shares, it uses database to provide instant for any number of files and folders. Searches can be set on a variety of criterion including date, size, extension, files/folders, etc.

Note that the databases must be updated to give accurate information. You can customize places to search and frequency of each update (e.g. your desktop hourly, your backup drive weekly). Some file types' contents can be searched including most MS Office file formats, but only some PDFs and image metadata.

Category:
System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: BSD
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Follow these instructions to make Locate32 portable
  3. Launch Locate32.exe
Similar/alternative apps: DocFetcher
What's new? For Locate32 changes up to v3.1 RC3l build 10.8220 see http://sourceforge.net/projects/locate32/files/.
Latest comments
Midas on 2015-07-09 15:02

See http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=75621#p75621 for info on newer versions...

smaragdus on 2016-05-02 13:38

I think that:
"2. Follow these instructions to make Locate32 portable" point at non-existent thread. I suppose that the right thread which explains how to make Locate32 portable is this one:
http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=22751#p22751

webfork on 2016-05-02 18:49

Smaragdus: confirmed, fixed. Thanks.

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BinText v3.00

Midas on 24 Apr 2014

BinText is a file text scanner / extractor that helps find character strings buried in binary files. The program can extract text from any kind of file and display plain ASCII text, Unicode (double byte ANSI) text, as well as Resource strings. Additional useful information for each item is included in the "Advanced" mode. Uniquely, the program will show both the file offset and the memory offset of each string found.

Although primarily targeted for programmers, it can be used by anyone interested in ferreting out character strings buried within binary files.

Note: Although updated versions of the program exist, the 3.00 version is listed for reasons described in forums.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch bintext.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Strings (Command Line)
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__philippe on 2013-07-15 08:17

Here is an old (2006) but interesting narrative about using Bintext for viewing Unicode strings in executables.

http://blog.didierstevens.com/2006/07/07/viewing-strings-in-executables/

__philippe

__philippe on 2013-07-26 18:24

BinText at your finger_tip: (WinXP tested)

Place a shortcut to Bintext in your Windows SendTo folder so that you can quickly send files to BinText by right-clicking on their names and choosing Send To -> BinText from the drop-down menu.

You can set this up by right-clicking on bintext.exe, selecting Copy then open up your WindowsSendTo folder, right click the mouse and select Paste Shortcut

As an added bonus, files get automatically loaded in BinText "Advanced view" mode, no need even for clicking the GO button...;-)

__philippe

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LAN Search Pro v9.1.1

Midas on 11 Jun 2014

SoftPerfect LAN Search Pro is an easy, non-indexing file search for your local network. You can search for specific file names or types (e.g. all MP3 files). The program lets you search hidden network resources, restricted access resources, IP subnets, LAN FTP servers and much more. It comes with a built-in password manager to store your network logins for resources with restricted access.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the 'Portable' ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch lansearch.exe.
What's new?
  • Fixed initial window alignment on multimonitor desktops.
  • Added maximum depth folder recursion parameter.
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webfork on 2013-11-23 18:44

Great for small companies and intranets. If you are on a network with a lot of people sharing a lot of files without much control over that, it can be hard to track down the information you need. This lets you find what you need across multiple shares on multiple computers.

Wolfghost on 2013-11-23 20:46

For those who use AdBlock, pause AdBlock before you download, (if not) you will not receive the file!

Craunch on 2013-11-24 10:00

For information I've just downloaded the portable version from the website and did not need to pause my AdBlock+.

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