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Hotspot Shield

CNET Editors' review

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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    2.9 stars

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    • 5 star: 182
    • 4 star: 100
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worse programm ever"

    September 10, 2009  |   By freevpn

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.22

    Pros

    It real free

    Cons

    Too much ad - i Know http://thefreevpn.com site with same programm without ad

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Product crashed my wife's Vista laptop."

    September 5, 2009  |   By BillSTP

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.22

    Pros

    Nothing positive to say.

    Cons

    Product crashed my wife's Vista laptop.

    Summary

    My wife wanted to do some internet work at public hotspots with herVista laptop and I figured a little extra protection would be a good idea. HotSpot Shield sounded promising so I downloaded it and proceeded to do an install. It never finished the installation. Task Manager couldn't shut it down so I ended up doing a hard power-down.

    After restarting I found the wifi on the laptop couldn't connect to anything. Diagnostics complained about damaged driver software. I tried to use the HotSpot Shield uninstall option but it couldn't locate its own shortcut. I opened the Control Panel - Programs and Features dialog and it didn't show up in there at all. Manually deleting the HotSpot folders and drivers didn't help. Finally I had to use System Restore to go back before the "install".

    Very disappointed with this software. I don't mind useless free software but please don't damage my system ! The fact that it couldn't even find its own Uninstall program from the HotSpot Start menu item is indicative of poorly written software.

    In summary: A very disappointing experience with HotSpot Shield.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good software specially in UAE"

    September 4, 2009  |   By arizpogi

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.22

    Pros

    I use this in UAE and its running very good. UAE blocks all the hotspot shield download sites but you can also download it to torrent. There is nothing wrong with the software and works perfectly. I hope they will make another updates for this.

    Cons

    Too large banner and so many ads.
    Makes your internet a bit slower than normal.
    Pop up are coming every time

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I cant thank enough the developers of this software"

    September 2, 2009  |   By Hamidtx

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.22

    Pros

    works great, free, one of a kind

    Cons

    None that I can see

    Summary

    Iin coutries, where they spend millions of dollars filtering and breaking this provider, they have kept a setp ahead of them. It is an esstensial for many people in courties, where censourship is the norm "they know what is good for us to watch" right!!

    Thanks hotspot a million time. You guys are heros..

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It works! You'll be able to access filtered sites!"

    August 21, 2009  |   By bxb32001

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.22

    Pros

    It works! You'll be able to access sites filtered by your government or organization.
    Filtering software can't block it.

    Cons

    Ads. Tolerable, or just use non-IE/FF browsers.
    The limit. 5 Gigs is actually good enough for me, though.
    Occassionally redirected to Anchor Free. Trivial if you use alternative browsers.
    Disconnected after some time. Just reconnect!

    Summary

    If you're behind a "great firewall" like I am, this program is a godsend. Few alternatives are as easy and effective. The ads are tolerable (hint: use something other than IE or Firefox). Also, it's obviously not for heavy duty downloading or streaming so users with such needs may need to consider alternatives. However, if you are a "regular" business/home user, it works great!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It's Not FREE"

    August 14, 2009  |   By Iliusha

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.22

    Pros

    Nothing ...

    Cons

    It's not work !!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Application not found"

    August 12, 2009  |   By Mostafa Abo deshish

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.22

    Pros

    Application not found ( A message I recived ) ?????? and the program not work !!!
    thank you ..

    Cons

    not work in U A E

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