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"Free Version Sucks !"
If I were using public Wi-Fi I would want a VPN client of some sort, and the free version of Hotspot Shield does indeed change your IP address.
On a hard-wired home desktop system, this thing caused me nothing but trouble. Being directed to their ad banner page whenever I opened my browser (despite having opted-out) is REALLY annoying, and a form of malware in and of itself. Also, whenever I disconnected it and then reconnected it my Comodo Firewall opened a dialog popup requesting permission and location- every time. Finally it slowed my browsing speed waaaaaay down, and when I uninstalled it, it left plenty of junk behind.
While the paid version may be ok, especially for mobile devices using public Wi-Fi, I'm looking for a better solution for my home network. There's got to be a better way.