Torrentz.eu permanently shutdown
Two weeks after pirates’ favorite search engine KickassTorrents closed doors following the arrest of alleged founder Artem Vaulin in Poland, the torrent community has lost another major player today – and this time it’s Torrentz.eu.
Torrentz was a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine combining results from dozens of search engines.
With Torrentz now virtually defunct, the torrent community has lost two of its largest sources in the window of less than three weeks.
In the case of KickassTorrents, it didn’t take long before a number of mirror sites surfaced on the Web, promptly filling up the gap the prominent tracker left. We’re yet to see whether similar circumstances will follow with Torrentz.
. The homepage displays a welcome message reading “Torrentz was a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine combining results from dozens of search engines”. Clicking on any other links or inserting a search query redirects to a page displaying another message that reads “Torrentz will always love you. Farewell.”
Torrentz was launched back in July 2003 and was used to index torrents from other popular torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay, Kickass Torrents, ExtraTorrent etc. You could enter your search query and have the results show up covering numerous torrent sites. The advantage here was that you got access to more trackers for a particular torrent so that if few of them went down, you could still have the torrent working.
According to Softpedia, the other Torrentz domains including .ME, .CH, and .IN display the same messages, along with the HTTPS site. This mysterious shutdown comes after a couple of weeks from the arrest of the alleged owner of Kickass Torrents (KAT), one of the most popular among the torrent sites. After the arrest, the website was closed down as well, although clone sites emerged later. Last year, we also saw Yify (YTS) shutdown and the The Pirate Baycontinuing its on and off battle to stay online.In the case of KickassTorrents, it didn’t take long before a number of mirror sites surfaced on the Web, promptly filling up the gap the prominent tracker left. We’re yet to see whether similar circumstances will follow with Torrentz.