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Hotspot Shield

Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 653 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.941
  • Total Downloads:
    29,613,969
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 28, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    9.51MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    11,303
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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1 stars

"Comes with Malware and Adware"

May 29, 2015  |  By jkm0119

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 4.15.2

Pros

It does actually connect you to a different spot

Cons

It brings up advertising to promote you buying it. It adds malware to your computer and so many adds that you have to delete the program. I would not recommend this program to anyone. The trial offer is laced with adware. It takes too long to clean your computer after installing.

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1 stars

"Horrible program"

May 28, 2015  |  By clagan

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 4.15.2

Pros

None .... never worked.

Cons

Hung the computer and kept dropping my network connection.

Summary

Another example of the junk and malware infested programs CNET keep on recommending. Obviously being paid to do so. Never again will I download a program suggested by CNET

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1 stars

"Hotspot's Elite VPN is Horrible!"

May 20, 2015  |  By Zd3

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 4.15.1

Pros

There are no Pros.

Cons

Hotspot forces you to log in to their site in order to use their Elite VPN- so much for privacy!
Hotspot is run by AnchorFree, which automatically signs you up for email spam from Kaboom.
Elite membership uninstalls on log out, and then automatically signs you up for the free version which installs adware.

Summary

Hotspot's Elite VPN signs you up for spam and adware- total waste of time and messy to uninstall. I would not classify Hotspot Elite VPN as a real VPN service, but more of a disguise for spam and adware.

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3 stars

"Go with another service"

April 27, 2015  |  By dander0311

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Extremely easy to setup, log in and manage on up to seven devices. Interface is easy to use, and the website shows all your protected devices at a glance. A few different location options are nice.

Cons

I would go to bed downloading something, wake up and it had turned off. Everything I was downloading that I wanted protected wasn't. Most nights, in the middle of the night when I had it on and online it just stopped working. It would show connected, but nothing would load. I could connect to another location most of the time, but that is less than ideal (especially when I don't really want to use Canada's Netflix).

Frequently it would "forget" that I was an Elite member and give me weird "bandwidth cap" errors when trying to load every day sites. I would have to log out and in, restart it several times to get it working as normal again.

Summary

Don't buy a whole chunk of time at once, try it out first. Also, look around at all the options and reviews before buying; nothing new!

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1 stars

"Purchased 20 days to try out, expired after a day."

March 30, 2015  |  By mv1pgs

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Seems to work OK

Cons

Purchased 20 x day licenses only received one license key, which expired after a day

Summary

Worked for a while, but I didn't get what I paid for. I wouldn't risk parting with any more cash with them

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1 stars

"It worked a while customer service is awful"

February 19, 2015  |  By rob222345

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

I paid for the elite version It worked for a while.

Cons

The customer service is awful. They fail to read the problem and then reply with "solved" in the header. At this point, you are forced to start a new ticket. I will not be paying for anything from this company in the future.

Summary

They can offer pathetic support if they want. I just will not pay them for any services.

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5 stars

"an excellent free program"

January 22, 2015  |  By CondonAuber

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

performs all functions i need.

Cons

none at this time

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1 stars

"Completely unreliable."

January 20, 2015

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

There are none.

Cons

This product cannot be relied upon. ISP changes back to local ISP while it appears that you are still protected. Impossible to rely on when traveling abroad and access locally blocked websites like Google.

Summary

Don't waste your time or your money on this product.

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5 stars

"It's a really good to download"

January 05, 2015  |  By SeiverPenrose

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Excellent product and no difficulties at all

Cons

I have no cons on this program

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5 stars

"Great tool, no nagging appearance."

December 23, 2014  |  By DoukasFidel

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Great tool, no nagging appearance.

Cons

None I can think of.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher AnchorFree
Publisher web site http://anchorfree.com
Release Date January 28, 2008
Date Added January 28, 2008
Version 0.941
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 9.51MB
File Name HSS-4.15.2-install-plain-701-plain.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 29,613,969
Downloads Last Week 11,303
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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