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UltraFileSearch

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The search tool built into Windows shows how hard it is to satisfy everyone with one tool: either it's too simple or not simple enough. Ultra File Search is a freeware system search tool from Stegisoft. It can search your system, network, and disks, including CDs, DVDs, and flash drives. It doesn't use background indexing, but it does offer useful search configuration parameters, such as text, date and time, and attributes, and Simple and Wildcard search modes. It can export search results in a variety of formats, including texts, HTML, and XML.

Ultra File Search's small, tabbed interface is fairly typical of search utilities, with a search field, a search path with browser tool, check boxes for selecting various options, and a main list view for results with draggable, customizable column headings. The search tool is tabbed for Files and Folders, Containing Text, Date and Size, and Attributes, an interesting format that allows for excellent specificity in each category while keeping the overall view uncluttered. The program's options involved selecting an export folder and file type as well as enabling context menu integration via check boxes for Computer, Documents, Drives, and Folders, which required a reboot to complete but is well worth the effort. We initiated a variety of searches, specifying search paths via the drop-down directory and the browse function. As with most aftermarket search tools, Ultra File Search can search for and display results in a wide variety of configurations, such as searching hidden subfolders, appending results, excluding file types, case sensitivity, and the ability to search ranges of dates for when files were created, modified, and last accessed. The program also offers highly specific options; for example, under Attributes, we could specify some NTFS-only options, such as compressed, encrypted, and other types of file attributes.

Ultra File Search returned quick, accurate hits for highly targeted searches. If you're looking for a free search tool to use instead of the built-in Windows utility, you could do worse than to give it a try.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, Clear, and Fast"

    November 16, 2011  |   By rodmoyer

    Version: UltraFileSearch 1.0.8.11268

    Pros

    A GREAT replacement for the Windows 7 and Vista built-in search tool. Your search is much more easily targeted to what you want to search for and where you want to search for it. The Windows 7 and Vista tool begins with the messy assumption that you want to find everything that satisfies your search words, no matter where or in what kind of file. Then you have to work harder to narrow it down.

    Cons

    None that I've found.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple interface easier than the Windows search."

    February 19, 2011  |   By wesleyrwallace

    Version: UltraFileSearch 1.0.3.10363

    Pros

    Simple interface. Intuitive

    Cons

    No so far.

    Summary

    Recommend as an easier to use seacrh for documents than the native windows search.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Just does the job!"

    February 18, 2011  |   By Koppelbaas

    Version: UltraFileSearch 1.0.3.10363

    Pros

    easy to use
    small

    Cons

    haven't found one

    Summary

    Why does windows explorer havn't got such a thing?

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very accurate and easy to use"

    January 6, 2011  |   By sjferret

    Version: UltraFileSearch 1.0.3.10363

    Pros

    It finds all the files

    Cons

    nothing as it is a small program that works great with windows 7

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Shortcoming out weigh the Pluses"

    March 23, 2010  |   By Saint Yukon

    Version: UltraFileSearch 0.9.8.10068

    Pros

    Does Great searches in very little time.

    Cons

    The problem with this program is that when it modifies the context menu it does it in such a way to make the context menu useless.

    The help menu is non-existent.

    There is no way to contact the developer to make suggestions or to ask a question.

    Summary

    If this program does not screw up your context menu or if you are willing to live with this flaw I would say that this is definitely a program that I would what in my arsenal of utilities.

    Updated on Mar 23, 2010

    As I stated earlier the problem with this program is the way it makes changes to the context menu in Windows Explorer. Since I wrote the original review I've found away around this flaw...use Q-Dir instead of Windows Explorer.

    Ultra File Search still screws up the context folder, but in Q-Dir it opens the highlighted file or folder instead of performing the option at the top of the context menu in Windows Explorer.

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