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ExtraTorrent is an Online media entertainment software that was launched in 2006. Just like many other torrent sites, it enables peer-to-peer sharing. It was founded by “SaM” which was an alias name of the administrator.

How it all started?

During the early days, Mininova and other few torrent sites were the only option available for users. Eventually, they have terminated their services which lead to increase in number of users for Extratorrent. For over a period of 10 and a half years, this website ran successfully. It has even changed its logo and hosted surprising games for its users on its 10th anniversary. However, it has surprised most of the users across the world when it had terminated its services without any reason.

It’s downfall

Initially, this website was down. Users across the world were only able to see “temporarily server down” message for two consecutive days. Later they have ended up their services permanently.

 

The website read “ExtraTorrent with all mirrors goes offline. We permanently erase all data. Stay away from fake ExtraTorrent websites and clones”. It had voluntarily ceased all its operations without any prior notice.

 

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Message that appeared during it’s shutdown

 

It’s primary domain ‘extratorrent.cc’ was 291st most viewed website according to statistics from Alexa Internet. It had a large number of users and was the second largest torrent site after The Pirate Bay.

 

According to torrentfreak.com, Extra Torrent’s release group ETRG is gone and they could have remained operational if enough funds were raised. This site has also ended up its services after KickassTorrents and Torrentz.eu.

 

Following its demise, many other websites have developed its clones and have also become popular within no time. Few of these include extratorrent.cd, extratorrent.ag etc. However, these sites are also blocked by some countries which restrict the access to Torrents.

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