Expat Shield

Expat Shield

Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 89 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.52
  • Total Downloads:
    660,960
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 09, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,446
  • Platform:
    Windows
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  • Current Version

    3.0

    out of 29 votes

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    • 3 star 1
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1 stars

"Good for using iPlayer, but dangerous side-effects."

January 23, 2011  |  By tkj213

 |  Version: Expat Shield 1.52

Pros

Good use of iPlayer, or other websites or radio stations where a British IP is needed.

Cons

Possible side effects of this software, possible phishing and malware.

Summary

think this piece of software is actually very dangerous, and some strange things are happening to my computer, and I think it is because of this piece of software. Basically, I installed the software about a month ago, and it was very good - access to iPlayer and other UK only sites, but then since yesterday when I try to go on the Internet, without the Expat Shile running, I cannot connect to the Internet and it says the site is down temporarily and it cannot connect. Then, magically when I start up Expat Shield, everything is fine and access to all the sites returns. It should not be like this, I should not have to have Expat Shield running to be able to have access to the Internet, so it makes me think they are up to something fishy... If anyone else is having this same problem I would be interested to hear about it, or if anyone has any advice then I would also be interested to hear about it. Thanks, and be careful with this software.

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1 stars

"Virus like behaviour, porn popups"

June 10, 2013  |  By redfava

 |  Version: Expat Shield 1.52

Pros

Whatever the pros are, they are outweighed by the cons.

Cons

Very difficult to uninstall
Toolbar almost impossible to uninstall
Some users complained of child pornography pop-ups

Summary

This should be an excellent product, but the free trial period exposed a host of malware/virus like activity, such as unexpected intrusions when working, browser toolbars that are nearly impossible to remove, pop-up ads flooding in etc. If it behaves that badly, what else is it doing? Illegally collecting personal information from the PC? Stay clear from this.

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1 stars

"Cannot get it to work"

September 17, 2011  |  By caffrepa

 |  Version: Expat Shield 1.52

Pros

None that I could see since I could not get it to work

Cons

Tried installing 3 times. During each install it tried to change my default search engine, and did manage to change my home page. Then it simply would not work. kept getting "openvpn.exe" error

Summary

May work for some people, but not for me

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5 stars

"spectacular!"

September 15, 2011  |  By chuckfresh1

 |  Version: Expat Shield 1.52

Pros

does what it promises - gets you an ip on the other side of the pond. and it's free!

Cons

downloading is shaky and slow. but if you're clever, you'll figure out the workaround :)

Summary

great for a free service. the ads aren't all that bad either - click on a couple to help feed the webmasters.

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1 stars

"openvpn crashes"

September 14, 2011  |  By fredmellon

 |  Version: Expat Shield 1.52

Pros

None I can think of.

Cons

Installed in current, fully updated veersion of Windows XP, the openvpn.exe keeps crashing. Had to exit and uninstall. Tried twice more to obtain a clean, working install, no success.

Summary

Avoid like the plague, I'll stick with iportal.

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5 stars

"Allows use of UK-only online media while outside the UK"

September 05, 2011  |  By Finell

 |  Version: Expat Shield 1.52

Pros

Allows use of UK-only online media while outside the UK
BBC iPlayer audio and video perform well under Expat Shield
Easy installation
Good performance (did not slow down my system or MSIE 9)
Free (because it is advertising supported)

Cons

Ads (but that is why it is free)

Summary

I downloaded version 2.06 today from the publisher's site (version 1.52, downloadable from cnet, is not current). Download was quick. Installation was simple and trouble-free. I immediately tried to access BBC iPlayer streaming video and HD radio content that is only available to users in the UK (I'm not)--that is the reason I tried Expat Shield. Both worked, and playback quality was excellent. HD audio sounded like HD. I did notice very slight delay in the video (lips were slightly out-of-synch with the speech), and the video is not HD quality; video bit rate appears to be lower than YouTube and other streaming video sources. However, that may be due to my connection speed or other factors that are not the fault of Expat Shield.

With each connection to a new program source, a banner ad pops up at the top of the screen. It does not obscure any content. The ad can be closed by clicking the X in the ad's upper right-hand corner. If you close the ad, you are add-free until you open a different program source.

I did not test the proxy server's anonymizing features.

So far, so good. I will update this review if my impression of Expat Shield changes.

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5 stars

"Couldn't do wihout it!"

August 26, 2011  |  By brainibee

 |  Version: Expat Shield 1.52

Pros

The only way i am able to access the BBC and ITV iplayers despite being part of the EU

Cons

I can think of none

Summary

I wish i had heard about it earlier - an excellent software for the likes of me.

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3 stars

"Does what it says on the tin, mostly."

August 20, 2011  |  By TuraSatana

 |  Version: Expat Shield 1.52

Pros

Easy to use and free.

Cons

The popups are a bit annoying - as it occasionally tries to open a pop up in IE which then stops everything from working until it is killed. It also sometimes seems to disconnect on it's own.

Summary

OK but not perfect - still, is there another free program that does what it does?

I have had some problems with the connection, but then that may well have not been anything to do with the ES. I have managed to stream programs quite well: when on ES puts up an advertisment bar on the top of the page, but this hidden when you put on full screen display. You can close the add-bar, and it will not come back on at least not when disconnected. It is very easy to connect and disconnect, there is just one button!
So all in all it is a little bit of a nuisance, and I would only have it on when I need it, but it is useful.

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5 stars

"Excellent piece of software"

August 10, 2011  |  By gerry24--2008

 |  Version: Expat Shield 1.52

Pros

Creates a proxy so I can view BBC iPlayer here in Spain

Cons

None other than popup adverts that can easily be blocked with an addblock addon.

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1 stars

"worst ever"

August 08, 2011  |  By hipppodance

 |  Version: Expat Shield 1.52

Pros

none of this works properly

Cons

everything sucks

Summary

this crap software has my page frozen. cannot get to my desktop

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1 stars

"Broke my internet connection"

August 02, 2011  |  By giant-bubbles

 |  Version: Expat Shield 1.52

Pros

None, because it did nothing that it was intended to, and it screwed up my computer.

Cons

I had to uninstall it and restart my computer to regain internet access.

Summary

This might work for some people, but it didn't work for me. I wish it had...Windows Vista 64 bit

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.52
Version 1.52 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher AnchorFree
Publisher web site http://anchorfree.com
Release Date June 01, 2010
Date Added December 09, 2010
Version 1.52
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.67MB
File Name HSS-2.25-install-anchorfree-232-expatshield.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 660,960
Downloads Last Week 1,446
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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