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Google is perfectly fine for your basic search needs, but when you want to delve a little deeper you might need to use a multi-search agent like Copernic’s Agent Professional.

Google is perfectly fine for your basic search needs, but when you want to delve a little deeper you might need to use a multi-search agent like Copernic’s Agent Professional. The utility integrates with Internet Explorer but also runs standalone, and provides the discriminating user with precise, focused searches. So how does Agent Professional work? Searches are divided into seven different categories: Business and Economy, Computers and Internet, Encyclopedia and Reference, Government and Law, News, Shopping, and The Web. Within all seven categories are various subcategories (Shopping has Book Reviews and Buy Electronics, for example) and within each subcategory various search engines that you can turn on or off at will. Book Reviews offers Amazon, Salon, and five others, while Tech News, under News, has fourteen different search engines, including ComputerUser.com. Altogether, there are over 60 topics and 130 search engines, and you can add more to the Favorites section. Sound complicated? It is, a little. But if you don’t want to deal with such specific searches, you can simply enter whatever you’re looking for in the search box, hit the Enter key, and see what happens. Chances are, you’ll get way too much information (you can limit the amount of hits each search engine returns; the default is 10) but you’ll get the opportunity to play with the program and decide which categories and search engines you need. Once you’ve done a search, you can save or analyze it. Analyzing validates links, compares pages for duplication, and detects what languages are used in the page. You can also schedule the program to track pages, track searches, search for alternate spellings, and more. If you need to sift through and keep track of specific information on the Web, Agent Professional is your best bet. Agent Professional sells for $80 and is available from www.copernic.com.

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