NZB Leecher

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 23, 2007
Updated • Jan 30, 2015

Newsgroup indexing sites such as help you find files that have been uploaded to the Usenet. Instead of having to go through groups that you are interested in manually, you can simply enter a search term of interest into the search form on the search engine to receive matching results for all newsgroups right away.

If you are familiar with the Usenet you may know that you can only search one group at a time which does not help much if you do not know if the file(s) that you are looking for have been posted in that group.

While some programs help you overcome that limitation by including search options, most Usenet programs do not.

NZB Leecher is a small freeware program that lets you search most of the well know newsgroup indexing sites at once.

It displays the results in its window and you can immediately select files here to download them in your favorite newsreader. It queries all indexing sites and displays the results in tabs which makes it easy to switch between the various indexing sites for best results.

You may select the retention between 1 and 60 days, select some of the popular groups or a general category such as TV or Games. You have to provide username and password for some sites before NZB Leecher can return results though.

The results are displayed fast and with all the information that are needed including subject, size, age and the group they have been posted in to. If you want to download some files you have to mark them first and then select download selected from the right-click menu.

You do need a Usenet account if you want to download any files from newsgroups. I suggest Giganews, as it is a reliable long standing provider that is offering a great service.

Update: Virustotal reports 8 hits out of 43 which should be some concern. I'd suggest you use the site directly instead of using the program just to be on the safe side of things. While it may be more comfortable using the program, it is definitely safer not using it. While we still think it is false positives that we are dealing with, we can't deal out malware at this point in time.

Update 2: The program has been updated a lot in recent time. It is now supporting Binsearch or Nzbindex by default only but that should be enough anyway.

You can filter results by group, age or size of the upload if you want before you start your search.


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  1. Victor Ward said on August 16, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I downloaded the file and and unzipped it and McAfee told me there was a Trojan attached to it Generic PWS.y!cqi. Doesn’t seem very safe to me

    1. Martin said on August 16, 2010 at 10:37 pm

      That’s likely a false positive, test it with

  2. tash said on March 23, 2007 at 7:34 am

    Looks cool. Now if I could only find out why GrabIT is making all of my downloads dissapear on my laptop, I’d be all set.

  3. Dante said on March 23, 2007 at 5:12 am

    I’ve personally been using SM Baker’s AndroidNews and the SBNewsBot for years now. It’s a donation based program. Meaning there’s a nag until you donate. But I found it versatile enough that I’d actually coughed up the money. It’s also life-time update. The AndroidNews is great because it sorts, it collates multiple RAR posts and tells if there’s missing parts. And it dices :) The sorting and blacklist functions are especially handy in warez groups where there’s a large sporge activity by people who hate hacks. And no, I’m not associated with the programmer in anyway.

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