In one of my previous posts, I had listed Isohunt as an alternative site for Watchsomuch.
But Isohunt was shut down way back in 2013 following their settlement with Hollywood studios.
So, how come a website IsoHunt.to is still operating as BitTorrent & P2P torrent search engine?
The website claims to offer…
… on its website.
But is it a LEGIT torrent site?
Or yet another SHAM to infect you with malware?
Let’s find out about this together –
Why Isohunt Shut Down?
Once known as the most popular torrent site on the Internet, Isohunt shut its door permanently in 2013.
It all started in 2006 when MPA or Motion Picture Association filed complaints against Isohunt & similar torrent sites. Then after a years-long battle with MPAA, IsoHunt agreed to settle the lawsuit for $110 million.
And by the end of 2013, the website was deleted from all the SERPs. However, soon afterward, its clone websites starting appearing on the WEB.
The original Isohunt team completely denied their involvement in the proxy website controversy.
Soon, the news faded out from the limelight & Isohunt proxy sites continue to be available on SERPs.
Isohunt – Legit or Scam?
Isohunt Binary Client Software
Right after opening Isohunt.to in your web browsers, this is what you see –
See the highlighted part.
Isohunt P2P torrent search engine is going underground, download their free P2P torrent search engine binary client.
Once…twice….thrice, it keeps on asking me to download their client.
I was skeptical. I had many doubts but to confirm them, I clicked the link in a Virtual PC I created using the Nox App Player.
And right away I was redirected to this SHAM website called donkeyfun.net –
Just like its name – Am I a DONKEY?
Again I clicked on the Download Now but & I was redirected to usenet.nl
Are you f**king kidding me?
It’s possible, most of you might not have heard of Usenet. So, let me break it to you.
Usenet was originally released as an online bulletin board system where users were allowed to share content.
There’s no Direct or Indirect connection between Usenet & Torrents. That’s why I was like –
Firstly, there is literally no connection between Usenet and torrents.
Isohunt – Legit or Scam?
Despite all these premonitions, I went with the flow & clicked on the download button I clicked on, nonetheless. That’s when I found Usenet.nl to be a Phishing Scam.
And when I googled the term Usenet.nl, the first thing I see is…
… multiple subreddits calling Usenet.nl a SCAM.
If IsoHunt isn’t a SCAM then why are they asking me to enter my Credit Card & PayPal details?
I know you don’t have any.
Instead, you might be wondering, how sites like Isohunt entices the users in their PHISHING SCAM?
There are reports that users, based on the limited information given to the company, have phantom debts to their Paypal and credit card accounts.
And that too without subscribing to their service.
But what if a user has subscribed to Usenet.nl? What they can do? Well, the website claims to provide their service for free next 14 days.
However, the reality is far from the claims. Instead, when you try to cancel their service, you would end up paying them from your account.
Finding the Real IsoHunt
This scam has left many users wondering whether there’s a real Isohunt website available or it’s permanently shut down.
When I checked for the real Isohunt website, I found it right away via its Proxy Sites.
However, downloading a torrent from Isohunt isn’t that easy as you need to go through multiple steps.
- First, download & install a premium VPN.
- Mask your IP Address by changing your location.
- Download the torrent file,
- And lastly, download & install the torrent client uTorrent to open the downloaded file.
These are the 18 Isohunt proxy sites I discussed earlier. You can use them to download your favorite content.
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Disclaimer: In any way possible, I do not endorse downloading pirated content.
I’m glad to bring the Isohunt Scam to the public eye. However, I do feel sorry for those who got scammed by this phishing scam.
After getting into this Scam many think that IsoHunt is permanently closed but the reality is far from over as you can access them using not 1, but 18 proxy sites.
That’s all for now.
Once again, I would recommend you to be careful before falling for such Petty Scams.