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Copernic Desktop Search

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 203 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.1 build 8212
  • Total Downloads:
    269,375
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 21, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $49.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    21.91MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    48
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #14 in Search Tools

Editors' Review

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

Pros

Powerful search: In stark contrast to the default Windows search option, Copernic Desktop Search gives you complete, detailed control over searching for files in a somewhat intuitive interface. Though Windows 7 and 8 have decent search features that should suffice for the average user, Copernic Desktop Search displays search parameters much more elegantly than Windows does.

Automatic filtering: Copernic Desktop Search automatically indexes and displays media files and documents via tabbed results. Many file types -- including movies, music, and documents -- are previewable in the Copernic Desktop Search interface as well.

Cons

Tedious trial procedure: To sign up for the full trial version, Copernic Desktop Search forces you to scour the Help section and click a link to request a trial key...from a French website. It's not the best process for enticing users to sign up for the Pro version. We would much prefer a trial version unlocked by default for 30 days in the native app.

Limited audience: It's hard to justify going Pro, especially when the built-in Windows search runs relatively satisfactorily for most common file types. There are other solutions for finding and managing hard-to-find files, such as spending a couple minutes to properly organize your email and data, or searching via power commands. Copernic's most notable advantages apply primarily 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 free version will be enough (if the default Windows search isn't already doing the job). Copernic does go that extra mile by throwing in email search from a single console, which could come in handy. Ultimately, Copernic Desktop Search accomplishes what it advertises and does it well, but the Pro version may be a tough sell. Download it and try it out for yourself.

 
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User Reviews
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    out of 203 votes

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    • 4 star 39
    • 3 star 28
    • 2 star 15
    • 1 star 41
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5 stars

"Excellent !!"

August 22, 2015  |  By Gablle

 |  Version: Copernic Desktop Search 5.0.1 build 8212

Pros

Easy interface, fast and does a good job of indexing files contents. I tried many similar programs but always came back to Copernic. It's free and the lite version is enough for home / small business use.

Cons

Installer crashing with error 2052/2053. Solved the problem by adding install as admin to W8.1 for .exe and .msi. I installed version 5 as admin and was OK. Can do with adding few file extensions such as the Bat email etc.

Summary

May not be perfect but it's the best among the rest.

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2 stars

"Too many bugs"

June 24, 2015  |  By jacobdang

 |  Version: Copernic Desktop Search 5.0.8032

Pros

1. From Version 5, indexing speed is significantly improved and indexing has mulch-threading support.

2. Price is cheaper and provides more functionality than competing product such as X1 search

Cons

1. Too many bugs. For example, (1) very often indexing will stop half way suddenly and status become "ideal", and you have to manually restart the indexing by restarting the program. (2) after indexing certain number of documents, such as 300,000 then the indexing counts no longer go up, which is strange for a paid user.

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1 stars

"slow, slow, slow"

June 13, 2015

 |  Version: Copernic Desktop Search 4.3

Pros

searches network drives

Cons

clunky, slow and often doesn't produce any results even though it should

Summary

not recommended

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1 stars

"Do not upgrade to new version"

October 05, 2014  |  By acoustesh

 |  Version: Copernic Desktop Search 4.1.2.5606

Pros

Old version was very nice

Cons

Does not work. Even paid version doesn´t work. Technical support is very bad

Summary

Keep your old version. Do not upgrade.

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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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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Copernic
Publisher web site http://www.copernic.com
Release Date July 21, 2015
Date Added July 21, 2015
Version 5.0.1 build 8212
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Search Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 21.91MB
File Name copernicdesktopsearch.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 269,375
Downloads Last Week 48
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $49.95

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