Some torrent exchange sites are blocked by government orders or other reasons. Since most torrent exchange sites have copyrighted files, governments and ISPs block them, since it is illegal to download and distribute them in this way. In some cases, you may even see a warning that the site has been blocked. For example, this was the case when the U.S. government shut down the site KickAssTorrents.
In addition to being blocked, torrent exchangers are sometimes very difficult to find on search engines like Google. Google hides torrent sites in its results because of potential legal ramifications. Some extensions like AdBlock will also prevent you from seeing these sites.
If you want safe access to torrent exchanges, it’s best to use a reliable VPN. However, you should always be careful when accessing blocked sites, because they have been blocked due to law violations. You should always first familiarize yourself with the laws of your country in this area and find out which sites have been blocked.
The best torrent clients are uTorrent and BitTorrent. Both are compatible with most operating systems, they are easy to use, they are reliable and trustworthy, and both offer unique features. All of these features will only improve your torrent file-sharing experience. What’s great is that they are both free.
Find a Normal Torrent Site
Finding a working torrent tracker can be not only difficult but also dangerous. Even the most well-known services are sometimes unavailable due to the actions of copyright holders. In addition, a Google search often leads to fake sites containing suspicious links and endless advertising, rather than to the normal torrent trackers. Piratebay proxy is the best choice.
The site checks all users downloading content, the files themselves are always marked as reliable/unreliable. The user cannot get a one hundred percent guarantee of protection against tracking and malware, but this check reduces the risk of infection. There are also filters on the site that can be used to find files by format, quality, and more.
How Does the ISP Block Torrents?
Each ISP has its methods, we can only speculate. As a rule, the following methods are used:
- Restricting access to torrent sites with DNS filtering, IP, or URL blocking.
- Using DPI technology to analyze traffic and break torrent connections.
- Block BitTorrent ports (e.g., TCP ports 6881-6889).
- Bandwidth throttling for torrent connections that discourages people from using torrents.
Does Your ISP Block Torrents?
The easiest way to find out is to try downloading something on torrents. If the tracker has a sufficient number of Syds, but the download speed is extremely low, most likely your ISP is blocking the torrent traffic. Try to download the file directly while your torrent client is working. If your downloads are faster and more stable than the torrent, the problem is most likely on your ISP’s side.
If you cannot access some torrent sites, your ISP is most likely blocking them too. You can find online tools online that allow you to detect ISP blocking, but they have not been updated in a long time and are unlikely to work well.
Other Blocking Solutions
Change your DNS server to unblock websites. This is often the only blocking that your ISP implements at the DNS level. DNS, or Domain Name System, converts IP address numbers into website names. By default, you use a DNS server that is controlled by your ISP. If you switch from it to a public DNS, that will solve your problem.