Search Deflector for Windows

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 1.3.2
  • 5
  • (2)
  • Security Status

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Free search tool

Search Deflector is a free utility software that gives you control over searches you initiated on your start menu or Cortana. This app redirects all your search input towards the browser or search engine of your choice. With this, you don’t have to launch any browser or open a new tab to search. You only need to hit the Windows key and start typing. You can then open them from the results displayed on the right-side panel.

What is Search Deflector?

Search Deflector is an open-source program built in Python. As noted, it helps you bypass the Windows default search function and allows faster web searches. You don’t have to launch your web browser or open a new tab to search. You only need to type it in on your Windows start menu or Cortana, and its right-side panel will give you results. Do note that the app will require you to connect it to the browser of your choice. 

The app installation process is quick and easy, and you can start typing your search right away. Once Search Deflector appears as a suggestion, chose to open the search input with deflector.exe. You then need to check the Always Use this App box, and you are good to go. You can customize your usage further by going through the basic options. As mentioned, you have the option to choose your preferred browser and search engine.

Setting your preferred search engine and browser can also be done using the customizable options. The browser executable function allows you to set, through a system path, any program that you want to use to browse the internet. Additionally, using a custom option can set your search engine to be anything you want. You only need to insert its URL address, add parameters, and you are done.

Conduct searches faster

If you are looking for a way to make using the Windows search function a little easier and a little faster, then Search Deflector is a good choice. The app is straightforward and allows faster web searches by eliminating a few unnecessary steps. Its GUI could use a little makeover though to make it more modern, but it functions smoothly and comes with a clear setup. Overall, the search tool is worth installing.


  • Faster web searches
  • Easy installation
  • Supports various browsers and search engine
  • Smooth operation


  • GUI is a little outdated

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Search Deflector for PC

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 1.3.2
  • 5
  • (2)
  • Security Status

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