The built-in Windows search utility works fine for a lot of search tasks, but sometimes you need to search with something a little more powerful. MultiFind is a basic Windows search tool that has many of the same features as the built-in Windows search, but includes a few useful extras, including a replace feature.
The program's interface is plain and fairly easy to figure out. The basic search parameters include the search path, file name, and file contents. Users can also opt to search only hidden or read-only files, as well as perform case-sensitive searches and search for whole words, regular expressions, and text in hexadecimal form. The program's advanced options let users search for files within a certain size range or date range, as well as find and replace specific file contents. Users can also select specific file types that they want their searches to ignore. We especially liked the fact that users can open multiple tabs within the program's interface, making it easy to run and compare multiple searches. A built-in Help file is a little vague, but with its help, most of the program's features are pretty easy to figure out. We ran several searches with the program and found it to be both fast and thorough. Overall, MultiFind didn't really blow us away with its performance or features, but we think it's a nice alternative to the built-in Windows version; it's similar, but has a few nice extras that make searching more effective.
MultiFind installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all users.