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ExtraTorrent is back online, following its shutdown earlier this month
ExtraTorrent has reportedly been resurrected – days after it confirmed it was set to permanently shutdown.
The infamous torrent-sharing website ExtraTorrent went offline earlier this month, replacing its homepage with a simple notice that read: "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….”
As predicted by those behind ExtraTorrent, copycat websites have already started to spring-up to fill the void left by the torrent site.
Fans of the torrent repository have purportedly launched a new domain with all of the content ported from the original website.
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New torrents will be added to the website as well, the administrators behind the copycat site have confirmed.
Stay away from fake ExtraTorrent websites and clones
ExtraTorrent's Parting Warning
The group told The Inquirer: "We have successfully resurrected it [ExtraTorrent] back to it's glory at extratorrent.cd with all available data.
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"It's live and new data is continuously being updated. Some small features are not yet working and we are getting it fixed as we speak."
ExtraTorrent published the following statement on tis website, warning of copycat torrent sites
It remains to be seen whether the new site garners the same popularity as the original ExtraTorrent, or whether fans heed the warning included in the torrent site's parting message.
"Stay away from fake ExtraTorrent websites and clones."
ExtraTorrent followed the likes of Kickass Torrents and Torrentz.eu, which have also shut down in recent months.
The site was widely credited as being the second most-popular torrent community in the world, following the demise of the notorious Pirate Bay.
ExtraTorrent has confirmed why it has decided to shutdown permanently, but does make it clear that the website will not return.
First launched in November 2006, ExtraTorrent quickly became the world's second largest torrent index after The Pirate Bay.
Millions of people visited the community each day.
ExtraTorrent's release group ETRG has also shutdown, but Ettv and Ethd are believed to remain operational "if they get enough donations to sustain the expenses".
While torrents themselves are not illegal, the format has become intrinsically linked with piracy in most people's minds.
Torrent files do not actually contain the content you want to download – but instead point your computer towards those who do have the file.
This enables your computer – via a BitTorrent client – to quickly download the file in small chunks from multiple peers spread across the network.