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This question is somewhat related to this so post: Searching text in binary data

I am not looking for a programming solution that involves having to make a program to this. I was wondering if there were some in OS tools (Windows) or 3rd party programs that would allow me to do the same thing.

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What’s wrong with the strings (input) | grep (pattern) answer that was submitted to the other question? For that matter, have you tried running grep directly on the binary data? (Do man grep to check for relevant options.) – Scott Jan 11 '13 at 17:40
I did see that in the SO, so I revamped the question for Windows which is what I work on more often anyway. grep works on Mac as well, correct? – hydroparadise Jan 11 '13 at 17:43
Yes grep work on OS X too. By the way, install the GNU version, it's really faster than OS X's default. – toasted_flakes Jan 11 '13 at 18:03

GrepWin and/or strings should do.

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And of course Windows has the find and findstr commands, which are analogous to *nix’s grep. I don’t know how find and findstr would fare on binary data, but it makes sense to pipe strings into one of them. – Scott Jan 11 '13 at 18:34

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