Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.52
  • Total Downloads:
    28,601,158
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 07, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    7.68MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    61,716
  • Platform:
    Windows
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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

    2.8

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star 2
    • 4 star 1
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    • 2 star 1
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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

"Anti-virus flagged it as malware upon installation"

November 03, 2010  |  By Klinkster55

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.52

Pros

I didn't install it since Avast flagged it as malware!!

Cons

Anti-virus flagged it as malware upon installation

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4 stars

"Ad's Are A Bit Of A Pain, But Works Well..."

October 23, 2010  |  By DottyUK

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.52

Pros

It Works Well In Protecting Your Identity.

Cons

Adverts On screen Can Be A Pain, But Understandable As It's A Free Programme.

Summary

Well Worth The Download, But I Wouldn't Run It All The Time As It Does Slow Down The PC.

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3 stars

"Good for shielding works well most of the time"

October 19, 2010  |  By terrymiz

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.52

Pros

seems to block I.P. O.K.

Cons

Obnoxious advertisements, but the price is right.

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2 stars

"only for the privileged"

October 19, 2010  |  By twiztwas

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.52

Pros

seemed to work well for an Administrator account

Cons

but totally blocked normal access for a non-privileged account

Summary

Since I do all of normal surfing and financials with a non-privileged account and reserve the administrator account for necessary administration only, HotSpot Shield was worst than useless for me. Maybe when Anchor provides better support for those smart enough to use a non-privileged account for the daily stuff...

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5 stars

"the best free one at the moment.(to me!)."

October 17, 2010  |  By nikonekro

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.52

Pros

easy install, server always "on", no disconnect...really I never try a free offer like this!
You can surf as usual , watch hd videos with no "buffering..." at all.
Downloads (http) at (around...) 300Ko/s at the best momments. Never under 100Ko/s

Cons

It installs a lot of pilots (but it's all right), he is not ok with privat trackers.

Summary



Updated on Oct 17, 2010

(I'm french so excuse my language): I don't know why so many people rate this log. that bad...? To me, he is really the best I ever tried (and I tried a lot of free VPN...a lot!).
Install is a bit long, it installs a lot of pilots (like 3 or something) but, it does everything, the VPN is ready to use immediately...just try to install *** for example...and you'll tell me!
The best skill of that log.? it's never "down"! the server is always "on", no Inconvenient disconnections! really he works great to me...so may be, I'll change my mind soon, that's possible?
I don't know what problems did have the others users, personnaly I use PEERBLOCK, may be it has blocked "bad things" during install...I don't know...but it work well with "Hotspost shield" no "bad ip" detected!
My OS is Windows 7 x.64, my antivirus is Kaspersky 2010, I use PEERBLOCK, and have no problem at all with Hotspot shield. May be you should turn off UAC if you use Vista or 7...or run it as admin. coz of the pilots.

Updated on Oct 20, 2010

I'm very sorry for "hospot shield" (free version), we have nice time together, but...I found a better VPN (free of course!).

This is "proXPN"...it really kick some *****! more secure, more speed, I think it's unik in free VPN services.

But "Hospot shield" is still a very good VPN one of the best (2nd in my list then!), I try it for, around 1 week, server "down" for only one afternoon , just few hours . I didn't uninstall it, I keep it for second solution, if proXPN's "down".

I also keep SecurityKISS, wich is limited in free ed.(300Ko per day) but is very reliable too. Good to brownse the web. You can choose your server so you'll be able to choose a country too (US, Germany, Swiss, etc...).

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1 stars

"Froze system & won't uninstall. Blocked antivirus."

October 16, 2010  |  By Sam_Murai

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.52

Pros

Nil. Other than what the description promises.

Cons

Froze during installation. Then froze system. Won't uninstall due to invalid installation file. Windows keeps detecting new hardware but will freeze if allowed to install hardware. Even uninstallers and registry cleaners fail to remove it.

Summary

I've emailed the developers and waiting response. The software was downloaded from their site so it should be clean unless they've been compromised and it contains a trojan of some sort.
During install, they recommend that you let your antivirus software give it permission for some operations. Now it's stopped my PC Tools antivirus software from operating.

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1 stars

"File Corrupted"

October 09, 2010  |  By xCloudLord

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.52

Pros

nil nil nil

Cons

Cant install at all

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5 stars

"best free or paid ip address protector out there."

October 08, 2010  |  By TR1950

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.52

Pros

keeps your ip private from isp and others you don't want to have it

Cons

isp at&t for sure try to keep you off of hotspot shield.but i found out if i will let them know as soon as they do it.hotspot sends me new download to correct it.

Summary

i don't like people isp other companies i get on line with to know who i am legal or not it is my write to be free browse on the Internet,i have found i need help.i don;t have much money to seal but what i have is mine and i would like to keep it that way.hotspot does everyone a great job and it's free so please donate any time you can.i do no a lot but a lot of little bitties could add up to lots. and i would also like to thank cnet for the great job they do.from an old man just trying to keep my life worth something.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.52
In version 1.52, download manager has been updated. It will always download the latest version of the application. The error message in the previous version of the download manager has been fixed.
General
Publisher AnchorFree
Publisher web site http://anchorfree.com
Release Date October 07, 2010
Date Added October 07, 2010
Version 1.52
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, 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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