PCFerret: Find hidden data on your Windows computer

PCFerret is a simple program designed to find hidden files, data and software on a Windows computer, which may be difficult to find otherwise. This lightweight application takes less than a minute to land on your PC and you can start running it right away after a very quick installation. PCFerret scans the entire components of your PC and gives you detailed information in no time. The simple layout shows all the tabs and button in the main overview and even a beginner can run the program easily.

Find hidden data in computer

PCFerret will help you find hidden data in your Windows computer. Let us have a look at some of its features.

System Details

If you are looking for the basic details about your system, such as the amount of RAM, operating system of your PC, computer name, motherboard details etc., run the ‘Quick System Details’ and if you want to get the detailed information about your PC, click on ‘Full System Details’.

Find hidden data in computer
The ‘Full System Details’ scanning may take around a minute or so but gives a detailed report with all important information including-

  • Operating System
  • Motherboard
  • BIOS
  • Monitor
  • Processor
  • Details about every single Drive in your PC
  • Network adapters
  • USB Controllers
  • Printers
  • Antivurs software installed on the PC
  • Sound devices
  • Account names with complete user details

Find Files by Type


If you want to find any particular file type on your PC, click on the tab ‘Find Files By Type’. The program analyzes the entire drives, folder and subfolders of PC and helps you finding any required file. The program can search for any type of file including Images, Movies, Executable files, Encryption files, Compression files, Word files etc.

Browser Cache

PCFerret Cached URLs

PCFerret can also find the cached URLs stored in your PC. Go to the tab ‘Cached URLs’, select the browser and click on ‘Start Analysis’. The program then gives you a detailed list of cached URLs stored in your PC. It may take a few minutes.

Detect Tor BrowserPCFerret TOR detection

Tor is a form of network surveillance that helps you defend your PC against traffic analysis. The Tor Browser detection feature of PCFerret helps you detecting the presence for the Tor Browser in your PC. Just click on symbol ‘T’ under the tools section and the system will start scanning your drives to detect the TOR if any.

Password Generatortor detect

The password generator feature of PCFerret helps you generating very complex passwords for different applications and websites. You can use various customization options and generate up to 20 password in a single click.

PCFerret also gives you the detailed information about:

  • Reboot Operations
  • ADS (Alternate Data Stream) Discovery and manipulation
  • Windows reboot operations discovery and manipulation
  • MD5 / SHA Hash Generation Tool
  • Tor Browser Detection
  • Fully integrated help system which does not require Internet access in order to function
  • Industry standard installation process which is both fast and simple to use

PCFerret download

The program uses well-tested algorithms to find hidden data stored in your computer and gives you the accurate and reliable results.

UPDATE: It appears that PCFerret is now no longer free.

Check out instead:

  1. ZoneIDTrimmer will help you quickly remove the Zone.Identifier alternative data stream
  2. GMER Rootkit Detector removes Alternate Data Streams, Drivers hooking SSDT, drivers hooking IDT, Drivers hooking IRP calls, etc.
  3. Phrozen ADS Revealer will reveal possible malicious ADS or Alternate Data Stream files in your Windows file system.
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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.