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Agent Ransack - find files on your PC much faster

ClifNotes, May 2005, updated Oct 2006, permalink



I searched high and low for a good file search program and here is my pick. Agent Ransack puts Windows default search to shame. It's faster. It can do so much more, such as "regular expressions". Thanks to JeanInMontana for reminding me about this one. I've been using it for a long time.


Update Oct 2006

I recently decided to try some other file search tools. I tried SnowBird and Seeker. For some reason, SnowBird doesn't work for me any more, even though it's sister program, Mini Explorer, works just fine. I found out that Mini Explorer's built in file search has one of the fastest non-indexed searches I've ever seen, but it doesn't have enough right click features in the search results. I was disappointed with Seeker. It's advertised to be very fast and easy to use, but I didn't see either one when I tried it. I ended up thinking that Agent Ransack is still the best for me. It's fast and you can right click on any folder and search with Agent Ransack.


I'm sure the indexed file searching tools are faster. However, in order for them to work, they have to constantly monitor your hard drive for changes so that they have an up to date index of where all the files are. I find this unacceptable. I don't need more stuff running in the background sucking down my system resources.


You can find a good selection of file searching tools here at SnapFiles.com.



Agent Ransack is a free tool for finding files and information on your hard drive fast and efficiently. When searching the contents of files Agent Ransack displays the text found so you can quickly browse the results without having to separately open each file!


Agent Ransack provides compelling advantages over similar search tools: Regular expressions that allow complex rule based searches. Immediate contents results view. Various wizards to walk the user through the searching process.


Special Note: You can ignore the SiteAdvisor rating at this site. SA is wrong this time. I've already notified them.

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