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Can you point out how to access the deep web?

Asked by Anatelostaxus (1428points) December 17th, 2013

Deepnet, Darknet, Deepweb, however way with a capital “D” it’s called, I’d like to access it, as I’ve got plenty enquiries pending that the tip of the ice berg couldn’t quite satisfy.
I read a specific software is needed, but I’m not sure if this is possible to use with Linux.
I’m not interested in whatever illegitimate activity might be on course there, so.. Be reassured you wouldn’t be helping a possible criminal get their stuff done. I simply have a strong sense of research.
Any suggestions?
Thank you

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poisonedantidote's avatar

Really? no one is going to touch this one? it has to be me? fine…

1— You need a browser first of all, a deep web browser. Tor (there is a linux version too) is a good one.

2— You need a proxy, so you can hide your IP

3— You need a list of URL’s on deep web, you can’t just search for what you want, you need to already know where it is. You can get a list of URL’s by searching on google.


Before you do any of this, you will want to read up on what the hell you are actually doing, and what to do and not do. Going in there is a good way of getting a virus, getting arrested, having your ID stolen, and a whole load of other negative things.

You have been warned.

jerv's avatar

Linux probably has more ways onto the Deep Web than other OSs, but I heartily second @poisonedantidote‘s warnings. Just as you don’t see SCUBA divers going down to 10,000 feet, Deep Web is a far more dangerous place than the regular Internet. It requires a bit more skill and more protection to safely navigate than the WWW.

Vincentt's avatar

You can just as easily do this on Linux as on Windows or OS X, by downloading Tor, unpacking it somewhere and running start-tor-browser.

Although the warnings above make it sound very exciting, it’s not altogether that interesting. Basically, all the things mentioned above can also happen at the regular web – the only difference is that these websites cannot be found through search engines, and that your visiting them cannot be traced to your IP if you pay attention and know what not to do.

Thus, merely browsing and seeing what’s there is pretty interesting and not that dangerous. However, there’s not much to see if you do not know what’s there. Once you’ve got TorBrowser running, you can check one of these links for directories of “deep net” websites. For example, it will show that DuckDuckGo can be accessed through this .onion link – which will bring you the same website, that is still only able to present you with non-deep-web links.

There are also websites that you can only access through other protocols than Tor, but since Tor is the most popular, and thus most of those websites are also accessible over Tor, I’ve restricted myself to that.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What is “Deep Web?”

lifeflame's avatar

@Dutchess_III : wikipedia link for Deepweb – I just learnt something new too!

Guitarded's avatar

Yes, download and install the Tor browser, make sure scripting is disabled and then go to Harry71’s page to get a look at what sorts of sites there are (http://skunksworkedp2cg.onion/)
You might also want to look at Galaxy2, it’s a sort of social site (http://w363zoq3ylux5rf5.onion/)

Dutchess_III's avatar

I don’t want to go there.

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