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Ava Find

CNET Editors' review

Google Desktop Search may get all the press, but Ava Find is a strong competitor. The first time it starts up, this substitute for Microsoft Find scans your drives and stores the locations of your files in a cache. Once finished, it delivers results instantly as you type. You can limit search results by folder or drive and specify whether you're looking for videos, music, applications, or recent downloads. This real-time approach delivers outstanding results, but it requires a lot of computing power. A scan of a 20GB hard drive took about a minute, slowed our PC, and couldn't be stopped. Also, after 30 days, Ava Find won't let you delete, rename, or perform most other file functions from the results window. Those essential features are limited to the Professional version--and that, sadly, keeps us from giving Ava Find our highest rating.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 73 votes

    • 5 star: 48
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 13
  • Current version:

    4.0 stars

    out of 73 votes

    • 5 star: 48
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 13
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Terrible. Featureless. Junky replacement for nothing."

    June 12, 2012  |   By bluebaroncanada

    Version: Ava Find 1.5

    Pros

    Nothing. Does exactly what Windows search does in a more bulky interface.

    Cons

    Doesn't search the contents of files.

    Summary

    Terrible.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This product is so horrible, its funny"

    March 22, 2012  |   By bearbetaz

    Version: Ava Find 1.5

    Pros

    There are no pros connected to this disater product.

    Cons

    Only cons. Biggest one is the creation of this product.

    Summary

    GO TO HELL!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Greatest find since sliced bread!"

    March 17, 2012  |   By BettyMaxine

    Version: Ava Find 1.5

    Pros

    I own it! It lives up to it's advertising! Finds any and everything I need it to find. I bought the full version. I was a Webmaster on an Embroidery Design site and had so many files and I couldn't find anything until someone told me about Ave Find!

    Cons

    If you are always trying to find files this is for you!

    Summary

    Best software that will truly help you find anything on your computer and externals. I have two attached to my computer and Ave Finds will locate something in "backup"!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A free product that is MUCH better than Windows search"

    November 7, 2011  |   By VinylLetterGuy

    Version: Ava Find 1.5

    Pros

    Freeeeeeee

    Cons

    None, not any

    Summary

    A free product that is MUCH better than Windows search, what else can I say.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Liked well enough to make it my default search utility."

    July 2, 2011  |   By atruewitness

    Version: Ava Find 1.5

    Pros

    Installation: No problems at all

    Ease of Use: It doesn't get any more intuitive than this.

    No overcomplicated & unnecessary features to bog down the system performance.

    Search results come up very quickly because of continuous drive indexing.

    Cons

    More control of search results with an improved filtering system is in order.

    Summary

    I love it, and I've tried a bunch; and I do mean a BUNCH of search programs. The rest either: didn't work, kept freezing & crashing, were too bloated, or had an interface that simply didn't agree with me for some reason.

    I have only a few suggestions...
    1) It would be great to be able to copy-to-folder, or move-to-folder from the search results.

    The "Save Result Listing As" is very handy--Possibly future releases may include the ability to save as a delimited, Excel, and even Access files?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Wasted time trying this program."

    June 18, 2011  |   By Surgeman

    Version: Ava Find 1.5

    Pros

    Looks okay.

    Cons

    Once you find the files you cannot copy them.
    Very limited options.
    Not intuitive.

    Summary

    1- Could not search a directory. Had to search a whole drive.
    2- Sorted by "Rank?" What the F is that? Not file size, or date or alphabetically.
    3- Could NOT do anything with the files after I found them. (Specifically, I could not copy them to another location.)
    4- It told me I had to buy the pro version 20 minutes after I installed it.

    Don't waste your time on this program.
    Bad program. Very limited ability.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Overall I like this program but it could be more stable"

    May 24, 2011  |   By goldrush

    Version: Ava Find 1.5

    Pros

    IT LIKE THE FILE SIZE SORT & CURRENT FILE ACTIVITY.

    Cons

    It is good but recently has been crashing so I had to remove & reinstall and seems OK.[5-24-2011]. I gave it a 3 because it hasn't been updated for a very long time. This stability issue has just occurred so my comment now includes that point as well

    Summary

    Works for what I needed at the time I 1st installed it, but the crashing and the lack of an update has let it fall by the wayside for me. I do use it but not as often. I guess its easy to comment, as I am not a programmer as to it's what and when, but I still Thank the author of this freeware.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Love this tool so much"

    November 11, 2010  |   By dsuraj

    Version: Ava Find 1.5

    Pros

    I love this tool so much, very fast and easy to use.

    Cons

    user interface should be more attractive and user friendly.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "does not update"

    January 17, 2010  |   By a1nosepicker

    Version: Ava Find 1.5

    Pros

    geart first time installed

    Cons

    add or delete files and wont update files

    Summary

    i bbought and paid for pro but it will not accept numbers. i have sent the 3 notices of problem in last two weeks. nothing back from them. any idea how i can get my money back from them.i paid them on dec 30 2009. any heplp would be good news.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I know where my files is--dont You"

    December 20, 2009  |   By poulstaun

    Version: Ava Find 1.5

    Pros

    Its free
    Its free
    No cannot come up with golden words for it

    Cons

    Think its slow to find stuff.

    Summary

    Did not wake anything in me

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