How To Search Usenet

usenet searchOne of the biggest problems you will face when taking advantage of Usenet will be how to find what you are looking for aka searching Usenet. While Usenet has no central organization, depending on whom you ask more than 100,000 newsgroups .

Most of the action with regards to binary files take places in about 50 to 100 of the newgroups however downloading all the message headers from even these core Newsgroups can be time intensive way to search the web & Usenet.

You have a few solutions to resolve this situation. Here are three ideas.

  • Choose a GOOD newsreader with search integrated ( Newsbin and the Newshosting Newsreader both have search built in ) then download all the recent and relevant headers from the newsgroups when you open your Newsreader. You will need a very GOOD newsreader as mentioned because this option uses a lot of memory. Although this is time intensive, this is the best way to search Usenet but can be limited by the capabilities of your computer as this strategy will NOT work for any of the free newsreaders. Review our  best usenet newsreaders here.
  • Signup for a service commonly refered to as an NZB site/forum – such as NZBMatrix or Newzbin which are run by volunteers and have already sorted a large majority of binary files on Usenet and have posted them link. While this is never as good as manually searching all the Newsgroups yourself, you will save yourself a LOT of time. Review our comparison of NZB sites to choose the best NZB sites for you.
  • Use a popular Usenet search engines to quickly search Usenet. Create an NZB and download and import that NZB file with your newsreader to starting downloading a binary file from your Usenet service providers. Top recommendations for NZB search engines include and

Be sure to check out our comparison of the best NZB sites and read our article on Usenet search Engines for further reading.

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