While most P2P users are honest, there are vandals who will abuse P2P file sharing as a way to propagate viruses.
#Alive Torrents focuses on torrents that have a solid swarm base and an active readership.
#Bit Unity This newer addition to our list is a private community that allegedly takes very attentive care of its users. If you have 20 minutes to sign up and try Bit Unity, please do, and confirm that this site is as good as some readers claim.
#BiteNova formerly known as “Bi-Torrents”, BiteNova is a free Torrent site with a spartan look and fast searching format.
#Bitsoup is a favorite with some P2P down-loaders.
#BitToxic.com While the name is awkward to type, these folks offer a solid semi-private search site. The memberships might be closed soon, so visit them right away!
#Btscene is a longtime player in the file sharing game. This website does have annoying pop-ups and adult advertising, but it does offer a solid library of torrents. It does a good job of featuring very recent torrents (good for people who follow television shows), and presenting many browsing choices at a glance.
#CinemaTorrents offers something really unique: IMDB ratings and vote information right on the search page. You can see public opinions on the movie itself before you download.
#Demonoid is a private community, and members are held liable for any leeching that their invited friends do in this community. If you are lucky enough to get a Demonoid membership, invite your friends carefully, lest you lose your own membership.
#ExtraTorrent is very visual and very busy. But the thumbnails and file information at this site are tremendous. This site is definitely worth trying, as it is very browsing-friendly for discovering movies and music artists.
#Fenopy has some compelling features. Fenopy is fully integrated with IMDB and Last.fm radio, so it offers engaging information for discovering movies and music. A graphics gallery of large and motivating thumbnails adorns the home page, and the fake finder feature is also very useful for avoiding bad files. Definitely give Fenopy a try.
#Flixflux a UK torrent site that is very popular with European downloaders. The advertising is not suitable for young people, and the sponsored links get mixed in with the torrent results. But many UK readers highly recommend this site for movies and music.
#Isohunt is a longtime site that has earned both the respect of P2P users everywhere…and the negative attention of the recording industry. While being sued by the CRIA, the Isohunt team continues to provide solid service. The Isohunt community monitors itself for fake files. When choosing your torrents, read the user comments, and only trust those files that have earned multiple green positive replies at Isohunt. Avoid any torrents that have red font numbers and negative comments, and you should be have good experiences at Isohunt.
#Kick Ass Torrents: This site is a new favorite with a growing community. The interface is a distinctive earth color, and the search results display in a useful format of columns, including torrent health. The best part of Kick Ass Torrents is their comment and feedback system… the user community watches the quality of torrents, and offers their recommendations and warnings. Kick Ass Torrents could become a very big player in the P2P world of 2010.
#LinuxTracker For legal linux torrents and virtual machines.
#The Pirate Bay for years, TPB was the premiere torrent search site. But since April of 2009, the Swedish courts changed TPB forever. The four Pirate Bay founders were sentenced to a year in prison and $3.5 million USD in fines. Today, the Pirate Bay operates within the technical boundaries of copyright law: not as expansive nor as deep with its new torrent index, but by using meta-linking to other sites, TPB is still an excellent torrent search destination.
#Torrent Funk is a very popular torrent search site that now supports commenting. While Torrent Funk also supports ‘verified status’ tagging, which some people prefer to comments. The interface can be difficult to discern between sponsored ads and the actual torrent links. But the Torrent Funk site layout is pleasing, the cross-movie recommendations are very helpful, and several About.com readers highly recommended Torrent Funk.
#Torrent Pond As a meta-searcher, Torrentpond will scour other sites for you, attempt to filter out old and fake torrents, and then offer you an easy-to-browse list. You will need to tune out the plentiful advertising and occasional pop-ups, but the site offers very thorough searching in return.
#Torrent Root as another metasearch engine, Torrent Root will scan through other search engines on your behalf, and display the results in a slick tabbed interface.
#Torrent Tree pulls its results from many other search engines. But Torrent Tree pulls *more* search results than any other current metasearcher.
#Torrentscan another meta-search engine that provides reliable results. The interface can seem cluttered, but just use the sidebar on the left to narrow your search results.
#Vertor: service claims to filter out bad torrents, viruses, DRM locks, passwords, and fakes.
#Yourbittorrent is delightfully clean and fast. For high-volume downloaders, this site is a really slick choice.
#YouTorrent looks very promising, and brings an elegance and functionality that you won’t find on most other torrent search sites.
#Zoozle a competent German search engine for finding specific files, cracks, and serials.