Hotspot Shield Elite

Hotspot Shield Elite

Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 36 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.37
File Size:
8.42MB
Date Added:
April 21, 2014
Price:
Free to try (Some features disabled after 7 days); $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
2,193,692
Downloads Last Week:
8,409
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

As one of the easiest VPNs to set up and use, Hotspot Shield Elite safeguards your online identity and information without any glitches. It's nice in a pinch, but it's not nearly as powerful when compared to some other premium options available. Its simplicity might win the day for you, though.

Though Hotspot Shield Elite lets you download and surf without a bandwidth cap, you are limited to seven days before you have to pay. There is a wholly free version, but it's riddled with ads. Once you've registered with Hotspot Shield, protecting your surfing only requires one click and no complicated setup. The program drops an icon into your browser's URL so you always know whether or not it's on. Though it encrypts your surfing, if you try to download a torrent it may throttle your connection. All other downloads will be encrypted, though. The download will use all of the speed of your current connection to load pages, download, and upload. There are no file-sharing capabilities that come with this VPN.

Storage and file-sharing are usually the bread and butter of a VPN. However, if you don't need these features, Hotspot Shield Elite is okay. It protects your privacy and does it with all of the speed you're used to.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Hotspot Shield Elite 2.90.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.3

    out of 36 votes

    • 5 star: 17
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 11
  • Current Version:

    4.0

    out of 2 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "I highly recommend it"

    September 16, 2014

    Version: Hotspot Shield Elite 3.37

    Pros

    While there are plenty of VPN options available, Hotspot Shield gives me quite a decent speed and protection. Some other shows aren't available when other vpn programs had been connected but Hotspot Shield works awesome on hulu.com etc. I highly recommend it.

    Cons

    Pop up advertising window for the free version

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  • 3 stars

    "Works great if you have a fast WiFi connection."

    May 11, 2014   |   By oldhippie1955

    Version: Hotspot Shield Elite 3.37

    Pros

    It does what it's supposed to do, protect you on unsecured WiFi internet connections.

    Cons

    It really slowed down my internet connection by half. I have a 15MB connection and it slowed it down to 7MB, but it was still fairly fast and usable. If your internet connection is slow to begin with, turning on Hotspot Shield makes it so slow you can't use it as I recently experienced at a motel.

    Also the automatic subscription renewal is on by default. I had to contact customer support to find out how to cancel it and it was very difficult to find where it was, I had to go to a different website and log in to cancel automatic renewal. They almost have it hidden so you can't cancel automatic renewal easily.

    Summary

    Works great on fast WiFi internet connections but practically unusable with slow internet connections.

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