5 Best Alternatives for Google Desktop Search

Google Desktop is text search software, which allows you to easily search files, emails, pictures and MP3′s on your computer. This is pretty useful tool which indexes files by their name or content and lets you launch them with few keystrokes. In addition, it provides other handy gadgets such us weather information, calendar, Gmail, news, to-do list and much more. Unfortunately, Google announced that it would close Desktop search along with other products in coming months.

Google Desktop has amazing features, but since it is getting discontinued let us look at 5 best alternatives to it:

1) Windows Search

Windows Desktop Search

Yes, you heard it right! New Windows Search is not slow and lethargic as it used to be. They have drastically improved their indexing capabilities. You can download the all-new search component from this page (for XP, Vista and Server editions). Windows 7 and 8 include this by default but you will have to include other drives or folder locations manually for indexing from the control panel.

2) Everything Search Engine

Everything Search

Everything is a lightweight and handy tool that locates file and folders by their name. It differs from windows search in two ways: one, it is ultra-fast and does not hog system resources. Two, it displays every file and folder as soon as it starts. The only problem with this freeware is that it does not search file contents, but only file and folder names.

3) Copernic Desktop Search

copernic desktop search

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Copernic Desktop Search software lets you quickly find over 150 file types including emails and preview them instantly with a single click. According to them, they are ranked number 1 in desktop search tests. The only problem is that Copernic is paid software and the free version has advertisements in it. That is the reason it is ranked third in our list. If you are comfortable with little ads, then it is one of the best alternatives to Google Desktop Search.

4) Find And Run Robot (FARR)


FARR claims to be “The Ultimate Program for Keyboard Maniacs”. This portable software (means you can even run it from USB drive) finds programs and files as soon as you start typing from the search box. You can also send emails, run web searches, manipulate files and much more with your keyboard and FARR.

5) Agent Ransack

Agent Ransack

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Agent Ransack is a powerful search tool that gives you immediate results for almost all the popular formats. It provides variety of options for searching a file like regular expression, dates (created, modified and last accessed) and content. It also allows you to quickly browse results without opening separate files. If you have tons of documents and text files, then this is the perfect tool for you.

Note: Check out all the desktop search engines from this wiki page.


Source: http://www.gtricks.com/google-tricks/google-desktop-search-alternatives/#/vanilla/discussion/embed/?vanilla_discussion_id=0


4 Useful Tools to Delete Locked Files In Windows

As a Windows user you must have come across messages like “The source or destination file may be in use” and “Cannot delete file: Access denied” while trying to delete a file. This happens because the file or folder is in use by some other program that stops the delete action. Sometimes you may be able to figure out the reason behind it. For example, the image below shows that the file is locked by MS Word and closing the application should solve the problem.


But I have been troubled at times by these messages and my inability to find a reason. As a solution I use third party tools to help me release the files. This article lists down four such wonderful tools.


Unlocker is a decent tool that helps you unlock a file being used by some unknown programs. After having installed the application Unlocker gets added to your context menu. Take the right-click option to launch the interface.


You may either choose to Kill  the locking process or Unlock (one or all) the locked files. From the left drop down menu you may delete, rename, move or copy the selected item(s).

IOBit Unlocker

The IOBit Unlocker interface is divided into two parts. To unlock a file/folder you may take the right-click option or drag and drop it to the interface. The upper half of the interface shows the file name and its status while the lower half gives the process details and file paths.


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Just like the previous tool, here too along with the unlock option one may choose to rename, delete, copy or move the selected item.


Unlike other programs FilEXile (via Ghacks) does not add a context menu option. You must launch the interface in order to delete files. It lets you toggle between File mode and Folder mode. Following this you should browse to the file/directory you wish to delete.


It also has a Logging option to let you see the details of what the program does to remove the select item. The good thing is that it helps you delete files with invalid names or longer paths.


LockHunter adds an option into the explorer menu using which you may determine what is locking the file. The interface shows the processes that are keeping the files locked and gives you options to close or delete selected process/file. An advantage is that the files are sent to the recycle bin and are available for restore.


You may also delete or close the locking processes from your hard drive. This indeed gives a good chance for fighting against malware.


These are the four tools we found fit and useful for removing stubborn files and folders. Together they are a decent collection to get rid of all such types of messages.

Know of more such tools? Tell us about them in the comments section.


Source: http://www.guidingtech.com/10175/tools-to-delete-locked-files-in-windows/