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I need a Windwos 7 search replacement for Agent Ransack

Posted on 2009-12-20
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Last Modified: 2013-12-08
I've used Agent Ransack to search on Windows XP for years. But it does not work with Windows 7. And I don't really want to start editing the Registry to make it work.

Can someone please recommend a replacement? I just need to be able to seacrh for snippets of filenames and snippets of test contained in files.

I also want it free :)

Question by:newbieweb
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Win7 not listed but it does work for me and have used long time in other OS.

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I guess the answer will be "no", but, are you sure the built in search is not suitable? You can adjust indexing options and locations in control panel.

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I am looking for a search tool I can use from the context menu in Windows Exporer. Does this search for files by name, contents, and other attributes?

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centerv earned 2000 total points
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Not sure about context menu but many keyboard commands available.
Yes to the rest. The program is highly customizable and a very small footprint.
Not sure how good the help file is, but for the most part the program is very intuitive.
I found it when I was looking for a better option to Agent Ransack a few years back.

I suggest you research the website and try it.
The latest release is always a beta which is what I always use.
I keep a shortcut handy and use it from there.


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Even with registry edits, I have not gotten Agent Ransack to appear on the context menu in Windows 7, but it works fine otherwise.  FileLocator Pro is the non-free superset of Agent Ransack, and it DOES appear in the context menu. Be sure to download the 64 bit version if you are using Win 7 64.  Since I have to search a lot files with strange extensions, WIndows search is unusable - a few bucks for FIleLocator Pro was well worth it in my case.

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