Top 5 Alternative Windows search

Do you struggle to find your desirable files in your PC? If yes, it’s normal because there are too many files and folders, right? But you can always use the Windows Default search option to solve your problem? Does it completely root out the problem? No, because the Windows Default search option takes a lot of time to display the search results.

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To make your search results faster than ever, you need to use various Desktop Search tools available in the market. Here is a list of Top 5 Windows Search Alternative Tools, which provide you the best ever search:

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Search Everything

Search Everything is a free Windows search utility, which helps you to locate files and folder with ultra-high speed. It is a portable tool that comes with an easy-to-use interface. It easily finds all your files and creates an index-database, while displaying the files in a simple format. The first search is a bit slow, but later on the software gives instant results. The software uses a small amount of memory. It gets launched with the system startup and runs in the system tray. The utility lets you perform advanced search by using wildcards, Boolean operators, and regular expression. Apart from this, you can even use the utility to download files via the remote Everything Program by enabling the server features that are inbuilt. Give it a shot, if you want extreme fast search results.


UltraSearch is the product of JAM software, which offers essential features and delivers the search results in a few seconds. Unlike Search Everything it does not maintain an index, as it works directly on the Master File Table of the NTFS partitions. It comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions and display additional information like file size and last modification date in the search results. UltraSearch also includes the options to exclude folders and files via exclude filter. With a simple user interface, you can save last 100 search patterns and can even print the search results as text, RTF, HTML, or Excel file.

Super Finder XT

Super Finder XT is a free Search tool that comes with special functions, for example Smart Search Mode. It runs at a good speed and has an interface similar to that of MS- Office 2007 and 2010 versions. It is fully loaded with wildcard support and offers two different operating modes- simple and advanced along with two view modes- XT and Classic.  In addition, this software provides Plugin Support to implement new search features without re-installing it.

File Search EX

File Search Ex is a remarkable file search utility that comes with a simple interface similar to that of Windows XP with a little upgradation. It requires low system requirements and works well in locked computer configuration, thus requiring no Admin rights. It has a portable compatibility and runs quite well. It’s always better to specify the path for performing search, as FileSearch EX takes time to display the results

Locate 32

Locate 32 is another free Search Utility, which has an interface similar to that of the advanced search dialog box of the Default Windows Search. You can use various parameters like file name, extension, location, and size to search your file. Initially, the software takes a little time, as it creates a database of your file names. Once the indexing has been completed, you can locate files quickly and easily. It creates a database structure to display the search results with fast speed.


Having a Windows Alternative Search at your end is always recommended to search for your favorite file in minimum time. All you need to do is select the one that suits your requirements.

Comments (8)

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    Great post Zainil. I never knew these alternative windows search. Keep writing such posts to let us know new things.

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    My personal favorite is Launchy, its quick to access. Though I also liked UltraSearch from your list.


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    Everything is my favorite one, you should give Agent Ransack, Index Your Files & AstroGrep a shot too.

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    0Very nice article.
    I have tried Ultrasearch and Locate 32, they are really useful and easy to find things in Windows.
    thanks for your sharing and looking forward to you new post.


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    Hello Zainil

    Before reading this i don’t know about this types Windows search is really new for me and i going to give a try. Thanks for sharing .

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    Hello Zainil,

    All the windows searches are cool but my personal favorite is launchy rest of them are also good but few are new for me. Thanks for sharing such a informative article .

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    Hey Zainil Dedhia,

    The top Five Alternative Windows search you list is quite impressive.

    But i mostly prefer Listary or MasterSeeker.

    These are also best Alternative Windows search Tools and are mostly used by Windows 7/8 users.

    Where as now days Listary is also available in a pro version including with some additional features in it.


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