Hotspot Shield Elite

Hotspot Shield Elite

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.37
  • Total Downloads:
    2,250,081
  • Date Added:
    April 21, 2014
  • File Size:
    8.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8,601
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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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

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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.37
Version 3.37 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher AnchorFree
Publisher web site http://anchorfree.com
Release Date April 21, 2014
Date Added April 21, 2014
Version 3.37
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Privacy Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 8.42MB
File Name HSS-3.37-install-e-550-plain.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,250,081
Downloads Last Week 8,601
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Some features disabled after 7 days
Price $29.95

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