In A Nutshell
This year, some reliable Usenet indexes (like NZBS.org) have disappeared However, there are still some good Usenet indexes out there. Here are my recommendations:
- NZB.su (instant free access to their index)
- NZBHangout (newly open for registration)
- nMatrix (private registration)
- NZBmegasearch (external program)
- aBook.ws (indexes audio books)
There’s a more detail list on this page.
The Best Usenet Indexer Overall
Typically, NZB.su will be the only Usenet index you need. They offer free and paid Usenet index access. The site has managed to get good reviews from users, particularly those who came over from the popular index NZBS.org. The registration process is very easy and you get instant free access to the index.
Before you can start downloading from the Usenet, you need to pay for Usenet access from a provider. You can expect to pay about $10-$20 per month for access. I recommend Astraweb, and these are my other recommended Usenet Providers. I also recommending getting a back-up block account from a provider like (Tweaknews or ThunderNews) .
The Best Usenet Client: SABNZDb
You’ll need an application to download all your files. My recommended app is SABnzbd (for Windows, Mac and Linux). If you download a lot consider saving file directly to an external hard drive.
Use a VPN
It’s unlikely that you’ll be spied upon when using the Usenet, but it still a possibility. Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a straightforward way to conceal your IP address, and ensure your privacy. The best VPNs are those have policies that allow P2P transfers on their servers, like Private Internet Access. See all my recommended providers in this post: The Best VPN For P2P In 2013.
Usenet servers hold all kinds of material, sometimes of questionable origin and legality. Please be careful and check if your downloading is legal in your country.