NZB Sites with Open Registration

July 25 Update: NZBSooti is open to new members thru Sunday.  If you haven’t checked out their site yet I recommend it.  Just remember to sign up by Sunday.  To register visit https://www.nzbsooti.sx/.  In addition NMatrix is offering 50% off account upgrades this weekend.  The cost is $5 for life if you upgrade by Sunday.  To register and upgrade visit https://www.nmatrix.co.za/

June 10 Update: Dognzb is currently open to new registrations.  I’m not sure how long it will last so if you want in I suggest you register right away.  You’ll have 30 days to try out the site.  During that time you will need to upgrade to VIP for a one time fee of $10 if you want to continue using the NZB site.

April 17 Update: nMatrix is getting ready to go private.  If you’d like to become a member before they go private visit https://www.nmatrix.co.za/.  You will need to sign up and then upgrade to VIP status to keep access.

Mar. 7 Update: NZBSooti is open to new members this weekend.  If you haven’t checked out their site yet I recommend it.  Just remember to sign up by Sunday.  To register visit https://www.nzbsooti.sx/register

Feb. 1 Update: nMatrix is opening registration for one day.  Make sure to sign for a free account on February 1st.  The registration window will end at midnight EST.  To register visit https://www.nmatrix.co.za/register

Jan. 10 Update: Dognzb opened registration to celebrate the New Years holiday.  New users have 30 days to try out the site for free.  To keep your account active they requite that you upgrade to VIP in the first 30 days.  The cost is $10 for VIP access.

I know a lot of Usenet fans have been looking around for new NZB sites and search engines since Newzbin2 and NZBMatrix closed down.  You’ll be happy to know there are several new options.  Obviously they aren’t as complete as the big dogs of the past but give them time.  Better yet each of the sites we’re about to list is open to new registrations so you won’t need an invite.  The sites are free to join and use.  Some of them offer premium accounts or VIP status based on donations.  Check them all out and see what you think.

Nzb.su open registration

From what we’ve seen so far it seems like there are a few new NZB sites and Usenet search engines that have a shot of being the next NZBMatrix.  Their are several contenders and our favorite is nzbX.  Again though registration is open at all these sites as we’re writing so we recommend you sign up for each and try them all out.  Find the best fit for you.  Several of them are built off Newznab so you’ll notice similarities.

Here’s a list of NZB sites that are free to use or have open registration:

  1. DognzbDognzb.cr (lately they have been opening registration for short periods every few weeks)
  2. Nzb.suNzb.su (closed to new members other than by invitation)
  3. NzbplanetNzbplanet.net
  4. NZB FinderNzbfinder.ws
  5. Nznindex.inNzbindex.in
  6. NZBFriendsNzbfriends.com
  7. FindNZBFindnzb.net
  8. NZBidNzbid.org
  9. BiNZBBinzb.com
  10. FastNZBfastnzb.info

Remember to sign up for the new sites while they’re open for registration.  We’d like to wish each of the new NZB sites and search engines the best in building an active community of Usenet fans.

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Binsearch.info Site Down : What Caused the Outage

July 14, 2014 update – we’ve heard from a number of Binsearch users who are unable to reach the site.  We are able to confirm that Binsearch.info is down using multiple DNS servers.  Their sister site, Nzb.cc, is still up so hopefully it’s just a short outage.  Nzb.cc might serve as an alternative if 1,000 days of retention is enough.

January, 2012 – Earlier this week we had several readers question what had happened to Binsearch.info.  As the site was down for a time on Tuesday.  We didn’t try to hit Binsearch during the outage but saw the results as the data was rebuilt.  Binsearch had hard drive failures that led to the site being down followed by some time to rebuild the index after an older restore point.  Now users are once again enjoying the full benefits of Binsearch.

Those familiar with Binsearch know that it’s one of the best Usenet search engines.  A clear favorite among NGR editors and highly recommended for the quality and performance of the site.  Covering some 1,100+ days of retention with a very simple interface.  The site is very easy to use and best of all free to all Usenet fans.

In the past we’ve recommended temporary alternatives when sites like Binsearch go down.  It appears the site is 100% but just in case you can always visit our Usenet search area for recommendations.  Binsearch is our top pick along with their sister site NZB.cc and other leaders like Nzbmatrix, Newzbin, Nznindex, etc.

Head over to Binsearch to find the latest Usenet content along with posts from 3+ years ago.  Visit Newsgroup Reviews to learn more about Usenet. Follow us @NewsgroupRevs for the latest news and offers.

DOGnzb Open for Registration

July 11th update – DogNZB is no longer accepting PayPal donations.  They are working on contingency plans and have recently announced the addition of a bitcoin payment option.  The DogNZB staff has opened registration for those willing to pay up front with bitcoin.  It will cost you the equivalent of $10 in bitcoin for a membership.  Visit http://dognzb.cr/bitcoin to sign up.  You’ll need to make the payment during the registration process.

Have you been hoping for an invite to DOGnzb?  If so this is your chance.  DOGnzb is open for registration.  Last time they opened registration it was only for a few hours though so if you want an account we suggest you register fast.  New members typically receive a 30 day free trial for the site.  After that you can continue using DOGnzb for a one time fee of $10.  Given the popularity of the site and scarcity of invites we suggest you get in now.  During their current Bitcoin registration period DOGnzb is requiring new members to upgrade to a paid account during the sign up process.  If you’ve missed previous opening this is your chance to gain access to DOGnzb.

Register for DOGnzb

The site doesn’t really need an introduction.  Since Newzbin and NZBMatrix dropped out, DOGnzb has become the hardest ticket in town.  Not only is the site great for finding Usenet content, it’s also damn near impossible to get an invite.  Cheers to the DOGnzb team for opening up registration.  Even if it’s for a short period of time.  To sign up visit their bitcoin registration page.  It should say “Registration” at the top.  If it says “Login” then the open enrollment has already ended.  We’ll keep this post updated any time the site is open to new users.

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Build Your Own Usenet Indexer

Since the fall of Nzbmatrix and Newzbin2 there have been several new NZB sites launch and some close.  There are still a lot of people interested in building their own Usenet indexer.  Whether you want to index groups to share with friends or for personal use.  You have a few options.  Our favorites are Newznab (NN+) and nZEDb.  Both will get the job done.  We’ll share some helpful resources to get you started.

There are a number of options still available for finding Usenet content.  From clients with built-in search to NZB sites and search engines.  You can visit our main site – Newsgroup Reviews – to learn more about the latest software and websites available for searching newsgroups.  With that said the rest of this post will focus on doing it yourself.  With free source code and resources for getting everything set up.

Newznab Usenet Indexer

We suggest you start by taking a look at Newznab.  You can use Newznab’s free open-source code to build your own Usenet indexer.  They offer both a free version and a premium Newznab Plus (NN+) release that adds additional features for around $20.  Most the new NZB sites are built on the Newznab engine.  For that reason you’ll notice a lot of similarities between the Newznab screenshots and some popular NZB communities.

How to Geek Guide

If you decide to give Newznab a try then @taybgibb has written a great guide on the How-To Geek site.  Taylor walks you step-by-step through how to build a Usenet indexer using Newznab on a system running Ubuntu.  You will also need a Usenet provider with long retention and good completion to build the index.  The guide is very informative.  We noticed that both Taylor and Newznab have responded to users comments.

See how others are going about creating their own Usenet indexer.  Here are some additional resources:

Regardless of whether you choose Newznab, nZEDb or something else to build your Usenet index we hope you enjoy the outcome of having your own private newsgroup index.  If that doesn’t work you can always fall back on the old school method of downloading and searching your way through the headers for lost treasure.

Response to NZBSooti Site Crash

This morning NZBSooti crashed.  The admin of the site has been working the last few days to stabilize issues with the site.  Unfortunately the operating system crashed this morning leaving the admin without access.  He has a backup of the data but can’t access it after the crash.  It’s possible the site might be down for good.  If so NZBSooti’s admin is offering to refund members who paid within the last 90 days.

NZBSooti

Here’s the message NZBSooti’s admin shared earlier today on Reddit:

Hi Everyone, Last few days the server has been acting crazy and I have done everything I can to stabilize it… Sadly this morning the OS completely crashes and won’t let me log in no matter what.

Right now it looks like there are two solutions:

  1. Close the site and refund anyone who want their money back with the money left. (newer members first of course)
  2. Wipe the site and start over, tbh, I just lost my job and don’t have much time or money, but I am willing to start over if that’s what everyone wants.

We tried backing everything up, but I don’t have access even to the backup.

I’ve spent the last year and a half working very hard on providing as good a service, sadly its taken a toll on my work and finance.

If you guys have any other solutions ill be glad to hear.

Hope everyone understands.

NZBSooti Admin.

P.S If the majority here wants to shutdown, those who want a refund please send your transaction ID in a PM, it must be within the last 90 days so I can refund you, otherwise paypal won’t allow it

NZBSooti is a good site and hopefully will be for some time to come.  The crash may be the end of NZBSooti or perhaps a fresh beginning.  A number of Usenet fans have stepped forward on Reddit to offer help.  The event is still evolving but there are a number of helpful tips and offers for assistance in bringing the site back online.  Best of luck to everyone involved.  I look forward to an even stronger NZBSooti in the future if possible.

While the site is down I’m sure some will be looking for alternatives.  There are several other NZB sites and search engines to choose from.  It’s really a matter of preference.  Here are some options:

Usenet clients with built-in search engines:

Usenet search engines:

NZB Sites:

Once again I’d like to wish the best of luck to NZBSooti’s admin and everyone who is helping to bring the site back online.  We appreciate all of your efforts.  You can follow us @NewsgroupRevs for the latest updates.

DOGnzb API Server and URL Update

Are you having issues with DOGnzb giving an error that looks something like this one “No data returned from http://dognzb.cr/api?apikey” lately?  If so we have good news.  DOGnzb isn’t broken and the fix is simple.  You just need to update the API URL.  DOGnzb rolled out a new API server along with a new URL.  You’ll want to use either https://api.dognzb.cr or http://api.dognzb.cr depending on your profile configuration.

DOGnzb API update

Here’s the URL structure for the old API server:

  • http://dognzb.cr/api

If you are still using that in SABnzbd then you’re getting errors as DOGnzb is moving everything over to the new server.  To fix the issue simply change your API URL to one of the following:

  • https://api.dognzb.cr
  • http://api.dognzb.cr

Whether or not you use https is up to you but a little extra privacy never hurts.  While we’re on the topic of privacy I wanted to pass along that DOGnzb was not affected by the heartbleed bug.  The bug impacted those running OpenSSL v1.0.1.  Since DOGnzb is still running OpenSSL 0.9.8 they were not affected.  With that said if you use the same password across multiple sites it’s time to change that strategy.  Better safe than sorry.

Anytime we mention DOGnzb there are requests for invitations.  My suggestion is that you keep an eye on our NZB sites post along with r/usenet for the latest open registrations.  The DOGnzb team has been kind in opening the site to new users a few times already this year.  If you get a chance in the weeks or months to come I definitely recommend you sign up.  When you do the site is free to use for 30 days.  From there you can get a VIP membership for a $10 one-time fee.  I personally think the project is well worth supporting with a donation.

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OZnzb Heartbleed Security Update

In a moment we’ll share a security update from OZnzb in response to the Heartbleed bug.  Whether you are a member of OZnzb or other indexers I agree with their recommendation of updating your credentials.  Especially if you share passwords between sites.  Heartbleed hit over half the worlds websites.  Usenet providers NNTP servers are safe from Heartbleed but your indexer may very well be affected.  Ask them if you are unsure.

OZnzb Heartbleed security update

Here is the Heartbleed update OZnzb shared earlier this morning:

URGENT SECURITY UPDATE

After consultation with some external security experts we have taken the following steps to protect our users privacy and security.

1. Affective today we have reset ALL users API / RSS security keys, if you are using our RSS services or Automation with an API key you will need to update your programs with the new keys. they are located in your profile https://www.oznzb.com/profile

2. All users are urged to change your passwords ASAP, to change your password go to you profile https://www.oznzb.com/profile click on the orange edit button and type in new password, repeat the password in the confirm password field and then scroll to the bottom and click save profile.

If you have accounts on other indexers then we would strongly recommend that you also reset these credentials on those sites.

Our experts have confirmed that any site that was vulnerable to the Heartbleed SSL bug (which most indexers were and 60% of the worlds websites), anyone who had exploited this bug could have access to your accounts.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you, however we believe this is a necessary step in protecting our users.

:ugeek:

More information about the Heartbleed bug

Heartbleed is not a virus, but rather a mistake written into OpenSSL— open-source software for SSL implementation across the Web. It is a security vulnerability in OpenSSL software that may affect nearly two-thirds of websites online and allow hackers to access data servers that may contain username, password and other sensitive information.

With the disclosure of a bug in OpenSSL’s implementation of heartbeat, it is no longer necessary for cybercriminals to hack into the server to steal the credentials or private keys. An easy execution of a small code will provide them with wealth of information just by exploiting the vulnerability in OpenSSL. While this is happening, the server admin will never know that their server has been exploited and how much of the information has been leaked by the exploit.

Security researchers found out that an encryption technology SSL/TLS that helps in providing communication security and privacy over the network for various applications viz. web-based applications, email and VPN had this security flaw. This encryption technology that used to safely transmit e-commerce transactions, email, social networking data and other Internet traffic was affected by Heartbleed and this security flaw was enough for hackers to access user’s sensitive personal information.

This vulnerability allows anyone to steal the information which under normal circumstances is protected, by the SSL/TLS encryption. Therefore, attackers can steal a server’s digital key which is used to encrypt data and get easy access to an organization’s sensitive documents.

Security researchers also add that this newly discovered security vulnerability is extremely dangerous as it remained undiscovered for more than two years. However, Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer for Redwood City security company Qualys said that, it still remains unclear if hackers have taken advantage of the flaw to steal sensitive data from vulnerable sites.

Researchers at Codenomicon say that OpenSSL is used by two of the most widely used Web server software, Apache and nginx. This means a lot of internet sites would possibly have this vulnerability.

Kandek added, many affected websites will now have to have their encryption keys recertified as safe. That’s because even after fixing the flaw in their software, unsafe keys can easily allow hackers to steal sensitive personal information.

Moreover, every website / server / service admin, who uses OpenSSL should be concerned about this vulnerability as it breaks everything for which SSL encryption was deployed in the first place.

NZBroyalty Closed : Find Alternatives

NZBRoyalty shut down hours ago after receiving a cease and desist notice from FACT.  To be honest this is the first we’ve heard of the site.  From what we’ve read and heard that’s how they wanted it to be.  NZBroyalty wasn’t trying to be the next NZBMatrix.  It appears they had a community of members that enjoyed the site and it’s features.  We’re not sure of the circumstances around the site’s closure beyond the notice they posted.

NZBroyalty closed

Here’s the message that was posted on NZBroyalty.com on Feb. 12th:

What a sad sad day :( I’m really sorry for this news.
With great sadness and regret we have had to close the forum.

F.A.C.T have today 12/02/2014 @ 4.15PM contacted us with a Cease & Desist notification.

Here is the email with a PDF attached…. (I’ve not included the ref case number as I have not received permission
at the time this went live. If I get permission I will include it (awaiting on an email reply) )

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Date: 12/02/2014
Method of contact: via e-mail to copyright@fact-uk.org.uk

CEASE & DESIST NOTIFICATION
RE:      UNAUTHORISED DISTRIBUTION OF TELEVISION CONTENT SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT

INVOLVING: http://www.nzbroyalty.com

To the domain registrants and administrators of the website detailed above.

Investigators at FACT have been examining your site and have noted that it is predominantly infringing TV content that is being made available.

You will no doubt be aware of the conviction of Anton Vickerman, the administrator of surfthechannel.com, at Newcastle Crown Court. Vickerman was sentenced to a four year term of imprisonment. This case has clearly demonstrated that online copyright infringement is a crime and that the courts take a very serious view of those who persistently offend.

FACT requests that you desist from this activity immediately. Failure to do so will result in further investigation which may result in criminal prosecution.

Please contact us at the above listed address or by replying to this e-mail should you have any questions, quoting the above reference number in the subject line of all correspondence.

Thank you in anticipation of your cooperation in this matter.

Yours sincerely

Peter O’Rourke
Director of Investigations and Intelligence

———————-

We asked what content we needed to remove in order to conform.
But much like the same situation with nzb matrix it was far to much for us to filter with the staff we have.
As per… http://www.fact-uk.org.uk/about/members/
When you look at the list. It is ALLOT of content.
And leaving anything behind is just far to much a risk or even to control.
We are no longer under the radar. And there for we also need to dip out. Remember we have lives and families.
None of this was intended to bring problems and nzbroyalty was set up to deal with DMCA requests as per the instruction
while ever what was being asked, was realistic. Unfortunately this was not. So we needed to make the right decision.
We was ordered to conform to their demands as quickly as possible.

Sorry folks. Hope you all understand that this is out of our hands.

To all our loyal / frequent members. It was fun while it lasted…
It was nice knowing you all.. on behalf of the nzbroyalty staff team!

GOOD-BYE :(

For those unfamiliar with NZBroyalty (we fall into that category) they appeared not to be a Newznab style indexer.  Instead of automatic indexing they offered a forum where members could add their own nzb files.  That likely made it more difficult to comply with the demands FACT placed on them.  While they mentioned having a DMCA procedure in place it apparently wasn’t going to be enough.  We wish the site admins the best in any future endeavors.  For members seeking alternatives we keep a list of open NZB sites.  Most run on Newznab.

NZBSooti Testing nZEDb Platform

NZBSooti is transitioning from Newznab over to the nZEDb platform.  Rather then freaking everyone out with the new interface they are beta testing the new nZEDb at http://beta.nzbsooti.sx.  Current members are all invited to test the new beta.  Just realize you’ll need to reset your password.  To do so click on “recover password” and enter your email.  The site will send you a message.  Remember that the new interface is in beta.

NBSooti

Don’t have an NZBSooti account?  You can learn more about the beta in this Reddit post.  The admin mentions giving a few invites for those willing to test.  This is a good opportunity to join the site and share your input on the nZEDb interface.  Here are some new features available on the beta site:

  • 5 second Video and screenshot preview (VIP Only)
  • Much more content thanks to the superior nzedb engine
  • Better predb engine that uses a huge selection of pre sites to match to nzbs and rename if needed

Cheers and best of luck to NZBSooti as they transition to the new platform.  We hope you’ll join them in testing.  Just remember it’s a beta so you should expect some issues including menus that aren’t yet setup.

SABnzbd users will be glad to know that the new interface works just fine for api calls.  You can use http://beeta.nzbsooti.sx/api to test it out.  We look forward to spending some time on the new site.  NZBSooti will keep the existing Newznab in place until the new platform is fully tested.

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NZBFinder.ws Server Upgrade

Fans who regularly use NZB Finder ran into some issues a few days ago when the NZBFinder.ws site and services were down due to an operating system issue.  We’re happy to share that not only is the site back online, the NZB Finder team upgraded to a new server with double the RAM and loads of storage.  We checked out the site earlier and it’s working great.  You can visit their site at http://www.nzbfinder.ws to see for yourself.

NZBFinder.ws

There are a lot of indexing options out there.  Our personal favorites include DOGnzb and Nzb.su.  Both of which are private.  Keep an eye on our NZB site invites post for openings as DOGnzb has been offering new users the chance to sign up for accounts every so often.  We’re not trying to sell you on NZBFinder in this post but we do think the site offers some nice features.  Both in terms of free and premium access to the site.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the different access levels that NZBFinder offers:

  • Free (no cost) – limited to 10 API hits and 3 NZB downloads per 24 hours
  • VIP (€10 a year) – 5,000 API hits and 5,000 NZB downloads a day
  • Premium (20 a year) – 20,000 API hits and 20,000 NZB downloads a day
  • Elite (35 a year) – unlimited API hits and NZB downloads along with Spotweb access

You can sign up for a free account and test out the site.  You can always upgrade to a paid account at any time.  As for payment options they accept Bitcoin through Mt. Gox. along with Visa and MasterCard via Paymill.  One of the things we like most about NZBFinder is their involvement in the Usenet community.  You’ll find a team member regularly posting in Reddit Usenet discussions.  Answering inquiries about their site as well as general Usenet questions.  With the recent server upgrades we look forward to their continued growth.