For those that don’t like the hassle of private BitTorrent tracker sites, TorrentSpy, isoHunt, The Pirate Bay, BTJunkie, and Mininova are then no doubt some of your “go-to” sites when comes to finding content to download.
Well, part of the problem with this however, is that not only does your IP address become exposed for the world to see but, you also become susceptible to being tricked into downloading a fake file.
First made popular on KaZaA years ago, the MPAA and the RIAA have teams of people whose sole job is to fill the otherwise healthy content available with fake files and bogus material in an attempt to frustrate file-sharers into submission.
I have to admit it did work well on KaZaA, as it just became another reason why it was time to switch to another P2P platform. After downloading 2 or 3 songs filled with a shrieks and hisses, it was apparent to everyone that fake files were there to stay.
Public BitTorrent tracker sites are no exception to the long arm of copyright sheriffs the world over.
Their efforts have become a common hassle for users who sometimes spend all day trying to get the latest CAM or Screener only to watch helplessly as the download stops permanently at 99% completed.
You gotta love the fact that they do their best to make life hard for you, after all, 99% is the maximum amount of “ha ha” factor allowable.
Now I still don’t understand why people continue to use public BitTorent tracker sites but, in any event, there’s a new site called Fake Finder that allows you to search query a BitTorrent tracker to see if it has already been exposed as a fake.
As you can see below, it’s simple and easy to use. Just “cut and paste” the tracker you wish to verify and then select the “Find Them” tab to see if it’s been reported to be a fake or not.
How often the database is updated or who does the updating isn’t clear from the info available on their site but, it’s still a helpful way of ferreting out the debris and clutter from otherwise good and honest hardworking BitTorrent trackers out there.
For those of you haven’t been able to join a private BitTorrent tracker site for whatever reason, there’s a cool program called Tracker Checker that can be configured to keep you informed of when particular sites are open for registration.