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Iolo Search & Recover

Iolo Search & Recover Review

Reviewer: Stephen Qualtrough
Developer: Iolo technologies
Overall rating:
Price: $39.95 $29.95 - $10 off

Review summary

Good points

 Deep scans are through & effective

 Supports several email programs including Outlook, Thunderbird & Eudora.

 Useful wizards & one click tools

 File wiping utility

Bad points

 Slow scan speeds

Our verdict

Iolo Search and Recover is a very useful program that you will not regret buying. It’s very effective and easy to use. It recovers a wide variety of file types, which even includes emails from multiple email clients. The downfalls of the software are slow scans and poor support. It does its job well, but doesn’t quite have as many bells and whistles as some other recovery programs.

Full review


The program is very easy to set up. Just download the setup file from the product website and go through a simple installation. You will be prompted to enter an activation key that you receive after purchasing the program. The minimum requirements are low, requiring Windows 2000 and above, so you shouldn't worry about running the software. After the initial setup, you will be welcomed to a simple interface.

Data Recovery

Iolo Search and Recover can recover files from a wide variety of sources. It recovers files from all drive or file system types out there. The scans took a little longer than other recovery programs, but it was just as thorough. Being able to scan for certain file types with a few clicks will help new users, while advanced users will love the advanced filter options. If you’re looking for a specific file, this program should find it.


Iolo Search and Recover performed admirably in our tests. It found a wide variety of files types and recovered most files with ease. Over and over the program found every test file we threw at it. The variety of file types, deep scans, and easy recovery make this a very effective program. If you’re willing to wait on the long scans, you’ll find this program is a treat once you get inside.


Multiple recovery - Users can check off multiple files so they can all be recovered at once. This makes it easier for users who will be recovering a large number of files.

File preview - Certain files, like pictures, can be previewed in a window before recovery. This helps if you’re not sure what a lost file is named.

Filters - There are tons of filter options which enables users to easily pinpoint any file they are looking for. There are filters for dates, times, file type, file size and more.

Ease of use

Iolo Search and Recover is extremely easy to use. The interface is simple, so users should have no problem navigating their way around the program. The program splits up multiple categories (Pictures and Movies, Songs, Emails and more) into an attractive interface. Just simply choose what type of files you want to recover and start searching through multiple file locations for your lost files. Filters are easy to apply, so you will find what you want.

Help & support

Iolo Search and Recover has very poor support. While other programs have live-chat and phone support, Iolo Search and Recover only offers help through email and some basic help tutorials. This program would be much higher on our list if it offered quality support service. If you often run into problems with computer software and need help, this may not be the program for you.


Iolo Search and Recover is a strong piece of software and should take care of your recovery needs. However, there is better value to be had elsewhere on the market, so make sure you look at some other programs on our list before making a purchase. The slow scans and poor help and support may push you away, but you can do much worse than Iolo Search and Recover.

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