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Agent Ransack

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The built-in Windows search utility typically does a decent job of finding the occasional misplaced file, but it's not really made for heavy-duty searching. Agent Ransack, however, is. This highly customizable tool lets users search with a number of parameters that aren't a part of the Windows search utility, and it works quickly to boot.

The program's interface is plain and intuitive. Users can search file names or the text within files; specify the file size; search within a range of dates that the file was modified, created, or last accessed; and select whether they want to match cases. The program shows the search results in one pane and search statistics--the number of items searched and found, and the length of the search--in another. We found that Agent Ransack repeatedly located files that the Windows search tool did not, and we didn't have to wait a terribly long time for the results. We were also impressed by the fact that although Agent Ransack is easy to use, it comes with a very thorough and well-written Help file. It's suitable for novices who know simply that they want a more powerful search tool than what Windows provides, but it's also a good choice for more-advanced users, or those who would like to learn more about searching. Overall, we think that Agent Ransack is a good choice for just about everybody.

Agent Ransack installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program to all users.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.7 stars

    out of 86 votes

    • 5 star: 75
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
  • Current version:

    4.1 stars

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Disapointed"

    March 29, 2014  |   By Gragz

    Version: Agent Ransack 1.7.3.762

    Pros

    N/A (See con)

    Cons

    I was hoping to be able to right click a folder in Windows Explorer and search. This is all I wanted, so I uninstalled. Hence N/A in Pro's.

    Summary

    Would be great if it had a search option in the Context Menu in Windows Explorer... but it doesn't. :(

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  • 5.0 stars

    "FANTASTIC!"

    August 30, 2013  |   By rab96

    Version: Agent Ransack 1.7.3.762

    Pros

    It's fast and finds everything. Searches within Word, Excell, PDF files (try to do that using the Windows Search function). Keeps a low profile, easy on resources. Exports results. It's free.

    Cons

    Multi select of files with context menu does not work in combination with WinMerge (i.e. if you want to compare 2 files in WinMerge you have to select them one by one in AgentRansack, in contrast to the Windows Explorer).

    Summary

    Essential tool for any software developer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Searches ALL THE THINGS"

    January 14, 2013  |   By Aquagorillabear

    Version: Agent Ransack 1.7.3.762

    Pros

    Ignore those who say this is the same as Windows built-in search.
    It's not.
    Here's the main reason, and this is also the reason why I couldn't live without Agent Ransack and why I use it every day: It can search not just Word and Excel files but also Publisher files and PDFs. THIS IS VITAL. No other program, not even Google Desktop, can search Publisher files -- at least, no program that I've found.
    The fact that MS Windows cannot search text in MS Publisher is ridiculous.

    (Some of you might wonder why anyone even uses Publisher. Well, whatever -- my company does, and Ransack makes my job doable. Before I found this program, finding files was a nightmare.)

    Cons

    the icon is stupid looking

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Finds the files but so does Windows 7/XP search."

    November 18, 2011  |   By andreaborman

    Version: Agent Ransack 1.7.3.762

    Pros

    It found the files I was looking for and to my surprise quite user friendly.But then so does Windows 7s file search. On Windows XP the desktop Windows search does not find very much. But then you have got search companion,you know the animated search with the dog,( called search companion.)And search companion finds everything. so the question is with search companion on windows XP and a very good Explorer search on windows 7. Do we really need Agent Ransack?

    Cons

    Could take up extra space for nothing when you can get the same results with Windows 7/XP search.

    Summary

    Yes Agent Ransack works but then, so does Windows XP search companion and Windows 7 explorer search,that can be enhanced if Indexing service is enabled on Windows 7.I already have Classic Shell which includes Classic Explorer. And they recommend Agent Ransack as it does not clash with Classic Shell and compliments it. But why do we need to search with agent ransack,when the Windows 7 or XP search gives the same results? Talking about the Windows XP search Companion,the one with the dog-when are they going to make a software that will reinstate something like animated search companion on Windows 7? I would love to have something like search companion,the dog,or or another animated search on Windows 7. But I cannot find any software that will install anything like Windows XP search companion on Windows 7.Andrea Borman.

    Updated on Nov 18, 2011

    I was hoping that Agent Ransack would bring back the animated search,like XP search,with the animated character,the dog. And also on Windows XP there is the magician and other animated characters to choose from.But it does not do that. I cannot find any software that puts animated search companion on Windows 7 like on Windows XP. A pity. Andrea Borman.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is the tool I turn to for file searching!!!"

    October 21, 2011  |   By JodyWood

    Version: Agent Ransack 1.7.3.762

    Pros

    Love its ability to search files, sub-folders, specific file types, specific values within a file, etc.

    Cons

    Wish it was a bit faster, but I know it is definitely crunching away and doing a lot of work ... so maybe not really a con.

    Summary

    Would definitely recommend the use of this product if you are trying to find files, items within a file, and so on. Great product to have in your tool belt!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great text grep tool"

    August 23, 2011  |   By StretchArm

    Version: Agent Ransack 1.7.3.762

    Pros

    Lots of features for searching text in files, and it's pretty fast.
    Free

    Cons

    Not much, most of the features I'd like are in the paid version so I cannot complain.

    Summary

    Great tool I use daily and cannot live without.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quick, Clean & Easy"

    August 6, 2011  |   By bobdig

    Version: Agent Ransack 1.7.3.762

    Pros

    Easily finds everything I am looking in all categories. Offers enough search options to get the job done without confusing the non-techie that I am. No indexing to endure, but still returns search results quickly and accurately.

    Cons

    None that I found.

    Summary

    A great, user friendly search tool that delivers as promised.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Disappointed - at least dir finds what I'm after"

    June 26, 2011  |   By JohnnyMalaria

    Version: Agent Ransack 1.7.3.762

    Pros

    More straightforward than Vista/7

    Cons

    Couldn't find what I was looking for even though I know for certain it is there somewhere.

    Summary

    I needed to find an Outlook pst file that was on one of six partitions. The Windows 7 search was painful. I longed for the pre-Vista search. So I came across Agent Ransack and had great expectations. But it failed to deliver on the most trivial task - search c:\users for *,pst. Nothing. May be I was doing something wrong but I couldn't imagine what. The Windows 7 search found it. Knowing the path, I used it for the Agent Ransack search and even gave it the full filename - nothing.

    So, searching C:\Users\John\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook for Outlook.pst simply didn't work even though I'm staring right at it in Explorer.

    May be I'm a bit thick and I have to specify attributes somewhere. If so, there's nothing in the manual.

    Utterly useless (on my machine at least). Guess I'll have to use dir.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Useless, utterly useless"

    March 3, 2011  |   By rragona

    Version: Agent Ransack 1.7.3.762

    Pros

    Downloads fast, quick install

    Cons

    Couldn't find a file even when I set it to search a directory where the file was the ONLY thing to find. Couldn't find text within a file (using the wizard if found files that didn't contain it anything remotely like it.) Took too long to search.

    Summary

    This has to be somebody's idea of a joke, right? To not be able to find a simple text file? I'll stick to Windows search, thanks, at least it works.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love it! Bye Bye Windows Search."

    February 9, 2011  |   By tvonschimo

    Version: Agent Ransack 1.7.3.762

    Pros

    I hate Windows Vista search functionality (or the lack of it). Agent Ransack helped me regain sanity.

    Cons

    Non I can see

    Summary

    You must have it!

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