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Part 7. Advanced Searching & Search Tips
Still can’t find what you want? Can’t seem to find that elusive $99 software application? Here’s a few more tips for specific searching.
Advanced Web (Browser) searching:
Alternative Search Engines
Alternative Search Engines can offer untapped resources to your search repertoire.
— www.readwriteweb.com/archives/top_100_alternative_search_engines.php (be sure to check out the user-added entries at the bottom of the page).
You can also apply operators to a Google search to narrow down the search specifications. Or, use Google’s advanced search webpage to hone in on your target.
An example of how an operator could be applied would be this:
— “rapidshare.com/files” alvin
Google will now search web pages that only have the words rapidshare.com/files and the keyword alvin. This example works well for finding DDL websites that host certain links on rapidshare.com.
And here’s a great search tip for finding private BitTorrent trackers that are accepting new signups. In the Google search window, type in this:
Google will now search torrent sites that are currently displaying a signup page (and thus accepting new members). At last check, it came back with 674 results. (No longer must you fumble around with ‘Tracker Checker 2′.) You can also customize it your own way by replacing signup.php with register.php, account.php and account-signup.php which are also common “sign up” pages used by BitTorrent sites.
A collection of Tips for advanced searching (P2P):
This is a common term used to describe newly-released warez - specifically software - that is hot off the pirate press! A 0Day Pack consists of a “bundle” of 0Day software releases, all grouped together by date, with the date usually being incorporated into the title or directory name. 0Day packages are not official pirate releases (as a collection), but the warez within is always genuine and proper. Typically, 0Day packages are created by warez couriers, and are used to categorize warez releases into dates, instead of numerous individual release titles for a particular day. This is helpful when transferring (uploading) entire directories of warez through FTP, FXP etc. to other warez traders and couriers.
Due to the limitations of any search method, when a query is conducted through any of the aforementioned methods (i.e. Advanced Searching Parts 1 - 6), listings are often overlooked for individual items contained within a 0Day release. Being able to browse or find 0Day releases and 0Day packages opens up a whole new subset of warez that likely wouldn’t be found otherwise. Below are some of the implementations that can be used to find 0Day at the P2P filesharing level.
NZB Sites/Usenet: Conduct searches with the “0Day” keyword. Two examples are www.nzbmatrix.com and www.magnatic.com - they regularly offer NZB downloads of newer 0Day packages from Usenet. www.binsearch.info is another good site for 0Day NZBs. There’s even specific newsgroups that cater to 0Day, such as alt.binaries.warez.ibm-pc.0-day.
BitTorrent Sites: Some public Bit sites offer 0Day .torrents. As of today, mininova.org has 189 listings for 0Day (and 0Dayz) although most are listed from private BitTorrent sites. Many private trackers have a direct connection to “the scene” and offer a steady stream of 0Day.
DDL ‘Warez’ Sites: Many of these have a “0Day” category, but most won’t have any DDL links for the actual 0day packs from the scene. 0Day releases specified here are considered the most recent additions to the site.
IRC - 0Day - This goes without saying…IRC is a ginormous resource for 0Day warez - it’s everywhere. However, there are listings of specific 0Day channels.
0Day Tip: Since 0Day is very popular in its initial release (due to its recency), older 0Day packs disappear quite fast. What is available today may not be tomorrow, and it’s usually rare to find one that is even a month old, let alone one year. Public Bit sites are the best option for finding older 0Day packs, such as torrentz.com and btmon.com.
PDA software is always available through the usual suspects; BitTorrent, NZB, DDL and crack sites. Here’s a couple of websites that specialize in PDA releases:
— Firetunes allows for anonymous sending of songs between users on FaceBook. It works by interacting with your browser to change the “Send Message” page of Facebook. Your friends will receive a link allowing them to download the song you sent.
— FreeDrive is an addon for FaceBook for sharing your photos, videos, links, music and documents. Now with a multi-file uploader and progress bar.
Thanks so much for your articles. Sometimes we overlook the simple things. I have been trying to locate an old file and with your tips I immediately found it. Thanks.