Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield

Download Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 639 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.12
  • Total Downloads:
    28,239,892
  • Date Added:
    February 17, 2009
  • File Size:
    7.68MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    63,361
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

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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    2.9

    out of 639 votes

    • 5 star 187
    • 4 star 102
    • 3 star 61
    • 2 star 55
    • 1 star 234
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1 stars

"Complete crap, waste of my $19.95, "KABOOM" MALWARE"

October 20, 2014

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

If you act like you are going to buy and cancel your purchase, they come back and offer it to you for $19.95 per year, instead of the $60 or $70 they initially try to charge you.

Cons

It hijacks your browsers and installs something called Kaboom, which tries to redirect all your social media, whether you like it or not!
The company is dishonest, they don't tell you they are going to hijack your browsers with a social media redirect that has NOTHING to do with VPN or proxy services
Sites such as Amazon Prime, Pandora, ESPN, Netflix, etc. Don't work with this proxy server
Customer support is awful
It has a noticeably slower connection speed
The application is buggy, sometimes it forgets you have a paid subscription

Summary

I trusted CNET editors when I purchased this. They are wrong. This is junk. It does not work as advertised, and what is not advertised, is that they install malware browser plugins that hijack your social media (such as twitter sharing, etc). If you think you are going to listen to Pandora, or watch sports or movies, you will be disappointed, as I have been. Customer support is very subpar as well.

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1 stars

"It's CRAP!!"

October 17, 2014  |  By SailorCandy

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

It does provided proxy service.

Cons

It launches itself! No matter how many times I stop is, it relaunches and at the most inopportune times! Or it changes Severs without warning. I checked never launch unless I start and guess what? It still launches itself. Total waste of money.

Summary

Don't waste money on the Elite version like I did.

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5 stars

"Work smoothly!"

September 17, 2014  |  By T4$^PRMMoJS3

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Come with free version(ad-supported) and elite(private vpn).
Also available on android which is very handy on my mobile device

Cons

The ads showing up, but it can be turned off if you feel annoyed. So no problem with me

Summary

Worth to try and keep, I also upgrade to elite version for ad free solution

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4 stars

"Works well"

August 28, 2014  |  By ageary79

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Easy to use and works as advertised.

Cons

Ads can get a little annoying, but it's free.

Summary

Good option. May want to consider Tor as well.

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5 stars

"It's a really good to download"

August 26, 2014  |  By RaBeekman

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Awesome, does everything it says, and is easy

Cons

I have no cons on this program

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5 stars

"Very good software"

August 25, 2014  |  By mohammadshams

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

:Government censors can not Viciously

Cons

GOOOOOOOOD

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3 stars

"Nice tool but This one is Amazing: 6.md/eeee"

August 21, 2014  |  By tomaskenedy

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

It will do the job but sometimes sneaky though. It also warns you of possible malicious website.

Cons

Bigger file size and annoying ads.

Summary

A very nice software to browse blocked sites but could be better in my opinion.

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1 stars

"Hotspot Shield is junk"

August 03, 2014  |  By 8f2ad1fe

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Flashy app - Nothing more

Cons

- Gets funding from Goldman Sach, CIA NSA link established I guess
- Monitors everything you do - They log everything.
- Cannot download any torrents
- Only a few countries to choose from

Summary

My advise to you is to give Private Internet Access VPN a try. It is worth it. They really care for your Privacy and they are super fast and have many servers in many countries and they don't log anything about you at all. They are Anti-NSA.
Try it here
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/buy-vpn/PROXYBLOG

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5 stars

"Keep up the good work."

July 29, 2014  |  By PayneGuan

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

it seems to me that it works very good

Cons

No cons from what I can see.

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2 stars

"Dissapointing"

July 10, 2014  |  By vijayr1234

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

downloads not stable.

Summary

Avoid it.

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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, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.68MB
File Name HSS-3.42-install-hss-561-conduit.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 28,239,892
Downloads Last Week 63,361
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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