‘Is Zamunda down for good?’ This has been one of the most frequently asked questions during the last couple of days. Reason - large general private torrent tracker Zamunda.Net has been inaccessible for most international users in the past two weeks (by ‘international’ we mean most countries outside Bulgaria, which is the home of Zamunda). We have tried to contact site admins to find the reason behind the downtime but so far had no success. Anyways judging from the responses we got we can only assume that the site was/is unreachable for significant number of its 600000+ strong user base. For those still having issues with the site, here’s a possible workaround that’ll get you in, at least until the problems are fully resolved.
During all this time, Zamunda’s BitTorrent tracker has been working for all users from almost every country – it’s only the web interface that’s been inaccessible. As we mentioned earlier even the website has been reachable from Bulgarian IP ranges (so technically, Zamunda is not down). Perhaps they are having international peering issues just like trackers such as LastTorrents and ArenaBG which went though similar issues sometime back (now resolved). Solution is simple (and is similar to the one mentioned by ArenaBG’s staff when it had the same problem) – use a Bulgarian proxy to access the site.
Proxy will only be required to browse the site and to download .torrent files to hard disk. Since the tracker is working for all users there will be no need to proxyfy tracker URL. Some Bulgarian proxy sites and servers that we found to be working are listed below:
- http://proxy-bg.info/ – Web interface. Just type in the URL and start browsing
To make use of the last two proxy servers, you’ll have to change your browser’s proxy configuration. This is easy. To configure FireFox browser to access sites through 188.8.131.52:3128 (3128 is the port number) do the following:
- Open FireFox
- Go to Tools—>Options—>Network
- Press the ‘Settings button under under ‘Configure how FireFox connects to the Internet’
- Change the settings as shown in screenshot below
Important: Make sure you do not access other private torrent trackers through proxy servers. Most trackers will instantly ban you for it so change these settings whenever you want to access them. As far as I am aware, this is not an issue on Zamunda. In addition, your regular web browsing speeds may also become slower when accessed through a proxy server.
For those who don’t know about Zamunda, here’s some info. It’s a huge General/0Day tracker with lots of movies, music, games, Ebooks and more. The site indexes over 70000 active torrents and has a user base of over half a million members. To read more about Zamunda.Net and why it’s such as popular tracker, refer to following articles: