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  • 5.0 stars

    "So Far So Good"

    June 4, 2010  |   By Several9920

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.43

    Pros

    I can really search the web anonymous now with Hot Spot Shield.

    Cons

    I get an error message when i first start hotspot shield when clicking connect telling me its not installed or not found.

    Summary

    This is a good software that allows you to search the web anonymously, My only complaint is that it disconnects itself after about an hour of browsing. Also when the browser first opens sometimes i get a page telling me to install the latest version of hotspot when i already have it installed. Before i had Hotspot Shield i was having trouble with a few hackers hacking my internet connection, But now that i have Hotspot Shield which chooses an anonymous ip address for me, the hackers can no longer find me. Over all its an excellent software.

    Updated on Jun 21, 2010

    "Update", The reason i kept getting a browser alert to download the latest version was because i didn't have the latest version installed as i thoughtl. Hotspot Shield does still disconnect though, But not as often as before. This is still an excellent software, And hackers still have a tough time finding me if at all. My only complaint now is that my browser page will sometimes refresh and scroll so if i'm in the middle of reading a paragraph i lose my place. "I'm Still Satisfied"!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works as described!"

    June 4, 2010  |   By bpot62

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.43

    Pros

    Can watch American video content from outside US

    Cons

    Doesn't work with Hulu (Hulu detects the block & won't allow viewer in from outside US)!

    Summary

    Good Free Product & didn't slow down my browsing at all!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Contains suspicious software in it"

    June 3, 2010  |   By naveedfarooq

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.43

    Pros

    i found no benefits

    Cons

    after un-install , internet explorer homepage was hacked
    and my floppy disk keep searching for disks.

    i have to delete all wscript.exe files from my pc , because after deleting them i feel some relief.

    thanks for unwanted gifts hotspot :(

    Summary

    as i uninstalled this program , i face 2 major problem due to it
    1) my internet explorer homepage is changed , and i can not use any other homepage , or blank page , my ie home page is some kind of blogspot page now. thanks to hotspot shield :(
    2) my floppy disk keep searching for disks.........without any reason... thanks to hotspot shield.
    i found this software suspicious , my computer security is compromised after installing it.

    and i advise all of you to not use this software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works on a Mac"

    June 2, 2010  |   By poppa1138

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.43

    Pros

    Makes it possible to watch Hulu,Fox,South Park Studios etc from outside the US, best free prog I have found to do this..

    Cons

    Sometimes you may get the error message when trying to load a video,but is easily reinstalled with a Mac and your away again.
    buffering might be a problem at sometimes of the day..

    Summary

    I would really recommend this for Mac users as it is easy to install and remove with a couple of clicks,some complain about the adds but if it keeps it free I don't mind,I seem to watch a lot more TV online now...Brilliant!!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A Free, Reliable, User Friendly, Fully Functional VPN"

    May 29, 2010  |   By rf2ooo

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.43

    Pros

    It's FREE ! It's also a reliable service, the user interface is simple and straight forward so anyone can use it without any hassles.

    If you have been IP banned from any website, HotSpot Shield will allow you to get around it with ease. =]

    Cons

    5GB transfer max limit per month, very slight lag when loading sites with a lot of flash content but barely noticeable. If you're on Wifi, it rarely disconnects your adapter if you disconnect then reconnect too quickly in a short amount of time.

    Summary

    This is one of those life saving programs for people that always get IP banned from sites. It's also the best way to surf anonimously for free without having to install software that requires you to buy it for it to work properly. No ads. pop-ups, or anything else is needed to work, simply download it, install it, click "Connect", and your all set to go.

    Honestly this software deserves a 5-star rating, when you try it, you'll see what I mean, along with the millions of other people also using this VPN service.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Does help add a little security"

    May 26, 2010  |   By rflurf1990

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.43

    Pros

    Does make a secure connection, and provides good info: Connection Status, IP Address, Server Address, Bytes sent and received, and the duration of the connection.

    Cons

    Has ad's, which are a little bother some.

    Summary

    Creates a secure connection, but I was not able to see how it performs in a unsecured wireless situation.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not too shabby"

    May 17, 2010  |   By dannyringo

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.43

    Pros

    I went to a site called "Shields Up" and ran the tests to see if it could be hacked .I was enlightened with the results....I was totally invisible according to their report and could not be hacked~!

    Cons

    Banner at the top of the screen

    Summary

    Highly recommend Hotspot Shield with the use of Microsoft Security Essentials, Advanced Systemcare Free, Key Scrambler Free, Ad Block plus and
    Firefox as your main browser....I feel this combination is very secure for a windows based program, minus the banners at the top of the page caused by Hotspot Shield.....I can live with it.....

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