Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 639 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.42
  • Total Downloads:
    28,430,728
  • Date Added:
    May 30, 2014
  • File Size:
    7.68MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    54,470
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

+

Hotspot Shield is a free tool and service that lets you connect to the Internet via Virtual Private Network (VPN). Hotspot Shield is mainly geared toward those who want a more secure connection when accessing the Internet from public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Pros

Value: Hotspot Shield is one of the largest free VPN services in the world. Though the free version is ad-supported, the paid Elite tier comes at an affordable price, with cross-platform support.

Customizable: Hotspot Shield allows you to connect from other countries. This not only helps to shield your connection origins, but it also potentially lets you access content that's available only from certain global regions.

Control: Hotspot Shield's dashboard gives you an overview of the protection status and data speeds for both uploads and downloads, allowing you to monitor your connection performance.

Cons

Ad disruptive: Hotspot Shield Free occasionally shows up as a pop-up or header on the top of your browser. While this window may be closed, it does become rather tedious to have to close it every time.

Limited connection: The free version does not allow you to connect from other locations or regions.

Bottom Line

Hotspot Shield is a lightweight VPN solution that we recommend for anyone who's even slightly concerned about privacy. The free version may be riddled with a few ads, but it's a service that's worth the price, especially if you find yourself frequently accessing the Internet from public places. Hotspot Shield is a valuable service and remains competitive with other premium VPN services.

 
read more +

Publisher's Description

+
 
read more +
User Reviews
+
  • Current Version

    2.9

    out of 17 votes

    • 5 star 6
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 7
  • All Versions

    2.9

    out of 639 votes

    • 5 star 187
    • 4 star 102
    • 3 star 61
    • 2 star 55
    • 1 star 234
  • My rating

    0 stars

    Write review

Results 1–10 of 17

1 stars

"Complete crap, waste of my $19.95, "KABOOM" MALWARE"

October 20, 2014

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

If you act like you are going to buy and cancel your purchase, they come back and offer it to you for $19.95 per year, instead of the $60 or $70 they initially try to charge you.

Cons

It hijacks your browsers and installs something called Kaboom, which tries to redirect all your social media, whether you like it or not!
The company is dishonest, they don't tell you they are going to hijack your browsers with a social media redirect that has NOTHING to do with VPN or proxy services
Sites such as Amazon Prime, Pandora, ESPN, Netflix, etc. Don't work with this proxy server
Customer support is awful
It has a noticeably slower connection speed
The application is buggy, sometimes it forgets you have a paid subscription

Summary

I trusted CNET editors when I purchased this. They are wrong. This is junk. It does not work as advertised, and what is not advertised, is that they install malware browser plugins that hijack your social media (such as twitter sharing, etc). If you think you are going to listen to Pandora, or watch sports or movies, you will be disappointed, as I have been. Customer support is very subpar as well.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"It's CRAP!!"

October 17, 2014  |  By SailorCandy

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

It does provided proxy service.

Cons

It launches itself! No matter how many times I stop is, it relaunches and at the most inopportune times! Or it changes Severs without warning. I checked never launch unless I start and guess what? It still launches itself. Total waste of money.

Summary

Don't waste money on the Elite version like I did.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"Work smoothly!"

September 17, 2014  |  By T4$^PRMMoJS3

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Come with free version(ad-supported) and elite(private vpn).
Also available on android which is very handy on my mobile device

Cons

The ads showing up, but it can be turned off if you feel annoyed. So no problem with me

Summary

Worth to try and keep, I also upgrade to elite version for ad free solution

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 stars

"Works well"

August 28, 2014  |  By ageary79

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Easy to use and works as advertised.

Cons

Ads can get a little annoying, but it's free.

Summary

Good option. May want to consider Tor as well.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"It's a really good to download"

August 26, 2014  |  By RaBeekman

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Awesome, does everything it says, and is easy

Cons

I have no cons on this program

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"Very good software"

August 25, 2014  |  By mohammadshams

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

:Government censors can not Viciously

Cons

GOOOOOOOOD

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

3 stars

"Nice tool but This one is Amazing: 6.md/eeee"

August 21, 2014  |  By tomaskenedy

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

It will do the job but sometimes sneaky though. It also warns you of possible malicious website.

Cons

Bigger file size and annoying ads.

Summary

A very nice software to browse blocked sites but could be better in my opinion.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"Hotspot Shield is junk"

August 03, 2014  |  By 8f2ad1fe

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Flashy app - Nothing more

Cons

- Gets funding from Goldman Sach, CIA NSA link established I guess
- Monitors everything you do - They log everything.
- Cannot download any torrents
- Only a few countries to choose from

Summary

My advise to you is to give Private Internet Access VPN a try. It is worth it. They really care for your Privacy and they are super fast and have many servers in many countries and they don't log anything about you at all. They are Anti-NSA.
Try it here
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/buy-vpn/PROXYBLOG

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (1)

5 stars

"Keep up the good work."

July 29, 2014  |  By PayneGuan

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

it seems to me that it works very good

Cons

No cons from what I can see.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

2 stars

"Dissapointing"

July 10, 2014  |  By vijayr1234

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

downloads not stable.

Summary

Avoid it.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

Results 1–10 of 17

Add Your Review

Login or create an account to post a review.

You are logged in as . Please submit your review for Hotspot Shield
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Update your review

Since you've already submitted a review for this product, this submission will be added as an update to your original review.
Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

 
see all reviews +

Full Specifications

+
What's new in version 3.42
Version 3.42 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher AnchorFree
Publisher web site http://anchorfree.com
Release Date May 13, 2014
Date Added May 30, 2014
Version 3.42
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.68MB
File Name HSS-3.42-install-hss-561-conduit.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 28,430,728
Downloads Last Week 54,470
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

Previous Versions:

 
read more +

More Products to Consider

Close[x]

Submit a problem report for Hotspot Shield

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The Download.com Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The product contains malicious software

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Close[x]

Problem Report submitted

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK