Illegal Search Engines are 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 links which may be illegal in some countries.
Or, these may be search engines that 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 Engines 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 of.
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?
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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 do know not where to start on the Deep web, this can be a pretty good place to do so!
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 that clearly are on the other side of the law.
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 engine 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 it.
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?
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 engines 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.
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 engine list in itself, or more like illegal websites list or a directory basically “illegal” being the keyword 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.
Meaning, it can be used to land on random, unknown websites on the Deep web, which quite often turn out to be “not so legal” such as a Bitcoin money launderer maybe, or a porn website.
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 weirdest 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, and 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 again is a link directory, something identical to the Uncensored Hidden Wiki, but obviously it has its differences.
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, 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.
Onion Search Engine (OSE)
On the homepage, you get two options; “Onion Network” and “Standard Network”. You need to select “Onion Network” if you’re trying to access websites that are on the .onion network.
The search engines obviously aren’t illegal but it does index potentially illegal websites on their onion network database.
It shows the online/offline status of each displayed URL on the result page! Unfortunately, quite a few results are duplicated (from the same primary domain).
It also has features for ads, URL shortening, image and video searching, etc. On the right sidebar, it also sometimes shows a snippet just like Wikipedia displays for certain keywords.
For each search, it’ll also display video results at the top. Do note that the video results redirect to its clearnet domain and video service and may not be as anonymous as the onion counterpart.
In a nutshell, it’s feature-rich, has a rather impressive database, and clearly shows you illegal search results.
Gibiru markets itself as “Uncensored Anonymous Search”; so even though it doesn’t display .onion links, it still is a 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 engine list as it helps you keep your anonymity and privacy airtight just in case you have ulterior motives, unconsciously land at a site, or do something which you shouldn’t do.
The name hints at certain facts, doesn’t it? For starters, the search engine tries to be “Google” on the darknet. Even the logo is almost identical.
The search interface is almost exactly like Google. The title page, meta-description, and URLs are displayed for each search. However, unlike Google, there are absolutely no ads. It also can’t be used to search for images/maps or anything else. Only keyword queries are indexed.
The database while not massively impressive, is acceptable. We did compare the no. of search results with some other darknet search engines. It also has an option that lets anyone add their website(s) to the database. It’s free, instant, and anonymous. Do note that it may not be linked to the actual Google in any way.
It’s a dark web search engine that’s only available on the .onion network. We love its simplicity and clean interface.
There’s a search bar that accepts keywords you wish to search for. The database is pretty impressive, especially considering that this illegal darknet search engine is just about 2 years old.
The search page is just as clean as the home page. There are no cluttered meta descriptions either.
The engine allows anyone to add their own URLs to its index. It does accept ads though and charges $100.00 for a higher position and $50.00 for lower placements. Accepts Bitcoins for ad placements.
It obviously shows illegal .onion results for your search queries.
Deep Search is one of the best illegal deep links search engines because it has a massive database of 258981+ .onion websites indexed on its database.
The website is free to use and obviously doesn’t (or can’t because you’re using Tor and hopefully a no-log VPN) track you.
The homepage does display a dozen or so ad banners. What’s a relief is that the actual results page has no ads whatsoever!
Each result shows the .onion address, the website’s name, and a short meta description. Fortunately, duplicate results are blocked.
It also shows the last online time for each URL which helps avoid dead/downlinks. The result page is also on “unlimited scroll” by default. This means there are no “pages”. You can keep scrolling down till you reach the last of these results.
This is a search engine that’s different from others on this list in many ways. For starters, one of its co-founders Fred Cornell worked at Yahoo for 12 years. He even accepted private and personal information not being safe with those search engine giants.
Secondly, Oscobo doesn’t have its own index or search engine algorithm, rather, the index is rented from Yahoo itself. In other words, Oscobo takes the index and offers it to us in a much more privacy-respecting manner.
Third, Oscobo was initially launched just for the UK. However, today it’s accessible globally. It is based in the UK means the laws there are a lot better than those in the U.S. and your data is comparatively safer.
The search engine is pretty straightforward. There’s absolutely no additional option/feature on the homepage except a “search-box”. You type your query and get your results.
The interface is strikingly similar to Google. There are absolutely no ads so far though. It also offers a standalone browser.
Tor Search Engine
The website did an impressive job when it comes to naming itself. Yes, it lets you search for Tor (.onion) search results. The database however isn’t very impressive, only a few hundred websites may exist at the moment. In other words, if you’re searching for rare darkweb links you may not find them.
It did a good job with the meta descriptions. While most other similar sites display very confusing meta descriptions, the Tor Search Engine only displays the shortest descriptions. They’re mostly one-worded and do help understand the website better.
The color scheme resembles that of Google. It does display a few ads on the right sidebar. Ads can be bought as well. Websites can be added manually.
The candle is another one of those illegal search engines which don’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 that 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, especially on the onion network.
Again, it only “displays” results that 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, and 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, a search engine that searches and displays illegal search results, that about right?
WWW Virtual Library
Finally, would you trust a search engine that 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 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 that 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 that 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 sidebar that 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 this 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.
Libera is a perfect example of one of the best Illegal Search Engines to Browse the DarkNet. Simply because it itself is hosted on the Tor network, and is open to illegal .onion links, and maintains a database of the same.
So if you’re searching for illegal products, such as Drugs, Weapons, Counterfeit items, and so on, it may be able to help. It maintains a database of hundreds of Darknet Markets and platforms which let a user search for products directly at once using the search engine.
It has a UI somewhat identical to Google, the website’s name is displayed, followed by the URL of the exact webpage and a short description for the same. It’s commendable considering how most other Best Illegal Search Engines to Browse the Darknet do not display a description for their results. You can also either share the results directly or report it.
It also lets users submit their own websites to the index. The submission is much simpler than submitting a site to the Google index. Simply fill up a basic form, no registration is needed.
It also accepts Ads, they can be paid for using Bitcoins. Illegal Porn, Gore, and other such extremely illegal content aren’t accepted. Costs 0.011BTC for a month, 0.016BTC for 3 months, and 0.026BTC for 6 months.
151 Dark Web Links
This may not be an illegal search engine, but it sure is capable of getting you similar results. What does an illegal search engine get you? Links to dark web sites, isn’t that right? That’s exactly what the page above gets you.
In fact, it’s better than some of the link directories listed above. Not all of those link directories are updated frequently. Onion links are updated very frequently, and no one checks if the links listed are still working or not. Well, the link mentioned above does.
In case you haven’t yet noticed, it is a link to this very site. We compiled the mammoth list some time ago and paid special attention to detail. We’ve also mentioned details about the sites, maybe the pricing, some trust factors, the registration process, etc.
In other words, more than a search engine, you’ll be getting a link directory with brief details about every single link. Although note some links over there may be illegal and we do not bear any responsibility for any of your actions on those illegal links. We do not preach visiting or getting involved with those links in any way either.
Onion Land is totally a search engine that displays illegal links for us. In other words, it’s a Dark web search engine that can be used to find .onion links.
The homepage imparts the “spammy” feeling, all thanks to the hoard of ads it displays. But apart from those, the search engine totally works. There’s the standard text box using which you can search for whatever it is you seek.
Simply enter the keyword you wish to search for, and it brings back .onion results for the same. For e.g. searching for “match-fixing” brought back a number of fixed-game sites. (It’s illegal to actually use those sites, do not get involved in any illegal activity).
If you’re completely new, it even has a “I’m feeling lucky” button. Simply click it without any links and a bunch of random .onion sites will be fetched. One of the few illegal dark web search engines to also have an “image database” which can be used to search for images directly.
Even has a “Most popular” link at its footer. Using it you get detailed, neatly organized (from A-Z) keywords that are the most searched on the search engine. (Beware, may contain extremely illegal content).
Along with the link and description, also displays a “site down” message if the displayed site is currently down.
Phobos truly is one of the best illegal search engines.
It’s 100% clean, without ads. That’s extremely rare and builds confidence. It means the search engine isn’t trying to advertise sites it’s not sure of.
The interface too is equally simple.
No advanced features are available. You do not get online/offline status, page size, or any of those fancy lights.
Just enter a keyword, and it displays the results.
What’s impressive is it only displays unique links.
You wouldn’t be getting hundreds of links from the same URL, which is the case with most other darknet search engines.
The database seems to be acceptable. For “Drugs”, it got me 7026 results.
To put things in perspective, Ahmia, one of the oldest darknet search engines, only gets me 411 results for “Drugs”.
QUO markets itself as “the smartest dark web search engine” and I can’t say I disagree.
It has laid off all the common problems that most dark web search engines have and has implemented most of the desirable features.
Darknet sites often go offline, don’t they? It automatically monitors and removes offline links. Also, you don’t have to worry about accidentally clicking on an illegal porn link, QUO automatically deletes them off its database.
Another advanced feature is that it supports the “site:” prefix just like Google (never use Google.) It lets you search for strings on specific sites directly.
As of today, it has 1,000,000+ results and over 20,000 unique sites in its database. It also has an A.I. based relevancy check for all the sites in its database.
Grams without a doubt is one of the oldest and most established darknet search engines on the planet. It also has one of the cleanest and simplest interfaces.
More importantly, it has one of the biggest databases in the industry. Searching for “Drugs” got us over 700 results. This is by far one of the biggest numbers we got for the search of this keyword on any of the illegal search engines.
Despite being immensely popular, it’s not bombarded with ads. Just one ad is displayed at the footer of the search results.
The best part? It has completely omitted meta descriptions. That’s desirable because darknet meta-descriptions mostly are useless, jumbled, and without much use. This is what keeps the interface clean.
There’s not much else to it. The logo sure is a clear imitation of the Google logo. Even the icon is a direct “G” just like Google’s.
It’s a search engine that claims to “not be for profit”, and doesn’t store logs. So whatever you search for remains private. Obviously, the TOR (and, hopefully your VPN connection) protect you as well. It totally can be used to search for hidden dark web links on the .onion domain. It also indexes v3 onions.
The last update date of each page too is mentioned. It pulls the tagline/smaller keywords for each domain along with a meta description. Obviously, the meta description isn’t very useful and is mostly jumbled words.
There are absolutely no ads anywhere. Also, anyone can submit an onion for free. Be careful though, it’s not censored and we did see a few very objectionable results.
This is one of the most unique darknet search engines on this list. Instead of letting you search for “links”, it allows searching for IRC channels.
As of now, its database contains over 16 IRC networks in addition to over 303553 XDCC packs.
It doesn’t store any personally identifiable logs. Server logs are sure stored but only for a week.
It’s extremely active and sees updates and new file uploads nearly every minute. A full list of the available channels is shown as well. Channels with 20+ members are auto-indexed, smaller or channels not found so far can be manually added to the database via e-mail.
So, that’s a wrap folk as far as this piece on Illegal search engines goes. Now, considering you came here for these, here’s some friendly advice.
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.
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