[Windows] MasterSeeker is an extremely fast desktop file search tool, doesn’t create an index

MasterSeekerFile explorers are meant to help you find, manage and organize the files that you have on your computer. So instead of searching for your files manually, you can simply do a quick search by typing your file’s name, folder path, tag or keyword. If you are not currently satisfied with the performance of your current file explorer, then you might consider using an incredibly fast file search engine like MasterSeeker. Well, let’s find out if this software could really live up to your standards.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

Created and developed by DxCK, MasterSeeker is a free desktop file search engine for Windows. This software is said to take pride of its incredibly fast file search system which means that you don’t have to wait for a long time just to search for a single file or folder. Needless to say, this tool is intended to help you access, manage and organize your computer’s file directory in a more efficient and time-saving manner.


  • Simple, neat and very responsive UI, easy to use
  • Very fast – will show you the search results in just a matter of seconds
  • You can search for files or folders by name, location and size – you are free to set your own parameters
  • You can opt to include or exclude files or directories in your search results
  • Shows detailed search results – includes the name of your file, directory path, modify date and size
  • Can be used to search your removable storage devices (ex. USB flash drives, micro SD cards) and network shares – supports FAT and FAT32 drives
  • Non-obtrusive – when not in use, you can easily minimize this tool to the system tray area
  • Does not create or use an index — uses MFT (Master File Table, something that is built into Windows and exists on all computers) to search for and find files


  • Limited search parameters – it would be nice if it could filter search results by tags or by file type
  • You cannot save your search results
  • Doesn’t support exFAT, CD/DVD/DVD-RW
  • You cannot change its viewing mode which means that it will only show your search results in its detailed view – you cannot change it to thumbnail view, list view or tile view
  • Cannot search inside files
  • Requires admin access to run
  • Requires .NET Framework 2.0


MasterSeeker 2This file search tool is undoubtedly very fast. As a matter of fact, it can search for any types of files or directories and it will show you the results within just a matter of seconds. So there’s no need for you to wait for a long time. While I am not really fond of using other file search tools other than what I already have on my computer, I might put some special consideration for the MasterSeeker simply because its very easy to use plus it’s really fast. Simply said, the main asset of this software is its speedy performance.

As for its user interface, it’s not really that remarkable but it’s neat and very responsive. Just by looking at it, you will immediately know what to do. You don’t have to wander around and see what its controls are for. It’s basically a very straightforward tool that is ideal for computer users of all levels.

Another thing that I like about MasterSeeker is that it allows you to set your own parameters. This means that you can opt to search for specific files or folders. So if you just want to search inside your C:\Users\User1\Pictures directory, then this tool will only search for files or sub-folders that are stored in that specific location. It’s just that its filters are only limited to file name, file location and file size. You can’t filter your searches by file type, date taken, date modified or tags.

Moreover, this tool doesn’t support exFAT and you cannot also use it to search or browse your data discs. You cannot also save your search results plus you cannot opt to change its viewing mode to thumbnail view, tile view, etc. Nonetheless, you can still make the most of what’s available. What matters is that this software is reliable and fast enough to help you search, manage and organize your files and folders.

To wrap things up, I could say that this software is very commendable. It may lack in certain areas but it certainly doesn’t lack when it comes to its performance. I really like the fact that it uses a unique technique that optimizes user experience plus compared to other file search engines out there, this tool is much easier to use plus it’s very efficient.

Conclusion and Download Link

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to search for files and folders, I suggest that you try MasterSeeker. It’s not a perfect file search engine but it’s really good. In fact, it is more or less as fast as Everything, dotTech’s favorite free desktop search tool, without having the need to create an index. Check out MasterSeeker if you want a fast desktop file search tool.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.2

Supported OS: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 2003, 2008, 2008 R2

Note: Requires .NET Framework 2.0

Download size: 533KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/47

Is it portable? Yes

MasterSeeker homepage

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  • davidroper

    [@JohnnyG] I am with you JohnnyG, and I wonder why Microsoft cannot buy and include Everything in Windows 9,10,11,12,etc.

    Instead they are tweaking word processors and Chrome and getting into the tablet and computer business where they will fail.

    And thanks for the review on MasterSeeker, makes my decision easy. Kudos.

  • JohnnyG

    Fast indexing is not synonymous with thorough indexing. I did a search for the word “radio” on my computer and MasterSeeker returned six results. The same search done with freeware Everything (version returned 130 (one-hundred and thirty) results! Everything took a few seconds longer to index my three partitions, but what’s the sense of having fast indexing if it’s not even close to accurate?

  • Tortuga

    Read at DonationCoder that:
    1) Needs AdminRights ?!
    Which is strange since this is portable.
    Can anybody confirm this

    2) It puts a file named “MasterSeeker.UACBypass.1c30b0f01bab979f9a024ebfad9ee14f” into the C:\Windows\System32\Tasks directory!
    » Is this true?
    » Is this a bad thing? By the tone of the comment, seemed it was very bad, but I have no idea what it means

    Thanks for any help

  • davidroper

    [@Giovanni] Search Everywhere is very different from FARR. When you just want to find a file, not launch it.
    I DID like the website, laid out well. Thanks.

  • Giovanni

    Another great one is this:


    Unlike “MasterSeeker” it DOES support exFAT drive.

    See also:

    And to search for files containing a certain keyword or phrase:



  • Giovanni

    Excellent Find, thanks mate!

    But have you ever tried this FREE GEM?


    Looks more powerful to me!!

  • davidroper

    [@jivadas] can I search inside a DOC and TXT file for words as well as Filenames?

  • davidroper

    [@Ashraf] I hear you talking, but I still don’t like reading the article, and then having to search for the magic button to get the file I just read about.

    I know money is necessary to run Dottech. It takes money to do everything except write programs, that takes only talent and time. The computer and compiler is a fixed cost and so is the internet access. But my degree in economics isn’t important here.

    I read the articles, they are well written by a lot of people, too. You are fortunate.

    I just hate not being able to find the magic button in the article because it’s hidden for me. That’s all.

    I wasn’t going to reply but the little sign said ‘click here to reply to this comment’ in blue. Here it is. ;-)

  • Ashraf

    [@davidroper] [@jivadas] I’m sorry but that isn’t going to happen, for two reasons.

    Firstly, people will start blindly downloading software and then come complain about XXX or YYY or ZZZ, stuff that we mention in our review but that they never bothered to read because all they did was click the download button.

    Secondly, on blogs there needs to be a balance between giving away everything and being sustainable. We don’t directly sell products so our method of sustenance are ads. Putting links at the end of articles not only forces people to actually read what we wrote but it also puts ads in front of there eyes, which sustains dotTech. The more people are engaged with our content, the better it is for dotTech, which in turn is better for you’ll because it will help us bring you better content.

    I hope you understand.

  • jivadas

    I’ve used google Desktop since it was first issued a decade ago. Though it was unsupported by google a year or two ago, it still works; and it can be downloaded at CNET and Download–and I think there may be a page here somewhere. I gather that some people object because it indexes. Indeed, it googleizes everything you want it to. As for finding files, just enter a name, and it will show you the match as fast as you can type; and open it in a click.
    The Options pages allow you to specify exactly what you want to index, and what not to index.
    The only disadvantages I see are its non-portability, and the initial indexing process (which may take many hours–but in the background).
    I work with a huge manuscript with about 1000 Files gathered in six folders. Using gD, I can find any word or phrase, and open that file, in one click.
    I would call that “Master Search”!


  • jivadas

    [@davidroper] I agree absolutely with David. The download button should be up top, not hidden below.

  • davidroper

    Can we please have a Download link put on the first page of the Dottech articles?

    Standing Alone at the top, not hidden inside the article. Maybe next to the print and email options?

    I like having a Link to the homepage. That’s still important, but I don’t want to date you, I just want to take a picture of you. I want the file, I don’t want an essay.

    The article was very good BTW. ;-)


    Lovely fast-working “toy”. I use it together with my Locate32.

  • Karl J. Gephart

    Nice program! A little resource heavy, but well worth it! No install, which is always good. A couple seconds to cache, but again worth it for no indexing. Found my stuff instantly! Thanks!