Google Hacks is an open source software that allows you to automatically generate complex queries to search for music, books, programs, policies, videos, etc..
Google Hacks must be download from the Internet and then install it on your computer.
- To begin with, connect to the site http://code.google.com/p/googlehacks/.
- Then Click on "Downloads" and click on the version for your operating system (Windows, Mac OS or Linux) to recover.
- Note that if you possess some programming skills you can download the software source code and improve it where necessary.
- In Windows, click on the executable file recovered to start the installation process. Accept the license terms by clicking "I Agree."
- Then choose to install only the main program.
- Once this is done, there is no need to restart Windows for Google Hacks. Launch the program from the Start menu.
The simple interface software consists of a single window covering all the commands.
Here is a list of stuff that can be searched for:
- Music: this radio button is selected by default. Under "File Types" select the audio formats you want to find. Then one or more keywords in the "Search String" (note the order of entry terms is important). Then click on the Search button.
- Books:select one or more extensions for the type of file you want to recover (PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Zip or Rar archive, etc.)..
- Video :looking for video files in MPEG, AVI, DivX, Windows Media and Flash.
- Tools: "Links" and "Related" refers to the eponymous advanced operators. With "Add URL", you can ask Google to review a website for possible indexing. "Indexing" is the advanced operator related to a site. As for "Map", when a page containing the keyword is found, Google check if a city(location) is also mentioned in the text. A map is displayed to the right results so that you can identify geographically locations. For immediate access to them, simply click on the labels A, B, C, etc.. Two remarks however:
- By default Web pages are found in English;
- The geolocation function is not always failproof. For example, we typed "Victor Hugo" in the "Search String". Google returned several results, including one mentions the Battle of Waterloo. But this is not the Belgian town that wil be located on the map, but a North American city with the same name.
- Hacks - This option is most useful for experienced users who are looking for loopholes in their computer system. For example, entering a URL in the "Search String" and then choosing successively the radio buttons "Passwords" and "2", Google will search for the "auth_user_file.txt" string in the links. This can potentially find.Txt files containing sensitive data from users.
- Proxy - This option provides two ways to turn Google in a proxy server. This term refers to an intermediary computer, placed between the user's machine and the Internet, bypassing the filter access to certain websites (such filters are implemented by companies to ensure that employees from accessing unauthorized sites). The first method uses the Google translation server. Unfortunately, we conducted several tests which were unsuccessful, Google returns an error message such as "Translation from x language to y language is not supported. It is most probale that Google has changed its translation service so that it can not be used as a proxy.
- Lyrics:type the name of an artist or song to get information on the site lyrics.com.
- Font :type one or more keywords to find fonts.
- Application: type one or more keywords to find software.
- Torrent : type one or more keywords to find torrent files (peer to peer).
- Cache: this option is not similar to the advanced operator of the same name. You actually go to a website called "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". It identifies 85 billion Web pages archived since 1996.
- Web hosting :you can search for files stored on servers online storage services as Megaupload.com or Rapidshare.com.