The GSA Email Spider comes in a demo version, which you can download free, and a paid version that costs $99. The demo version has limitations placed on it, but allows a real feel for the GSA Email Spider. The download was clean and free from any ad ware, spy ware, or viruses, which was a huge relief. The demo does not allow results to be saved for auto mailing, but the full paid version does.
There is an annoying little nag screen which keeps reminding that the demo version has limited functionality and offers an opportunity to buy the full version. After clicking ok on the nag screen, a wizard window pops up that can walk even the newest user through the steps. It asks what information will be extracted, email addresses, fax numbers, or phone numbers. You can look for all three simultaneously.
The next screen asks if the search will be with key words or a website url. Below each selection, there is space to input the keywords or url that will be used. The next screen provides an option to parse up to 1000 search results, parse for sublinks, and to check for extra keywords. It allows for parsing on individual and external websites up to three levels deep. After pressing finish, GSA Email Spider sets to work.
As it extracts, it provides the email, phone, or fax number, the occurrence, the url it was found at, and even the country it is from on occasion. It goes through the lists fast and painlessly. It runs in the background while completing other tasks. The GSA Email Spider provided a tidy list of emails, phone numbers, and fax numbers related to a keyword search under an hour. However, results will vary based on the keywords or website urls provided.
The GSA Email Spider provides excellent customer support in English and German. If a customer needs help, it’s just a click away on the contact tab. There is a link that has a forum for customers to help themselves. Customer service can also be reached by the http://www.gsa-online.de/ website, email, phone, and snail mail. Having worked with the likes of The University of Berlin, Bayer, The University of Rostock, and The University of Washington, it’s unsurprising that their customer service is world class. The GSA Email Spider also has options for custom versions and additional features on request. None of the other competitors had this availability.
The Super Email Harvester costs $119 and allows only the extraction and sending of bulk emails. It does so using multi-threads through the email server itself. If the mail server interrupts the connection, Super Email Harvester will reconnect with the server and resume searching. It does not use the smpt of your local isp. There is not a function available to extract fax numbers or phone numbers with The Super Email Harvester. To add these features would require the purchase of additional programs, which separately cost $99 per feature. The Super Email Harvester provides free technical support and free lifetime updates, but is only an email extractor and bulk email sender.
The Email Extractor 14 costs $169 and extracts email from websites. Email lists can be saved for added convenience. However, there isn’t a way to extract fax or phone numbers on the Email Extractor 14. The Email Extractor 14 provides support via a ticket system for customers. They even provide a status update of the support provided for customers having trouble. The license key purchase for $169 is valid for an unlimited number of computers. They offer to update and upgrade the software for life with a paid full version, however they do not have the many functions available that GSA Email Spider does.
The Power Email Extractor costs $149.95 for a single user license, which means for only one computer at a time. It can extract and send emails at the exact same time. It also saves emails for future use in alphabetical order. It supports up to 512 connections at a time. They provide free support via email and updates for life to all purchasers. With the Power Email Extractor, you must select or type in each individual host. It does provide a drop down menu for convenience. GSA email spider has a list of hosts it goes through based on the keywords put into the program, which is much easier to use. The Power Email extractor does not provide the ability to extract fax or phone numbers.
It provides the option to search for email addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers and to save that data.
It provides additional data such as the website url the information was collected from and the country of origin in some cases.
It has tons of filters to get only the information needed.
It provides support for SSL only servers and https websites.
It uses over 300 search engines.
It’s priced less than all of the top competitor email spiders.
It has multilingual customer service with four different ways to access support.
Custom versions or additional features can be created.
Its user agent is random which helps to protect from anti-spider engines.
It doesn’t extract and send emails simultaneously like The Power Email Extractor