Popular torrent site ExtraTorrent has permanently shut down. The abrupt decision was announced a few minutes ago in a brief message posted on the site's homepage. This means that after the demise of KickassTorrents and Torrentz.eu, the torrent community must say farewell to another major player.
In a surprise move, ExtraTorrent decided to shut down today, for good.
Users who access the site’s homepage are welcomed by a short but clear message, indicating that the popular torrent index will not return (the message appears intermittently).
“ExtraTorrent has shut down permanently.”
“ExtraTorrent with all mirrors goes offline.. We permanently erase all data. Stay away from fake ExtraTorrent websites and clones. Thx to all ET supporters and torrent community. ET was a place to be….”
TorrentFreak reached out to ExtraTorrent operator SaM who confirmed that this is indeed the end of the road for the site.If you browse to ExtraTorrent.com or any of their mirrors, you see a page like this:
Not long ago though, this message popped up on the ExtraTorrent Facebook page leaving many of their followers confused:
If you browse to the link that is circled in red above, it takes you to ExtraTorrent.cl which appears to be a live mirror. i haven't tried any of the downloads though.
So are they down or not? Is this just some kind of ruse to stop people from trying to DDoS their servers? If you have the goods, and know what's going on, let us know in the comments!
[EDIT] It looks like they really are gone. The site mentioned above is a fake mirror and the links don't work. If you are looking for an ExtraTorrent alternative, you should check out our post on Zooqle.