How to Remove Your Information from the Internet for Free:

The 2024 DIY Data Removal Guide

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Paying someone to remove your data isn’t for everyone. If you are the DIY type and don’t mind doing to work yourself, here is a great place to start.

How to actually remove your data

In short, you need to visit each data broker and people search website and request they remove your data. There are approximately 200 of these websites, so this process is time consuming. We include a few lists of these sites at the end of this article to help you get started. Use a spreadsheet to track your progress for the different sites. And so you have an idea of the amount of time this could potentially take you, depending on how much of your data is out there, we estimate it will take someone around 30 hours to do this the first time. It is also suggested you do this every six months or so, since some of the website will add your data back if they find it somewhere else.

Opt out process overview

The removal process is often found from a link on the footer of their website or in their privacy policy or terms and conditions page.

There are generally four different types of opt out processes that you will see on a people search or data broker website. For each of these types, you will go to the website first, find a link somewhere on their page that says “Opt out,” “Removal,” “Remove my personal information,” or something similar. You usually click that link and follow the instructions they give you. Here is a brief overview of the different processes you will come across:

Additional steps

Most websites require you to take additional steps to complete your opt out. They vary by site, but some websites make it a hassle to remove your data. Here are some things you are going to come across in the process:

Types of Records and how they make money

Not all data brokers or people search sites will show you what data they have for free. Here are the types of records you can find and how they make money. Some sites us a combination of the below tactics.

Blind removal - Some data brokers don’t allow you to purchase just one record. They often sell groups of records to businesses. For these types of sites, you have to submit your data blindly and hope they remove it if they have a record that matches.

Behind paywall - Some websites hide your information behind a paywall. You have to pay to see your record. Often it is $1 for a week of unlimited reports, then $30 a month after that.

Show all, refer to bigger site - Some websites will show you all the data they have for free. These sites often make money by showing you your record from a paid site that has more detail, and they get a commission if you buy from the bigger site. You have to remove your data from both sites to get it to stop showing up on this type of site.

Show all with ads – Some websites show you all the data they have while advertising to you.

Our list of 343 data brokers and people search websites
Name URL Additional Verification Captchas Blocks VPN Guide
123Verified 123verified.com No No No Removal guide
24Counter 24counter.com No No No Removal guide
411 www.411.com No No No Removal guide
411.Info 411.info No No No Removal guide
411Locate www.411locate.com No No No Removal guide
AbsolutePeopleSearch absolutepeoplesearch.com Yes No No Removal guide
Accutellus www.accutellus.com No No No Removal guide
Acxiom www.acxiom.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
AddressBook www.addressbook.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
Addresses www.addresses.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
Adstra adstradata.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
AdvancedBackgroundChecks www.advancedbackgroundchecks.com Yes Yes Yes Removal guide
AdvancedPeopleSearch www.advanced-people-search.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
AffordableBackgroundChecks affordablebackgroundchecks.com No Yes No Removal guide
AlarmsCalifornia www.alarmscalifornia.org No No No Removal guide
AllAreaCodes www.allareacodes.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
AllBiz www.allbiz.com No Yes No Removal guide
AllExposed www.allexposed.com No No No Removal guide
AllPeople allpeople.com No Yes No Removal guide
AmericaPhoneBook www.americaphonebook.com No No No Removal guide
Ancestry www.ancestry.com No No No Removal guide
AncientFaces www.ancientfaces.com No No No Removal guide
AnyWho www.anywho.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
Archives www.archives.com No No No Removal guide
Aristotle www.aristotle.com No Yes No Removal guide
Arivify www.arivify.com No No No Removal guide
ArrestFacts arrestfacts.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
AtData instantdata.atdata.com No Yes No Removal guide
AutoRepairCA www.autorepairca.org No No No Removal guide
Azerch www.azerch.com No No No Removal guide
BackgroundAlert www.backgroundalert.com Yes No No Removal guide
BackgroundCheckers www.backgroundcheckers.net Yes Yes No Removal guide
BackgroundCheckRun backgroundcheck.run Yes Yes No Removal guide
BackgroundRecords backgroundrecords.com No No No Removal guide
BeenVerified www.beenverified.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
Bizapedia www.bizapedia.com No No No Removal guide
Bizstanding bizstanding.com No No No Removal guide
BlockShopper blockshopper.com No No No Removal guide
BreachDirectory breachdirectory.org No No No Removal guide
Bumper www.bumper.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
CaliforniaArrestWarrants californiaarrestwarrants.com No No No Removal guide
CallerCenter www.callercenter.com No No No Removal guide
CallerName callername.com No Yes No Removal guide
CallerSmart www.callersmart.com No No No Removal guide
CallTruth www.calltruth.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
CallTypes calltypes.com No No No Removal guide
Callyo callyo.com No No No Removal guide
CatalogChoice catalogchoice.org No No No Removal guide
CellRevealer cellrevealer.com No No No Removal guide
Centeda centeda.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
CheckCaller check-caller.net No No No Removal guide
CheckPeople checkpeople.com No Yes No Removal guide
Checkr checkr.com No No No Removal guide
CheckSecrets www.checksecrets.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
CheckThem www.checkthem.com No No No Removal guide
CisWorldwide www.cisworldwide.com No No No Removal guide
CityData www.city-data.com Yes No No Removal guide
ClassFinders www.classfinders.com No No No Removal guide
ClickSearch clicksearch.us No No No Removal guide
ClubSet clubset.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
ClustrMaps clustrmaps.com No No Yes Removal guide
CocoFinder cocofinder.com No No No Removal guide
ConfidentialPhoneLookup www.confidentialphonelookup.com No Yes No Removal guide
ConnectedInvestors connectedinvestors.com No No No Removal guide
ContactOut contactout.com No No No Removal guide
CorporationWiki www.corporationwiki.com Yes No No Removal guide
Councilon councilon.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
CourtCaseFinder courtcasefinder.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
CourtRecords www.courtrecords.org Yes Yes No Removal guide
CourtRegistry www.courtregistry.org No No No Removal guide
CriminalPages criminalpages.com No No No Removal guide
Cubib cubib.com No Yes No Removal guide
CyberBackgroundChecks cyberbackgroundchecks.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
DataAxle www.data-axle.com No No No Removal guide
DataCheckInc www.datacheckinc.com No No No Removal guide
DataGemba datagemba.com No Yes No Removal guide
Datanyze www.datanyze.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
DataRecords data-records.com No No No Removal guide
Dataveria dataveria.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
Dehashed dehashed.com Yes No No Removal guide
DelvePoint www.delvepoint.com No No No Removal guide
DetectSpam detectspam.com No No No Removal guide
DexKnows www.dexknows.com Yes Yes Yes Removal guide
DirectMail www.directmail.com No No No Removal guide
DMAChoice dmachoice.org Yes Yes No Removal guide
DobSearch www.dobsearch.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
DoNotCallRegistry www.donotcall.gov No No No Removal guide
EasyBackgroundChecks easybackgroundchecks.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
EmailFinder emailfinder.com No No No Removal guide
Emerges www.emerges.com No No No Removal guide
Epsilon www.epsilon.com No Yes No Removal guide
Equifax www.equifax.com No Yes No Removal guide
Experian www.experian.com No No No Removal guide
Fama fama.io No No No Removal guide
FamilySearch www.familysearch.org No No No Removal guide
FamilyTreeNow familytreenow.com No No No Removal guide
FastBackgroundCheck www.fastbackgroundcheck.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
FastPeopleSearch www.fastpeoplesearch.com Yes Yes Yes Removal guide
FastPeopleSearchIO www.fastpeoplesearch.io No No No Removal guide
FaxVIN www.faxvin.com No No No Removal guide
FindLocalPeople www.findlocalpeople.com No No No Removal guide
FindPeopleFast findpeoplefast.net No No No Removal guide
FindPeopleSearch findpeoplesearch.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
FindRec findrec.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
FindWhoCallsMe www.findwhocallsme.com No Yes No Removal guide
FindWhoCallsYou findwhocallsyou.com No Yes Yes Removal guide
FloridaParcels floridaparcels.com No Yes No Removal guide
FloridaResidentsDirectory floridaresidentsdirectory.com No Yes No Removal guide
FreeBackgroundCheck freebackgroundcheck.org Yes Yes No Removal guide
FreeBackgroundChecks freebackgroundchecks.com No No No Removal guide
FreeCellSearch freecellsearch.com No Yes No Removal guide
FreePeopleDirectory www.freepeopledirectory.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
FreePeopleScan freepeoplescan.com No No No Removal guide
FreePhoneTracer www.freephonetracer.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
FreePublicProfile www.freepublicprofile.com No No No Removal guide
FullContact www.fullcontact.com Yes No No Removal guide
GeorgiaArrestWarrant georgiaarrestwarrant.com No No No Removal guide
GeorgiaWarrantRoundup georgiawarrantroundup.com No No No Removal guide
GladIKnow gladiknow.com No No No Removal guide
GoLookUp golookup.com No Yes No Removal guide
GovArrestRecords govarrestrecords.org No No No Removal guide
GovernmentRegistry www.governmentregistry.org No No No Coming soon
GovWarrantSearch govwarrantsearch.org No No No Removal guide
GreyPages www.grey-pages.com No Yes No Removal guide
HackCheck hackcheck.io No No No Removal guide
Haines www.haines.com No No No Removal guide
HaveIBeenPwned haveibeenpwned.com Yes No No Removal guide
HodgesDirectory hodges-directory.us No No No Removal guide
HomeDescription homedescription.com No No No Removal guide
Homemetry homemetry.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
HPCC.USA www.hpcc-usa.org No Yes No Removal guide
HudsonRock www.hudsonrock.com No No No Removal guide
IDCrawl www.idcrawl.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
IdentityPi www.identitypi.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
IDStrong idstrong.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
IDTrue www.idtrue.com No Yes No Removal guide
InfoPay www.infopay.com No No No Removal guide
Inforver inforver.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
InfoTracer infotracer.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
InmatesSearcher www.inmatessearcher.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
Innovis www.innovis.com No No No Removal guide
InstantCheckMate www.instantcheckmate.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
InstantPeopleFinder instantpeoplefinder.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
Intelius www.intelius.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
IntelligenceX intelx.io No Yes No Removal guide
IRBSearch irbsearch.com No No No Removal guide
KidsLiveSafe www.kidslivesafe.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
KiwiSearches kiwisearches.com No No No Removal guide
KnowThyCustomer www.knowthycustomer.com No No No Removal guide
Kwold kwold.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
Lead411 www.lead411.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
LeakCheck leakcheck.net No No No Removal guide
LeakLookup leak-lookup.com No No No Removal guide
LeakPeek leakpeek.com No No No Removal guide
LexisNexis risk.lexisnexis.com No No No Removal guide
LocateFamily www.locatefamily.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
LocatePeople www.locatepeople.org Yes Yes No Removal guide
Lusha www.lusha.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
MashPanel www.mashpanel.com No No No Removal guide
MugShotLook www.mugshotlook.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
MyLife www.mylife.com Yes Yes Yes Removal guide
NamesAndFacts namesandfacts.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
NationalCellularDirectory www.nationalcellulardirectory.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
NeighborReport neighbor.report No Yes No Removal guide
NeighborWho www.neighborwho.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
NewEnglandFacts newenglandfacts.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
NorthCarolinaResidentDatabase www.northcarolinaresidentdatabase.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
NorthCarolinaWarrant www.northcarolinawarrant.org No No No Removal guide
NumberGuru www.numberguru.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
Numberville numberville.com No No No Removal guide
NumLooker numlooker.com No Yes No Removal guide
NumLookUp www.numlookup.com No Yes No Removal guide
Nuwber nuwber.com Yes No No Removal guide
OfficialUSA www.officialusa.com No No No Removal guide
OhioResidentDatabase www.ohioresidentdatabase.com No Yes No Removal guide
OKCaller www.okcaller.com No No No Removal guide
OldPhoneBook oldphonebook.com No No No Removal guide
OnlineSearches www.publicrecords.onlinesearches.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
Oracle datacloudoptout.oracle.com No Yes No Removal guide
OregonPublicRecords oregonpublicrecords.org No No No Removal guide
Ownerly www.ownerly.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PeekYou peekyou.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PeepLookUp www.peeplookup.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PeopleBackgroundCheck people-background-check.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PeopleByName www.peoplebyname.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PeopleByPhone www.peoplebyphone.com No Yes No Removal guide
PeopleCheckPro www.peoplecheckpro.com No No No Removal guide
PeopleDataLabs www.peopledatalabs.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PeopleFind www.people-find.com No No No Removal guide
PeopleFinder www.peoplefinder.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PeopleFinderOnline www.peoplefinderonline.net No No No Removal guide
PeopleFinders www.peoplefinders.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PeopleLooker www.peoplelooker.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PeopleLookUp peoplelookup.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PeoplesCheck www.peoplescheck.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PeopleSearch peoplesearch.com No Yes No Coming soon
PeopleSearch123 www.peoplesearch123.com Yes No No Removal guide
PeopleSearchDetective www.peoplesearchdetective.com No No No Removal guide
PeopleSearcher www.peoplesearcher.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PeopleSearchers www.people-searchers.com Yes No No Removal guide
PeopleSearchExpert www.peoplesearchexpert.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PeopleSearchNow peoplesearchnow.com No No No Removal guide
PeopleSearchSite www.peoplesearchsite.com Yes No No Removal guide
PeopleSearchUSA www.peoplesearchusa.org Yes No No Removal guide
PeopleSmart www.peoplesmart.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PeopleSpy peoplespy.com No No No Removal guide
PeoplesWhized www.peopleswhized.com No No No Removal guide
PeoplesWhizr peopleswhizr.com Yes No No Removal guide
PeoplesWiz peopleswiz.com Yes No No Removal guide
PeoplesWizard peopleswizard.com Yes No No Removal guide
PeopleWhiz peoplewhiz.com Yes No No Removal guide
PeopleWhized peoplewhized.com Yes No No Removal guide
PeopleWhizedNet peoplewhized.net Yes No No Removal guide
PeopleWhizNet peoplewhiz.net Yes No No Removal guide
PeopleWhizr peoplewhizr.com Yes No No Removal guide
PeopleWhizrNet peoplewhizr.net Yes No No Removal guide
PeopleWin peoplewin.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PeopleWiz peoplewiz.com Yes No No Removal guide
PeopleWizard peoplewizard.net Yes No No Removal guide
PeopleWizardCom people-wizard.com Yes No No Removal guide
PeopleWizr peoplewizr.com Yes No No Removal guide
PersonSearchers personsearchers.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
Persopo persopo.com No No No Removal guide
PhoneBooks www.phonebooks.com No No No Removal guide
PhoneNumberData www.phonenumberdata.net No No No Removal guide
PhoneNumberLookUpFree phonenumberlookupfree.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PhoneOwner phoneowner.com No No No Removal guide
PhoneSearchFree www.phonesearchfree.com No No No Removal guide
Pipl pipl.com No Yes No Removal guide
Plaid plaid.com No No No Removal guide
PoliceReportCheck policereportcheck.com No No No Removal guide
PplData ppl-data.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PrivateEye www.privateeye.com No No No Removal guide
PrivateNumberChecker www.privatenumberchecker.com No No No Removal guide
PrivateRecords www.privaterecords.net Yes Yes No Removal guide
PrivateReports www.privatereports.com Yes No No Removal guide
Profilogical www.profilogical.com No No No Removal guide
ProPeopleSearch propeoplesearch.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PropertyShark propertyshark.com No No No Removal guide
Pub360 pub360.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PublicDataCheck www.publicdatacheck.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PublicDataDigger publicdatadigger.com No Yes No Removal guide
PublicDataUSA publicdatausa.com No Yes No Removal guide
PublicInfoServices www.publicinfoservices.com No No No Removal guide
PublicMailRecords publicemailrecords.com No No No Removal guide
PublicRecordCenter publicrecordcenter.com No No No Removal guide
PublicRecords publicrecords.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PublicRecordsCenter publicrecordscenter.org No No No Removal guide
PublicRecordsNow www.publicrecordsnow.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PublicRecordsOfficial publicrecordsofficial.com No No No Removal guide
PublicRecordsReviews publicrecordsreviews.com No No No Removal guide
PublicReports publicreports.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PublicSearcher www.publicsearcher.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
PublicSeek www.publicseek.com No No No Removal guide
QuickPeopleTrace www.quickpeopletrace.com No No No Removal guide
Radaris radaris.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
RecordsFinder recordsfinder.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
Rehold rehold.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
RevealName www.revealname.com No Yes No Removal guide
RevealPhoneOwner www.revealphoneowner.com No No No Removal guide
ReversePhoneCheck www.reversephonecheck.com No Yes No Removal guide
ReversePhoneLookUp www.reversephonelookup.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
SealedRecords www.sealedrecords.net Yes Yes No Removal guide
SearchBug www.searchbug.com No Yes No Removal guide
SearchPeopleFree searchpeoplefree.com No Yes No Removal guide
SearchPublicRecords www.searchpublicrecords.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
SearchQuarry www.searchquarry.com No No No Removal guide
SearchSystems publicrecords.searchsystems.net Yes Yes No Removal guide
SearchUSAPeople www.searchusapeople.com No Yes No Removal guide
SecretInfo www.secretinfo.org Yes Yes No Removal guide
SelfieSystems wwv.selfie.systems Yes Yes No Removal guide
SheriffsDepartment sheriffsdepartment.net No No No Removal guide
SmartBackgroundChecks www.smartbackgroundchecks.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
SnoopStation snoopstation.com No No No Removal guide
SocialCatfish socialcatfish.com No Yes No Removal guide
Spoke www.spoke.com No No No Removal guide
Spokeo www.spokeo.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
SpyDialer www.spydialer.com No Yes No Removal guide
SpyFly www.spyfly.com Yes No No Removal guide
Spytox www.spytox.com No Yes No Removal guide
StateRecords staterecords.org Yes Yes No Removal guide
Swordfish swordfish.ai No Yes No Removal guide
SyncMe sync.me No Yes No Removal guide
TelephoneDirectories www.telephonedirectories.us No No No Removal guide
TennHelp www.tennhelp.com No Yes No Removal guide
TexasArrests texasarrests.org No Yes No Removal guide
TexasArrestWarrants texasarrestwarrants.org No Yes No Removal guide
TexasWarrantRoundUp texaswarrantroundup.org No Yes No Removal guide
ThatsThem thatsthem.com No Yes No Removal guide
ThisNumber www.thisnumber.com No No No Removal guide
Top4BackgroundChecks top4backgroundchecks.com No No No Removal guide
Topwa www.topwa.org No Yes No Removal guide
TowerData instantdata.towerdata.com No Yes No Removal guide
TransUnion www.transunion.com No No No Removal guide
TrueCaller www.truecaller.com No Yes No Removal guide
TruePeopleSearch www.truepeoplesearch.com Yes Yes Yes Removal guide
TruePeopleSearchIo truepeoplesearch.io No No No Removal guide
TruePeopleSearchNet truepeoplesearch.net No Yes No Removal guide
Trustifo trustifo.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
TruthFinder www.truthfinder.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
TruthRecord www.truthrecord.org Yes Yes No Removal guide
UFind ufind.name Yes Yes No Removal guide
UnitedStatesPhoneBook www.unitedstatesphonebook.com No No No Removal guide
Unmask unmask.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
USAPeopleData www.usapeopledata.com No No No Removal guide
USAPeopleSearch usa-people-search.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
USAProfilePages usaprofilepages.com No No No Removal guide
USATrace www.usatrace.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
USFriendsReunited usfriendsreunited.com No No No Removal guide
USPhoneBook usphonebook.com No No No Removal guide
USPhonePro www.usphonepro.com No Yes No Removal guide
USRecords usrecords.net No Yes No Removal guide
USSearch www.ussearch.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
USWarrants uswarrants.org No Yes No Removal guide
Valassis valassis.com No No No Removal guide
ValidNumber validnumber.com No Yes No Removal guide
ValPak valpak.com No No No Removal guide
VehicleHistory vehiclehistory.com No No No Removal guide
Verecor verecor.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
Vericora vericora.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
VerifiedLookUps www.verifiedlookups.com No No No Removal guide
Veriforia veriforia.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
VerifyArrestWarrant verifyarrestwarrant.com No Yes No Removal guide
VerifyPublicRecords verifypublicrecords.com No No No Removal guide
VerifyRecords verifyrecords.com No Yes No Removal guide
VerifyThem verifythem.org No No No Removal guide
VeriPages veripages.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
Verispy www.verispy.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
Virtory virtory.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
VoterRecords voterrecords.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
WeInform www.weinform.org Yes Yes No Removal guide
WellNut wellnut.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
WhitePages www.whitepages.com No No No Removal guide
Whochs whochs.com No No No Removal guide
WhoIs www.whois.com No No No Removal guide
Whooster www.whooster.com No No No Removal guide
WyTy www.wyty.com No Yes No Removal guide
Xlek xlek.com No Yes No Removal guide
YellowBook www.yellowbook.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
YellowPages people.yellowpages.com Yes Yes Yes Removal guide
YellowPagesDirectory www.yellowpagesdirectory.com No Yes No Removal guide
ZabaSearch www.zabasearch.com Yes Yes No Removal guide
ZoomInfo www.zoominfo.com No Yes No Removal guide
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