Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield

Download Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 647 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.12
  • Total Downloads:
    28,601,158
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 17, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    7.68MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    61,716
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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This freeware program promises to encrypt all your Internet connections, but since most public wi-fi access points in the U.S. are open, it's a bit hard to gauge Hotspot Shield's effectiveness. However, the connection itself is a bit wonky.

Once the program is installed, it creates an HTML link on your desktop. Double-clicking on it will open the application in your Web browser, and you'll be taken to a page detailing your Connection Status, IP Address, Server Address, Bytes sent and received, and the duration of the connection. Hotspot Shield is ad supported, so you'll get a big banner ad that lives at the top of every Web page, too. Closing the tab with the app's control panel doesn't disconnect the shield, though: for that, or to reload the control panel, you have to go through the green shield icon that gets loaded into your system tray. Also, there's a 5 GB transfer limit.

Overall, we can't give Hotspot Shield a strong recommendation, but as a last resort it might be worth trying out.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.5

    out of 14 votes

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    • 2 star 2
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  • All Versions

    2.9

    out of 647 votes

    • 5 star 194
    • 4 star 102
    • 3 star 61
    • 2 star 56
    • 1 star 234
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1 stars

"beware its' spyware"

April 15, 2009  |  By blankenstein

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.12

Pros

does do as it claims, but!

Cons

piece **** malware

Summary

launches pop window with porn ads, but even worse, if you turn it off it will run in the background tracking your web browsing and doing god knows what else. It quietly runs hssrv.exe which will not show up as a running process in your task manager. Even with process explorer I was unable to stop it from re launching after killing the process. Avoid.

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2 stars

"Okay software"

April 07, 2009  |  By Abstract_Writer

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.12

Pros

Did the job.

Cons

Inappropriate and adult advertising.

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3 stars

"Good experience, but v1.13 triggering trojan alert ???"

April 04, 2009  |  By f0r0ne

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.12

Pros

Effective substitute address permitting Hulu, Pandora, etc. from Canada
Easy to install and use
No speed problems

Cons

Sticks an innocuous, removable but nuisance ad over top of each page
After v1.13 update, AdAware scan alerted to a "level 10" trojan keystroke logger
Very difficult to remove once installed

Summary

I found it very useful and was willing to put up with ads which can be clicked off. It's the only free service that worked with Hulu from Canada - UltraSurf does not. However, this last version triggered an AdAware highest level alert for a keystroke logger trojan. Uninstalling was impossible because Add/Remove and Revo found it always "in use" so I had to log in Safe Mode as Administrator to erase the folder. I hope Anchor Free reads this and fixes the trojan problem as I would like to go back to it.

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1 stars

"Nothing but ads with v. 1.13"

April 03, 2009  |  By FunkyBrewster

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.12

Pros

Can be uninstalled

Cons

Blocks EVERY website with a frame linked to RSS2Search. Clicking on any link and any page loads this frame, making it impossible to use the browser.

Summary

v. 1.12 wasn't great but at least it was usable. 1.13 is a joke.

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1 stars

"Pornographic Banner Ads"

March 24, 2009  |  By BreakingBad

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.12

Pros

Changes your ip address

Cons

This program put a pornographic banner ad at the top of my screen, I was sitting with my little daughter on my lap and looking at sesame street torrents and all of the sudden I have porn at the top of my page. Unacceptable.

Summary

I don't care what this program accomplishes because it puts Pornography at the top of your screen.

Updated on Mar 25, 2009

Update! When trying to uninstall this program, Avira antivirus warns that theuninstaller is the TR/PSW.IEPass.A.12 trojan. ***? I thought downloads from cnet were safe.

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4 stars

"It works but"

March 23, 2009  |  By djfunkygrrl

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.12

Pros

Hides your original IP address

Cons

UInless you search late at night, the connection speed is very slow during the day. and as, noted in the reviews, the connection will drop without notice.

Summary



Updated on Apr 6, 2009

As others have stated, this product 1.12 and 1.13 has a trojan horse.
I contacted Hotspot shield almost 2 weeks ago and have not received a reply. On their website AnchorFree is promoting Hotspot Shield 1.10, but when one downloads it shows up as 1.13. AVOID THIS PRODUCT! Remember the Conficker virus attacks Networks!!

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3 stars

"Phis program will hiding your real IP and loction"

March 22, 2009  |  By neo1392

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.12

Pros

1. Unblocks all ISP blocked site
2. Complete privacy and descretion
3. Free of cost
4. Quick lauch sequence without disrupting your connection

Cons

1. Way too many advertisments
2. Noticably more sluggish compared to when the software is'nt runnig
3. Very annoying search engine pages sometimes show up while surfing
4. Will automatically turn off without warning

Summary

If it had fewer ads, i would have given it 4 stars

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3 stars

"AnchorFree Hotspot Shield"

March 21, 2009  |  By HCC4

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.12

Pros

It's okay as an alternative.

Cons

It has konked out 3 times, leaving me surfing naked without warning. Once, it showed that it was connected; but it wasn't! My own local IP was showing in http://whatismyipaddress.com/. AnchorFree is heavily ad-supported which can get annoying.

Summary

OK, but keep an eye on the warning icon in the status bar, AnchorFree shuts off without warning, and you are surfing naked.

I found another free VPN with free account, free forum support by their staff, much less advertising, and it's not bad at all. Two weeks, and it has never konked out, I'm online 10-12 hours a day.

www.alonweb.com

AlonWeb IPs are in the Netherlands. Quick download and setup, easy to use. I have also discovered I can combine it with a proxy IP if I choose to manually insert one into my Firefox or IE browser.

Updated on Mar 21, 2009

Where the hell is my comment after all the sign-up **** you put me through to put it in!!!!

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4 stars

"Works beautifully and can open up blocked sites."

March 13, 2009  |  By dralnajim

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.12

Pros

Opens up all my blocked sites such as crack and hack sites. Does not slow down the connection much.

Cons

Have to choose an advertised site first to have it start working but this is only a minor inconveniance.

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5 stars

"Loving it in Canada!"

March 02, 2009  |  By orochuck

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.12

Pros

I live in Montreal, Canada. Install on my MAC was quick and easy. I got to watch abc news minutes after download. Video took 10 seconds longer to start than usual but once stream started, virtually flawless.

Cons

At first it's not clear when connection achieved but it soon becomes obvious.

Summary

Sites take slightly longer to load but it's worth it! I am using wi-fi on regular hi-speed cable. I was finally able to access Twilight Zone archive on CBS.com. I want to thank Anchor Free for this software. My only fear is that this is too good to be true and that it is actually spyware or something.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.12
Fixes any issues from 1.11 or earlier releases.
General
Publisher AnchorFree
Publisher web site http://anchorfree.com
Release Date February 17, 2009
Date Added February 17, 2009
Version 1.12
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.68MB
File Name HSS-3.42-install-hss-561-conduit.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 28,601,158
Downloads Last Week 61,716
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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