Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield

Download Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 644 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.56
  • Total Downloads:
    28,601,158
  • Date Added:
    December 08, 2010
  • File Size:
    7.68MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    61,716
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

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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

    3.5

    out of 6 votes

    • 5 star 2
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    2.9

    out of 644 votes

    • 5 star 192
    • 4 star 102
    • 3 star 61
    • 2 star 55
    • 1 star 234
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1 stars

"Locks up and won't run."

January 26, 2011  |  By rlwebfoot

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.56

Pros

None so far.

Cons

Locks up and won't run.

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2 stars

"Netflix won't work on PC but will work on MAC"

January 20, 2011  |  By sagemartin

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.56

Pros

It's very fast on my iMac with few if ever buffer interuptions at 3mb speed.

Cons

Stopped working on Netflix. Get error message saying I'm outside the US and therefore can't use the service.

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5 stars

"GREAT, with some modifications"

January 11, 2011  |  By nickboy98

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.56

Pros

great it is better without this client especially since i use the built in vpn client on ubuntu just google instructions to set it up without this client it makes it much faster and easier

Cons

client lets it down better to use with built in vpn clients in ubuntu, windows, mac osx

Summary

great service, client let's it down better off googling how to use it without this client than using it with

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4 stars

"It works, but prefer free PPTP VPN without installation"

January 04, 2011  |  By bestfreevpn

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.56

Pros

Thanks, it works!

Cons

Need install additional software, has bandwidth usage limit.

Summary

Personally I prefer to use the 100% FREE VPN from http://www.bestfreevpn.com :

1/ 100% FREE, no usage gap;
2/ no software installation needed, use built-in PPTP client in windows, mac or mobile phones;
3/ This VPN works with Symbian nokia phones, Apple iphone/ipad/ipod touch, and Android tablet or smartphones like Droid and Nexus etc.;

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5 stars

"Seems to work"

January 03, 2011  |  By deenie

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.56

Pros

It makes sites think you're in the US when you're not. I used it in S. Korea to access certain restricted sites in the USA successfully.
Free is good. Popup ads no problem. Can close the Hotspot Shield site and still be safe. Built-in safe search.

Cons

It does slow down your connection a lot depending on time of day.

Summary

I like this product as it is minimally intrusive. Testing with Shields Up at grc.com shows it works as advertised. It is updated periodically. Be sure to get the latest version especially if it seems to stop working.

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4 stars

"Good, does what it says."

December 26, 2010  |  By wolvo7

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.56

Pros

- Changes IP adress, usually to one in the US, so you can access US-restricted sites to watch videos like HULU etc.. That'smainly why I use it.

Cons

Connection may be a bit slower but it's not annoying and is way better than with the previous versions.

Summary

Really like it to watch videos as i'm not in the US.

Updated on Dec 26, 2010

For the ads, if you use Firefox just install the Adblock Plus add-on and you won't see any. I actually just learned that there were ads by reading the CNET review and I have been using Hotspot for more than a year.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher AnchorFree
Publisher web site http://anchorfree.com
Release Date December 08, 2010
Date Added December 08, 2010
Version 1.56
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP
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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