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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  • All Versions

    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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    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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