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CyberGhost VPN

CNET Editors' review

CyberGhost VPN is a personal VPN client and online service that lets users browse the Internet anonymously by acting as a firewall and server between your PC and your ISP. It lets you surf the Web normally while hiding your IP address and displaying a dead-end address. It's available in free and premium versions; the free version can only be installed on one PC and only one account can be activated on each computer, whereas the premium account offers more options and features.

CyberGhost installs and sets up easily, including creating a username and password, though we had to reboot our system to finish the process. The program's main screen resembles many antivirus and firewall programs, with a left-hand list of the program's functions, a toolbar, and bar graphs indicating both free and premium traffic while logged on to the VPN. A prominent message warned us that we were not anonymous online and also displayed our current IP address. We clicked Connect to VPN, and a pop-up gave us several options: Connect to Free service, Create Premium connection, and Create Premium Connection with a specified server on a drop-down list. We could also display a list of available Premium servers. We tried both the Free and Premium services, which are similar. We quickly logged on to the CyberGhost VPN service and reopened our browser, which functioned normally, with the exception that our Google search page was now Google.de instead of Google.com, a small matter we quickly rectified. Every site we visited loaded normally.

While CyberGhost boasts that its compression technology loads some sites up to 30 percent faster, our broadband connection seemed slightly slower, and bandwidth tests confirmed our suspicions. However, the delay wasn't dramatic, and CyberGhost offers many server choices to help users maximize their bandwidth, though the Premium service offers more choices than the free one. The program gives copious assistance. We also found the extra features easy to set up and use. The online Data Safe offers both password and key file protection, and an extensive anti-spy tool can block many different processes. Whether you opt for the free basic service or premium features, CyberGhost VPN is well worth trying; you have nothing to lose but online snoops!

Editors' note:This is a review of the full version of CyberGhost VPN 4.7.16. The trial version has limited features and functionality.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 88 votes

    • 5 star: 26
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 27
  • Current version:

    2.9 stars

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not worth the time energy and money"

    May 13, 2012  |   By emale03

    Version: CyberGhost VPN 4.7.18

    Pros

    It looks impressive on the computer.

    Cons

    The paid version is way over-priced. There is questionable privacy in many ways. Big waste of time to install, configure, utilize, and connect to service. Biggest apparent internet scam on the internet....useless, wasteful, time-consuming, lousey, application.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Free version works well."

    May 1, 2012  |   By ADVANCEDLA

    Version: CyberGhost VPN 4.7.18

    Pros

    The free version works very well. Only limitation is 1GB.

    Cons

    Paid version is too expensive. I'd considering purchasing it if monthly or yearly price was lower.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Cyber Ghost is a SCAM!"

    April 24, 2012  |   By Hangman860

    Version: CyberGhost VPN 4.7.18

    Pros

    Absolutely None! CYBER GHOST IS A CREDIT CARD SCAM SCHEME.

    Cons

    They take your money but do not deliver the download.

    Summary

    Two days ago I ordered Cyber Ghost's Premium Plus and paid with Visa. Cyber Ghost never sent a confirmation email for my purchase and they failed to send the download or activation key. I called their US telephone number yesterday and discovered it is "No Longer in Service." Cyber Ghost is a fraud and I'm stunned that CNET who I've always trusted is pushing this garbage from their Website.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It works.."

    March 23, 2012  |   By jessealbert23

    Version: CyberGhost VPN 4.7.18

    Pros

    Free service gave me plenty of usage time.

    Cons

    Premium is expensive.
    Takes longer to connect during the day.

    Summary

    I ran this program while I logged in to my college e-mail account. My college then promptly shut down my account because someone logged in from another country (it was just me). I guess this thing works. Now I have to convince them to reactivate my account.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The so called "VPN" exposed to be a proxy server."

    March 20, 2012  |   By ollienixon

    Version: CyberGhost VPN 4.7.18

    Pros

    Kinda nice interface.

    Cons

    I was curious to see if this program does as claimed. It turns out it does not provide a Virtual Private Network service at all. It does not act as a VPN, it acts as a proxy server with authentication. All this program does is authenticates you with the servers and picks the best proxy to you with the least latency and then configures windows to automatically connect to it. Basically this is just a proxy server and a big waste of time. I would not recommend downloading this if you are looking for a proper VPN.

    Summary

    Waste of time as its just a proxy server network.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not Freeware!"

    March 16, 2012  |   By DingoDaisy

    Version: CyberGhost VPN 4.7.18

    Pros

    It was useful when connected to servers that didnt block me access to my sites

    Cons

    99% of the time blocked me to sites that were unblocked in the first place!

    Summary

    Probably worth a subscription but still an easy con!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "full version free with this months pc pro march 2012"

    January 20, 2012  |   By crazyd82

    Version: CyberGhost VPN 4.7.18

    Pros

    Has been working great for me even better getting a premium account free for 12 months. works great at hiding ip address which is always handy!!

    Cons

    none its perfect

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Performance of free version is miserable"

    December 26, 2011  |   By deuce772

    Version: CyberGhost VPN 4.7.18

    Pros

    Nothing interesting about the free version

    Cons

    The program is either falsely advertised as free, or, falsely rated by editors. There is absolutely nothing interesting about the free version of this software. Several ads during install, and 15 mins wait to connect to a server unless you pay them a registration fee. This is simply a rip-off and misuse of free-software terms. Very disappointed, and such a waste of time.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Could not get to work. Very confusing install."

    December 1, 2011  |   By JtJt12944

    Version: CyberGhost VPN 4.7.18

    Pros

    Could not get to work in order to decide.

    Cons

    Not sure what is was doing. Was it installed? Is it on? Who knows. Page after page and still not sure where I was in the install process/sign on.

    Summary

    Nope.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Contains a browser hijacker. Avoid like the plague."

    November 12, 2011  |   By mikey6568

    Version: CyberGhost VPN 4.7.18

    Pros

    Gimme a break.

    Cons

    This changes your search engine and other settings. Do not download. What a nasty trick this company plays. CNET needs to jettison their *****.

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