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Effective File Search

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No matter what your operating system, your PC has its own search capabilities. However, Effective File Search kicks your file searches up a few notches by giving you more options.

The user interface could use a splash of color, but it's easy to navigate. It consists of three tabs (Main, Date and Size, Containing Text) that break down your search methods. You can find files using the three tab functionalities separately, or use them in unison to drill down into your searches. The Main tab let us conduct a search based on the file's name and folder. Considering the task at hand, the program quickly pulled up hundreds of files that met the criteria. From there, we were able to narrow down our search by entering specific date and size specifications. Again, the program quickly scanned and pulled matching files. Finally, we entered specific whole words that we wanted to include in the final scan, and the much narrower results included our test items. Menu options include copying and cutting files, moving them to specific folders, as well as deleting and renaming them.

Effective File Search offers a Help menu with search and index capabilities, and the 30-day trial period is ample time to learn how to navigate its interface and features. If you're looking for a more comprehensive file search program, we highly recommend this program.

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1 stars

"Never actually got the chance to try it ..."

February 28, 2014  |  By Michael91915

2014-02-28 01:47:18  |  By Michael91915

 |  Version: Effective File Search 6.8.1


Well, everyone seem to like, but as for me, I do NOT like being deceived (see "Cons").


Just a bit confused how even the cnet "Editors" allow this application to be listed as "free" when those very same folk stated this in their Editors Review: "the 30-day trial period is ample time to learn how to navigate its interface and features."


Getting more than a little fed up with all this download trickery. If the software designers/publishers can't be honest about their product's "price", then what other potentially malicious stuff might they try to sneak into the code. Can you say "spyware". Just my two bits.

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4 stars

"Very happy with results"

February 14, 2014  |  By nmzuni

2014-02-14 07:47:18  |  By nmzuni

 |  Version: Effective File Search 6.8.1


I had been repeated searching for an old file that I knew was on my system but just not sure which drive. Tried multiple configurations with the Windows search and couldn't find it. Had just what I needed in less than three minutes with Effective File Search


None I have found yet.


Wish I had installed it sooner.

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5 stars

"No BS Flexible Search Like XP's...and Then Some"

January 19, 2014  |  By kevdonelly

2014-01-19 13:17:06  |  By kevdonelly

 |  Version: Effective File Search 6.8.1


Searches UNC\"no drive letter"\unmapped locations
Very flexible search parameters
AND\OR\NOT search (Boolean) uses monkey-simple checkboxes


Not a "Con" but a caveat: not for people who are happy with Windows 7 built-in search


This tool's name says it all. It IS an effective file search tool. If you liked the flexibility of the Windows XP search that went away with Vista/Win7, then this is the replacement tool you're looking for. It does not only what the prior OS search tools did--and just as clearly--but expands that a bit for the times you really want to narrow something down. I don't know if it searches things like EXIF information or other metadata, but it's a bloody good tool and it's now free, so I guess I found it at the right time!

SO many other tools specifically search ONLY the hard drives on your computer and NOT networked drives I find them lame. Things like Copernic and other really expensive tools ($50!) might search the metadata I mentioned above, but that's such an esoteric thing I believe 98% if people can use Effective File Search instead.

If you need to search Windows 7, this is the tool you want to start with. And maybe you'll stop looking after that.

Updated on Jan 19, 2014


This tool works as I originally reviewed and I *did* get it from and it DOES have a malware hijack in it!!! This is confirmed by McAfee Secure Search. Fortunately the bundled malware is really easy to uninstall.

If you install the download it will install "Search Protect" in your "Add/Remove Programs" or "Programs and Features" list in the Windows Control Panel. Conduit Search will than take over your browser search engine choices and possibly install their toolbar as well. Uninstalling from Add/Remove or Programs and Features should remove it, but it *IS* compromised. This is likely why SOWSOFT has now made the tool freeware; they get paid for spreading the search hijack. Nice job CNET. I can't trust you now.

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4 stars

"Very good - but"

July 11, 2013  |  By DennisTheCnet

2013-07-11 23:19:11  |  By DennisTheCnet

 |  Version: Effective File Search 6.8.1


Lots of search options and fast


I don't believe it finds folder names - just files within folders?

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.8.1
Publisher SOW
Publisher web site
Release Date December 25, 2012
Date Added December 26, 2012
Version 6.8.1
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 944.44KB
File Name
Total Downloads 112,125
Downloads Last Week 53
License Model Free
Limitations 30-day trial
Price Free

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