Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 653 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.15.2
  • Total Downloads:
    29,613,969
  • Date Added:
    May 21, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    9.51MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    11,303
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Hotspot Shield's OpenVPN-based client offers many useful features, including the ability to anonymize your browsing, bypass geographical blocks, and access region-specific content.

Pros

Specific site tunneling: Hotspot Shield now allows you to turn the service on when visiting specific websites -- such as Netflix, YouTube, or the BBC -- rather than tunneling your entire Internet session. This site targeting increases general browsing speed when the VPN is not required, and it's ideal for conserving bandwidth when data limits are an issue.

Easy setup: It takes just a few minutes to install Hotspot Shield and start using it. The redesigned interface enables you to toggle VPN activity, as well as switch to different regions and countries with a few clicks.

Wide selections: If you upgrade to the paid version, Hotspot Shield Elite, the service boasts 17 virtual locations, covering North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Reliable connection: Hotspot Shield performed admirably in our speed tests. We had no trouble streaming HD-quality Netflix and YouTube from virtual locations in the US and Canada. But keep in mind that overall speed depends on your location, hardware, peak traffic hours, and Internet connection.

Cons

Buggy interface: The Virtual Location menu sometimes failed to load the slider scroll during our tests, which prevented us from seeing all the available regions.

Limited free connection: Hotspot Shield Free VPN caps desktop users at 750MB for every 12 hours. With today's bandwidth-heavy video and music, you will hit that limit a lot faster than you think.

Limited content: Hotspot Shield Free VPN locks you into US servers, limiting access to international content.

Ad-supported: If you're using the free version of Hotspot Shield, you'll suffer aggressive upsell ads.

Bottom Line

With its advanced options, customization, and stable service, Hotspot Shield excels in the VPN field. With the majority of features locked behind a paywall, you'll need a subscription to enjoy the full benefit of the service.

This is a review of Hotspot Shield Elite Trial and Hotspot Shield Free VPN.

 
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1 stars

"Comes with Malware and Adware"

May 29, 2015  |  By jkm0119

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 4.15.2

Pros

It does actually connect you to a different spot

Cons

It brings up advertising to promote you buying it. It adds malware to your computer and so many adds that you have to delete the program. I would not recommend this program to anyone. The trial offer is laced with adware. It takes too long to clean your computer after installing.

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1 stars

"Horrible program"

May 28, 2015  |  By clagan

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 4.15.2

Pros

None .... never worked.

Cons

Hung the computer and kept dropping my network connection.

Summary

Another example of the junk and malware infested programs CNET keep on recommending. Obviously being paid to do so. Never again will I download a program suggested by CNET

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1 stars

"Hotspot's Elite VPN is Horrible!"

May 20, 2015  |  By Zd3

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 4.15.1

Pros

There are no Pros.

Cons

Hotspot forces you to log in to their site in order to use their Elite VPN- so much for privacy!
Hotspot is run by AnchorFree, which automatically signs you up for email spam from Kaboom.
Elite membership uninstalls on log out, and then automatically signs you up for the free version which installs adware.

Summary

Hotspot's Elite VPN signs you up for spam and adware- total waste of time and messy to uninstall. I would not classify Hotspot Elite VPN as a real VPN service, but more of a disguise for spam and adware.

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3 stars

"Go with another service"

April 27, 2015  |  By dander0311

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Extremely easy to setup, log in and manage on up to seven devices. Interface is easy to use, and the website shows all your protected devices at a glance. A few different location options are nice.

Cons

I would go to bed downloading something, wake up and it had turned off. Everything I was downloading that I wanted protected wasn't. Most nights, in the middle of the night when I had it on and online it just stopped working. It would show connected, but nothing would load. I could connect to another location most of the time, but that is less than ideal (especially when I don't really want to use Canada's Netflix).

Frequently it would "forget" that I was an Elite member and give me weird "bandwidth cap" errors when trying to load every day sites. I would have to log out and in, restart it several times to get it working as normal again.

Summary

Don't buy a whole chunk of time at once, try it out first. Also, look around at all the options and reviews before buying; nothing new!

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1 stars

"Purchased 20 days to try out, expired after a day."

March 30, 2015  |  By mv1pgs

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Seems to work OK

Cons

Purchased 20 x day licenses only received one license key, which expired after a day

Summary

Worked for a while, but I didn't get what I paid for. I wouldn't risk parting with any more cash with them

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1 stars

"It worked a while customer service is awful"

February 19, 2015  |  By rob222345

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

I paid for the elite version It worked for a while.

Cons

The customer service is awful. They fail to read the problem and then reply with "solved" in the header. At this point, you are forced to start a new ticket. I will not be paying for anything from this company in the future.

Summary

They can offer pathetic support if they want. I just will not pay them for any services.

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5 stars

"an excellent free program"

January 22, 2015  |  By CondonAuber

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

performs all functions i need.

Cons

none at this time

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1 stars

"Completely unreliable."

January 20, 2015

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

There are none.

Cons

This product cannot be relied upon. ISP changes back to local ISP while it appears that you are still protected. Impossible to rely on when traveling abroad and access locally blocked websites like Google.

Summary

Don't waste your time or your money on this product.

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5 stars

"It's a really good to download"

January 05, 2015  |  By SeiverPenrose

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Excellent product and no difficulties at all

Cons

I have no cons on this program

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5 stars

"Great tool, no nagging appearance."

December 23, 2014  |  By DoukasFidel

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Great tool, no nagging appearance.

Cons

None I can think of.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.15.2
Version 4.15 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher AnchorFree
Publisher web site http://anchorfree.com
Release Date May 21, 2015
Date Added May 21, 2015
Version 4.15.2
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.51MB
File Name HSS-4.15.2-install-plain-701-plain.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 29,613,969
Downloads Last Week 11,303
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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