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[Windows] FileSearchy is a new, fast file and folder search tool

filesearchy [1]In real life (aka not digital life), my wife — and my mother — are the equivalent of desktop search. If I need to find something, a quick yell to either of the ladies usually results in Ashraf getting what he was searching for. (No, I don’t live in my parents’ basement… I have a room of my own, thank you very much.) Unfortunately, neither are very useful in finding stuff on my computer. (Fortunately? My porn collection is safe!) For digital searching needs, I tend to use Windows 7’s default search tool simply because it is conveniently placed in my Start Menu.

However, while Windows 7’s search tool is a significant improvement over the built-in search for earlier versions of Windows, it is still a bit slow. So if you want speed in finding files and folders and you don’t like any of the offerings we have mentioned in our review of best free desktop search tools [2], you may want to try the new kid on the block: FileSearchy.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

FileSearchy is a file and folder search tool for your computer; it allows you to easily and quickly find files and folders.

Take note FileSearchy comes in two editions, Free ($0 for personal use only) and Pro ($24.95). The following table lists out the differences between Free and Pro:

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Pros

Cons

Discussion

filesearchy_pro [4]FileSearchy is the new kid on the block. And it performs relatively well — just don’t expect it to do something extraordinary.

Back in 2009 I came across a program called Everything [5]. Everything is a free file and folder search tool and what impressed me about Everything was that it is extremely fast. And when I say extremely fast, I mean pretty much instant search results. FileSearchy provides similar search speeds. Unfortunately for FileSearchy, insane search speeds was a big thing… in 2009. In 2014, there are dozens upon dozens of free and paid desktop search tools that provide similarly instant search results. That is not to say FileSearchy is a bad program; it is a good program — I can’t fault the program for being new to the game. However, it does mean that what FileSearchy offers is something which is not too unique in today’s day and age.

But hang on a second. It looks like the developer of FileSearchy recognizes the fact that there are other very fast search tools out there, so the developer tried to stand out above the crowd by combining two features: a) making FileSearchy return fast results and b) supporting search of content inside files.

You see, most — if not all — of the superfast search tools like Everything only support search by file/folder name; searching inside files is left to the slower search tools because searching inside files, by nature, cannot return instant results. And unfortunately for FileSearchy, it doesn’t break the laws of physics.

The developer of FileSearchy states: “[FileSearchy] provides real-time search by file name. Unlike other search tools with instant file search, it also allows searching by content string, date and size.” Technically, this is true — FileSearchy does provide instant search results and it does support searching by content (searching inside files), date, and size. However, you get instant — or almost instant — search results when searching by name, date, and size but you do not get instant search results when searching by content — searching by content is the usual slow, aggravating task.

Of course, simply having the ability to search inside files as an added bonus to the ability to instantly search for files and folders by name has some value in and of itself, even if searching inside files isn’t instant. However, it is my duty to make it clear that searching inside files is not instant.

Conclusion And Download Link

Overall, FileSearchy is a good program… but it doesn’t provide anything groundbreakingly unique or new. The attraction to FileSearchy is it provides superfast search results when searching by file/folder name, date modified, or size plus has the ability to search inside files (even though search inside files isn’t very fast). If you need all that functionality packed into one desktop search tool, by all means get FileSearchy — it comes in both Free and Pro versions. However, if you already have desktop search tools that fulfill these roles or can live with having two separate desktop search programs — one that provides superfast search by name and one that offers the slower search by content — then FileSearchy doesn’t really offer anything to you.

So roll up your sleeves, bite down on your tongue, and make this gruelingly hard decision… while I go and have some cheese fries. And also be sure to read dotTech’s review on best free desktop search tool for Windows [2].

Price: Free (for personal use only), $24.95 — Pro

Version reviewed: 1.11

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Download size: 8.12 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/49 [6]

Is it portable? No

FileSearchy homepage [7]