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Search Engines


There are many search engines on the web. Google and "to google" have nearly become household words. But if you have special needs, you'll have to try a a search engine that finds what Google misses.

I have listed here those that I have used and which have helped me in compiling these pages.

Links that seem to be dead.



    Website Search       Update Notification      Newsgroup Search
  Mailing List Search      General Web Search     FTP Search
 Free- and Shareware Search     P2P Search     Information Search

First of all, you can search the 4DOS.INFO website for info or changes:


Search this website


What's new here?   powered by crawl-it


Site Update Notification

  • ChangeNotes          seems to be the only survivor, and you have to go to their website and register your interest. I suggest you let ChangeNotes look out for changes on www.4dos.info\updates.htm because that is where I will announce all updates. But of course you can put the focus on any other page here that interests you.
  • Page Update Checker  is a Firefox Extension you can use to be notified of any updates to pages that interest you.


Newsgroup Search



Mailing List Search

  • MARC                  Mailing List ARChives, searchable and delivering some relevant hits for keywords like 4DOS, DOS, BATCH etc...


General Web Search



FTP Search

  • FileIndexer           One of the few remaining free ftp search engines.
  • Russian Filesearch    Russian free ftp search engine, interesting results.


Free- & Shareware Search

  • Simtel                Simtel's free- & shareware collection
  • Tucows                Another huge shareware collection.
  • ZD-Net                The huge free-& shareware repository of Ziff Davies 
  • Freeware              Freeware download repository.


P2P Search


Here are a few P2P clients for different file-sharing networks. Peer-to-peer networks allow searching for a wide range of applications, media files and more. This is one of your best bets to find old software with unclear legal status.

  • eMule                 eMule is a nice eDonkey-Net and KAD client. This network carries the greatest number of old abandoned DOS programs.
  • ABC                   ABC is an improved client for the Bittorrent network. - by Bram Cohen.
  • KaZaa lite            Kazaa Lite is a slimmed-down variant of the Kazaa-client for the FastTrack network, without spyware, banners und pop-up ads. 2.4.8 seems to be the most stable version.


Information Search

  • Jargon File           Find the meaning of hacker slang.
  • My File Formats       A very comprehensive file extension lookup site.
  • What Is               Look up the owner of that cryptic file extension.
  • Wots It               And another file extension lookup.
  • Webopedia Definitions Search this web based encyclopedia for definitions of DOS, batch, ...



  • Amazon                 Search available books about DOS / batch programming in and out of print
  • Astalavista           Search engine specializing in more elusive files and the dark side of the web.
  • Bookfinder            Search secondhand books about DOS / batch programming
  • eBay                   is of course the biggest auction house and many old DOS hardware and software can be found here, for a price...
  • Koders                 Searching 205,234,850 lines of code in many programming languages
  • SearchEngines         Search engine specializing in search engines...
  • Library of Congress   Search for books about DOS / batch programming in the (US) Library of Congress
  • The Wayback Machine   Surf the Web as it was... The Internet Archive has built a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, it provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.


Google 's Site - Flavoured Search



Google's Site-Flavoured Search promises to produce better results by pushing results relevant to the contents of this site, e.g. Programming, Software, Operating Systems.



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