UltraSearch 2.1 with file content search

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 22, 2016

The new version of the file search program UltraSearch 2.1  for Windows introduces file content search among many other changes and fixes.

UltrasSearch 2.1 is the first major update of the free file search program for Windows for over a year.

The program is one of those ultra-fast third-party search programs that use the Master File Table (MFT) to find matching files quickly.

This leads to near-instant results once you start typing file names, extensions, or a combination thereof in the search field.

We have featured the program in our free desktop search programs overview for Windows, and reviewed the application back in 2010.

UltraSearch 2.1

The major new feature of UltraSearch 2.1 is file content search. Instead of just returning files by name or extension, it is now possible to have UltraSearch scan files for characters you are interested in.

Want a list of all files on a hard drive that mention your name, credit card number or other data? Then this is the way to get results quickly.

UltraSearch 2.1 displays a warning when you run file content searches, and suggests you combine those with other data to speed up the process.

The reason is simple: if you just search for content, all files on the hard drive will be searched which may take a long time even if the drive is fast.

If you combine the in-content search with other data, a partial file name or extension, then less files need to be scanned for the text you are interested in.

Simply type text you are interested in under "search for file content" near the top. UltraSearch picks it up automatically, scans all files matching the search rules, and displays them in a list afterwards.

File content search is not limited to plain text file types such as .txt, .php or .css only, but includes binary file types as well.

Search is slower when you use the new content search option, but it is still considerably fast. It took never longer than a couple of seconds to display a first batch of results. While the actual scanning may take longer, you may go through the results already.

UltraSearch 2.1 other changes

The list of changes on the official UltraSearch project website is long. While some of them may affect only some users, others are useful or at least nice to have for all.

Jam Software, the company responsible for the search program, have removed the advertising banner from the program. There is however a new "advanced search" menu option which links to the company's TreeSize program in various ways. TreeSize is available as a free and commercial program.

As far as functional changes are concerned, these are noteworthy:

  1. File results are displayed faster than before.
  2. New File Type selection menu to pick file groups or types quickly (video files, Office files).
  3. Command line parameters are supported by the program now.
  4. The drive list was moved from the bottom to the top.
  5. The export dialog displays a progress dialog now.
  6. You may deactivate the automatic updating of the MFT index under Options > Include file system changes.


UltraSearch 2.1 is a big update for the desktop search program that brings along with it a major new feature. This makes the search program even better than it was before, and may convince users who did not use before to give it a try.

Now You: which desktop search program do you use on Windows?

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  1. jackobyte said on February 8, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    searching content seems to be rather limited, cant find any real description of how to formulate search patterns for the content search if at all possible

  2. OldNick said on August 4, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I’m happy with Locate32 (http://locate32.cogit.net/); works on all flavors of Windows from XP to 10.

    Addendum: clicked submit, but my message diden’t appear. If it ends in a double post, please delete one of them.

  3. Varun said on June 28, 2016 at 4:35 am

    Is there an equivalent you can suggest for linux? Have been using recoll; but not satisfied with it :(

  4. Donald Mitchell said on June 24, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    I use Everything and it has done me well in my opinion but I will try this out. You never know…

    Thank you and for your time.

  5. daarky said on June 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I am very impressed by UltraSearch. It is really fast and the GUI is simple and clear.

    @chesscanoe: You can resize the included help (chm file) with Ctrl + mouse wheel.

    1. chesscanoe said on June 25, 2016 at 2:33 am

      Thanks for the Ctrl + mouse wheel tip. This worked after I disabled (and subsequently deleted) a Chrome extension I didn’t like anyway.

  6. chesscanoe said on June 23, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    I used Everything before replacing it with UltraSearch 2.1 today. I’m very pleased so far, but had difficulty reading the included HELP as it’s much too small on my 1920*1080 little laptop. Fortunately HELP is also available online at
    http://www.jam-software.com/ultrasearch/manual.php and thus is easy to resize to my liking.

  7. WL Emery said on June 23, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I’ve been using Ultrasearch for quite a while, and my only complaint was that it wouldn’t search file content. Now that function has been added, it’s about perfect.

    1. Seamus said on June 28, 2016 at 4:30 am

      Does anyone know of a tool that can search the tags of video files?

      1. Seamus said on June 28, 2016 at 6:13 am

        Update: (replying to my own reply) I actually found what I was looking for and so far it seems pretty good.

        http://www.itagsoftware.com/ (if anyone’s interested)

  8. fena said on June 23, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Missing preview of found text but otherwise is still a good program.

  9. Andy said on June 22, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Jam makes good stuff. Treesize is a great utility.

    Will give this a whirl.

    1. RottenScoundrel said on June 23, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Might want to fire-up the IP scanner before you do so you can see it call home. :)

  10. installerIan. said on June 22, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    This one needs to be installed with Admin rights, if you want Context Menu Integration.

  11. Corporate Mogul said on June 22, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Hardly found anything usable. I use the search within Far Manager. Is the tool in the article any faster than microsoft evil explorer?

  12. RichardT said on June 22, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I’ve been using Agent Ransack for a couple of years. Just done a few tests with UltraSearch 2.1 and it’s speed is very impressive in comparison. Also, it allows you to include folders that match the search pattern, which I couldn’t find a way to do with Ransack.

  13. DV said on June 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Nice! Now I can come back to what seems to be the “Everything” of file contents. DocFetcher was so heavy on the system sometimes…

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