If you want to surf the darknet websites, there is one thing you must nick down – forget about conventional browsers and, most importantly, regular search engines. In other words, you won’t find any relevant darknet sites using Google or Yahoo. More than this, darknet URLs aren’t about website names, like they are in the Clearnet: they are made up of number and letter combinations, sometimes quite randomly – you’ll notice it as we get on with our list.
Below is the list of some of the top darknet search engines you may want to use in 2021 and beyond.
Ahmia is a search engine meant for .onion links. Perhaps, this is why it’s categorized as a hidden search engine when it comes to the Clearnet. The thing is, .onion URLs are hidden in conventional search engines and can only be browsed through the Tor browser. At the same time, Ahmia is absolutely legal and quite trustworthy. It is supported by Global Leaks and Tor2Web projects.
So, if you head to the darknet, Ahmia is going to be a reliable tool, as it displays hidden links available on the Tor network that aren’t visible in Google.
The Uncensored Hidden Wiki is another great search engine to start your way into the dark web with. This site will let you find the links to other sites and places you might want to visit on the darknet – exactly what search engines do.
This particular engine lists the majority of the significant, popular, and most visited websites – both on the Clearnet and the darknet. In general, this particular site is more like a list or directory of dark web sites, not a search engine per se. But it’s still quite useful if you’re just starting to use Tor and exploring the depths of the darknet.
Tor Links – as you might’ve already assumed from its name – is a link directory. The site features improved user interface design and even some graphics appealing to the eye. The categories section placed on top of the page help users to look for sites they need by narrowing things down.
Like The Uncensored Hidden Wiki, Tor Links is also a great place for darknet rookies, who aren’t yet sure about what they’re for. One thing you might find this site better than the Hidden Wiki is that it has more of the live links compared to the one described previously.
Most of the links listed on Tor Links are from the darknet, so if you order anything from them, you should understand that you’re stepping onto a shady ground that could potentially get you in trouble.
Parazite is a true darknet search engine. This is where you can just sit down and explore, landing unknown sites on the dark web that you’re never going to access using a conventional search engine. This may include sites that sell fake documents, bitcoin, weed, weapons, or what-not. In other words – this is the darknet.
Parazite provides you with links along with data caches and hidden files that can freak some of the more sensitive users out. So, if you decide to use this search engine, make sure you’ve got a strong stomach and flexible moral or, at least, that you will be able to cope with the things you’re not used to seeing in regular life that may be shocking, distracting, and straight-up offensive.
Torch is a Clearnet search engine that provides access to the hidden services available through Tor. The name is basically a combination of the words ‘Tor’ and ‘search.’ This is one of the oldest darknet search engines out there with a database of hundreds of millions of web pages.
As for darknet sites, Torch features almost 480,000 pages. In other words, you get access to almost half a million dark web pages, so you will definitely have enough on your hands to look through using this search engine.
However, if you decide to use this site, you should be prepared for getting overwhelmed by endless advertisements. Torch has ads everywhere you look – on its homepage, on the search results page, and so on and so forth. You can use it in a regular browser – Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome, or Safari – but it also has a Tor version, which strikes with its drastic change in the ad types. You will never see the same ads you see in Tor if you load it from a conventional browser.
Not Evil is one of the prominent darknet search engines that index over 28 million darknet links. And although this is not the largest dark web search engine out there, it’s still rather extensive. If you even compare it to Torch, the sheer number of links here is just extraordinary.
The sites can be filtered by title or URL, so you can decide how you want to use Not Evil when looking for darknet pages.
In Not Evil, you can also chat with other users or with bots in real-time. You don’t need to register or sign up into the system, so you can stay anonymous and communicate with others, discussing the links you’re interested in or just jibber-jabber.
According to the marketing campaign of the site, Gibiru is an “uncensored anonymous search” engine. The thing about it, however, even though it makes sure your search is private and anonymous, you won’t be able to access any darknet sites or .onion links.
However, it is quite valuable due to its privacy perks. It provides such features as a free IP address list, user agent spoofing, and cookie removal among others. Gibiru doesn’t track your search sessions and provides you with additional layers of protection in terms of your anonymity.
Although it’s not exactly a dark web search engine, it is quite useful for those, who want to stay off the track and private during their search sessions no matter the reason.
Duck Duck Go is one of the well-known Clearnet sites, for sure, but it also is available in the Tor network. Moreover, this the default Tor browser search engine.
However, it’s not actually a dark web search engine per se and it doesn’t list .onion pages, and essentially functions like Google. Its advantage is concluded in its anonymity and privacy features. Using Duck Duck Go, you can rest assured that your data isn’t tracked or collected – all the cookies, history, and other web activities performed through the site are kept off the charts. So, since there’s no personalization in Duck Duck Go, all users get the same results for the same inquiries. Yeah, this all sounds like Gibiru with some extra steps, but there’s a reason why the search engine is so popular.
HayStack is the site that speaks for itself. Its tagline basically says, “The Darknet search engine.” Well, there’s definitely a reason for this statement.
Now, remember how we’ve praised Not Evil for indexing over 28 million links? For that matter, HayStack indexes over 1.5 billion dark web pages! And this is an incredible number of pages even though some of them are dead right now since there are historical .onion links in the list.
The site’s developers also claim that this is the largest dark web search engine out there and, perhaps, this is something we all can just agree with. Another great thing about HayStack doesn’t spam you with ads and easily provides you with the true dark web pages that you’ll never access in Clearnet.
The Candle is the real deal as a search engine for the dark web. Whatever you’re looking for, this site will readily do its best at finding it for you. It definitely drew inspiration from Google in terms of design, especially that of its logo, but you won’t see any ads or sidebars – it’s just blue and green text on the black background.
The Candle shows .onion links, so you can find pretty much anything you want through this dark web search engine that is available through the Tor network.
There you go – some of the top search engines for dark web and Clearnet right here, in front of you. There are a few more things you should take care of before starting to use any of them, though.
The very first thing you want to do before loading these dark web search engines is installing and launching either Tor or a reliable VPN application. You want to stay anonymous and maintain your data untracked just for the sake of your own safety and identity protection. Tor network is quite unpredictable, so it’s best to hide your tushy from the all-seeing eye of the IP tracking services.
Combining Tor with VPN will provide you with an additional layer of privacy and data security that will keep you out of unwanted trouble.
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