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  • 1.0 stars

    "Paid program ONLY. Free only finds files!"

    December 11, 2014  |   By victor-bailey

    Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

    Pros

    Since I could not use the program with out upgrading to the pro version, I can't really find anything to say positive about how it works.

    Cons

    This is a paid only program that is listed as being free to use. Almost all useful functionality is disabled until you pay. This is fine, but it should not be listed as being free.

    Summary

    I don't like being lied to. I don't mind that people want to earn money, but it really chaps me when a program is listed as free and you go through all the work of installing and running it, only to find out that you have to pay to do anything with it. All you can do with this program, for free, is download it and find duplicate files. If you want to move, copy, rename, export or delete any of the duplicates this program finds, you have to upgrade to the Pro version which cost $39. Considering that most people, like me, will only need to use this program once every few years, $39 is a very hefty price on par with high quality programs like Norton Internet Security, Dragon Natural Speaking, Corel Video Studio and the like. A little program like this should not be in that price range. I might have considered paying if it were a more reasonable price.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "OK, but the Pro version keeps disappearing. ARGHH!!!!!"

    December 3, 2014  |   By daveedwards1103

    Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

    Pros

    Easy to use, pretty fast, not too expensive.

    Cons

    Pro version required to do more than one hard drive, but beware. About every month, the pro-version reverts back to the std. Free Version and it will not allow you to re-activate with the original activation code. So, you have to email the company, requesting a new activation code. Three or so days later, they give you one but require you to re-install the program. And it happens over and over again, and they make no effort to fix it.

    Summary

    Good program, but not worth the grief of having to reinstall the pro version every month and not being able to use something that you have paid for.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My computer now runs faster than it did before.."

    November 17, 2014  |   By johny212

    Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

    Pros

    I really like the fact that you can scan separate files and then delete all but the last file. Once you do that, you can run programs to make sure everything runs smoothly before emptying the recycle bin and moving on to other files to repeat the procedure. I got rid of nearly 25 gigs of duplicate files and my computer now runs faster than it did before. This one is fool proof.

    Cons

    None notice... Its free no regrets.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Poor detection - not free"

    November 14, 2014  |  

    Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

    Pros

    1. This tool is not free
    2. It does not work

    Cons

    Waste of time.

    Summary

    There are better really FREE alternatives!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I found the program easy to use"

    October 19, 2014  |   By DragonGoch

    Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

    Pros

    It does what it says removed duplicates , quickly and efficiently.Its report screen is good as you can review the duplicate as well as its match that will be left on the drive

    Cons

    As mentioned alot of the cool options are only available in the upgraded version , its a shame that you have to buy the Pro edition to try these features out .

    Summary

    It does its job and not many freebee's these days offer that most of the time there is some hidden or fine print to restrict full use .

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Pro feature activation requires 48-hr wait for support."

    October 18, 2014  |   By rktanner

    Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

    Pros

    I wouldn't know. Ashisoftt has not permitted me to activate the product, despite that it acknowledges I paid for it.

    Cons

    Ashisoft's anti-piracy scheme appears to be to bar activation except by contacting support and waiting 24 to 48 hours for Ashisoft to manually activate the pro features, without which the software is hopelessly crippled. Morevoer, Ashisoft does not disclose that said manual activation appears to be temporary.

    A software publisher has a right to protect its product from piracy. However it should be required to forgo that right unless it can demonstrate that its programmers are competent enough to create an anti-piracy scheme that does not inconvenience its customers. Ashisoft's "Attempt to activate, then contact support, then we'll set our database when we get to it" is not a consumer-oriented -- or very clever -- scheme.

    Not incidentally, Ashisoft's website falsely claims 24/7 support. What Ashisoft actually means is that one can create a support ticket 24/7. Responding to said support ticket, Ashisoft admits that resolution will take at least 24 to 48 hours.

    Summary

    I Purchased Duplicate File Finder Pro activation less than 60 days ago in order to complete a rush project. My attempt to activate the pro features resulted in an "All activations have been used" error. Upon opening a support ticket, I received a reply that resolution would take at least 24 to 48 hours. I thus purchased and completed my project with a competitive duplicate file finder. Ashisoft responded a day or two later, informing that it had "reset its database." I purposefully did not install Duplicate File Finder then out of concern that doing so might potentially lead to further activation issues.

    Today, I again required a duplicate file finder. I installed and attempted to activate Duplicate File Finder. Again I received an "All activations have been used" error message." I.e., somehow between the time Ashisoft allegedly "reset its database" less than 60 days ago, despite that I did not install the software at all, Ashisoft's anti-piracy scheme determined that I had exceeded the allowed number of activations. Such a "scheme" can only be, "Send a support ticket and we'll enable activation when we get to it."

    I don't give a whit how well software performs, when I pay for it I expect to be able to use it within a matter of minutes. Ashisoft apparently believes it's fine to make customers wait days, and to additionally make activation a test of patience.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Useful. I love it!!!"

    September 25, 2014  |   By marikeet

    Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

    Pros

    It fast, free and accurate.

    Cons

    None. Its great and free.

    Summary

    It scanned about 10GB of folders I chose in 5 min so time was not wasted on folders I did not need to scan. It found lots of duplicate photos. It shows the photos so I can compare. It has check marks by all of the duplicates so they could be deleted at once, but I did not try that. I used the name of the folder locations given for each duplicate to find and compare what I wanted to keep or delete. It lets me sort the results by date, type of file and other choices. I was able to save my search to run it again. This was good because I have more duplicates than I can look at in one sitting. It seems like I could save lots of time by letting it choose the dups and just deleting them, but I wanted to make sure and deleted things manually. It did not seem to make any mistakes that I found, but I needed to do it the slow way for my own peace of mind. Some complained about upgrade message when closing program. But its only one click to make it go away. So not a problem to me for something free.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Why is this Spectacular?"

    September 15, 2014  |   By chubaka67

    Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

    Pros

    multiple folder option
    include subfolders option

    Cons

    almost every time you go do something it is disabled in the free version. This results in clutter because of all these functions that cannot be used. These are some of the functions that need the paid for version. (currently 29.99):
    find duplicate folders
    find duplicate music files
    filter by file name
    filter by file date
    filter by hidden files
    exclusions
    protected folders
    smart auto select functions

    Summary

    5 stars if it was free
    2 stars for the free version (not sure why cnet gave 5 stars?)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best Free Duplicate File Finder"

    August 1, 2014  |   By laskass

    Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

    Pros

    It is the best in class software which not only finds the duplicate files but look for duplicate folders also which i did not find in any other software...

    Cons

    none i see

    Summary

    It easily finds and remove music duplicate files, images and videos. matching file contents byte by byte gives us the 100% true results.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "pretty good"

    June 7, 2014  |   By cookiebun

    Version: Duplicate File Finder 5.4

    Pros

    finds duplicates.

    Cons

    very annoying splash screen on exit pointing to cnet review.

    Summary

    Yes it finds duplicates.
    Con: almost all advanced features are disabled with the nag "this feature is available in the pro edition"
    Con Seriously irritating splash screen opens when you attempt to exit program:
    [URL=http://s77.photobucket.com/user/cookiebun/media/annoying.jpg.html][IMG]http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j47/cookiebun/annoying.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
    When I click "exit" I expect to exit. Deal killer for me. Will not buy.

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