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Should I remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
67% remove it33% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,578
United States Rank #7,903
Reach 0.1146%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.74 days
611.86 days >
Average installed length: 321.49 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
6.15.0.27 12.47%
6.14.0.30 0.27%
6.14.0.28 3.39%
6.13.50.9 2.44%
6.13.3.701 2.98%
6.13.3.505 6.10%
6.13.3.1 5.28%
6.12.0.11 6.64%
6.11.2.6 9.89%
6.10.3.27 13.69%
6.10.2.5 15.04%
6.9.0.16 9.76%
6.8.9.0 5.96%
6.8.8.8 1.08%
6.8.5.1 3.39%
6.8.2.0 1.22%
6.7.0.6 0.27%
6.3.3.3 0.14%

Hotspot Shield Toolbar

What is Hotspot Shield Toolbar?

Installs a Conduit powered OurToolbar in Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox web browsers. The software collects and stores information about your web browsing and sends this information to OurToolbar so they can suggest services or provide ads via the toolbar. Hotspot Shield Toolbar will attempt to change your home page and search provider if you are not careful during installation and provides a search box and various other generic features in the toolbar.

About  (from AnchorFree Inc)

This community toolbar was created using the Conduit platform. Get our freshest content delivered directly to your browser, no matter where you are on the Web. Search the Web and get a wide choice of useful search engines. Choose from thousands of free apps for your browser. Receive our most important news and announce...  Read more

Overview

The most common release is 6.10.2.5, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named Hotspot_ShieldToolbarHelper.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. It also bundles additional software in the form of the Conduit Engine, which installs a potentially unwanted toolbar, and makes homepage and default search engine changes to a user's web browser. The setup package generally installs about 22 files and is usually about 4.9 MB (5,133,781 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Built on and distributed using the Conduit toolbar
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Hotspot Shield Toolbar.
Hotspot_ShieldToolbarHelper.exe (da11d78d765e4b8fa4cfa5a37e8a94ff) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International 4.0.3.14620 Adware.Win32.Conduit.45
ESET-NOD32 7.10301 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.Q
G Data 14.8.24 Win32.Adware.Conduit
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan.1.7.5.0 PUA.ClientConnect
Panda Antivirus 14.01.11.12 PUP/Conduit.A
tbHot0.dll (975993043e355206a1fba5a702044f0c) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Comodo Security 17676 Application.Win32.Conduit.~A
ESET-NOD32 9338 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Optional.Conduit
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 Adware/Conduit
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V1113
VIPRE Antivirus 25818 Conduit (fs)
prxtbHot0.dll (4b5780c90e38e579a651dbc4774a1f1f) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 5.5.1.3 PUA.Toolbar.Conduit!
Dr.Web 7.00.8.02260 Adware.Conduit.16
ESET-NOD32 9639 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.W
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 28068 Conduit (fs)
tbHot2.dll (e1b87b513c14d3a417b1a027be739de1) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 9321 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 Adware/Conduit
VIPRE Antivirus 25676 Conduit (fs)
ldrtbHot0.dll (ce49528c9b0b3b3018ee2f70e76b362a) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 9148 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.P
VIPRE Antivirus 24150 Conduit (fs)
       View all 21 all detections
Hotspot Shield Toolbar has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Hotspot Shield
URL: HotspotShield.OurToolbar.com
Help link: HotspotShield.OurToolbar.com/help
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\hotspot_shield
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Hotspot_Shield\uninstall.exe toolbar
Estimated size: 4.9 MB
This is a Community Toolbar by Conduit, what does that mean?
Conduit is a toolbar monetization platform for software publishers. It provides a utility for developers to create branded generic web browser toolbars. Publishers can bundle these toolbars with their software programs or provide access to download them separately through HotspotShield.OurToolbar.com. Once installed, the toolbar modifies the browser's home page and search settings in order to redirect searches through the Conduit portal (which utilizes Bing or Yahoo! Search engines). Read more...

Program filesFiles installed by Hotspot Shield Toolbar

Program executable:Hotspot_ShieldToolbarHelper.exe (Malware detected)
Name: ToolbarH Application
ToolbarH Application
Signed by:Conduit Ltd.
Path:C:\Program Files\hotspot_shield\Hotspot_ShieldToolbarHelper.exe
MD5:da11d78d765e4b8fa4cfa5a37e8a94ff
When loaded by IE, it will install a toolbar in the top of your Internet Explore web browser. By installing itself, the toolbar has full access to the a loaded web page's HTML content and knowledge of the URL the user is currently viewing;...
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) Hotspot_ShieldToolbarHelper.exe (by Conduit) - ToolbarHelper Application
  • hk64tbHot0.dll (by Conduit) - Conduit Toolbar
  • hk64tbHot2.dll
  • hktbHot0.dll
  • hktbHot2.dll
  • ldrtbHot0.dll
  • ldrtbHot2.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbHot0.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbHot2.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbHot0.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbHot2.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

4 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • prxtbHots.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'WinZipBar_FR Toolbar' with the class of {bb1227ac-7a0d-4076-8c1a-51a1348f6fa8} (WinZipBar_FR).
  • prxtbHot0.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Freemium 2 Toolbar' with the class of {3fca48ac-b444-4d84-908c-c703b36c829b} (Freemium 2).
  • prxtbHot2.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Vafmusic7 Toolbar' with the class of {37a7edb7-afda-4373-9865-02bf8160e677} (Vafmusic7).
  • tbHot0.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Hotspot Shield Toolbar' with the class of {c95a4e8e-816d-4655-8c79-d736da1adb6d}.
4 Internet Explorer Bars
  • prxtbHot2.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Connect DLC 5 Findbar' with a class of {8FEB0551-B256-479B-92E1-C927F89DC71E}.
  • prxtbHots.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'BitTorrentControl_v10 Findbar' with a class of {61B7EA61-DF56-4683-A474-BFDE2AD56316}.
  • tbHots.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'mako LIVE Findbar' with a class of {E4FBCEE4-B3B5-4FD1-933E-98130DB1E104}.
  • tbHot0.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'Conduit Engine Findbar' with a class of {DCDF6BF6-9C20-4DEE-8B9A-56D0231330CD}.
4 Internet Explorer Toolbars
  • prxtbHots.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Miniclip Toolbar' with the class of {1c68c940-1b2f-46eb-bd8c-2e1612ff6a58}.
  • prxtbHot0.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Freemium 2 Toolbar' with the class of {3fca48ac-b444-4d84-908c-c703b36c829b}.
  • prxtbHot2.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Vafmusic7 Toolbar' with the class of {37a7edb7-afda-4373-9865-02bf8160e677}.
  • tbHot0.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Hotspot Shield Toolbar' with the class of {c95a4e8e-816d-4655-8c79-d736da1adb6d} (Hotspot_Shield Toolbar).
4 Internet Explorer URL Search Hooks
  • prxtbHot0.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Freemium 2 Toolbar' with a class of {3fca48ac-b444-4d84-908c-c703b36c829b} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • prxtbHots.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Jaybob's Movies Toolbar' with a class of {33a329ee-7f7d-471e-ac67-15c54d970678} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • prxtbHot2.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Vafmusic7 Toolbar' with a class of {37a7edb7-afda-4373-9865-02bf8160e677} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • tbHot0.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Hotspot Shield Toolbar' with a class of {c95a4e8e-816d-4655-8c79-d736da1adb6d} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
4 Internet Explorer Web Browsers
  • prxtbHots.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Miniclip Toolbar' with a class of {1C68C940-1B2F-46EB-BD8C-2E1612FF6A58}.
  • prxtbHot0.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Freemium 2 Toolbar' with a class of {3FCA48AC-B444-4D84-908C-C703B36C829B}.
  • prxtbHot2.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Vafmusic7 Toolbar' with a class of {37A7EDB7-AFDA-4373-9865-02BF8160E677}.
  • tbHot0.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Hotspot Shield Toolbar' with a class of {C95A4E8E-816D-4655-8C79-D736DA1ADB6D}.
Scheduled Task
  • Hotspot_ShieldToolbarHelper.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{34C01E1F-1D33-4264-8F52-97E13432C5E2}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Hotspot_ShieldToolbarHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\eTvOnline.ro\eTvOnline.roToolbarHelper.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Hotspot_ShieldToolbarHelper.exe
Total CPU:0.4892737327%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.29804920%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.19122453%
0.015104% average

How do I remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall Hotspot Shield Toolbar from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Hotspot Shield Toolbar, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Hotspot Shield Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win 7 0%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 67%
Keep it 33%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 78.73%
Windows 8 8.54%
Windows XP 7.72%
Windows Vista 5.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.97%
Windows 7 Ultimate 30.48%
Windows 7 Professional 8.44%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.76%
Windows 7 Home Basic 4.08%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.13%

Distribution by countryGeography

26.97% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 26.97%
  Saudi Arabia 10.49%
  Iran 9.61%
  Germany 7.62%
  United Arab Emirates 5.62%
  Turkey 3.50%
  Canada 2.87%
  Pakistan 2.37%
  United Kingdom 2.12%
  Indonesia 1.87%
  SY 1.62%
  MA 1.37%
  YE 1.37%
  France 1.25%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.32%
Dell 21.00%
Acer 19.54%
Toshiba 10.40%
ASUS 7.90%
Samsung 5.41%
GIGABYTE 5.20%
Intel 3.33%
Lenovo 1.87%
American Megatrends 1.04%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.46%
Dell Inspiron N5110 5.22%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.22%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 4.48%
Dell Inspiron N5010 3.36%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.24%

About AnchorFree Inc

AnchorFree provides online privacy and security solutions for Web users, advertisers, and publishers.
Publisher URL: www.anchorfree.com

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