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  • 1.0 stars

    "Was a great product, now it's not"

    September 20, 2013  |   By leeds46

    Version: Expat Shield 2.25

    Pros

    Good secure VPN

    Cons

    It's no longer free if you want to access sites like BBC iplayer, a paywall appears and you need to pay $4.99 a month for hotspotshield elite. And hotspotshield elite is always "on" even when you don't want it to be,so things that don't work through a VPN, like torrents and satellite TV remote viewing, don't work. I had to uninstall elite to restore my sanity.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Stop working for free. Went to pay wall to pay $4.99"

    September 13, 2013  |   By lnvharris

    Version: Expat Shield 2.25

    Pros

    Worked great for years. Until now. They want you to pay to go to the UK BBC I-player page.

    Cons

    Now it comes up saying you need to pay $4.99 or buy it for a year.

    Summary

    I need to find another download that will let you watch UK programs.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Was great... past tense"

    September 13, 2013  |   By PaulBinCT

    Version: Expat Shield 2.25

    Pros

    Worked well in the past... apparently no longer

    Cons

    Used it at least a few times a week to access BBC iPlayer, which I gather was a big piece of their market. But today I get redirected to a paywall where they insist I buy an "Elite" version. Really a shame, I was happy to accept the ads for a good free product.

    RIP

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Can watch UK on demand TV"

    September 2, 2013  |   By pnjnewell

    Version: Expat Shield 2.25

    Pros

    I can watch UK on demand TV

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Summary

    Does what I want it to do

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Incompatible with Windows 8"

    August 9, 2013  |   By agogohome

    Version: Expat Shield 2.25

    Pros

    Worked well with Windows 7, but it will not install on Windows 8 machines

    Cons

    Good speed - sometimes, but not always.
    Messy to disconnect - just closing the browser is not enough.
    Amateurish appearance and interface, which needs improving

    Summary

    Good software, spoilt because it hasn't been updated to run on Windows 8

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Good Speed but the Embedded Ads is Annoying"

    June 4, 2013  |   By szsjq

    Version: Expat Shield 2.25

    Pros

    Good Speed. Not sure how that software achieved it but the upload speed tested on speedtest.net seems to be faster than the upper limit of my internet.

    Cons

    The Embedded Ads is very Annoying.

    Summary

    Went with OpenVPN and Vpnbook eventually due to the Annoying ads.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "seriously awful"

    June 2, 2013  |   By thebig1_2013

    Version: Expat Shield 2.25

    Pros

    allows access to iplayer sometimes

    Cons

    plagues you with adverts and other spam
    hijacks your browser
    introduces popups
    unusable as intended

    Summary

    not worth the trouble and difficult to remove

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  • 5.0 stars

    "For FREE allows me to stream uk tv abroad"

    April 11, 2013  |   By jim_m123

    Version: Expat Shield 2.25

    Pros

    Free
    Allows me to stream uk television whilst abroad
    Gives the same picture and audio as a paid for VPN

    Cons

    there's ads. a banner ad at the top of the current page and everyonce in a while a new full page ad pops up. it's free though so i can deal with it

    Summary

    Excellent product. yes there's ADS, which are annoying, but it's a free product so there has to be some cost.
    i recommend this product. fully deserving of 4.5 stars as it does what it says it does and....ITS FREE!!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Used to be great, until I upgraded to Windows 8..."

    April 3, 2013  |   By 16bitmick

    Version: Expat Shield 2.25

    Pros

    Lets you watch BBC iPlayer
    Free
    Does what it says it does.

    Cons

    Ads
    OMG, ADS
    It will not go away until you make it (still worth it)
    Not compatible with Windows 8 :(

    Summary

    I am super bummed that I can't use this anymore with Windows 8. I guess I will just have to find another proxy server that gives me a UK IP... You guys dropped the ball and lost someone. Windows 8 isn't BRAND NEW. You have had time.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Gone downhill"

    March 30, 2013  |   By nazzam91

    Version: Expat Shield 2.25

    Pros

    When I first got this it was reliable and never disconnected, currently the pros stand as NONE

    Cons

    As soon as try to access a blocked website it disconnects which is pointless, thats the whole reason I downloaded it. The ads are annoying at the top but I don't want to pay out on a vpn blocker if i'm not using it often.

    Summary

    In total do not download this product unless you want to be throughly frustrated and constantly reconnecting it.

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