SwiftSearch is a lightweight program whose purpose is to help you quickly find the files you need on your Windows machine without ever requiring you to index your drives. Most search utilities that achieve similar speeds do so by indexing drives while the computer is idle, but because idleness detection is so difficult to get right, in practice they end up slowing down the whole system just to speed up search. SwiftSearch works differently: given administrator privileges, it completely bypasses the file system (only NTFS supported) and reads the file table directly every time, which speeds up search by many orders of magnitude. Typically searches yield full results in ~10 seconds or less, a significant speedup for many users. As a bonus, this program also supports path-based search (for example, you can search for "*Program*\Windows*"), regular expressions (just start the search name with '>' character), and full directory sizes. Its goal is to be simple, swift, and intuitive to use.
I had high hopes for SwiftSearch after it was highly recommended in a reputable computer magazine that I subscribe to, but after downloading it I found that the first few times it ran on my x64Bit Windows 7 Home Premium Edition laptop it ran perfectly except for the fact that each time I tried to run it, I was asked by Windows to give my permission for it to run/load. Once loaded I found that the program more than lived up to its title as it was indeed a swift search that found the file I set it looking for in a fraction of the time that the usual Windows search tool took to find the same file in the same location on my computer. Brilliant! However, after around a dozen or so searches, SwiftSearch began to stop responding while in search mode and the repeatedly crashed on me. I deleted the program and downloaded it once again from the official SourceForge download page for SwiftSearch opting for the newer version 3.0 in the hope that this would resolve the "not responding" and subsequent crashing glitch but was really upset to find that I was still being asked for permission to allow the program to run and then to find that when SwiftSearch did run it crashed straight away each time I tried to use it!! Sadly, what seemed like an excellent program initially, SwiftSearch's glitches make it unusable and my starred rating of one star seems overly generous in the extreme for me. IMHO, SwiftSearch has so much potential but the fact that I could not get it to run without giving it permission and then the ensuing "not responding" glitch which was followed by the program crashing means it deserves NO stars from me in actuality. That said, because of its potential, I will keep checking back with SourceForge for future SwiftSearch updates and will certainly download it in a future incarnation of the promise that it briefly showed me during its initial dozen or so searches.... Oh, and just for the record, I encountered the same problem(s) trying to run the program on two separate x64Bit Windows 7 Home Premium Edition laptops for comparison's sake. ******* UPDATE: Hi Mehrdad, Thanks for your response to my review. As you requested, I have downloaded the latest version of your SwiftSearch program and I am experiencing problems with it before I even get it installed.... Having tried to download the updated version of SwiftSearch on my WinXP PC I cannot connect to any of the download servers to complete the download? I initially connect and then the download ceases - not good at all when you consider that I can otherwise access the Internet perfectly well on this machine. Trying to download the program onto my 64bit Win7 laptop is much easier and the download is successful but when I run the installer I keep getting the following error message: C:\Users\My User Name\Downloads\SwiftSearch v4.1 [01-02-2015]\SwiftSearch.exe is not a valid Win32 application. No matter what I try, I simply cannot get SwiftSearch to install and that being the case, I cannot amend my earlier review. In fact, as I cannot even run the program, then my review is LESS favourable than its initial posting and that is quite sad because SwiftSearch showed so much promise when it was running but that promise has dissipated into deep disappointment. I really WOULD love to be able to run the program, but it seems that I am destined not to do so for the foreseeable future.....