In the File tab I have these options selected:

* Prompt if null char found
* Prompt if invalid char
* show file name w/full path
* Detect BOM
* Detect UTF-8
* Prompt at inconsistent returns
* Opening Encoding: UTF-8

The files I have searched should be all Ascii files.

Even if EmEditor is doing more detection, it just doesn’t sound right to me that one program can search all files in 2 seconds but it takes EmEditor 9 minutes. Also if I select any encoding, says UTF-8, the performance goes up dramatically to a few seconds.

Of course now I have a workaround as stated in my previous sentence :-)