On a typical day, about 500,000 binary files are available for download
from Usenet newsgroups. Every imaginable type of file is available
from hot pictures to cool music. Whether you are looking for JPG and GIF
still pictures, MPEG and AVI movies or MP3, WAV and RA music and sound files,
you can find them on Usenet newsgroups. The only problem is that there are
over 1,000 binary newsgroups, and locating the file you want can be time consuming
and frustrating. Furthermore, if a file is posted as a set of messages, you
may spend time downloading the message parts and then discover that some of the
parts are missing.
The Usenet File Locator saves you time by indexing all files that are currently available in about 1,000 Usenet newsgroups. You can then enter the name of the file you want (or words to search for in message subjects) and let the File Locator find the messages and newsgroups.
If you have access to an Internet account, most likely you also have free access to Usenet newsgroups. Usenet newsgroups are public discussion areas where anyone can post messages, pictures, songs, and even movies. In order to access Usenet newsgroups you need a program called a "newsreader" such as News Rover.
Using the web-based File Locator search you can determine if a file you want is available on a newsgroup. If it is, you can easily download it using News Rover. News Rover even has a built-in file search engine. Just run News Rover, search for the file you want, and double-click its entry to start downloading it. Click here for detailed instruction about how to download files with News Rover.
If you don't have access to a Usenet newsreader, or if your news server doesn't have many binary newsgroups, please visit our preferred national news servers page to find a good news server.