Sometimes, Google isn’t the best way to find what you want. If you’re looking to download something via BitTorrent, you’re better off using a search engine dedicated to finding, organizing, and downloading torrents. But there are a lot of torrent sites out there, with constantly changing names and URLs, so it can be hard to know where to start.
Many of these BitTorrent sites operate in shadier corners of the internet—which makes sense, since BitTorrent is heavily used for piracy and porn. But that means they’re often ugly, filled with ads, spied on by outside entities, and they may even include torrents with malware or other nefarious files. So do not treat these search engines like you would any other webpage—you need to be careful.
That said, as “public” sites, they also have a huge amount of active users, meaning you can probably find what you’re looking for, even if it’s obscure or hard to find through normal channels. (There are also private torrent sites with small, tight-knit communities you need to be invited to, but that’s a topic for another article.) If you’re going to browse public torrent sites, we highly recommend having a malware scanner with real-time protection, such as MalwareBytes Premium, which can help protect you from malicious ads and downloads. You should also have a good VPN if you want to hide your activity from prying eyes—or if any of these sites are blocked by your ISP, which does happen. Some BitTorrent clients may claim to offer built-in security, but we recommend using third-party software.
Keep in mind that these sites can change domains from time to time, so it’s always a good idea to check around the web and make sure your bookmarks are up to date.
Finally, note that PCMag does not condone piracy. If you use BitTorrent for sketchy purposes, you’re on your own when it comes to dealing with whatever consequences there might be.