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These Creepy True Stories About The Deep Web Will Have You Slowly Backing Away From The Screen

Updated February 16, 2021 199.3k votes 52.1k voters 3.4m views16 items

List RulesVote up the most frightful tales about the deep web.

What is the deep web? If you don’t know, consider yourself lucky. The deep web consists of hidden websites that you need a special browser and a direct link to access. It’s completely anonymous, so obviously, some seriously heinous stuff goes down there. Selling and purchasing illicit substances is probably the most innocuous thing you can do on it.

These aren’t just stories of the deep web - these are deep web horror stories. We dug through the bowels of the internet to find first-person experiences of some seriously messed up stuff that happened on the deep web. Just be glad we did all the research and compiled all these scary dark web stories in one place for you. Now you don’t have to worry about being on an FBI watch list because you were researching these things yourself.

Before you dive in, here are two things you need to know: Tor is the browser you need to browse the deep web, and the hidden wiki is a kind of portal to different websites.

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    Don't Click 'Random'

    From Redditor /u/neverlurking77:

    On the deep web once upon a time, I was browsing tor. I paraded myself over to the hidden wiki and hit the random button a few times. What happened next scared the everliving sh*t out of me. There was a webpage that took longer to load (even by tor standards) and when it finally loaded, in giant black letters on my screen it said "YOU BETTER START RUNNING"

    Needless to say I almost sh*t my pants. Anyway haven't been back since yada-yada.

    2/10 would not browse again.

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    For Just A Few Bitcoins

    From Redditor /u/IAmASharkFin

    A website advertising a hitman, his services costing increasingly more bit coins based on the type of target. I don't remember the exact amounts, but the order went something like this, from least to greatest: civilians, police, politicians, children. shudder

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    Who's There?

    From a former Redditor:

    I downloaded Tor and within 20 minutes of downloading it and browsing random sh*t I got a phone call but there was no one there and they just hung up after 10 seconds. I didn't even know if it was legal at the time so that was enough to freak me out and I stopped right there.

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    Close Call

    From Redditor /u/Semper_Fi_Cerberus:

    It was my third time on the deep web and I was just looking around at sites. I found this one guys home page and on the side bar I saw a link that said "For journalist and people new to the deep web." I clicked on it hoping that it was interesting and helpful information. A new page opened and a picture started to load. Thank god for my slow internet because all that loaded was the head of an old Asian man with blood on his chin. I quickly closed the tab before the rest of the image loaded. To this day I wonder what the whole picture was but at the same time am thankful I didn't see it.

    TL:DR My slow internet probably saved me from seeing a gruesome picture

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