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        Tired of trying to get Windows’ slow search routine to cooperate with your hard drive? Take a look at SwiftSearch, the freeware pick of the week from
        [See the full post at: Deanna’s Freeware Spotlight: SwiftSearch]

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      • #1702218
        AskWoody Plus

        There is a similar excellent free tool which has been around for a long while: “Everything” by voidtools:

        I have used it for years. Very fast. Not very resource consuming  You can search for filenames and part of filenames (but not content of files).


        • #1705228
          AskWoody Plus

          You beat me to the punch.  I’ve used Voidtools ‘Everything’ for years and run it as a service.  It’s always there in the tray and helps me locate files and folders I’ve forgotten where I’ve stashed them.

          I will however give this suggestion a try and compare both.  Thanks!


      • #1703419
        AskWoody Plus

        Norton Security  has flagged the oldergeeks web site as being dangerous

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        • #1703654
          AskWoody MVP

          I think it pertains to just one file (don’t download it as a precaution) the website is ok otherwise. The website maintainer needs to look into it.
          Probably a false+ (await response from Deanna)

          Update from oldergeeks:

          Wow, that’s an old one. Taking care of it. Thanks. -Randy


          W10, the itch you simply cannot scratch!
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          • #1705447
            Deanna McElveen

            Sorry about Nirsoft’s Access PassView  tripping Norton’s panic alarm. We removed the file although it is perfectly safe. I hope they don’t do the same to Nirsoft since it is an awesome utility that has been on our site for years. -Deanna

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        • #1705786

          You should report obvious FPs to Symantec.

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      • #1719453
        AskWoody Plus

        How does one remove this software? There is no control panel entry and the folder placed on the desk top can not be deleted. I don’t find any entry in the program files either. Guess i’ll have to try and find it in the registery.

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          @ stub1955: “the folder placed on the desk top can not be deleted”

          Are you sure you used SwiftSearch ? SwiftSearch itself does NOT create any folders.

          SwiftSearch is a “no-install” program. You simply click on the executable file to launch it, w/o having to undergro an installation process. (Note that the developer does not supply any installer version for SwiftSearch.)

          And since SwiftSearch doesn’t write any settings (or any other junk) to the filesystem or registry, SwiftSearch also qualifies as “portable” — ie. you can easily move the EXE file & run it from a thumbdrive (or another disk partition).

          To remove SwiftSearch, exit the program, navigate to the location where you downloaded the single EXE, & delete the file. Assuming you didn’t change the filename, it should either be SwiftSearch.exe (32-bit version), or SwiftSearch64.exe (64-bit version).

          If the EXE file is locked, make sure that you hadn’t accidentally minimized SwiftSearch to the system tray (eg. by pressing ESC), & left it running in the background.

          If SwiftSearch is at the system tray, double-click its icon to bring it to the foreground, & click the X on its titlebar to exit the program. You can proceed to delete the EXE file.

      • #2274345
        AskWoody Plus

        Question for Deanna and other experts. Swiftsearch seems to search for file names but not contents of text files. Can anyone recommend a search for text in text files?

        I have never Windows search in Win 10, since partial but unsuccessful disabling of Cortana, based on Ask Woody ideas, also disabled Windows search.

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