How to Remove Your Information from the Internet for Free:

The 2022 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 325 data brokers and people search websites
Name URL Additional Verification Captchas Blocks VPN Guide Captchas
123Verified 123verified.com No No No Removal guide No
24Counter 24counter.com No No No Removal guide No
411 www.411.com No No No Removal guide No
411.Info 411.info No No No Removal guide No
411Locate www.411locate.com No No No Removal guide No
AbsolutePeopleSearch absolutepeoplesearch.com Yes No No Removal guide No
Accutellus www.accutellus.com No No No Removal guide No
Acxiom www.acxiom.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
AddressBook www.addressbook.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
Addresses www.addresses.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
Adstra adstradata.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
AdvancedBackgroundChecks www.advancedbackgroundchecks.com Yes Yes Yes Removal guide Yes
AdvancedPeopleSearch www.advanced-people-search.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
AffordableBackgroundChecks affordablebackgroundchecks.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
AlarmsCalifornia www.alarmscalifornia.org No No No Removal guide No
AllAreaCodes www.allareacodes.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
AllBiz www.allbiz.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
AllExposed www.allexposed.com No No No Removal guide No
AllPeople allpeople.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
AmericaPhoneBook www.americaphonebook.com No No No Removal guide No
Ancestry www.ancestry.com No No No Removal guide No
AncientFaces www.ancientfaces.com No No No Removal guide No
AnyWho www.anywho.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
Archives www.archives.com No No No Removal guide No
Aristotle www.aristotle.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
Arivify www.arivify.com No No No Removal guide No
ArrestFacts arrestfacts.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
AtData instantdata.atdata.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
AutoRepairCA www.autorepairca.org No No No Removal guide No
Azerch www.azerch.com No No No Removal guide No
BackgroundAlert www.backgroundalert.com Yes No No Removal guide No
BackgroundCheckers www.backgroundcheckers.net Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
BackgroundCheckRun backgroundcheck.run Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
BackgroundRecords backgroundrecords.com No No No Removal guide No
BeenVerified www.beenverified.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
BlockShopper blockshopper.com No No No Removal guide No
BreachDirectory breachdirectory.org No No No Removal guide No
Bumper www.bumper.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
CallerCenter www.callercenter.com No No No Removal guide No
CallerName callername.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
CallerSmart www.callersmart.com No No No Removal guide No
CallTruth www.calltruth.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
CallTypes calltypes.com No No No Removal guide No
Callyo callyo.com No No No Removal guide No
CatalogChoice catalogchoice.org No No No Removal guide No
CellRevealer cellrevealer.com No No No Removal guide No
Centeda centeda.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
CheckCaller check-caller.net No No No Removal guide No
CheckPeople checkpeople.com No Yes No Coming soon Yes
Checkr checkr.com No No No Removal guide No
CheckSecrets www.checksecrets.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
CheckThem www.checkthem.com No No No Removal guide No
CisWorldwide www.cisworldwide.com No No No Removal guide No
CityData www.city-data.com Yes No No Removal guide No
ClassFinders www.classfinders.com No No No Removal guide No
ClickSearch clicksearch.us No No No Removal guide No
ClubSet clubset.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
ClustrMaps clustrmaps.com No No Yes Removal guide No
ConfidentialPhoneLookup www.confidentialphonelookup.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
ConnectedInvestors connectedinvestors.com No No No Removal guide No
ContactOut contactout.com No No No Removal guide No
CorporationWiki www.corporationwiki.com Yes No No Removal guide No
Councilon councilon.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
CourtCaseFinder courtcasefinder.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
CourtRecords www.courtrecords.org Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
CourtRegistry www.courtregistry.org No No No Removal guide No
CriminalPages criminalpages.com No No No Removal guide No
Cubib cubib.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
CyberBackgroundChecks cyberbackgroundchecks.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
DataAxle www.data-axle.com No No No Removal guide No
DataCheckInc www.datacheckinc.com No No No Removal guide No
DataGemba datagemba.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
Datanyze www.datanyze.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
DataRecords data-records.com No No No Removal guide No
Dataveria dataveria.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
Dehashed dehashed.com Yes No No Removal guide No
DelvePoint www.delvepoint.com No No No Removal guide No
DetectSpam detectspam.com No No No Removal guide No
DexKnows www.dexknows.com Yes Yes Yes Removal guide Yes
DirectMail www.directmail.com No No No Removal guide No
DMAChoice dmachoice.org Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
DobSearch www.dobsearch.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
DoNotCallRegistry www.donotcall.gov No No No Removal guide No
EasyBackgroundChecks easybackgroundchecks.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
EmailFinder emailfinder.com No No No Removal guide No
Emerges www.emerges.com No No No Removal guide No
Epsilon www.epsilon.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
Equifax www.equifax.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
Experian www.experian.com No No No Removal guide No
Fama fama.io No No No Removal guide No
FamilySearch www.familysearch.org No No No Removal guide No
FamilyTreeNow familytreenow.com No No No Removal guide No
FastBackgroundCheck www.fastbackgroundcheck.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
FastPeopleSearch www.fastpeoplesearch.com Yes Yes Yes Removal guide Yes
FaxVIN www.faxvin.com No No No Removal guide No
FindLocalPeople www.findlocalpeople.com No No No Removal guide No
FindPeopleFast findpeoplefast.net No No No Removal guide No
FindPeopleSearch findpeoplesearch.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
FindRec findrec.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
FindWhoCallsMe www.findwhocallsme.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
FindWhoCallsYou findwhocallsyou.com No Yes Yes Removal guide Yes
FloridaResidentsDirectory floridaresidentsdirectory.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
FreeBackgroundCheck freebackgroundcheck.org Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
FreeBackgroundChecks freebackgroundchecks.com No No No Removal guide No
FreeCellSearch freecellsearch.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
FreePeopleDirectory www.freepeopledirectory.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
FreePeopleScan freepeoplescan.com No No No Removal guide No
FreePhoneTracer www.freephonetracer.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
FreePublicProfile www.freepublicprofile.com No No No Removal guide No
FullContact www.fullcontact.com Yes No No Removal guide No
GladIKnow gladiknow.com No No No Removal guide No
GoLookUp golookup.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
GovArrestRecords govarrestrecords.org No No No Removal guide No
GovWarrantSearch govwarrantsearch.org No No No Removal guide No
GreyPages www.grey-pages.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
HackCheck hackcheck.io No No No Removal guide No
Haines www.haines.com No No No Removal guide No
HaveIBeenPwned haveibeenpwned.com Yes No No Removal guide No
HodgesDirectory hodges-directory.us No No No Removal guide No
HomeDescription homedescription.com No No No Removal guide No
Homemetry homemetry.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
HPCC.USA www.hpcc-usa.org No Yes No Removal guide Yes
HudsonRock www.hudsonrock.com No No No Removal guide No
IDCrawl www.idcrawl.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
IdentityPi www.identitypi.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
IDStrong idstrong.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
IDTrue www.idtrue.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
InfoPay www.infopay.com No No No Removal guide No
Inforver inforver.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
InfoTracer infotracer.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
InmatesSearcher www.inmatessearcher.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
Innovis www.innovis.com No No No Removal guide No
InstantCheckMate www.instantcheckmate.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
InstantPeopleFinder instantpeoplefinder.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
Intelius www.intelius.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
IntelligenceX intelx.io No Yes No Removal guide Yes
IRBSearch irbsearch.com No No No Removal guide No
KidsLiveSafe www.kidslivesafe.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
KiwiSearches kiwisearches.com No No No Removal guide No
KnowThyCustomer www.knowthycustomer.com No No No Removal guide No
Kwold kwold.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
Lead411 www.lead411.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
LeakCheck leakcheck.net No No No Removal guide No
LeakLookup leak-lookup.com No No No Removal guide No
LeakPeek leakpeek.com No No No Removal guide No
LexisNexis risk.lexisnexis.com No No No Removal guide No
LocateFamily www.locatefamily.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
LocatePeople www.locatepeople.org Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
Lusha www.lusha.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
MashPanel www.mashpanel.com No No No Removal guide No
MugShotLook www.mugshotlook.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
MyLife www.mylife.com Yes Yes Yes Removal guide Yes
NamesAndFacts namesandfacts.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
NationalCellularDirectory www.nationalcellulardirectory.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
NeighborReport neighbor.report No Yes No Removal guide Yes
NeighborWho www.neighborwho.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
NewEnglandFacts newenglandfacts.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
NorthCarolinaResidentDatabase www.northcarolinaresidentdatabase.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
NumberGuru www.numberguru.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
Numberville numberville.com No No No Removal guide No
NumLookUp www.numlookup.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
Nuwber nuwber.com Yes No No Removal guide No
OfficialUSA www.officialusa.com No No No Removal guide No
OhioResidentDatabase www.ohioresidentdatabase.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
OKCaller www.okcaller.com No No No Removal guide No
OldPhoneBook oldphonebook.com No No No Removal guide No
OnlineSearches www.publicrecords.onlinesearches.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
Oracle datacloudoptout.oracle.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
OregonPublicRecords oregonpublicrecords.org No No No Removal guide No
Ownerly www.ownerly.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeekYou peekyou.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeepLookUp www.peeplookup.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeopleBackgroundCheck people-background-check.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeopleByName www.peoplebyname.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeopleByPhone www.peoplebyphone.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeopleCheckPro www.peoplecheckpro.com No No No Removal guide No
PeopleDataLabs www.peopledatalabs.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeopleFind www.people-find.com No No No Removal guide No
PeopleFinder www.peoplefinder.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeopleFinderOnline www.peoplefinderonline.net No No No Removal guide No
PeopleFinders www.peoplefinders.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeopleLooker www.peoplelooker.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeopleLookUp peoplelookup.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeoplesCheck www.peoplescheck.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeopleSearch123 www.peoplesearch123.com Yes No No Removal guide No
PeopleSearchDetective www.peoplesearchdetective.com No No No Removal guide No
PeopleSearcher www.peoplesearcher.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeopleSearchers www.people-searchers.com Yes No No Removal guide No
PeopleSearchExpert www.peoplesearchexpert.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeopleSearchNow peoplesearchnow.com No No No Removal guide No
PeopleSearchSite www.peoplesearchsite.com Yes No No Removal guide No
PeopleSearchUSA www.peoplesearchusa.org Yes No No Removal guide No
PeopleSmart www.peoplesmart.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeopleSpy peoplespy.com No No No Removal guide No
PeoplesWhized peopleswhized.com Yes No No Removal guide No
PeoplesWhizr peopleswhizr.com Yes No No Removal guide No
PeoplesWiz peopleswiz.com Yes No No Removal guide No
PeoplesWizard peopleswizard.com Yes No No Removal guide No
PeopleWhiz peoplewhiz.com Yes No No Removal guide No
PeopleWhized peoplewhized.com Yes No No Removal guide No
PeopleWhizedNet peoplewhized.net Yes No No Removal guide No
PeopleWhizNet peoplewhiz.net Yes No No Removal guide No
PeopleWhizr peoplewhizr.com Yes No No Removal guide No
PeopleWhizrNet peoplewhizr.net Yes No No Removal guide No
PeopleWin peoplewin.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PeopleWiz peoplewiz.com Yes No No Removal guide No
PeopleWizard peoplewizard.net Yes No No Removal guide No
PeopleWizardCom people-wizard.com Yes No No Removal guide No
PeopleWizr peoplewizr.com Yes No No Removal guide No
PersonSearchers personsearchers.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
Persopo persopo.com No No No Removal guide No
PhoneBooks www.phonebooks.com No No No Removal guide No
PhoneNumberData www.phonenumberdata.net No No No Removal guide No
PhoneOwner phoneowner.com No No No Removal guide No
PhoneSearchFree www.phonesearchfree.com No No No Removal guide No
Pipl pipl.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
Plaid plaid.com No No No Removal guide No
PrivateEye www.privateeye.com No No No Removal guide No
PrivateNumberChecker www.privatenumberchecker.com No No No Removal guide No
PrivateRecords www.privaterecords.net Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PrivateReports www.privatereports.com Yes No No Removal guide No
Profilogical www.profilogical.com No No No Removal guide No
ProPeopleSearch propeoplesearch.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PropertyShark propertyshark.com No No No Removal guide No
Pub360 pub360.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PublicDataCheck www.publicdatacheck.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PublicDataDigger publicdatadigger.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
PublicDataUSA publicdatausa.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
PublicInfoServices www.publicinfoservices.com No No No Removal guide No
PublicMailRecords publicemailrecords.com No No No Removal guide No
PublicRecordCenter publicrecordcenter.com No No No Removal guide No
PublicRecords publicrecords.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PublicRecordsCenter publicrecordscenter.org No No No Removal guide No
PublicRecordsNow www.publicrecordsnow.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PublicRecordsOfficial publicrecordsofficial.com No No No Removal guide No
PublicRecordsReviews publicrecordsreviews.com No No No Removal guide No
PublicReports publicreports.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PublicSearcher www.publicsearcher.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
PublicSeek www.publicseek.com No No No Removal guide No
QuickPeopleTrace www.quickpeopletrace.com No No No Removal guide No
Radaris radaris.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
RecordsFinder recordsfinder.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
Rehold rehold.com No No No Removal guide No
RevealName www.revealname.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
RevealPhoneOwner www.revealphoneowner.com No No No Removal guide No
ReversePhoneCheck www.reversephonecheck.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
ReversePhoneLookUp www.reversephonelookup.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
SealedRecords www.sealedrecords.net Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
SearchBug www.searchbug.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
SearchPeopleFree searchpeoplefree.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
SearchPublicRecords www.searchpublicrecords.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
SearchQuarry www.searchquarry.com No No No Removal guide No
SearchSystems publicrecords.searchsystems.net Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
SearchUSAPeople www.searchusapeople.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
SecretInfo www.secretinfo.org Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
SelfieSystems wwv.selfie.systems Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
SheriffsDepartment sheriffsdepartment.net No No No Removal guide No
SmartBackgroundChecks www.smartbackgroundchecks.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
SnoopStation snoopstation.com No No No Removal guide No
SocialCatfish socialcatfish.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
Spoke www.spoke.com No No No Removal guide No
Spokeo www.spokeo.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
SpyDialer www.spydialer.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
SpyFly www.spyfly.com Yes No No Removal guide No
Spytox www.spytox.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
StateRecords staterecords.org Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
SyncMe sync.me No Yes No Removal guide Yes
TelephoneDirectories www.telephonedirectories.us No No No Removal guide No
TennHelp www.tennhelp.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
TexasArrests texasarrests.org No Yes No Removal guide Yes
TexasArrestWarrants texasarrestwarrants.org No Yes No Removal guide Yes
TexasWarrantRoundUp texaswarrantroundup.org No Yes No Removal guide Yes
ThatsThem thatsthem.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
ThisNumber www.thisnumber.com No No No Removal guide No
Top4BackgroundChecks top4backgroundchecks.com No No No Removal guide No
Topwa www.topwa.org No Yes No Removal guide Yes
TowerData instantdata.towerdata.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
TransUnion www.transunion.com No No No Removal guide No
TrueCaller www.truecaller.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
TruePeopleSearch www.truepeoplesearch.com Yes Yes Yes Removal guide Yes
TruePeopleSearchIo truepeoplesearch.io No No No Removal guide No
TruePeopleSearchNet truepeoplesearch.net No Yes No Removal guide Yes
Trustifo trustifo.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
TruthFinder www.truthfinder.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
TruthRecord www.truthrecord.org Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
UFind ufind.name Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
UnitedStatesPhoneBook www.unitedstatesphonebook.com No No No Removal guide No
Unmask unmask.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
USAPeopleData www.usapeopledata.com No No No Removal guide No
USAPeopleSearch usa-people-search.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
USAProfilePages usaprofilepages.com No No No Removal guide No
USATrace www.usatrace.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
USFriendsReunited usfriendsreunited.com No No No Removal guide No
USPhoneBook usphonebook.com No No No Removal guide No
USPhonePro www.usphonepro.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
USRecords usrecords.net No Yes No Removal guide Yes
USSearch www.ussearch.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
USWarrants uswarrants.org No Yes No Removal guide Yes
Valassis valassis.com No No No Removal guide No
ValidNumber validnumber.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
ValPak valpak.com No No No Removal guide No
VehicleHistory vehiclehistory.com No No No Removal guide No
Verecor verecor.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
Vericora vericora.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
VerifiedLookUps www.verifiedlookups.com No No No Removal guide No
Veriforia veriforia.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
VerifyArrestWarrant verifyarrestwarrant.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
VerifyThem verifythem.org No No No Removal guide No
VeriPages veripages.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
Verispy www.verispy.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
Virtory virtory.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
VoterRecords voterrecords.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
WeInform www.weinform.org Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
WellNut wellnut.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
WhitePages www.whitepages.com No No No Removal guide No
Whochs whochs.com No No No Removal guide No
WhoIs www.whois.com No No No Removal guide No
Whooster www.whooster.com No No No Removal guide No
WyTy www.wyty.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
Xlek xlek.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
YellowBook www.yellowbook.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
YellowPages people.yellowpages.com Yes Yes Yes Removal guide Yes
YellowPagesDirectory www.yellowpagesdirectory.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
ZabaSearch www.zabasearch.com Yes Yes No Removal guide Yes
ZoomInfo www.zoominfo.com No Yes No Removal guide Yes
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