Illegal Search Engines is what you’re here for, and let me start by saying that they aren’t as bad as they sound.
Here, the concept of “illegal” doesn’t imply that using these search engines is illegal, what it does imply is that these search engines may help you stumble upon websites and link which may be illegal in some countries.
Or, these may be search engines which do not track you or invade your privacy, and quite frankly do not care if you use them to get to the other side of the law (although I’ll strictly advise against it).
In simpler terms these are just better Search Engine than Google, better in the sense that they may display better, hidden, or exclusive results such as .onion links or they may grant you the privacy and anonymity that Google strips you off.
11 Best Illegal Search Engines to Browse the DarkNet.
Note that, using these Search Engines isn’t “illegal” by itself, although using the search engine, landing on an illegal deep web marketplace and then buying something or getting involved with anything illegal totally is illegal, even on the deep web!
Let’s teleport you to the land of Illegal Search Engines then?
Note: If you are first-time deep web user and you don’t know how to access the deep web links and how you can make secure you while at the deep web access then check out below-given guide.
First time user must read: How to access the deep web secure and anonymous.
It can in a sense be termed as one of the hidden search engines on the clearnet I suppose, for the reason that it is a search engine for .onion links, which are hidden on the Clearnet and can be browsed only on the Tor network!
Although Ahmia in itself is completely legal, and actually pretty trustworthy, backed by Tor2Web and Global Leaks projects!
The primary reason why I consider it better than Google is because of its display of hidden sites on the Tor network (.onion) which Google completely avoids.
So, if you know not where to start on the Deep web, this can be a pretty good place to do so!
The Uncensored Hidden Wiki
Talking of “Starting points” for the Deep web, this quite literally is the answer. What does a search engine mean?
A place where you can find links to other important websites and places you can visit, something like that isn’t that right?
The Uncensored Hidden Wiki is exactly that, it lists most of the important, most visited and popular sites both legal and illegal (primarily, and mostly illegal) without discrimination for you to visit.
It’s more like an illegal search engines list in itself, or more like illegal websites list or a directory basically “illegal” being the key-word here.
Even though not every link over there works, 60-70% of them do, although you may want to visit our list of 30 Tor most popular Tor websites which has a 100% working link collection to Tor websites! (Illegal ones too, yeah!)
This is one of the hidden search engines I visit when I’m feeling bored, yeah it can totally turn your mood around with its “I’m feeling lucky” kind of feature.
But, it does have that feeling you get when opening a door and not knowing what lies on the other side of it.
As a search Engine, it not only brings “links” to you, but a collection of hidden files and data caches as well, which include some of the most weird things such as real-life cannibalism documentaries or shocking photos/theories etc.
You should feel free to use Parazite as using it isn’t illegal, neither is landing on almost any page on the Deep web as long as you don’t “use” the page for your personal gains.
It has a better user-interface and is slightly graphic rich for starters, the links too differ although its categories section on top helps you narrow things down.
As it’s similar to the Hidden Wiki, it too is a great place for you to start if you just ventured on the Deep web and aren’t sure of your destinations.
Although it terms itself as “a moderated replacement for the Hidden Wiki”, pertaining to the fact that quite a few of the Hidden Wiki links are dead, and I found more of those “working” links here when compared to the Hidden Wiki.
Note that it does list illegal sites, and browsing them isn’t illegal, but try not to order something for yourselves over there.
It’s here on this list of Illegal search engines because it has links, a lot of them which are illegal pure and simple.
TOR(CH) stands for TOR+ Search. Well they also have a clearnet URL but I’m sure you wouldn’t want to use it for obvious reasons.
It’s one of the oldest search engines in the industry, and claims to have an index of over a million pages which is plausible.
As for “Onion” pages, the number is 479613 to be exact, just short of half a million which we can live with.
The only aspect I’m not a fan of when it comes to Torch is its massive ad-spamming! There are ads on the homepage, on the search results and everywhere else.
It does totally fit the bill when it comes to illegal search engines because its onion version fearlessly displays not only search results, but even ads which clearly are on the other side of the law.
Be fooled not by the simplicity that you witness in the above screenshot! Literally almost every website and article on the web about unconventional search engine has mentioned “Not Evil”.
Why? Well when it has spent the better part of its existence indexing over 28056215 hidden links on the search engine, that’s something it deserves, don’t you agree?
Obviously, the number of hidden links is more, way more when compared to that of Torch.
You can filter if you wish to see only the “Title” of the result, or the complete “URL” hence putting you in the driver’s chair for your searches.
It also lets you chat with humans, or bots, instantly, with a single click without any kind of signup or registration so that’s a nice addition in case you wish to verify the authenticity of the deep web links or just talk about what to have for dinner.
Gibiru markets itself as “Uncensored Anonymous Search”; so even though it doesn’t display .onion links, it still is better search engine than Google for the simple reason that it respects your privacy.
Some of its advanced privacy features include user agent spoofing, a free list of IP addresses to choose from, cookie deletion etc.
So basically, it not only “doesn’t” track you or your searches, but also provides you with some of the best ways to protect you further just in case.
I believe it’s the right fit for this illegal search engines list as it helps you keep your anonymity and privacy airtight just in case you have ulterior motives, or unconsciously land at a site, or do something which you shouldn’t do.
Duck Duck Go
Duck Duck Go doesn’t need an introduction, it not only is a popular clearnet search engine, but also on the Tor network.
In fact, it’s the default search engine for the Tor browser as well.
It’s not one of those illegal search engines by any definition, and is almost the same thing as Google, with just a lot more privacy and anonymity than what Google offers.
It doesn’t track “any” information about its users (us), not history, nor cookies neither web activities. Because of this, the search results are exactly the same for everyone using the search engine because there’s no personalization.
But well I’ll trade my “personalized results” any day of the week for 100% privacy and “no-tracking” thing which is exactly what the browser offers.
Haystack has a tagline that reads – The Darknet search engine. I believe the Darknet does qualify as something illegal, or illicit in the least, so obviously yeah the Haystack deserves a seat at this illegal search engines table, don’t you agree?
And not just the tagline, it also has proved itself by indexing over 1.5 billion pages! Now that’s a lot! Even though it includes historical onion links which may be dead at the moment, it still counts as an achievement.
They also claim to be the Darknet’s largest search engine although that’s something I haven’t personally verified so wouldn’t vouch for.
There seem to be no ads, none at all which is a good sign, and they do display illegal results directly from deep web marketplaces or individual sellers for drugs, guns and everything else so I guess I was right to include this one here, isn’t that so?
Candle is another one of those illegal search engines which doesn’t really care a lot about what you search for and is happy to serve.
For e.g. I searched for “drugs” and it got me quite a few links which redirected to some marketplaces for the same. It also showed “8793” results, which I’d say is a good indexation number for a term such as this, specially on the onion network.
Again, it only “displays” results which may be illegal, using Candle, or clicking on any of those isn’t illegal in most cases.
The logo seems to be a Google knockoff; although unlike Google there are no ads, no sidebars, basically nothing except Green and Blue text over a Black background.
Anyway, it displays onion results so I guess that satisfies what you came here for, search engine which searches and displays illegal search results, that about right?
WWW Virtual Library
Finally, would you trust a search engine which is free, not regulated by the government, and was created by the same person who created “THE INTERNET”?
If you answered yes, well you just got your wish! WWW Virtual Library was created by Tim Berners Lee, and even though it’s not exactly a secret search engine cause it’s on the clearnet, it still is quite literally a virtual library.
Now, it also is the oldest data achieve on the internet, and even though it’s not as user-friendly or graphic-rich as the Billion dollar Google.com; it’s known to provide much better, research-oriented and data-rich information on just about any topic including Law, Agriculture, Fashion, Drama ah you name it.
It’s run by a group of volunteers across the globe, and they even accept new members if you’re an expert in something or a specific field and would like to contribute; unlike the centralized Google.
Bottomline, you may stumble upon some golden nuggets over here which Google or other clearnet search engines might be devoid of.
MasterList Alpha as the name may suggest is more of a “list” rather than a Search Engine but it serves the same functions as a search engine, that is of letting you find and land on Darknet Markets.
Or more precisely, Darknet Market products. MasterList Alpha is basically a Darknet site which is run by a group of buyers who have listed 4602 vendors and 107,290 individual product listings!
The purpose of the site is to eliminate the need for users to manually hit up different Darknet market sites and find trusted vendors/products; rather it lets users search for products directly from the platform.
It lists products, their vendors, ,and the name of the marketplace the product is being sold. The marketplace also has a left side-bar which lists a number of product categories just like on Darknet Markets.
Doesn’t require any registration although supports it and also has a forum for users to interact with each other.
The name makes it pretty obvious; this Search engine is on this list of best illegal search engines because it “encrypts user searches”.
A basic outline of how it protects user privacy is ,the Search engine intercepts the search requests > encrypts them locally using AES 256-bit encryption > transfers the search requests to its own servers > decrypts the request > sends off the request to its search partners for results > search results are displayed.
It auto-cleans all search history made by users after 30 minutes of the search. They even claim to offer better privacy than Duck Duck Go; and one basis being provided for the claim is Search Encrypt’s ability to encrypt search terms even in browser URLs!
Meaning, a search on Duck Duck Go has an URL which is similar to: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=your+keyword&t=h_&ia=web, and this is accessible to anyone either looking at your screen, checking your history, or having access to your system over a network.
While Search Encrypt encrypts the keyword in the URL as well resulting in a search string similar to: https://www.searchencrypt.com/search?eq=d83212dkdsadakkda84313nakjs932139123kkdsk%3D
It also has a browser extension which can be installed for secure searches.
One difference you’d certainly note with SwissCows as compared to other options on this list is its beautifully designed and displayed User-interface.
Another major difference is unlike other anonymous search engines which focus too much on the “anonymity” part and leave the tech still old and basic, SwissCows is instead a Semantic search engine.
In other words; most other basic search engines would treat the keyword “Old” just as a keyword and display results accordingly; SwissCows on the other hand has the ability to learn and understand the context of your search; are you talking about a person’s age? Or a period of time in history? Or something else? That’s what it learns to understand over time.
It obviously doesn’t store any data, or use any kind of unique identifiers to track users. One downside (or maybe upside) is that the search engine is kid-friendly; and it doesn’t display results Sexual or Pornographic results.
The company has its own servers and doesn’t rely on third-party Datacenters or cloud guaranteeing anonymity, all of its hardware is outside US or EU jurisdiction helping it persevere despite their stern rules against internet liberty.
Their tagline reads- World’s Most Private Search Engine; although that’s debatable the Search Engine is definitely more privacy-respecting than the traditional ones such as Google Chrome.
StartPage is literally and technically Google; just without the Google-spies (trackers, cookies, data-collection bots etc.) following you around; that’s because StartPage pays Google to use their search engine but without those trackers.
It has a strict no logs policy and doesn’t collect any data/keystrokes/web history or anything else; as a result not only it can’t profile or track users but also doesn’t have anything to sell to third-party agencies.
An advanced feature offered by StartPage is its “anonymous viewing” capability; it extends the anonymity beyond just the StartPage search results; so that even when users click on websites from the results and leave the StartPage site they still can’t be tracked or monitored.
As for surface-level features, it has a similar interface to Google, lets users search for Images, Websites or Videos, lets users set preferred search-result language, offers normal and advanced search modes, and also is capable of displaying Geographical maps, Wiki Instant answers, search suggestions and so on.
It also has a family-filter for kid-friendly results and even lets users search from either EU or US servers.
So, that’s a wrap folks as far as this piece on Illegal search engines goes. Now, considering you came here for these, here’s some friendly advise.
Never use any of these illegal search engines without Tor or a good VPN! Why? I said these weren’t illegal, right?
Well, yeah using these sites simply to “browse” isn’t illegal, but what if you land on a website showcasing child porn? Or get caught in something else which actually is illegal? You never know what lies on the other end of a .onion link.
So, it’s a good precaution to be cautious, using Tor along with a VPN will grant you the extra privacy and security you need to keep yourselves out of trouble even if something does happen, either intentionally or unintentionally.
Anyway, do let me know what you think of these illegal search engines, and what you think of this post as well. How? Just connect to us on our Facebook page!