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Popular BitTorrent Search Engine Site Torrentz.eu Mysteriously Disappears (softpedia.com) 118

monkeyzoo writes: Softpedia reports that Torrentz.eu, the internet's biggest BitTorrent meta-search engine, has mysteriously and suddenly shut down. Visitors of the website see a simple message that reads, "Torrentz was a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine combining results from dozens of search engines." Trying to run a search, or clicking any link on the site changes that message to "Torrentz will always love you. Farewell." The main .EU domain, as well as all backup domains (.ME, .CH, and .IN), have the same message. The reason for the disappearance is mysterious, but there is speculation that Torrentz.eu admins decided to pull the plug on their own and avoid any future legal problems in the wake of increasing legal pressure on The Pirate Bay and the arrests related to KickassTorrents. It also cannot be ruled out that the site was hacked.
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Popular BitTorrent Search Engine Site Torrentz.eu Mysteriously Disappears

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  • First Post (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 04, 2016 @10:39PM (#52649025)

    I take it everyone else is busy trying to find another engine? What have you found?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Ah yes, I remember the days of old on /., when you wouldn't have to ask that question, there would already be several links of alternative posted.

      R.I.P. /., I miss it.

    • Re:First Post (Score:5, Informative)

      by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) <mojo&world3,net> on Friday August 05, 2016 @02:37AM (#52649447) Homepage Journal

      These days I find Google is pretty good, or DuckDuckGo if you prefer. Sometimes I use Yahoo Japan or Baidu too, because they seem to ignore American DMCA censorship requests.

      On Google/DDG try filetype:magent or filetype:torrent. With the former you can often get the link you need from the result snippet without even opening the site it came from.

      • by lucm ( 889690 ) on Friday August 05, 2016 @03:13AM (#52649525)

        Don't you find that whole torrent thing a bit labor intensive, while for $10/month you can get a gold-plated download experience on easynews?

        • by adolf ( 21054 )

          I find it a bit labor intensive to pay for Usenet.

          It's not even September anymore, FFS.

          • Re:First Post (Score:5, Informative)

            by Calydor ( 739835 ) on Friday August 05, 2016 @04:34AM (#52649701)

            It will always be September.

            • by adolf ( 21054 )

              No. I think September is done: The only singular group of unwitting, unwashed masses who have yet to ruin it for everyone are the North Koreans. And nobody's going to turn them all loose at once, so that won't spawn a new September.

              We just haven't managed to re-group since it ended.

        • Re:First Post (Score:5, Informative)

          by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) <mojo&world3,net> on Friday August 05, 2016 @05:49AM (#52649829) Homepage Journal

          I use usenet as well, but I find torrents are better for some releases. There is unfortunately quite a lot of spam on usenet. Because torrent sites usually let people vote or comment it's easier to filter out. Releases go up on torrent sites a lot faster too.

          Personally I prefer Astraweb for news. Similar pricing for monthly, but I use use PAYG because I wouldn't get my money's worth from monthly.

          Torrents aren't labour intensive for me anyway. I wrote a little Greasemonkey script [greasyfork.org] that adds links to a popular TV calendar site that go directly to torrent sites. I need to update it now KAT and torrentz.eu are gone, so look for an update in the next few days.

          Don't look at the source, BTW, I'm utterly ashamed of it.

        • by houghi ( 78078 )

          For me it is a moral question. I do not want to pay for it, so if I would pay for it, so ME that would be wrong.

          I just use google [google.be] and it would take almost no time turn that into a webpage.

        • I for one insist my downloads come on gold plates. That way if the download sucks I have free plates.
        • Paying to pirate? I'd first pay for the actual software/media, thank you.
      • by houghi ( 78078 )

        Google accepts the worde "filetype:torrent" without the quotes in your request. e.g. metallica filetype:torrent [google.be]

    • Torrentz may be dead, but there is another torrent search engine out there, torrentfrog.

      Also, it seems they published a database of all KAT torrents: http://torrentfrog.com/kat_dum... [torrentfrog.com]
  • by Anonymous Coward

    This a dark day indeed. RIP Torrentz.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 04, 2016 @10:53PM (#52649055)
    its 2016. torrent is so 90s.
  • It works for me like charm - no problem at all. I am based in EU.
  • It's still works for me... I don't know where your problem is...
  • Along with all these torrent sites going down for whatever reason, people seem to be getting caught more frequently; recently a friend of a friend was fined €800 for downloading 2 episodes of a TV show. Might seem like anecdotal evidence since its only one example, but i've heard of a few more cases in the past year. Looks like the chickens are coming home to roost. I've agreed with my girlfriend to get a VPN before downloading anything else.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      If you're a Netflix user too: Since you're in the planning stage (and should be VPNing all your traffic for privacy anyway), be sure to pick a provider with an IP range that Netflix hasn't blocked out yet. It's not easy to find one since pretty much all the lowendbox types have been blacklisted, especially the good ones (e.g. Ramnode, etc.).

      Don't want the girlfriend getting pissed at you when the dreaded “You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy.” message pops up.

      Captcha: fuckhollywood

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Fined by whom? The government, the isp, the courts, what?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Where does your friend live? This is kind relevant.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 05, 2016 @12:13AM (#52649179)

    Google search results for "TPB" used to take me to the latest Pirate Bay website, but now all links to TPB itself have been scrubbed and all I get are links to sites referring to TPB in a news story or something. TPB is no longer linked from Google. Bing and DuckDuckGo still work properly though. This only happened in the last week. I think something is up.

  • Never heard of this site, but there's a great alternative:

    https://google.com/ [google.com]

    (filetype:torrent)
    • Beware: that company spies and tracks you and also shares your data with the NSA and corporations. Do not recommend!
      • Google still returns massively better results than DuckDuckGo. And for spying/tracking, there's Tor.

  • by sciengin ( 4278027 ) on Friday August 05, 2016 @02:24AM (#52649419)

    I liked that search engine too, but that was quite some time ago.
    Several months or even years ago, they stopped serving decent search results, claiming that those torrents had been subject to DMCA notices.
    This is what you get when you try to appease the MAFIAA I guess: First you screw your fans, and in the end the Music corps turn against you anyway.

    I now mostly use www.filesloop.com which can also search on 1click hosters. Unfortunately it omits some big torrent sites.

  • Unfortunately, PR value and ranking the end of such a good website.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    IIRC, Not more that one or two US Senators, if that many voted against the DMCA. Wonder how many of them or their staff download copyright violations as torrents?

    Sounds like a job for Anonymous to me. Good way to see if A aren't just a CI arm of the Feds, at least.

  • Jesus, am I the only loyal /. reader who actually makes his living off content that is pirated daily on tubes sites??? I literally have more stress over feeding my family because of illegal torrents. I guess I won't have too much guilt if I decide to break into your homes and steal something nice I want.
    • Jesus, am I the only loyal /. reader who actually makes his living off content that is pirated daily on tubes sites??? I literally have more stress over feeding my family because of illegal torrents. I guess I won't have too much guilt if I decide to break into your homes and steal something nice I want.

      tubes -> torrent... but yeah tubes too

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