File Investigator

By RobWare Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
This no-frills program offers some welcome twists when it comes to searching for files, and you'll be impressed with its results if not with its plain design. File Investigator's tabbed interface and simple check boxes and fields shouldn't present any problems, even for the novice user. You'll find the standard methods for searching by name, location, attributes, and date modified, but the Content tab lets you select additional parameters not found in the standard search tool. Pull-down menus offer a wide array of choices for file type, storage method, content, and accuracy, options we like. Results are displayed with filename and extension, location, and description. You can select a file to view useful Properties information, including creation and modification dates. Any user who wants more than the standard search tool offers will be impressed by File Investigator's simplicity and functionality.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.06


Release November 7, 2008
Date Added March 14, 2005
Version 2.06

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows (all)


Total Downloads 4,578
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Identifies 1,365 file types by content rather than filename extension. Extracts information/metadata out of many file types: image resolutions, document titles, etc.. Has background info on most file formats. Identifies files that Windows doesn't recognize. Can correct wrong file extensions. Uses a MS File Find user interface. Drag & Drop files onto the application or search for files by their content.

Version 2.06 adds 106 new file types and updated 70 existing file types for higher accuracy.

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