Copernic Desktop Search

Copernic Desktop Search

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 199 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.1.2.5606
File Size:
19.99MB
Date Added:
June 17, 2014
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $49.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
265,237
Downloads Last Week:
71
Product ranking:
#16 in Search Tools
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Copernic Desktop Search is an advanced search tool for your Windows PC that indexes and scans your hard drives for specific files.

Pros

Powerful search: In stark contrast to the default Windows search option, Copernic Desktop Search gives users complete, granular control over searching for files in a somewhat intuitive interface. Though Windows 7 and 8 have decent search features that should be more than sufficient for the average user, Copernic Desktop Search goes the extra mile to display search parameters much more elegantly than Windows does by default.

Automatic filtering: Copernic Desktop Search will automatically index and display media files and documents via tabbed results. Many file types, including movies, music, and documents are previewable within the Copernic Desktop Search interface, as well.

Cons

Tedious trial procedure: In order to sign up for the full trial version, Copernic Desktop Search forces you to scour the Help section and click on a link to request a trial key...from a French Web site. It's not exactly the most compelling process for trying to entice users to sign up for the Pro version. We'd have much preferred a trial version just unlocked by default for 30 days within the native app.

Limited audience: It's hard to justify going Pro, especially when the built-in Windows search runs relatively satisfactory for most common file types. There are other solutions to managing and finding hard-to-find files, such as spending a couple minutes to properly organize your email and data or even searching via power commands in the rabbit hole that is Windows search or even command prompt. The most notable advantages of this product will primarily apply only to the most cluttered, file hoarding, disorganized Windows users.

Bottom Line

Copernic Desktop Search is a niche product for a small audience. For most users, the Lite free version will be sufficient (if the default Windows wasn't already). Copernic Desktop Search does go that extra mile by throwing in email search, as well, from a single console, which admittedly could come in handy, but is ultimately a tough sell for what it asks for. That said, Copernic Desktop Search accomplishes what it advertises and does it well. Download it and try it out for yourself.

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  • All Versions:

    3.5

    out of 199 votes

    • 5 star: 79
    • 4 star: 39
    • 3 star: 28
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 39
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  • 1 stars

    "Negative. v4.05 has very low file limit search."

    March 17, 2014   |   By SoftwareTestPilot

    Version: Copernic Desktop Search 4.0.5.1231

    Pros

    Better search than what Windows 7 offers internally.

    Cons

    I've used this software for years. Just recently with their 4.05 Lite update release, it re-indexed everything then ceased searching my files. It now has a drastic limit reduction! Very disappointed. Now looking for another free desktop search.

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  • 2 stars

    "Free version works but with restrictions"

    February 28, 2014   |   By yowface1

    Version: Copernic Desktop Search 4.0.5.1231

    Pros

    Scans your local hard disk quickly.

    Cons

    Doesn't let you add in new file types to be scanned even if the files are text based. Won't scan Microsoft Outlook email (at least not my 64-bit 2013 Outlook)

    Summary

    If you just want basic desktop scanning and don't need to make any modifications to the base product then this program will work for you. If you need to scan anything else, try using the native scanner built into Windows 7 as it finds more matches and integrates with email.

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  • 3 stars

    "DOWNGRADE AND SENT ME TO A FRENCH SITE TO ACTIVATE"

    February 28, 2014   |   By jcadbiz

    Version: Copernic Desktop Search 4.0.5.1231

    Pros

    FREE
    Probably still works okay.

    Cons

    USED TO BE BETTER - now limited to 75,000 files - and has some kind of new AUTHORIZATION PROCESS that it never had before - and BLEW IT ON THE INSTALL PACKAGE for some reason.

    Summary

    I'm going to wait until 4.1 or so - somebody obvious had a bad day building the install. Also I want to see a NEO review before I even take a chance installing this version.

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  • 4 stars

    "Quite Pleased"

    November 11, 2013   |   By TBanghart

    Version: Copernic Desktop Search Lite 4.0.2.1085

    Pros

    Comprehensive List of Files
    Easily sorted by Name or Date
    Preview allows quick view if needs to be opened.
    Not overly comples
    Search intuitive based on keywords or lack thereof.

    Cons

    Does not load as quick on double [ctrl} click as Google did.
    Lots of revisions have been released lately

    Summary

    I found it very comprehensive. I was a Google Desktop Search user,and after that was retired looked for a comparable product. Copernic meets my expectations.

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  • 1 stars

    "can't even search for .pst files"

    November 04, 2013   |   By kteaff

    Version: Copernic Desktop Search Lite 4.0.2.1085

    Pros

    none. none. none. (CNET told me I had to have at least ten characters in my review)

    Cons

    not intuitive
    won't search for .pst files
    won't allow addition of .pst to its file-search table

    Summary

    Wasted 15 minutes downloading and trying to use this piece of junk, then uninstalling it, then writing this review.

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  • 2 stars

    "Immediately uninstalled due to lack of Outlook support"

    September 24, 2013   |   By shiner1963

    Version: Copernic Desktop Search Lite 4.0.2.1017

    Pros

    Looks nice.

    Cons

    Can't Outlook email.

    Summary

    If I cant search email this function is mostly useless to me.

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  • 1 stars

    "Don't download the free app - Outlook search is gone."

    September 11, 2013   |   By glenn_dr

    Version: Copernic Desktop Search Home 3.7.0.8

    Pros

    I used to love the free app but in their lite newest version you loose the ability to search Outlook.

    Cons

    You can't search Outlook in the lates release.

    Summary

    The new release updated for me today 9/11/13 and they took away Outlook search

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  • 5 stars

    "I love this app!"

    May 10, 2013   |   By EllenParrish

    Version: Copernic Desktop Search Home 3.7.0.8

    Pros

    fast, comprehensive search. Pro version doesn't spam up your desktop. Who has time and patience to wait for windows explorer. Also, you can really get specific with keyword and file type searches

    Cons

    the indexing takes a little effort to conquer

    Summary

    If you have to sift through zillions of folders for obscure documents this is the app for you!

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  • 1 stars

    "Adds advertisements to EVERYTHING"

    April 02, 2013   |   By phlypp

    Version: Copernic Desktop Search Home 3.7.0.8

    Pros

    Did find the files I was looking for.

    Cons

    After I installed, ads started popping up everywhere, Reddit, newspaper columns, comment fields, etc. It talked about an ad-free version if you paid but I assumed this meant ads when you were using the software, not in my entire browsing experience. STAY AWAY!

    Summary

    Malware infected, unless you don't mind ads in everything you read on-line.

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  • 4 stars

    "Very quick desktop search results"

    February 14, 2013   |   By TMerrillh

    Version: Copernic Desktop Search Home 3.7.0.8

    Pros

    Convenient access using a small window in the notification area

    Cons

    Interferes with shutdown. Must manual close it before auto shutdown will work on an XP

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