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SwiftSearch v7.0 Updated

billon on 18 May 2018
  • 1MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 18 May 2018
  • Suggested by infimum

SwiftSearch is a lightweight program whose purpose is to help you quickly find the files you need on your Windows machine without ever requiring you to index your drives. It completely bypasses the file system (only NTFS supported) and reads the file table directly every time, which speeds up search significantly. Program also supports path-based search, regular expressions and full directory sizes.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Unicode support: Yes
License: CC BY-NC 2.0
How to extract: Download SwiftSearch.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.
What's new? Breaking changes:
  • Wildcard "*" is no longer multi-level; i.e., it no longer matches a backslash. Use two asterisks ("**") to denote multi-level matching (aka "globstar"). As a special case, \**\ can collapse into a single \ level. For example, C:\**\*.txt will match both C:\1.txt and C:\1\2.txt.
  • NTFS metadata (such as $MFT, ::$REPARSE_POINT etc.) are now hidden unless the Ctrl key is held when searching (alternate data streams are still shown, however).
New features & improvements:
  • Faster pattern matching.
  • Extended globbing support. Use C:\a*\**\b*.txt to match C:\ax\y\z\bw.txt. Globbing & wildcards now use the regular expression engine underneath.
  • Ctrl+C copies files like in Explorer (no support for Ctrl+X though).
  • Shift+Ctrl+C copies file paths to the clipboard (beware memory usage!).
  • Right-click also allows copying table to clipboard (beware memory usage!).
  • Lower memory usage; NTFS limits are exploited more aggressively (e.g. NTFS allows no more than 1023 hardlinks, so this is exploited). Please watch out if you push the limits on NTFS and report any problems.
  • Content-aware column resizing. See the "View" menu or try holding Shift when resizing.
  • Column sorting now has a heuristic progress bar (may not be 100% accurate) and sorting can now be cancelled.
  • Column headers now display sorting direction (ascending/descending).
  • Column headers can now be moved around.
Bug fixes:
  • MUI file support seemed to be using language ID (e.g. 1033) rather than language name (en-US).
  • Invalid regular expressions used to crash the program.
  • And others...
Latest comments
xor on 2018-04-11 10:53

Pretty fast on my test, fits perfectly in my workflow, a keeper for me :)

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LookDisk v6.8 Updated

billon on 22 Apr 2018
  • 9MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 25 Mar 2018
  • Suggested by Crash

LookDisk is a fast and effective file, text, and duplicate search tool that supports searching with specific parameters. Includes support for searching archive files (e.g. .ZIP files). Displays a disk overview (size and free space).

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application Folder
Stealth: ? No. %WINDIR%\gridList
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable Version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ldw.exe.
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2015-08-07 21:12

LookDisk 6.2 has been released.

Checker on 2015-08-08 17:17

@ smaragdus : Thanks ... and updated ;)

AndTheWolf on 2018-04-22 12:40

LookDisk seems to be at version 6.8 now.

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SearchMyFiles v2.83 Updated

billon on 4 Apr 2018

SearchMyFiles is a powerful alternative to the standard Windows search. It allows you to easily find files by wildcard, last modified/created/last accessed time, file attributes, content (text or binary search), and file size. The program is non-indexing, meaning it searches the drive directly, which is often slower but more accurate.

Can also be used to detect duplicate files via the "Search Mode" drop-down box.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SearchMyFiles.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Ultra File Search Lite
What's new?
  • Fixed issue: If you specify a search string in quotes that contain space characters (e.g.: "Hello ") SearchMyFiles won't trim the space characters like it did in the previous versions.
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2014-08-14 17:29

SearchMyFiles 2.50 is out.

Checker on 2014-08-14 18:34

@ smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)

MIKLO on 2018-04-06 14:57

I have tried and used several search apps before and was not very impressed but as soon as I saw that this product was from NirSoft I knew I had to try it. NirSoft makes so many great apps that I use a lot, its difficult to say something new about them due to the fact that just about everything they make works great and is pretty awesome overall. One thing is 4sure the native Micro$oft search engine is close to worthless, so just about anything will be an improvement.

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Everything v1.4.1.895

billon on 9 Feb 2018
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Feb 2018
  • Suggested by Drutt

Everything is a powerful search tool that locates files and folders by file name instantly, and includes an FTP and Web server interface. It also can search files by their contents. Unlike Windows search, Everything initially displays all files and folders on your computer. You simply type in part of the desired file name to limit what files and folders are displayed instantly. The more you type, the more specific the list becomes.

Note that the instant-search capability only works on NTFS/ReFS-formatted drives and only uses file and folder names in a file index. The program can separately catalog non-NTFS/ReFS and network servers for searching on a schedule.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package depending on your OS and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Everything.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: HDDB, Ultra File Search Lite, UltraSearch
What's new? Added:
  • .jpeg extension to the image information search functions.
  • Support for cluster sizes larger than 64k.
  • preview_context ini setting.
  • A crash when clearing search history.
  • A security issue when running a FTP server.
  • An issue preventing Everything from closing when pressing ESC.
  • An issue where Everything would lose the current sort after reindexing.
  • An issue when using invalid characters to rename a file.
  • A crash when rendering tall or wide images.
  • An issue when shutting down Everything would cause it to miss changes.
  • A memory alignment issue.
  • Database corruption when renaming a folder when folder size indexing is enabled or when there is a folder exclude.
  • An issue with circular NTFS/ReFS folder parents.

See more about new features and changes here
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DeLe on 2016-10-23 17:04

Everything has been released:

A lot of improvments: preview, content search and much more

__philippe on 2017-03-03 18:29

Beta alright...;-)

but practically stable after being fine-tuned over a period spanning
SEP-2015 to NOV-2016, including release of 11 distinct builds.

EveryThing Portable BETA, which was released on 21-NOV-2016,
includes significant new functions over current Stable version dated 6-AUG-2014

Version 1.4 ongoing development and builds changelogs are chronicled here:

Nh on 2017-04-29 18:41

In case it does not remembers sort order, you have to edit 2 lines in Everything.ini:


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UltraFileSearch Lite v5.0.0.17249

billon on 8 Feb 2018
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 8 Feb 2018
  • Suggested by joby_toss

UltraFileSearch Lite quickly finds files, folders and text on your local, network, or external media. The program allows you to specify several file masks and drives/folders at the same time; it is able to sort them according to their properties (e.g. modified date) and find files that contain one or more specific words or sentences.

This utility does not use background indexing. "Standard" (shareware) edition has additional features.

System Requirements: WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch UltraFileSearchLite.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: SearchMyFiles
What's new? See:
Latest comments
donald on 2013-09-26 15:35

No mention of the portable standard edition?

We should encourage all portable developers, this is even more important in an age of server apps which are little better than shortcuts or are worse.

Yes it is a portable payware version but a mention should be okay?

Something like "Alternatively a portable payware edition gives full standard features and can be used in business and for profit environ"

hamasaki on 2013-10-26 07:04

Whilst I do have a commercial licence for this, my personal favourite search utility is File Locator Pro.

DarkShadow on 2016-02-16 18:55

v4.5.0.15327 released !

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