Note On Usenet Access
Best Free Usenet Search Engines
If you need a better organized, more comprehensive NZB search, try a member-only site. These sites generally require an invitation for access, but they are often open for public registration — I list the currently open ones below.
Here are my recommendations:
- NZB.su: Very comprehensive index — registration is currently open — free search currently disabled — $15 per year for VIP access
- NZBFinder: Comprehensive index — registration open — 10€ for VIP access — for 30€ per year you get access to the Spotweb index (a supplemental decentralized Usenet index)
- NZBGeek: Currently requires invitation, fairly comprehensive index. Sometimes has a Captcha on the login page, but otherwise very good. $12 per year or $40 for VIP lifetime access.
- Nzbplanet.net: Open registration. Their search produces good results but somewhat limited index, VIP access costs £8 ($10) per year or £40 lifetime
- Drunken Slug: This index is said to be good, but I haven’t tested. Registration currently closed
- NZBmegasearch: an open source usenet index – here’s a fairly technical guide to installing it in the cloud
Combining Usenet Indexes
How To Get Usenet Access
Before you can start downloading from Usenet, you need to pay for Usenet access from a provider. You can expect to pay about $10-$15 per month for access. See my article The Best Usenet Provider for more details.
The Best Usenet Client: SABNZDb
You’ll need an application to download all your files. My recommended app is SABnzbd (for Windows, Mac and Linux). If you download a lot, consider saving files directly to an external hard drive.
Use a VPN For Privacy
It’s unlikely that you’ll be spied upon when using the Usenet, but it is still a possibility. Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a straightforward way to conceal your IP address, and ensure your privacy.
You want a VPN that allows P2P transfers on their servers, like Private Internet Access.
See all my recommended providers in this post: The Best VPN For P2P.