Search Newsgroups or Check Full Newsgroup Listings to See What You May be Missing (alt.binaries)
The number and type of newsgroups available to you can vary, especially the binary newsgroups (the ones containing videos, images, audio and documents). Many providers censor the number and type of newsgroups you can access.
To compare your current level of Usenet newsgroups access, if any, to what is potentially available, try a full Usenet search or consult a full newsgroup listing such as:
Full Newsgroup Searches
- UsenetServer‘s full newsgroup search (search over 109,000 newsgroups!)
- AnonyNews‘ full newsgroup search
- or type “full newsgroup search” or similar terms in your favorite search engine
Full Newsgroup Listings
These pages list all of the newsgroups carried by the provider. After the page loads, use Ctrl+F to find keywords of interest.
- Newshosting‘s full newsgroup list
- UsenetServer‘s full newsgroup list
- EasyNews‘ full newsgroup list
- or type “full newsgroup listing” or similar terms in your favorite search engine
Other Usenet Search Resources (alt.binaries)
Sites such as https://www.binsearch.info/ let you search and browse binary Usenet newsgroups. By default, only the 400 most popular groups are searched at this site. To search its additional 3,000+ groups, select the ‘search other groups’ option.
Accessing Censored Usenet Newsgroups
If you do not have access to any newsgroups or to as many as you would like, especially in the alt.binaries.* hierarchy, there are 2 ways you can gain greater access and bypass Usenet censorship.
- The first (and free) option is to try accessing so-called open servers (these are news servers made available for the general public’s use).
- The second option is to use a premium Usenet provider (pay for separate access to Usenet newsgroups through a specialized service). Not all Usenet services are equal, so check our up-to-date recommended premium Usenet providers.
>> Update (June 2015): see our comprehensive article on ‘Best Free Usenet‘ which goes into much more detail about these two methods above. <<