Why people don't trust freeware or dos file search tools?
This is a fact that most business prefer to purchase a commercial
software with a technical support available. But there are some other
reasons why people don't use freeware.
More functions to search for files
First, and probably the most important reason. Freeware products don't
have as many functions as commercial do. For instance, in File Search
Assistant besides the support of popular file formats, you have a wide range
of functions that helps to customize your software. This will save your time
in future in this way.
Why not DOS files tools?
It's really simple, dos file search tools cannot search efficiently
within files over hard disk, as dos tools don't support long file names. So
if you will need to find with dos search program file with name something
like "This is my document" then, dos program will not find it!
Searching for files - it's about trusting brand
The second reason is about the trust. I've found a nice posting in
respected brand-related forum: brandchannel.com.
Here is a short citation:
"Its not only spam that is diluting the image of big brands. Itís also ad-ware, spy-ware etc. One example is Google. Google as we know is a brand which is hinged on the image of speed, efficiency and lack of sponsor advertising. However, a new program called Google Desktop Search may cause suspicion. This software is alluring in its ability to conduct considerably faster searches than the standard Microsoft Windows file search. Yet it poses a major security risk. Do users want Google to have access to all their pictures, all their word document etc.?".
And another citation from the same post:
"More worrying is the fact that Google promotes this software
[Google Desktop Search] as an add-on to certain shareware/freeware programs."
Some other facts about files search engine
Find article "Privacy concerns over Google Desktop
3" by Ingrid Marson, at ZD-NET UK: "A feature
allowing users to search files across multiple computers 'greatly increases
the risk to consumer privacy', according to the EFF". Allowing
any tool to access a multiple computers may have a customer privacy effect.
Conclusions about file search utilities
When our users ask why should they use File Search Assistant, instead of
freeware tool, we often give them a link to this post at brandchannel.com. It's
probably not dangerous to use some freeware tool, but you should consult
with your security admin before doing so.
Get File Search Assistant
You can get File Search Assistant right now. It's a file search
tool that allows to search for popular file types on local hard disk
and across a network.