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    Free search software

    I am looking for free software that will search for a word, term, phrase, string, whatever within files. I looked briefly at Copernic but it is somewhat convoluted and ultimately is NOT free. I previously had such a program but lost it in a disastrous HDD crash and my onboard memory cannot resurrect what it was. I use Search Everything to instantly locate files but it does not have the capability of looking within the files. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.

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    I've used Agent Ransack for that purpose for a number of years, reasonably quick on the first search of a session, very fast on subsequent searches. http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack

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    satrow- Thanks very much for the quick response. I had not previously heard of Agent Ransack but will definitely check it out!

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    What OS? From Vista on you can use Windows Search very effectively.

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    Joe- I am using Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601). I am familiar with Windows Search but have not been to happy with it.

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    Have a look at Windows Grep, grepWin and WinGrep.

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    Rick- Thanks for the post. Windows Grep looks quite interesting!

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