Hotspot Shield Elite

Hotspot Shield Elite

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 39 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.37
  • Total Downloads:
    2,299,517
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 21, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (Some features disabled after 7 days); $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    8.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,757
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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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3 stars

"Amateurish service. Nincompoops."

November 12, 2014  |  By malabarmike

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield Elite 3.37

Pros

Performs well to standards implied in list of features.

Cons

Impossibly amateurish service. I have used this for about one year. The service borders on worthless on account of the amount of time required to deal with them: they will ask for a screenshot when one was provided with the initial submission on their support website. Submission of a request for service requires a detailed listing of pertinent tech data (o/s, browser type & number), which is fine but: The reply email typically asks for this data again!!!

Summary

If you have time to waste in prodding the service people/system to do their work, this is the service for you!! Expect to be treated like a lazy idiot. They will not likely read your email and they will likely not even think about it!!! They resort to knee-jerk, canned, automated replies to service requests. I presume that this means that they are overworked, underpaid, under-trained--or just plain bored at work!

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2 stars

"Doesn't work on a basic level, buggy start up"

November 12, 2014  |  By laura.brockman1

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield Elite 3.37

Pros

You can access some content. Netflix sometimes works.

Cons

Doesn't actually work as a VPN that masks your location. Amazon Prime and Hulu don't work and Amazon will ask if you want to search in my current country rather than the US, Google also "knows" where I am when the VPN is on

Summary

Really not worth the money. Easy? kinda. I had multiple problems getting it started because the fact that I had purchased Elite wasn't recognized. But that's nothing compared to the fact that it doesn't really work. Multiple websites would ask if I wanted to switch to the German version (clearly the VPN wasn't working there...) and multiple TV sites--including Hulu and AmazonPrime-- wouldn't work with the VPN on since it wasn't actually hiding the fact that I was in Germany. Don't waste time with this. I recommend StrongVPN--works like a dream. Especially if you get their VPN router

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1 stars

"Even Elite does not work in Pakistan or UAE from where"

November 04, 2014  |  By nisarchowdhari

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield Elite 3.37

Pros

No Pros Because does not work in both the country that I live in

Cons

All Cons Neither the free version nor the Elite version works

Summary

Want refund of my money

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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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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 7, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 8, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 8.42MB
File Name HSS-3.37-install-e-550-plain.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,299,517
Downloads Last Week 5,757
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Some features disabled after 7 days
Price $29.95

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