The Dark Web, as part of the Deep Web, is largely defined by the fact that search engines cannot index it. However, people have to find onion sites in order to use them, and many onion sites would be completely useless if no one ever visited them.
Which brings us to the idea of Dark Web “search engines”. Does something similar exist? How do they work? It’s a little more complicated than just creating “Google for the dark web”, but in this article, you’ll learn about some of the best “search engines” right after explaining the specific meaning of the term in this context.
Many so-called dark web search engines are really just link repositories. In fact, this is how the first search engines on the Internet functioned more like a giant telephone directory than a crawler that indexed the contents of websites.
Then, of course, there are the dark web search engines that search the surface web. In other words, they provide a super-safe way to find things online that you don’t want to associate with your history or personality. So adjust your expectations a bit about what it means for something on the Dark Web to be a search engine, and marvel at the best Dark Web search engines in finding hidden web content.
Google? Seriously? Yes, the most popular search engine in the world won’t let you search the Dark Web directly. However, you can use Google as a first step to find all other search engines that can search the Dark Web. So, in a way, it’s a dark web search engine. After all, that may be how you found this article.
Source: The Onion Web
Recon is one of the new generation dark web black market search engines. Announced in early March, it is the result of two years of work by the same people behind the Dread Forums. Engines like the Recon are designed to fill the void left by the crash of the Grams. This search engine has been revolutionary for its ease of use, but it remains to be seen if Recon can avoid the same fate. According to The Onion Web report above, Recon covers 40 different markets and 21,000 vendors.
Source: Digital Shadows blog.
Our very own Bill Tulas covered kilos in this great article, but if you’re in a hurry, there are a few important things to know. This is another black market search engine that should replace Grams. Find? A kilogram is a thousand times larger than a gram. This engine is an advanced next generation system that indexes an unprecedented number of market platforms. It integrates bitcoin mixing, direct auctions, bot protection, and has strong anonymity features. If the engine has power, it can be a kilogram.
Pipl is a search engine that looks at a large number of sources of information about people. For example, you can enter an email address or social network ID and Pipl will show you all elements of someone’s online presence associated with that name. The reason it is called a dark web search engine is because the service works with databases that are not available on the public web. Unfortunately, Pipl is no longer free, but if you really want to check someone’s background or identity, it can prove to be an invaluable tool.
5. DuckDuckCome on
DuckDuckGo is easily accessible through Surface Web and you just need to enter its URL in any browser. It also offers an onion domain, which means it’s considered a dark web search engine, even though it’s not actually a search engine on the dark web itself. You can search for onion links with this tool, but your mileage may vary.
What makes DuckDuckGo special is its ability to return relevant search results almost as good as those provided by Google. However, it does not need to store any information about you or your search history in order to do so. It’s one of the best privacy-focused search engines, and its presence on the Dark Web just adds an extra layer of security.
Torch is one of the oldest onion site indexes in existence. Although no one knows exactly how much information is stored on the site, Torch himself claims that there are more than a million pages in his index. If something you’ve heard about exists on the Dark Web, Torch is probably your best chance of finding it.
7. Onion URL Repository
As the name suggests, the onion URL directory is another huge dumping ground for onion sites with descriptions. More than a million sites in all accounts. That’s a lot of possible directions to look at, although no one knows how similar this is to a site like Torch, or how unique this repository is. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, we could not find a working link to it.
notEvil is the closest you can get to the Google experience on the dark web. The design of the site and how it works is very reminiscent of the search giant. The name of this search tool is also a direct reference to Google, as the company once had a “don’t be evil” motto, though it has been quietly retired.
notEvil provides some of the most relevant results and is probably the best “correct” search engine on the Dark Web.
Okay, Ahmia is a bit different from the other sites listed here. Instead of being a search engine that lives on the Dark Web, it’s actually a system that searches the network for Tor Hidden Services from the surface web. It also has an onion service and you’ll need Tor to visit any of the sites listed, but it’s pretty cool that you can search onion sites from any computer, not just one that has Tor access.
Candle is a relatively new project, first announced on r/onions/ three years ago. This is a creator’s hobby project trying to create a Google-like search engine for Tor. So Candle indexed onion sites, and when it was announced, it already had over 100,000 pages.