Former popular and widely spread torrent tracker ExtraTorrent was closed at the end of the spring 2017. This shutdown was not this only one during the eleven-year ExtraTorrent history.
The admins of site for torrenting state that it was done of their own free will in order to avoid the conflicts with the authorities of some countries, but the reasons are still unclear.
Who knows, maybe it was a kidnapping from the direction of ExtraTorrent adversaries, or the way to attract users’ attention by means of the loud headlines. But the fact is that this torrent tracker doesn’t function from time to time.
In the course of its history, ExtraTorrent was blocked in some countries. For example, ExtraTorrent website was among the sites to be blocked at the instance of the UK Internet Service Providers. The reason of this effect was connected with the copyright protected material owned by the British music corporation.
The torrent sites to be in the list alongside with ExtraTorrent are:
The list of banned websites is not complete, but even now it is evident that not only torrent sites were subjected to blocking, but streaming ones as well. The owners of these websites were accused of streaming and loading copyright-protected products in the music sphere.
Will ExtraTorrent come back?
Many people say that a great number of torrenting sites continue their existing soon after disposal, but in case of ExtraTorrent shutdown the situation differs a lot.
On the 17th of May, 2017 ExtraTorrent clients tried to access their favourite torrent tracker, but failed, as everything they could access using the necessary domain name www.extra.to was the picture with the words about the shutdown of ExtraTorrent.
By means of the message left on the former page of ExtraTorrent, site authors gave to understand that he website will never come back and users should be retrain from the fake “ExtraTorrent” sites. This note was left not without purpose, as six days after ET shutdown a new website calling itself ExtraTorrent appeared. It was accessible under the domain extratorrent.cd, which can be visited even today. The fake torrent site appeared with the motto, that it is difficult to close a really reliable torrent site like ExtraTorrent.
It is true, but only partially. On the one hand, the eleven-year existence proves this fact, but on the other hand, the websites appearing after the real ExtraTorrent shutdown are only fakes, with their own database, interface, technologies, functions and what is the most important USERS.
Fake ExtraTorrent sites really remind the original. So let us study them carefully and try to find as many distinctive features as it is possible.
The real ExtraTorrent website:
ExtraTorrent fake website http://www.extratorrent.cd/:
Fake ExtraTorrent under the domain https://extratorrents.ch/:
Another ExtraTorrent using the domain www.extratorrent.unblocker.cc:
Having studied fake ExtraTorrent websites, one may conclude, that they look very similar to the original one, but have some insignificant differences: inputs and search engine arrangements, the content of the articles and the number of torrent movies available.
Of course, it is great that there are some volunteers who try to help us continue torrenting by means of beloved torrent tracker ExtraTorrent. But unfortunately, we don’t know the real intentions of these people. Who knows, maybe their aim is not so crystal and inoffensive, one can suggest.
Possible threat of using fake ExtraTorrent site
There different guess-works of fake torrenting sites creation:
The first one mentioned and the least dangerous is the strong desire of ET team to recommence the torrenting website because of their devotion to the product they have worked out together.
Indeed, the most terrifying reason to create fake websites is connected with an evil wills of adversaries. It is known that some files, up- and downloading via the Internet may contain viruses and malicious software, which is very dangerous for the hardware of a device and users data. Trustworthy torrent trackers and torrent clients bother of this issue a lot and in this connection it is almost impossible to download malicious files on users’ devices having found a torrent files by means on the websites like ExtraTorrent. But those who want to seize users’ data or attack their devices by means of infected torrent files create fake torrenting sites and operate not in a legal way.
The third and the most down-to-earth reason is connected with money. The reputation of ExtraTorrent made the enterprising individuals help them to hit upon an idea that the users of former popular torrent tracker will be in search of the best alternative to ExtraTorrent search engine. Thus, having created a website resembling the original ET one with a similar content it will be an easy task to start earning money without paying much attention to headway of the website.
Want to torrent safely?
To be protected against such attacks it is necessary to use some security tool while surfing the internet and torrenting.
In the first place, the onion router should be covered. Tor network is a great solution to torrent and not to download infected files. This technology allows re-encrypting users’ data. In such a way, even if your data will be stolen by fraudsters, they can hardly decode them. The greatest minus of Tor technology is that it decreases the speed, which plays an important role for torrent users.
Use browser extension to block malicious files. Actually, it is the cheapest way to surf the internet securely, notwithstanding the fact that it needs some knowledge and experience.
VPNs will help to torrent in a safe way as well, as they not only prevent the viruses and malicious files to be downloaded on your computer, but also cypher all your traffic and change your IP. It is self-evident, that the last facility will help those who want to access restricted websites and services and be not identified on the Internet.
What about the alternatives to ExtraTorrent?
After ExtraTorrent shutdown in May of 2017, people started looking for the most suitable alternatives to the torrent tracker. It was important for them to find really worthwhile and reliable torrent sites.
Thus, having studied the numerous torrent trackers, we came to the conclusion that the following websites are the most optimal alternatives to ExtraTorrent:
Limetorrents impresses torrent users with a great variety of files available for torrenting: anime, TV shows, applications, movies, games and so on. Limetorrents is no doubt a good alternative to Extratorrent.
1337x is a great solution if you are a resident of Canada, the UK, Singapore or Canada, as this torrent tracker is available only on the territories of these countries.
The Pirate Bay is definitely the number one among the best torrenting sites because of its content, interface and stability.
If you are in search of a good torrent tracker that will substitute ExtraTorrent, be convinced, that YTS.ag is worth using because of its vast library of movies to download.
And finally, the last alternative to ExtraTorrent we propose is RarBG. It takes leading positions among other torrent trackers since the year of RarBG foundation. It also offers torrent users a wide spectrum of files to download from movies to software.
In other words, one should not get upset because of ExtraTorrent shutdown, as there are numerous alternatives to it with a great diversity of torrent files that fit any taste. However, one should not ignore the possible threat he can face while loading files by means of peer-to-peer technology used for torrenting.
Remember, that it is not always easy to realize that you became the victim of the virus or data leak. It is better to focus on preventing ‘disease’ rather than treating it.