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Surf Anonymous Free

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Surf Anonymously Free hides your identity online by replacing your Internet connection's regular IP with an anonymous IP that changes regularly. Hackers, identity thieves, and other would-be threats can't see your real ID or location, and neither can those creepy ads that know what you've been looking at. We've tried similar utilities, but they slowed down our browsing enough that we simply stopped using them. But two things have happened: 1) Online threats to your privacy and security have gotten bigger, meaner, and nastier; and 2) global Internet connections have gotten way faster. Some of the newer safe surfing services we've tried have nearly kept up with our broadband connection, so we thought we'd try Surf Anonymously Free, which is free but limited to U.S.-only IPs. To use Surf Anonymously Free from a non-U.S. IP or to disguise a U.S. address as a foreign IP, a Pro version is available.

Surf Anonymously Free's user interface is about the size of a media player, but that's fine with us since it's small enough to keep open in a corner of your desktop. The program displayed national flags and IP addresses for two locations in numerals large enough to be seen at a glance: Our Real IP address, including our city and country, and the Fake IP Surf Anonymously Free showed to online snoops. Clicking "Check IP Info" opened a Web page proving that our Internet connection displayed the Fake IP. "Select Fake Location" opened a page of national flags we could sail under, but only by upgrading to the Pro version.

Surf Anonymously Free hid our IP, but what about speed? We opened some bandwidth tests to see if using the Fake IP slowed our connection. As we expected, it did, but nowhere near as much as we feared it would, at least most of the time. We had to reselect our location for each bandwidth test, too, so obviously our real location was hidden. We had plenty of opportunities to upgrade from Surf Anonymously Free to Surf Anonymously Pro, but unless you need or want an international IP, the freeware does the job.

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Trojan horse is right! Do not download"

    April 12, 2014  |   By danmaksim

    Version: Surf Anonymous Free 2.3.6.8

    Pros

    None what so ever..

    Cons

    I was tired and didn't read the reviews. What a mistake!, took Norton AV, Malware and Spybot 3 unique passes to remove all the infected files. How is this product endorsed by CNET?

    Summary

    Yes, don't download this junk!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Owrthless Junk (Trojan Horse)"

    December 23, 2013  |   By CrumbHar

    Version: Surf Anonymous Free 2.3.4.6

    Pros

    NOTHING unless you are looking for a contender of the crappiest software that installs junkware in your computer. Then this may be your ticket.

    Cons

    It installs a bunch of other crap software. It does not hide ANYTHING. WHAISMYISP.COM can identify EVERYTHING, my IP, ISP. The only missing was a live picture of me using my computer. This is 100% pure junk. DO NOT DOWNLOAD treat it as a virus.

    Summary

    It installs it (and a bunch of other crapware). Then it tells you it hides your IP but it does not. They just wrote a clever program tha shows a random IP from some place else. It does NOTHING. DO NOT INSTALL THIS. AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Trojan Horse!"

    October 10, 2013  |   By kanncole

    Version: Surf Anonymous Free 2.3.2.8

    Pros

    None. I don't know if it hides your IP, it doesn't interface well with Chrome.They don't tell you that.

    Cons

    The version I downloaded last week was infected with a Trojan horse. It took me a full day to get all the junk out of my computer. I ended up having to run System Restore after I eliminated it with RogueKiller, as it messed with Explorer.

    Summary

    There are other VPNs out there. I like Hot Spot Shield. This one is insistent upon trying to get back into the registry. I am having a hard time getting rid of it entirely, but my anti-malware keeps it from getting in. Use this one at your own risk, it has a huge virus.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not working."

    August 5, 2013  |   By dwebb5

    Version: Surf Anonymous Free 2.3.1.2

    Pros

    None.... well it did correctly identify my IP address!

    Cons

    Gives a FALSE sense of security/anonymity.
    Takes up space on my hard drive.

    Summary

    Using the latest Firefox browser (Version 22) this software does nothing.
    My IP address is still clearly visible when visiting several IP checks including this one:
    http://whatismyipaddress.com/

    Going by it's rating, the other versions must have worked worked, but I can see nothing good that this software is doing.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't work for me"

    July 1, 2013  |   By Russianpostman

    Version: Surf Anonymous Free 2.3.1.2

    Pros

    If it doesn't work, how can there be a pro?

    Cons

    Tried to watch videos on hulu and hgtv, didn't fool them. Consistently said, "Video not available".

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does not work well with Chrome. Better with IE."

    June 27, 2013  |   By susan284

    Version: Surf Anonymous Free 2.3.0.6

    Pros

    Does a good job with everything but not in Chrome.

    Cons

    Jams up chrome.

    Summary

    See above.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Even the PRO version Ain't hiding!"

    April 18, 2013  |   By Reuven_101

    Version: Surf Anonymous Free 2.2.8.6

    Pros

    I paid only $25 (50% discount.) which means I lost only $25.

    Cons

    1. GRC.COM detected my true IP immediately.
    2. Browsing became extremely slow, and most often than not, the browser gave up.

    Summary

    Not ready for PrimeTime yet.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "does not WORK!"

    January 13, 2013  |   By MeanGenius

    Version: Surf Anonymous Free 2.2.5.6

    Pros

    none at all

    Cons

    everything, it doesn't even work

    Summary

    It would not connect to some sites at all. I checked my IP online and Surf Anonymous was NOT hiding my real IP address. The software simply lies to you. But you can have more features and options for $39.99, bleep off. This is NOT FREE.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Anonymously surf the web"

    December 13, 2012  |   By psboult

    Version: Surf Anonymous Free 2.2.4.8

    Pros

    Protect your identity when online;
    Allow you to visit restricted websites in your area;
    Extremely easy to use.

    Cons

    Only US IP address for use in trial version;
    Little slow when using fake IP address to surf.

    Summary

    A good program, worth to have a try.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "AWFUL! unable to connect to the net 90% of the time"

    December 1, 2012  |   By puentemart

    Version: Surf Anonymous Free 2.2.4.6

    Pros

    When it works, which is rarely because I can't connect to the internet with it, it works as described.

    Cons

    "webpage won't load" "unable to connect to the internet" "unable to connect to the proxy server" etc. etc.....

    Even when not running, my internet speed is cut in half since installing.

    Summary

    Using the paid "pro" version. What a piece of crap. I want my money back!

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