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Yahoo Desktop Search beta

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 48 votes

    • 5 star: 24
    • 4 star: 10
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 6
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 23 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent Program"

    October 31, 2010  |  

    Version: Yahoo Desktop Search beta

    Pros

    Finds documents that Windows takes forever to find or Windows doesn't look for.

    Cons

    Can't download it now. Only the newer version, which is not free is available!

    Summary

    Please bring back the Yahoo version. It's free, does what it needs to do and organizes documents well.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "My default search tool"

    August 28, 2006  |   By jbalatba

    Version: Yahoo Desktop Search beta

    Pros

    While I tried Google Desktop, I just could not get it to work within a firewalled network. This worked first time and I have been pretty been able to find anything I have searched for without any problems. I can type in my search quickly and it updates almost instantly.

    Cons

    Have found it crashes occassional with Outlook. This may happen if I am using a document in Outlook while I do a preview of the document. Not sure about the resolution but restarting clears up the issue.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Unstable"

    June 30, 2006  |   By heinz_beans

    Version: Yahoo Desktop Search beta

    Pros

    Free.............

    Found files very quickly

    Cons

    Firstly the download was supposed to be 7.48mb.I checked my programme/files it was 3 x that.I kept on getting a reminder off my TrendMicro Antispyware that Yahoo was adding to my registry .It added 22 items to my registry in 10 minutes.I deleted Yahoo Desktop search from my pc.Windows didnt advise me it had been removed, but Yahoo themselves( I didnt trust yahoo).I then went to Programme/files and there it was.So I had to remove it manually.

    I then did a search for yahoo files and I found quite a few and had to delete them all manually.My system was slower.Luckily I did a system restore point just before I downloaded the damn thing.I then did a system restore and now I am up and running normally with the added entries gone from my pc.

    Thats the first Beta programme I have ever tried, and it WILL be my last! I usually wait until the beta testing has finished.

    No Beta for me.The same goes for IE7 beta, no way am I downloading that either.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very useful"

    April 10, 2006  |   By dasalma

    Version: Yahoo Desktop Search beta

    Pros

    I like frame organization

    Cons

    Setting is not easy

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  • 5.0 stars

    "An efficient way to search!"

    April 5, 2006  |   By ausdude

    Version: Yahoo Desktop Search beta

    Pros

    Saves time in searching for stuff..

    Cons

    Nothing!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Impressive From Yahoo"

    April 1, 2006  |   By SpencerUk

    Version: Yahoo Desktop Search beta

    Pros

    first ill just say my specs.

    AMD 3200+, 1gb RAM, Windows XP (thats all you need to know)

    ok, well basically, search through contacts, narrow down your searhces, email search very quick, general searches, save as function, music and file search options, ability to send them via emails, sample searching and more

    Cons

    it is kind of slow indexing in comparison to google desktop and msn desktop..but its far better..and if you have a mid range computer like me, you dont even notice its working anyways.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very good one, resource hungry"

    February 21, 2006  |   By tanaeem

    Version: Yahoo Desktop Search beta

    Pros

    Very good product, Best desktop search.

    Can index any file, TextExtractor is a nice idea. Can show content of any file, even exe or dll file. Updates all index when indexing so index is up to date, unlike other desktop seach which some time shows file deleted months ago. Doesn't need to run always.

    Cons

    When indexing resource hungry.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great...until it broke"

    December 26, 2005  |   By rickbroida

    Version: Yahoo Desktop Search beta

    Pros

    Comprehensive search, very easy interface, extremely fast (after indexing is complete).

    Cons

    After a month or two of using YDS, it just stopped working. Even after a hard-drive wipe and Windows reinstall, it worked for a few days and then croaked again. Yahoo offers zero support for the product, and it hasn't been updated in months. Wish they'd fix it, because for a while there it was the best!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Beatrs Google hands down"

    May 17, 2005  |   By GAG3

    Version: Yahoo Desktop Search beta

    Pros

    I have been using this application for about a week now. It is much more complete in the indexing and finding of files than is the Google desktop search engine. In fact, it is so much better I don't think there is a comparison.

    Cons

    It took and extremely lengthy amount of time to index all of my files after it was first installed.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Potentially Great But Beta Has Some Bugs"

    May 7, 2005  |   By mistert

    Version: Yahoo Desktop Search beta

    Pros

    If you're looking for something to replace and improve upon Windows built-in search utility Yahoo Desktop Search is arguably your best bet. It not only handles an impressive variety of document, email and audio/video files but also system files such as "dll" and "exe". Additionally, web searches can be performed within the application. The integrated image viewer and media player are infinitely useful for anyone who stores lots of digital images, music, video, presentations, office docs, PDF's, and the like. While the primary purpose of such a program is to quickly locate wanted files, the formerly impossible task of ferreting out and instantly deleting obsolete files scattered all over your PC is made easy as well. The UI is not as clean as Copernic or MSN but certainly adequate and functional. Once the initial indexing process has been completed, comprehensive search results are instantly generated as fast as you can type. Unlike some competing products, Yahoo Desktop Search indexes internal and external USB/Firewire drives. For those who want to fine tune the application there are plenty of configuration options.

    Cons

    Overall, this very good Beta program is well on it's way to excellence. I did however discover a few bugs that may or may not occur on any given PC. While indexing, a background process ("Text Extractor.exe") continually runs my (Pentium 4, HT 3.0 gig) CPU at an alarming 52%. What's more, this resource intensive process sometimes continues to run after indexing has completed and must be manually terminated in Windows Task Manager. Yahoo Desktop Search integrates the ability to print documents, images, etc., however there are no scaling options. For example, a digital photo is properly displayed in the image viewer but only a portion of the image is printed.

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