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DeskRule 1.2.0 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — DeskRule 1.2.0

Fast and reliable desktop search using rich file attributes.
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 76 (64%) 43 (36%) 92 comments

DeskRule 1.2.0 was available as a giveaway on April 22, 2016!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$34.95
free today
Power up your videos and save space on your devices!

Fast and reliable desktop search using rich file attributes. DeskRule helps you find stuff on your desktop. Unlike other desktop search engines that are limited to simple filename or file content searches, DeskRule can search using any of the 300 available Windows system properties, e.g. you can search for:

  • top Rated pictures;
  • audio tracks by Artist;
  • PDF/Office documents by Tags, Author or contained keywords;
  • photos shot in Australia (GPS);
  • photos of your kids (People);
  • DLLs installed by Microsoft (Company);
  • ... and also search by plain Name if you wish!

DeskRule uses the Windows search index for speed and has its own robust search engine as a backup, ensuring that if the document is there somewhere, it will be found for you! DeskRule can show a preview of the documents, pictures, media and other files found with all the attributes you queried for, helping you understand the results. It is fully shell integrated so you can act on the files found like in your Windows explorer.

You can learn more from the video!

System Requirements:

Windows Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10 (x32/x64)

Publisher:

ZABKAT LTD

Homepage:

http://zabkat.com/deskrule/

File Size:

7.1 MB

Price:

$39.95

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#29

Desktop (search) rules went to trail mode 1 day after activating.

Reply   |   Comment by Norm  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Norm, please see my reply (and question) in the comment immediately below. If you want further information please contact support here
http://zabkat.com/deskrule/contact.htm

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

deskrule support, I've read ALL of your comments here and not one answered the question. yes I downloaded it from GOTD site and followed the directions no pop ups about trail mode the first day but the second day popups with timer shows trail ware. It is completely uninstalled know. At least It it uninstall cleanly.

Reply   |   Comment by Norm  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#28

I downloaded and installed DeskRule yesterday during the giveaway (or so it seemed). I work at home and immediately noticed a huge difference when trying to look up old documents. So much faster than Windows search and found documents that I had actually had to redo months ago because Windows search wasn't finding them. Today when I tried to use it I got a pop-up box to purchase the program. I clicked to continue using it as a trial, but the program closed. Every time I try to open it back up I get the pop-up again to purchase and it closes. The purchase option takes me to where I can pay for it, but I just don't have the money right now. I added it to my exceptions in my antivirus and still the same thing. I will most likely end up purchasing the program because of how well it works and saves me a lot of time in searching for documents, but very disappointed that it was only free for a day.

Reply   |   Comment by WaH.MT  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

WaH.MT, if you installed and run it on the day of the promotion, it should stay "free" thereafter. Did you use the GAOTD installer or did you download it from the deskrule website? What's the version number indicated in ABOUT box? (this is in the drop down menu next to the HELP (question mark) button

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

deskrule support,

I extracted the files directly from the folder I downloaded from GAOTD into another folder and have the following in the folder Readme.txt, Setup.exe, and Setup.gcd. After installation, a new tab opened in my browser for DeskRule on GAOTD, so I thought it had installed correctly. The only ? I see to click is on the pop-up. When I click the question mark, it isn't doing anything except changing my mouse cursor to an arrow with a ? beside it for a couple of seconds and the pop-up window as well as the DeskRule window behind flashes a couple of times.

The pop-up says "This is a "try before you buy" application that may be evaluated for free for a limited period. Please purchase a license to remove all restrictions, including this dialog" It says I have 13 days left for evaluation. There are options for secure online order, I have an unlock key, and continue in trial mode. The same thing happens as yesterday when trying to use the program. If I try the secure online order, I can purchase the license from their website. Clicking I have an unlock key brings up another pop-up to restart the program and proceed running the license manager with administrator privileges. This brings up another pop-up instructing me to open the email I received when purchasing the program, copy out the registration key and paste in the box and click activate. I didn't get an email or anything, so I closed that box out. Reopening the program and clicking to continue as trial closes the program.

This is the third program I have gotten from GAOTD, but the first I had problems with. It did work for a day so I could see that I like it, so I guess that's a small plus. I appreciate your time in trying to help. I don't think there is any help for me anymore since the giveaway is now two days ago. Like I said before, I will most likely end up purchasing the program when I can scrape up enough. Thanks again.

Reply   |   Comment by WaH.MT  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#27

NOT HAPPY ... Zabkat ... Nikos Bozinis

As a PAiD License owner of this program (as well as xplorer²):

the license conditions of Purchase through www_Bits_du_Jour_com is:

According to the T&C Listed CLEARLY on their (BdJ) "The Fine Print" tab:

QUOTE: Upgrades to future versions of the software will require additional payment. Installing a new version may overwrite the existing version and invalidate your license key. / END QUOTE


Well I purchased DeskRule in 2015 so - until today's free offer came along, I was "stuck with the version I purchased" and unable to update beyond that unless I bought a new license.

The good thing about GiveawayOfTheDay is that many people get to find out about products they may never otherwise hear about: that's GOOD FOR YOU & Zabkat, but BAD for EXiSTiNG PAiD owners who have owned their licenses for 12 months or more

NiKOS, in my opinion ... iF YOU are going to continue to develop DeskRule, then in my opinion ... You need to offer EXiSTiNG PAiD LiCENSE OWNERS, more GENEROUS license CONDiTiONS,

or,

BETTER YET, perhaps you should offer Extended Licensing PURCHASE OPTIONS (LiFETiME UPDATES/UPGRADES) like you offer with xplorer²

Reply   |   Comment by Peter S  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Peter S, there is no limitiation in the license you bought the other day. This giveaway (free) does have update limitations, yours doesn't. You get guaranteed free upgrades for a year, probably more

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#26

How do we know it's registered. It just occured to me that the installer said it can only be installed today, and that worked, but I don't recall seeing it register and being taken to the Giveaway page like usual. When I do program about it says "Free giveaway 22.04.2016" Used 1 times, and has a button to purchase or upgrade license. But I don't see anything saying it's "licensed".

Reply   |   Comment by Neil  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#25

I can't even unzip Setup.exe, regardless of which decompression program I use. This is the second or third time I've had precisely the same problem (with other GOTD offerings). No solution has been offered in the past when I've mentioned this issue, so I'm starting to get pretty disenchanted with the whole GOTD installation rigmarole.

I'm trying to install on a laptop running Win 8.1 (64-bit). The only security software I use is Windows Defender.

Reply   |   Comment by Erik K  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#24

Installed easily on Win 10 64 bit. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Arnold Knack  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#23

As for me I can only report that successful installation does not mean much.

Maybe this application requires more precise input but videofile and which directory to search in plus identical part of the file name should have yielded 12 files, but apart from praising the computer or itself at the end of its tiresome try no file was found.
By comparison Agent Ransack just let loose on searching the whole partition found the 12 files without any fuss.

So I'd say, Zabkat back to the drawing board, or in my case gone into the bin :)

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Sigrid.DE , searching with deskrule is simple, you must tell it WHERE to search and WHAT to search for. Are you sure you told it to search somewhere where your files are located?

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

deskrule support,
just what I did with Deskrule, did set search to c:\users\xx\Downloads and nothing was found
whereas Agent Ransack was told to ransack the whole of the c:\partition = 85 GB filled with files and this freeware tool showed just those 12 videos in Downloads that I'd used as test pieces. Downloads itself occupies less than 1 GB, mainly larger files.
If your tool cannot even find by name with directory given then you can keep your swf files for demo purposes forever because with our without the tool is just useless. At least for me.
A programmer who calls non-support of flash a fad is living on a solitary island.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sigrid.DE , have you evern been hit by a virus caused by flash? Or have you ever heard of one that has? Or have you ever heard of a single piece of software that's without vulnerabilities?

Tha flash videos inside deskrule are nothing to worry about. If you worry about them you shouldn't be installing deskrule to begin with, because if I wanted to harm you, I could do it with the program itself, not the demo videos

so try to be a bit less suspicious and I assure you that if you watch the demos, you will certainly find things by name in deskrule :)

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

deskrule support,
YOU are failing to comprehend that flash videos are as dead as a dodo because of the recurring security hazards they posed under Windows. Adobe decided not to patch these software leaks any more and users were advised to immediately deinstall players, libraries, whatever. The actual video format is also one of bygone days.
To answer your question about virus infection. No, not any time have I had to deal with malware over my very long time with personal computers, but as I am a little more in the know than some people it would seem logical.
However, if a freeware finds a number of specific videos in an amazingly short time searching a complete partition how come a normally quite pricey software finds nothing?
Golly, if videofile does not show up mp4 files, where is the field to narrow search down to file extension?
Come on, if you want to win me, then improve on your software.
It is your business, not mine :-))

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Sigrid.DE , I assure you that if deskrule couldn't find filenames I would not be selling it. I don't know what you're doing wrong, but if you want to take this further please send me a support email and I will try to help you
http://zabkat.com/deskrule/contact.htm

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#22

Very happy to be able to use this software. Difficulty in searching often makes me want to commit everything to memory rather than use the computer. Silly, but it's how I feel about the typical search tools.

As for the time it takes to search as someone mentioned 20 TB of data - that is more a consequence of the speed of the machine vs. the massive data set, and is difficult to blame on the software. If I could get a meaningful search of so much data in Only half and hour that would be marvelous. As it is Windows Explorer may take a few days to search only a few TBs, and still return nothing of value!

I generally only need to search about 10 TB at any one time, and if I can do that in less time than it takes me to forget my own name (only slightly hyperbolic :) ) - I will be quite pleased.

Thank you ZABKAT for identifying a real need and addressing it.

Reply   |   Comment by Rich  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#21

Pretty impressed. It will take a while to fully check it out, but first impressions is impressive. I installed it both on Windows 10 and Windows 7 x64 with no problems.
I right clicked my picture folder, selected DeskRule, and it was very quick, (over 30gb file), and I could browse using the search function, (normal mode), very quick;y and easily.
Pity it is not a a GOTD offer, as its full price is way to high for me as a home user.
Thanks for the free version :0)

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Hughes  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

WOW! Installed no problem on Win10 64bit Dell. I wasn't going to try this thinking that the Win10 search function was sufficient. But just a few minutes ago I tried to find a lost file and the Win10 search just churned on and on with no results. So I decided to give this a try. Again, WOW! I searched an entire drive using the keyword and in the blink of an eye after hitting 'Enter' I found it! Awesome!

Reply   |   Comment by Carl  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#19

MFT, I'm fine with that.

Piggy-backs on Windows Search (WDS).
Eh, not so sure about that. That is that its meaningful - in my case. Like if I don't have WDS running? Much less even if it is, it is not likely to be of much value (I don't think, but not too sure ?) cause I'm not likely to have stuff in locations it would search? Or file types it would search?

Are files/directories - at least some, being touched (date/time)?
I see odd files/directories that are, that I'm not finding a reason for?
And if that's so, that really stinks. (Does WDS do anything like that?)

I search for NCMAIN (MFT) comes up with 3 results. Fine.
Then I add Content: norton.
And with that, I'm not sure what its doing, where its searching?
I'd expect it would only look in the 3 result files for Content, but it appears its doing more then that? Why?

Some sort of column autosize is needed.

UI is generally confusing.
Think in doing "hand holding", its making it more confusing.
If you clear a Content: filter in Advanced, the same is maintained (or possibly maintained) in the Content: dialog box. So even though you cleared it in one place (Advanced), when you Search, you end up with the same search, because it happened to have been in the dialog box. So you need to check for, realize, that it could be in two spots.

Directory:
Selecting 'Computer' shows a GUID. Would think something else would be more appropriate.
Default Directory is %APPDATA%, or somewhere like that - a place I never use. I would want, by default, an "everywhere" search, so I have to ferret out "Computer" to do so.

Preview:
Do you have to click Preview for each new file, individually?
So if your search is *.jpg, 1.jpg, Preview, 2.jpg, Preview, 3.jpg, Preview, rather then 1.jpg, Preview, arrow-down, 2.jpg & Preview automatically displays, arrow-down, 3.jpg, Preview automatically displays, jump down to 18.jpg, Preview automatically displays.

Eh.
Its a start, but not really doing anything for me.

Reply   |   Comment by therube  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

therube, you tell deskrule where to search and what to search for. I recommend watching the demo video posted further up (see the description). If you leave the "where" to search blank it defaults to "My Documents"

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

Installed on my Win10 laptop just fine. Can't get it to install on my Win7/32 desktop. It keeps saying that I need to have Vista or later. I tried using compatibility mode, I tried using Administrator startup (I always run as Administrator, anyway). But, I keep getting the pop up saying I need Vista or better. I guess I'll just use it on my laptop, as that is where I need it most. The Win10 search is lousy.

Reply   |   Comment by Tiffanie  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#17

I purchased DeskRule (with a discount for xplorer2 owners) earlier this year and have been using and tweaking it since then. I use the context menu search daily and it saves so much time. Just want to say thank you to ZabKat and GOTD for this awesome deal which will allow an install on another Windows box.

I have the lifetime license option for xplorer2 and would like to purchase it for DeskRule. Is this option available?

Reply   |   Comment by xCodeRunner  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

xCodeRunner, maybe if you have a "little system". I tested it with around 20 TB of data and it is worthless. Every search takes more than half an hour...

Reply   |   Comment by Georg  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Georg, you can expect that the bigger the job, the longer it takes to run. I suppose you were searching for content, text in files. To speed up these searches you can add your folders in the windows index, so they will become much much faster. For more information see here
http://zabkat.com/blog/desktop-search-precautions.htm

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

xCodeRunner, Georg
If you're going to write a complaint about the speed of a search or say how good it is, it is only useful if you describe the type of search you are doing.
20 TB if I'm correct the size of 250 copies of the Encyclopaedia Britannica you can't expect it to wiz through that can you?

Even that size if its indexrd search it should be pretty quick, on the other hand if you're looking at the content using wild cards you would expect it to take more or less forever.

Reply   |   Comment by Salvia  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

deskrule support, sorry but your idea is nonsens. I can not add my 20 TB in the windows index. Would you know how slow this my system will make and how much space this will need? I hope... Many experts says it is best to turn off the windows-index! I have it run but only for the document-folder. It´s clear that your program finding files in this place very quick. But the not indexed partitions? Example: I have about 200.000 mp3´s. When I search for an artist it tooks half an hour. I hoped only the first time and than your program has made an index and it´s quick: NO! A new search will start the whole procedure from the beginning - so it´s unusable. I´ll stay with my freeware-tools that makes this job fantastic because they make an index.

@Salvia: That´s the problem: This program makes no index it only use the windows search index...

Reply   |   Comment by Georg  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Georg, so you rely on indexing by your 3rd party programs but you don't trust windows own index. And then you blame deskrule. If your files are music and video, windows index is going to do just the tags, so the size will be nowhere near what you fear.

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#16

Deskrule is fantastic. It searches for an unbelievable number of criteria. Thankfully the program allows you to add and remove criteria fields to make the program a little more manageable.

Unlike most other search engines Deskrule also searches for PDF files.

The video shown after installing the program that explains the various ways to use Deskrule is quite good. I would prefer a way to pause and slow down the presentation. It would make it easier to study each point being made during the video.

In addition to the 3 search engines mentioned in this forum earlier I have purchased a number of other search engines in the past. I paid more for each of them than the asking price Deskrule. Someone asked about a discount for purchasing the full edition-I for one would purchase the program.

KC4COP

Reply   |   Comment by kc4cop  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

kc4cop, thanks for the kudos!
the demo videos have a standard progressbar at the bottom. You can pause and rewind to taste, in case you missed something

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#15

This appears to be another well considered product from Zabcat.

The problem isn't the software, but rather the testing period. Often these giveaway products need time to learn and time test with live data, and that may be some weeks after it is given away. making suggestions, and comments often requires time between the giveaway and the feedback.

Can GAOTD extend the comment period something like 2 weeks? Example, I needed this kind of tool last week, but not at the moment. I will again perhaps next week.

Thanks.
Spam Sorenson

Reply   |   Comment by Spam Sorenson  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Spam Sorenson, this is a free version. Once you install it in time (today) it is yours to keep and test forever

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#14

Installed and registered quickly. Excellent search tool. It will save my sanity and time as I search for files, especially for pictures. Thanks GOTD and ZABKAT for this very useful and usable tool!

Reply   |   Comment by Wyndham Wales  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#13

To often I have seen search programs clogging up my resources. What is the CPU/RAM footprint of this program? does it run in the background constantly (creating a new startup entry in the process) will it find things faster then Win10 default (often a few letters are enough to have what I need pop up in the list). Does it make use of the already generated index or will it create it'own? Already have to much **** in my startip, taskman and register to try out before knowing these things

Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Mavadelo, deksrule uses very little system resources. It uses the existing windows search index, if available, and where that is not as good as it should be, it has its own search engine. So if resource efficiency is what you're looking for, deskrule is a candidate for you

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#12

I just downloaded & installed VERY quickly with no issues. Windows 10 64-bit. My test searches delivered results very quickly, I was able to preview my files in the sidebar quickly with no issues. Seems straightforward. I almost didn't install because of the comments, but seriously, this seems like a nice piece of software that will be very useful for me. I have about 12 TB of files, separate from my video files, and searching with all variables being available to me will, at times, be helpful. Thank you for the giveaway today. I think it might just be a keeper.

Reply   |   Comment by TuxedoTraveler  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#11

I have been using xplorer2 (pro) for years and I love it.

As for today's giveaway, I installed alongside everything. I am going to use it mostly for complex queries since everything returns instant results from all my files (located in internal an external drives), not just from indexed locations (as deskrule does).

The concept of Desktop Detective is very interesting.

Kinda disappointing that the dev doesn't offer a discount for a lifetime license as part of this giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#10

By far the most sophisticated search tool I've ever tested.

Those who vote this down seem to have problems with DeskRule's potential... and yes, it looks a bit complicated at first glance.

Nevertheless DeskRule can do simple searches for file names just like Everything... with the speed of Everything. If you need more... DeskRule has it.

The clean installation leaves Windows untouched. All files are stored the program's folder. Just a few lines are added to the registry.

Give it a try.

Reply   |   Comment by Herman  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#9

The installer doesn't work, and GOTD installs hasn't for a while.
By "not work" I mean GOTD setup.exe starts %temp%\\\Setup.exe and then hangs. I let it run for well over two hours before killing the processes.
I've done everything as described in readme.txt including shutting down AV beforehand.
The only thing I haven't done, is rebooting in fail-safe mode.
If GOTD doesn't fix this I will never recommend it to friends.

Reply   |   Comment by Jörgen  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Jörgen, the installer works for (most) people below and I have tested it without problems for a number of systems. Perhaps your antivirus is blocking GOTD style installers?

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Jörgen,

Way to go!

I agree Jorgen, your experience is the same as mine, in recent weeks. I am relatively new to GOTD but am having serious, second thoughts about bothering with these 'Offers'. It brings to mind the old adage, if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Two attempted downloads - Two fails! I wanted to install Privacy Drive by Cybertron Software. However, when attempting to install, I was informed files were corrupted. Only the other day, I would really liked to have installed Dr. Folder by YL Software, and when attempting to install found, yet again, I was informed the files were corrupted.

If you contact GOTD, in my experience, they are very polite but not particularly helpful and only want to "blame" the User and not take responsibility for the programs being offered - You're not doing this, or you're not doing that or - You need to turn off your AV/Firewall, yeah right, blah, blah, whatever! I will readily admit, I consider myself a bit of a software 'geek' and have probably downloaded, installed and trialled more software programs than most people have had hot dinners! I am not 'wet behind the ears' when it comes to downloading and installing software and my experiences with GOTD, to date, leaves me most unimpressed.

Looking at today's comments, I think GOTD need to start paying some serious attention to what their customers are informing them. . . .over to you.

I will keep my eyes peeled, watch out for one other program that ignites my interest. If I download and attempt to install and it fails due to 'corrupted files', it will simply be a case of '3-Strikes' and you're out and I will simply unsubscribe as it is too much hassle and will look for deals elsewhere!

Reply   |   Comment by Ian  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Jörgen, some antivirus programs have web protection which can prevent you from installing. this happened to me.
I uninstalled my antivirus program, rebooted my computer, reinstalled the antivirus program, but did a customize
install to which I unchecked web protection. you also may have to remove it from your add-on in your browser. in my case
the program from GOTD would download but don't setup. it wouldn't install. try those steps and hope it work out for you.

Reply   |   Comment by mario  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Jörgen,
Surely there would be many more complaints if the setup file was at fault; looks like something on your system is causing the problem.

Have in the past had a similar problem but only intermittently, this was caused by an anti-key logger program, it could equally well be an virus detection program giving a false positive.

The biggest problem is that either an incorrectly described warning is given or no warning at all, not unusual in Windows.

Reply   |   Comment by Salvia  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

deskrule support, when I disable the AV (Symantec Endpoint Protection) I can install anything (viruses included) except from GOTD.
As a long-time software developer I think it is rediculus to not investigate your software. The attitude of "it works on our systems, then it works" will never let software progress into something good.

Reply   |   Comment by Jörgen  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

mario, if uninstalling the AV software is the only way to install GOTD, then there is something *VERY* wrong with GOTD!
I have been developing software (for Windows) since the early 90's and never had any problem installing my own software or any other for that matter. GOTD excluded.

Reply   |   Comment by Jörgen  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Jörgen,

"The installer doesn't work... GOTD setup.exe starts... and then hangs. I let it run for well over two hours..."

When you run the GOTD setup.exe, it phones home to verify the offer's valid, expands the installation file(s) contained in the setup.gcd file into memory, then runs it. If setup.gcd is very large [e.g. 300MB or more], expanding the contents of setup.gcd can take a little while, but the worst case I've experienced is still only a few minutes -- personally I wouldn't wait for that offer's setup dialog more than 4-5 minutes tops.

"I've done everything as described in readme.txt including shutting down AV beforehand. The only thing I haven't done, is rebooting in fail-safe mode."

It's your judgment call, & only yours [or maybe someone in your company's IT dept.], when it comes to installing any GOTD offer, whether you want to boot into Safe Mode, and what security software you want to run. Here's a bit of explanation In Case you or anyone else is interested in what's probably going on.

I would humbly suggest that if you haven't booted into Safe Mode, & the GOTD didn't work, then you most likely Did Not shut down your security software. You probably clicked the proper button(s) or selected the correct options in your security software, and that software might have even given you some dire sounding warnings as you did so, but in many brands of security software you did not shut down it's services. You can usually see them running in Task Mgr. or SysInternals Process Explorer, but you're often [usually] not allowed to shut them down, even using Windows Services dialog [Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services]. And that's where Safe Mode comes in -- usually your security software's service(s) will not run in Safe Mode... you can often also turn them off in Safe Mode so they don't start when you re-boot into Windows normally.

Booting into Safe Mode is a bit of a hassle -- more to some than others -- but it's not normally required... the majority of security software doesn't have a problem with GOTD offers the majority of the time. I have seen different brands/models of security software once or twice have a bad definition file that caused a false positive on a GOTD offer, but in my experience updating that software & that file cured it. There have been reports that rarely AVG has to be disabled, & loads of problem reports with Kaspersky, but as most people don't report what security software they're using when/if they have a problem, I can't really say more than that.

Note: In Windows 10, if you're using Windows Defender rather than 3rd party security software, in my experience you'll rarely [if ever] have a problem installing a GOTD offer. But if you do have cause to shut Defender down, e.g. for some other app install, in tests that I've performed, Windows 10's Windows Defender is different, with a sort of backup security service that runs when you shut the main Windows Defender service down by booting into 10's special Safe Mode without security software auto-starting.

Note: With Windows 10 Safe Mode is more complicated... after booting you might have to go through several screens to arrive at a numbered list of all your options, then re-boot, pressing the number key for the option you want. You will need your sign-in password, whether you normally use a PIN or not. You *may* have to choose an option that wouldn't otherwise be your 1st choice, because one or more options may just not work with your hardware.

Note: You can find directions on getting into Windows 10's Safe Mode here: windows[.]microsoft[.]com/en-us/windows-10/start-your-pc-in-safe-mode . I have found it useful personally in one or two cases to add a boot menu to a device running 10 -- that gives you the option of working your way to that numbered list screen that I mentioned above. To do that I used EasyBCD to add a fake option to the Windows 10 boot menu, keeping Windows 10 as the default -- Windows 10 already had [has] a boot menu, but if/when the only option is Windows 10, it won't show on screen with a delay for you to choose.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Jörgen, well Microsoft tech is the one whom found the third party software problem and fixed the problem using that method. so far I have no more problems and my antivirus program is as good as ever. Microsoft is the company that made windows so who am I to judge it worked for me. good luck, sorry you missing out on some great software.

Reply   |   Comment by mario  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

kc4cop,

It is extremely likely that the Giveawayoftheday setup file will not run in "safe mode". A great deal of files will not run in safe mode.

It is also unlikely that the setup file would be able to check back in with Giveawayoftheday while you are in safe mode. Chances are great that his antivirus program is preventing the installation due to antivirus software running on the computer. Safe mode is not going to permit back and forth communication with Giveawayoftheday, the download of the setup file folder, or allow the running of the setup file.

Reply   |   Comment by kc4cop  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

mike,
Your comment is very informative and I'm sure that plenty of people will appreciate your help, but installing software in safe mode doesn't always work because in safe mode Windows only loads the very bare essentials to run. In most cases you need to have SafeMS on your machine to do this.
SafeMS can be downloaded from http://download.cnet.com/SafeMSI-exe/3000-2094_4-75724774.html free.

Reply   |   Comment by Lenny  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Jörgen, if you want to test the deskrule installer, you can get it straight from my website
http://zabkat.com/deskrule/
of course that won't be a free giveaway, it is a free trial.
GAOTD guys wrapped it in their own installer, which comes clean with virustotal. If you don't trust these guys what are you doing in this website? :)

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

kc4cop,

One needs Safe mode with Network for Internet access.

Reply   |   Comment by Harry  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Salvia, there ARE regular complaints about the installer failing to install or reporting corrupted files etc.
I note that some months ago the setup.exe signing certificate changed name and although I have not been able to tie it down to the exact date of the change there seems to be a corrolation between that change and an increase in daily reports of trouble installing and end user being told to disable their security programs to install giveaways which in my opinion is a VERY BAD thing to advise/require end users to do even if GAOTD team pre-screen the giveaways for known malware issues.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

TK,
When I had Zemana anti-key logger installed now and again would get the message of a corrupted file.
The file wasn't corrupted as reported by the system it was just being blocked.
incorrect error messages cause a great deal of confusion and make it difficult to know exactly what is going on.

Don't recall ever having this problem in either XP or in Windows 7 except when it is caused by a antivirus or anti-he logger program.
That's all the point I was trying to make.

Reply   |   Comment by Salvia  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Jörgen, I have been using GOTD for years and have found nice software. I fully trust this site to offer clean software. I also started having trouble installing software after I had to get a new computer with Win 10. I couldn't install anything until I turned off AVG. I changed AV and I hope I won't have anymore issues but I know now that it is the AV that has preventing installs.

Reply   |   Comment by Velvet  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

deskrule support, Hi, the answer to your (I quote): 'GAOTD guys wrapped it in their own installer', and 'If you don't trust these guys what are you doing in this website? :)' is - so you Guys, developers, who donate your Software for free here can trust GOTD and are protected from hackers' manipulations (licenses mainly)! It's not a matter of GOTD users not trusting this Site, as their Giveaways have long history of delivering safe downloads. Asking to switch off Av, or any other protective Agent at the time of downloading/installing any GOTD offer remains a big 'ASK', because for that (short, or longer) amount of time user's machines might be in vulnerable state.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#8

I almost didn't install this but now I'm glad I did.
On Windows 10 Pro (64bit). It is extremely fast in its’ search and, thus far, seems to work perfectly including searching the whole partition or drive. Also the right-click folder – Search with DeskRule in the context menu works for me.
It does seem to have a considerable learning curve as to how to use it most effectively.
Teacher Michael

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Cox  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Michael Cox, thanks for your positive input. Deskrule comes with many demo videos, please click on the little DOWN arrow next to the help (question mark) toolbar button. These demo videos will get you up to speed in no time!

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Michael Cox,

With Microsoft really growing & expanding Cortana in 10, on iOS, & Android, and with Cortana being there, installed already, I'm actually a little surprised... Not being facetious, are there areas where DeskRule does better?

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

mike, i haven't tried this yet, but from my experience Windows 10 search everywhere and I search for files everywhere on my machines. I try searching for example files like .dat files and Windows 10 gives no personal files only web results, but when I use Search Everything or search from CMD I find everything I need. (Half of the time I use my Linux partition to search though).

Reply   |   Comment by Ian Alan Pride  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I meant Windows 10 doesn't search everywhere...

Reply   |   Comment by Ian Alan Pride  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

deskrule support, The videos does not run with Edge, I have to switch to IE to run them!

Reply   |   Comment by Hans  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Hans, these demo videos are SWF which need the flash plugin installed. I understand that everybody's going away from flash (must be a fad); at some point I will offer them in a different format

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

deskrule support,
to put you in the picture about what you refer to as fad, Flash is no longer supported by Adobe for security reasons, something you should be aware of by now.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

For free:
Everythingn for files and folders - https://www.voidtools.com/
Agent Ransack for files, folders and files' content - https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack

Reply   |   Comment by Eitan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

100% agree with your suggestions.
"Everything" is so usefull and easy to use :)

Reply   |   Comment by NYB  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Eitan, "DeskRule" can search by a very wide variety of file attributes. "Everything" searches only by name, so if you don't remember the name of a file or folder (at least part of it), "Everything" is useless. "Agent Ransack" is great, but does not cover the wide range of attributes that "DeskRule" does.

I am a huge fan of Zabkat's file manager, xplorer2, so I expect DeskRule to excel as well.

Reply   |   Comment by Jonathan Plutchok  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Eitan,

Just tried Everything. Astonishing speed. It's almost magic. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by paul  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Yep, Everything is magic. Especially comparing to the sh*t MS supplies, for many years now.

Reply   |   Comment by Eitan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#6

Quick and easy installation ... This looks very dated, the layout isn't exactly pleasing to the eye. I gave it a quick test to find a name within some MS Word files and it found them, eventually. Other tests yielded good results but it is painfully slow. Setting up your search parameters is time consuming and frankly annoying and I couldn't get it to search my NAS drive. Certainly not worth $39.95 asking price. I'll stick with Agent Ransack which is much faster and can see my NAS drive. Definitely not a keeper today.

Reply   |   Comment by Lenny  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

Lenny, agent ransak doesn't use an index, deskrule does. It would be very surprising indeed if you could produce actual timing results for an equivalent search that shows deskrule to be slower. For a comparison with AR see the table near the end of the website
http://zabkat.com/deskrule/

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

deskrule support,
I didn't actually make any comparison in the actual search times, I stated that in my opinion that setting up deskrule's search parameters was more time consuming and cumbersome compared to Agent Ransack, but that's just my opinion and anyone is more than welcome to express their opinion, I suppose it all comes down to a matter of personal preferences.

Reply   |   Comment by Lenny  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Lenny,
Looked at your comparison table and can't see any mention of Agent Ransack there. Perhaps you should make sure when passing judgement on someone's comments that you have your facts right, I didn't at any time make a comment about the speed of the search, which would depend on a number of factors like the number of files to search, HD capacity, and the search parameters entered making it difficult to get a true measure of the search speed and remember everyone's system is different.

Reply   |   Comment by Lenny  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

I was hoping finally there was a search tool to find meta tags in .epub and .pdf files... This DOESN'T do it... Sad

Reply   |   Comment by ME  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

ME, for the more "exotic" formats you must install standard windows property handlers. For example, if you install the (free) PDF-XChange viewer, it installs column handlers that can be used to search PDF attributes like Author. Once installed, restart deskrule and add a search field for PDF using the "legacy column handlers" category. Note that deskrule can search for any shell column handlers, even those from total commander plugins (see http://zabkat.com/blog/tc-plugins.htm)

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#4

Really like search programs having written quite a number myself so looking forward to testing today's offering.

Attempted to install on XP and is immediately informed me that it needed Vista or above, a good start.
Installed it very easily on a Win7 drive, no messing around with registration.

On a quick test searched a Flash drive and it was very fast, having said that do find the interface a bit confusing. However, I put this down to the large number of options available to the user and my lack of experience with Windows 7.
According to the specifications it has many interesting functions; the verbatim search is unusual and most welcome.
In my test I did a search for image files using the filter named pictures and it worked great, there are quite a number of simple filters groups (image types, document types).

Looks like it could be a really useful search program once you get the hang of the interface

My day-to-day computing is still done in XP and so this program is of little use to me, however, I do have a first-rate program for searching, it was given away here some time ago but has since become freeware.

So XP users here is an excellent program that uses indexing making it very fast it is called FileSearchy Pro and available for download at the following link:-
http://www.filesearchy.com/download.html

Reply   |   Comment by Salvia  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Salvia, as stated deskrule is windows vista or later, not XP. However you can try my file manager called xplorer2 (see text near the top of this page), which works even in windows 98 (!) and has a decent search engine. Free trial, also comes in a free lite version

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Salvia,
WHY are you looking for modern software, if you are still using XP?
Surely you should stick with software from the last century if you are sticking with XP??

To mention that a modern software offer does not run on XP is a pretty mean comment to a current software developer.

Reply   |   Comment by Eric  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#3

Uninstalled almost immediately. Search is painfully slow, no comparison to Everything, which is still the king.

Reply   |   Comment by Mick  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Mick, Everything can only search for filenames, Deskrule searches everything (no pun intended). If you search within indexed folders it is as fast as your other tool. For a comparison of features, see the table near the end of the website page:
http://zabkat.com/deskrule/

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)
#2

Program does not work. Selecting "Search with Deskrule" from context menu does nothing.

Reply   |   Comment by Drek Meek  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Drek Meek, I think it needs a system-restart to work from context menu because it looks very, very old. I deinstalled it after one look.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Drek Meek, weird errors could be down to your antivirus program. Try to start deskrule directly, browsing the installation folder, which should be:
C:\Program Files\zabkat\Desktop (search) rules\deskrule.exe
what happens?

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Drek, worked fine on my installation - Win7 x64, with no restart necessary. Installed just fine from the GOTD installer, with no registration needed, and no need to turn off my Anti-virus. I've used xplorer2 for many years and have been satisfied with the search functions in that program, so never saw the need to move to DeskRule - so I'm thankful to be able to try out Deskrule for a while with today's offer. It shares the "utilitarian" look of xplorer2, but with my limited tests so far seems to work well.

Reply   |   Comment by Doug A  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#1

1 issue: It searches for files on a flash drive (memory cards) that have the FAT32 file system?

2 question - supports searching for Russian words?

Bottom line: I like the program "locate32", which can look everywhere, even CD. DVD, the main thing - do not forget to update the database.
Supports the Russian language - it is possible to look inside the Russian text files.

Reply   |   Comment by Dimma  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Dimma, deskrule can search everywhere, including all drives and even virtual drives and archives. It can search for any unicode text, I suppose russian too. Why don't you give it a try and see, it's free today :)

Reply   |   Comment by deskrule support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
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