Top 6 Underground Search Engines You Never Knew About
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Everyone loves Google and Bing, but normal search engines only brush the surface of the internet. To dive into the underground internet, you need to use underground search engines.

What’s the underground internet?

Most people don’t realize that there are many areas you can’t get to with a normal search engine. These include dynamic pages that provide information when you load them, and online databases that only return results when you search them.

The following specialized underground search engines let you access all those hidden areas of the internet.

1. Torrent Search Engines

If you aren’t familiar with torrents, it’s essentially a shared file that other nodes (computers) on the network can download. People access these networks using torrent clients like BitTorrent or uTorrent The Best Torrent Clients to Replace uTorrent The Best Torrent Clients to Replace uTorrent Are you still using uTorrent? It's time to switch to a cleaner and more trustworthy BitTorrent client. Here are the best uTorrent alternatives for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Read More . Downloads take place in pieces so that even if you shut down your computer in the middle of a download, you can continue your download later.

With that said, finding available torrent files isn’t easy.

However, if you use any of the following popular torrent sites, you’ll have little trouble finding what you need.

The Pirate Bay

the pirate bay torrent search engine
The Pirate Bay has been a source for searching torrents for a long time. While other torrent search engines have shut down, this one remains.

You can search it for anything from music and TV shows, to games, and applications.

For listings, you’ll see links to launch your torrent client to download.

the pirate bay torrent listing

Limetorrents

limetorrents search page

Limetorrents is another one that’s been around for many years.

If you click on the Other or Browse links, you can sift through available torrent files (there are millions).

When you start browsing through the available torrent files, you’ll be surprised at the wide assortment of files available.

Torrent networks get a bad rap because of the illegal content you’ll find there, but you can also find useful things like free e-books 4 Sites With LOTS Of Completely Free Ebooks That Don't Suck 4 Sites With LOTS Of Completely Free Ebooks That Don't Suck If you know where to look, you can snag free ebooks to read online, download to your computer, or transfer to your Kindle. And you've come to the right place... Read More , manuals, and other hard-to-find content.

limetorrents torrent search engine

There’s even an anime category!

RARBG

rarbg torrent search engine
RARBG has been a favorite among torrent fans for some time. You can click on the Torrents tab to use the torrent search engine (or browse the list of new additions).

Or you can browse specific categories by clicking any of the links along the left side of the main page. You’ll also find a frequently updated top 10 list or read any recent torrent news.

Torrentz2

torrenz2 torrent search engine
Torrentz2 has been around since around 2016 and sprung up when the original Torrentz site shut down. It’s what’s known as a “meta-search” engine, meaning that it scours through results from multiple torrent search engines so you don’t have to.

The main page touts over 61 million files in its database. So whether you’re looking to find something specific, or you’re just looking to browse, you’re likely to find what you want here.

Search results show you download size, user rating, and the estimated download time (based on the number of peers that are sharing).

AIO Search

aio torrent search engine
AIO Search is another meta-search engine for torrent files.

What makes it unique is that you can select specific torrent search engines that you want to include.

The list of torrent sites this search engine plugs into is impressive. The results show up almost like an embedded web browser, with an individual tab showing search results from the individual torrent search engine.

You can also use it to search secret torrent search engines for images, videos, sub-titles, shared files, and even your favorite show.

Other Free Torrent Search Engines You Can Try:

2. Hidden Bargains and Deals

If you search Google for cheap laptops or other gadgets, you’re likely to see results from standard corporate entities like Amazon or eBay.

However, there are databases of extremely cheap (or free!) stuff buried inside a multitude of website directories.

Prospector

free stuff on prospector

Prospector has been around for many years.

It’s like a massive yard sale where everyone is giving away stuff for free.

The site boasts thousands of links to websites that offer things like free file hosting, free stock photos 5 Sites to Find Free Stock Photos, Videos, Audio, and Icons 5 Sites to Find Free Stock Photos, Videos, Audio, and Icons Find free stock photos, videos, sounds, and icons. With these resources, you don't have to Google anymore. You can safely use them in your creations, as long as you attribute it to the source. Read More , and free applications.

Bargains on Facebook

free stuff on facebook marketplace
What’s the best way to get actual free goods from your local neighbors? Since most of them are on Facebook, the answer seems obvious.

Just visit Facebook Marketplace, and search for “free stuff” to see what your neighbors are giving away.

Since Facebook already knows where you live, all the listings are in your local area. Or you can set the search area by changing the location field.

If you don’t mind paying a little bit of money for even better stuff, just adjust the price min and max fields to add a price filter.

cheap stuff on facebook marketplace

With so much waste in the world already, why let your neighbors throw away things that you need?

Free Stuff on Craigslist

free stuff on craigslist
It would be foolish to overlook Craigslist if you’re looking for free stuff.

Nearly every community on Craigslist has a free category under the for sale section.

Instead of going to Walmart to buy something, why not check Craigslist to reuse someone else’s?

It’s better than adding even more items to the world’s growing landfills.

Other Good Freebie Sites You Can Try:

3. House Foreclosures

One of the easiest ways to get into a home at a below-market price is to shop for foreclosures.

There are piles of these properties sitting in official databases throughout the web, but no easy way to find them with Google.

Foreclosure Free Search

foreclosure free search
Foreclosure Free Search is a search engine that sifts through various sources of foreclosure listings from across the country (U.S. only).

Unlike the paid sites—it offers price, address, and other information about the property.

Foreclosure Free Search is one of the unsung heroes of free foreclosure search engines.

Trulia

trulia property listings

Trulia has been around for many years now. It’s a real estate search engine that provides real estate information from various sources.

To get the best bargains, search in your desired neighborhood, and then click All For Sale from the menu. Choose Foreclosures.

trulia foreclosure listings

If you prefer to avoid foreclosures, Trulia also shows recent price fluctuations up or down. This way you can jump on a good deal the moment a seller drops their price.

4. Public Records Search Engines

Another common search that isn’t easy to find are public records. Most public records search engines 12 Websites to Find People on the Internet 12 Websites to Find People on the Internet If you're looking for a long-lost friend, or maybe want to do a background check on someone, consider these free resources to find people on the internet. Read More are disguised commercial companies trying to sell paid public records as search results to you.

The following search engines give you access to “secret” databases where you can search public records for free.

Public Record Center 

public record center

The Public Record Center is different. It’s more of an underground “portal” to government websites than a search engine.

However, it’s organized so well that it’ll save you a lot of time if you’re not sure where to go to find the public database.

Using the Public Record Center you can find government databases for court judgments and liens, conduct asset searches, and even look up copyright and trademark information.

The Public Record Authority

the public record authority

Like the Public Record Center, the Public Record Authority is a trustworthy resource for links to your local and state public databases.

The site offers browsable lists of court records, federal agency databases, and unclaimed funds.

Make sure to check your state records for unclaimed funds under your name. You never know what might turn up!

Other Public Records Portals You Can Try:

5. Legal Search Engines

Ever hear of a search engine that lets you dig up legal information from the web?

Neither did I, until I discovered Cornell’s Legal Information Institute.

This amazing little search engine digs through the institute’s extensive legal library and pulls out any information that you might need. This could include family law, criminal law, labor law and much more.

legal information institute

There are search engines buried throughout this excellent legal resource providing court opinion information, constitutional insights, and much more.

If you have any interest in law at all, take some time to check this one out.

Other Legal Search Engines You Can Try:

6. UFO Sightings

If you’re into UFOs, you’ll love the amazing stories you’ll read about in all the underground databases for UFO sightings.

All the private national UFO sightings centers maintain meticulous records of everyone who calls in a report.

MUFON Case Management System

mufon ufo database
The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) is one of the nation’s central clearinghouses for UFO sightings.

MUFON investigators receive calls about sightings and then head out on field investigations. They then enter the information they gather into their reporting database.

This database is completely open to the public and searchable only through this case search form. Google has no idea any of these stories exist.

UFO Stalker

ufo stalker database

One of the most entertaining UFO databases is UFO Stalker. At this site, you’ll see an interactive map that shows most of the recent UFO sightings.

If the sighting was a UFO, it’ll have a UFO icon. If it’s a black triangle, it’ll show a stealth fighter… I mean a black triangle UFO, and so on.

When you click on any of the icons, you can click on the title to read the story.

Many of these sightings include lots of great blurry video and photos as evidence!

Other UFO Databases You Can Try:

Searching the Underbelly of the Internet

I hope you’ve enjoyed strolling through the deep, dark, depths of the underground internet.

If you’re hungry for more, continue on by exploring our list of the best dark web websites The Best Dark Web Websites You Won't Find on Google The Best Dark Web Websites You Won't Find on Google The dark web isn't for everyone, but it's worth learning a thing or two about it. Let's find some of the best websites here. Read More online. Just remember that once you head down the rabbit hole, there’s no turning back.

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  1. Noor Aqsa
    March 8, 2018 at 8:56 am

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  3. Jay
    April 25, 2017 at 7:28 pm

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  4. Bill
    November 2, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    BS. There is no free public records search.

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  6. Alfonso Osnofla
    June 5, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Useless post which is of course not Country Neutral.

  7. nobody
    February 15, 2016 at 9:11 am

    very useless post & useless search engines. Obviously a promo-post

  8. Steph
    November 23, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I keep getting a "warning" message to not open this search engine. Spyware and could be dangerous to my computer. It keeps flashing and basically will not let me go to the torrents search engine for this "warning" message. What's this all about? Why is it doing this?

    • roger
      January 21, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      i thought you would reply to this important question,your the genius.please answer the question,people want to know!It`s a scam!

  9. Anonymous
    September 20, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Thank you. Can't wait to explore each.

  10. cj ames
    May 28, 2015 at 7:59 am

    The best torrent site offers the greatest source of music and movie downloads on the entire interne

  11. musa
    February 25, 2015 at 4:41 am

    came a across pdfbook.co.ke its a search engine for open links to E-Book files found all over the internet. Its free to use plus E-Book downloads are free. But be careful ... its definitely not legal

  12. FREE
    February 17, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you for all of your FREE site and search info.... I understand the frustration on the " FREE " word being used so freely and turns out that what you wanted free is not. However , this should be no reason to not be thankful for the good info we have be given from makeuseof ...... much less have sarcasm or hatefulness to our post. Again ..... thank you Ryan Dube and co.

  13. Anonymous
    December 26, 2014 at 2:21 am

    total crap waste of my time

  14. reader
    December 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

    nicetly very thanking you

  15. oce
    June 7, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Useful article, thank you!!!!

  16. Unique Web Traffic
    May 18, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I never about some of these search engine - thanks for the info. I will check some of these out.

  17. John Bull
    May 3, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    All fairly pointless unless you happen to be a Yank

  18. cash
    May 3, 2010 at 8:33 am

    awesome.. I didn't know those search engine.. lol.. so google is not the only one?

  19. Aibek
    April 27, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Hi Robert

    Aibek from MakeUseOf.com is here. Thank you for letting us know about
    the issue with ads. could you please send me a screenshot of the ad in
    action so that we can investigate it and block such ads from appearing
    on the website.

    Also, if you could you tell us which country are you from.

    Aibek

  20. Robert Leclaire
    April 27, 2010 at 12:15 am

    If I wanted to have loud commercials blaring in my face I'd turn on the idiot box.
    Extremely annoying!

    I won't be back.

  21. Robert Leclaire
    April 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    If I wanted to have loud commercials blaring in my face I'd turn on the idiot box.
    Extremely annoying!

    I won't be back.

    • Aibek
      April 27, 2010 at 5:51 am

      Hi Robert

      Aibek from MakeUseOf.com is here. Thank you for letting us know about
      the issue with ads. could you please send me a screenshot of the ad in
      action so that we can investigate it and block such ads from appearing
      on the website.

      Also, if you could you tell us which country are you from.

      Aibek

  22. Sandeep Hegde
    April 10, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Seems like you missed out torrentz.com which is a good torrent search engine.

  23. Sandeep Hegde
    April 9, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Seems like you missed out torrentz.com which is a good torrent search engine.

  24. Fabian
    April 9, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Your article was very interesting. I noticed, however, you had a "poring" of negative comments from US readers but not much of such negative "pouring" from readers in the UK. It's all related to idiomatic English. Just write it the way you want it.

  25. SearchMaster
    April 10, 2010 at 3:35 am

    A nice alternative search engine is http://www.search2.net

  26. SearchMaster
    April 9, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    A nice alternative search engine is http://www.search2.net

  27. Steven
    April 4, 2010 at 7:18 am

    HELLO SCROOGLE !

    The engine you mentioned deals ALMOST exclusively with one or two
    PECULIAR TOPICS..... I have some doubts. Am I wrong?

  28. gregw
    April 1, 2010 at 5:57 am

    This is one of the largest search engine indexes on the net. I use it to submit my sites to, and to find interesting data.
    http://www.searchenginecolossu...

    The public records search engine is free but most of the redirects are not, co the usefulness of the site is questionable, especially when trying to locate people or information about specific people.
    At one time there was a site that was free at one time but I have not been able to locate it, so it may have begun charging like all of the others.

  29. gregw
    March 31, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    This is one of the largest search engine indexes on the net. I use it to submit my sites to, and to find interesting data.
    http://www.searchenginecolossus.com/

    The public records search engine is free but most of the redirects are not, co the usefulness of the site is questionable, especially when trying to locate people or information about specific people.
    At one time there was a site that was free at one time but I have not been able to locate it, so it may have begun charging like all of the others.

    • Ryan Dube
      April 5, 2010 at 5:59 am

      Yes - public record searches are very difficult to find, the one I found here, as you've noted, has a lot of redirects embedded throughout to paid public record sites. It's frustrating for anyone looking for those kinds of resources.

      Thanks for the site suggestion - I'll have to check that out.

  30. ryan
    March 29, 2010 at 3:46 am

    the public records search engine is not free like all the rest out there when you finally get to the end it wont show you any of the results unless you order the service booo!

  31. Jessy Brown
    March 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    thanks for your information. I only use google, baidu and Yahoo search engine. LOL

  32. Schahryar Fekri
    March 28, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Useful post ... thanks :)

  33. Thor
    March 28, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Check out Search Engines Worldwide,
    http://home.inter.net/takakuwa/search/search.html
    Over 3000 search engines organized by country of origin. Kind of overwhelming but fun.

  34. shaheelkhan
    March 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Acesoftech, one of the leading web design web development and SEO company which provides high-quality and professional web services. We provide better web design service but the changes are very low. This Kolkata based web design company is known among clients for its excellent services.

  35. shaheelkhan
    March 26, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Kolkata web design companyAcesoftech, one of the leading web design web development and SEO company which provides high-quality and professional web services. We provide better web design service but the changes are very low. This Kolkata based web design company is known among clients for its excellent services.

  36. shaheelkhan
    March 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Acesoftech, one of the leading web design web development and SEO company which provides high-quality and professional web services. We provide better web design service but the changes are very low. This Kolkata based web design company is known among clients for its excellent services.

  37. Zdenek
    March 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I'm the owner of Prospector.cz and I want to say that there are no links to spyware/adware or any other malicious sites. But currently there is more than 3400 links so it's almost impossible to check daily every site and every file that can be downloaded from these linked sites. So, if you'll find something harmful, please let me know so I can fix it. Thanks.

  38. Paul
    March 22, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    http://www.blackle.com
    Eco Friendly Search Engine

  39. Paul
    March 23, 2010 at 5:22 am

    http://www.blackle.com
    Eco Friendly Search Engine

  40. Donald Jordan
    March 21, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Hi, why is it that after I spend quite a time reading through your recommendations only then to find out that they are only US based. Why not say at the beginning of each article if the site you are recommending are useful worldwide or just US.
    I am in the UK
    I would like to add that your site is brilliant, lets make it better.

    Regards
    Don Jordan

    • Ryan Dube
      April 5, 2010 at 5:57 am

      Thanks for the suggestion Don - I'll definitely keep that in mind and when I notice the resources that come up are primarily U.S. based you'll find it noted in the title. Thanks for the great suggestion.

  41. Staplegunned
    March 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Searching for binary files on newsgroups? Try http://binsearch.info/

  42. Staplegunned
    March 19, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Searching for binary files on newsgroups? Try http://binsearch.info/

    • tutaref
      February 4, 2015 at 9:44 am

      That's funny putting in the thing about binary searches twice :)

  43. Aaron
    March 17, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Well you know about the "pouring" vs "poring" thing, so why haven't you fixed it?

  44. Nunuv Yerbiznezz
    March 16, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    You're probably going to delete this, but you should at least have a chance to see it. In your description of the Torrent search site, you mention "...pouring through the hundreds of search engines..." This is wrong. The phrase is "poring over" not "pouring through". There used to be a time when a modicum of literacy was a requirement for being published.

    • Ryan Dube
      March 16, 2010 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks for your grammar correction Nunuv - always appreciated. I don't feel too bad though. Just tonight I was "poring" through the Internet to find this grammar rule and learned that it's a very common mistake, even among many writers. However, I still appreciate your comment, because without grammar cops, the Internet would become a vast wasteland of atrocious writing, yes?

      There was also a time when writers could spend several hours mulling over a single piece of literature, and revising it dozens of times so that it's "just right." Alas, the day has come where only the writers who can churn out 40 to 50 articles a month of quality content will survive. This is the age we live in.

      Thanks for your comment. I hope you stick around and police my grammar on all of my articles...these are good lessons for any writer to learn. You can be certain I won't ever make the mistake of writing "pouring through" ever again...unless of course I'm talking about a liquid. ;)

      Cheers.

  45. Richard
    March 16, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Are there any good search engines for sheet (piano) music?
    I would dearly love there to be one.

  46. drazen mestrovic
    March 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    You did something wrong,maybe you searched only in BT.
    Maybe you didn't noticed that you have 12 buttons(1 for every site) with sites names on every page,which you can sort horizontally,one under another if you want on every site,and there is more than 150 torrent sites which torrent finder search through.First results(from screenshots) are only from BT,and you have even torrentz.com included in torrent finder.

  47. mike
    March 16, 2010 at 4:24 am

    looks a pretty defined searching capabilities but still google rocks.

  48. Chris0089
    March 15, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I did not know about UFO Seek, thanks!

  49. Bimal Roy
    March 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Those are some good ones. Thanks

  50. Todd
    March 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    trackudown.com is one of the best people search engines. It really IS free to get phone numbers and addresses. You just have to register to see the results, but they're free.

    • drazen mestrovic
      March 16, 2010 at 3:47 am

      You did something wrong,maybe you searched only in BT.
      Maybe you didn't noticed that you have 12 buttons(1 for every site) with sites names on every page,which you can sort horizontally,one under another if you want on every site,and there is more than 150 torrent sites which torrent finder search through.First results(from screenshots) are only from BT,and you have even torrentz.com included in torrent finder.

  51. madhatter
    March 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    torrent finder sucks. i ran a few comparison searches with torrentz search engine and torrentz came out the winner. torrent finder didn't even have any results for some of my searches.

  52. Limão
    March 15, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Useful article, but you should probably mention that #4 (public records) only offers the directory service for free. The search service is not free.

  53. J Fletcher
    March 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    PHISHING ?

  54. J Fletcher
    March 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Very disappointing.
    Phishing?????

  55. J Fletcher
    March 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    PUBLIC RECORDS.COM IS NOT FREE !!Tried it !

    • Amelia
      March 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm

      hi, actually, it is free if you use it correctly, meaning a portal. Obviously theirs advertisers like any site today (hello even this one). The free links are to govt websites some of which have free online databases. If you know anything about basic research skills you'd realize what a good tool it is.

      • E.L.M.
        March 26, 2010 at 10:38 am

        J. Fletcher is right, it's definitely NOT free. Yes, it does have some useful links that I followed to various sites that may be helpful for obtaining some information, but it was still necessary to pay on those sites as well. All in all, it WASN'T free...and wasn't that the point?

  56. Linda
    March 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Prospector is rated very poor with WOT. People claim adware and spyware.

    • Zdenek
      March 25, 2010 at 7:42 am

      I'm the owner of Prospector.cz and I want to say that there are no links to spyware/adware or any other malicious sites. But currently there is more than 3400 links so it's almost impossible to check daily every site and every file that can be downloaded from these linked sites. So, if you'll find something harmful, please let me know so I can fix it. Thanks.

  57. ænon1mus
    March 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Sorry about that. There were only 6 to begin with.

  58. Diane
    March 15, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Ummm... I only count 6 search engines... what's the 7th? :) Thanks for the info, some of these look useful!

    • IrinKO
      December 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      i think he forgot torrent search engine - picktorrent.com