84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove Hotspot Shield?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
57% remove it43% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,335
United States Rank #4,335
Reach 0.1694%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.99 days
442.23 days >
Average installed length: 232.36 days


3.42 100.00%

Hotspot Shield 3.42

What is Hotspot Shield?

If You are using the free Service, AnchorFree may deliver third-party Advertisements within the content of any web page accessed. Advertisements may be injected into the top of the page, inserted directly into the page content, or even displayed to overlay the page. A “hotspot” is a Wi-Fi connection access point. Usually this type of connection is public; therefore, it is completely insecure. Hotspot Shield allows you to create a VPN, or virtual private network, so you can transfer your data securely. When you access the Internet through such connections, you risk having your computer or mobile infected by a virus or even an intruder to enter your system. Moreover, the dangers exist that a malicious person can intercept your information and use it for unfriendly reasons. Hotspot Shield bundles a branded version of the Conduit Toolbar, which delivers search based advertising and results. During installation the user is presented in some cases with the option to install the toolbar (on by default). Once accepted, the packaged executable, ConduitInstaller.exe, will download and install the necessary components for the Conduit Toolbar.

About  (from AnchorFree Inc)

Hotspot Shield is the world's most popular Virtual Private Network (VPN) that secures your browsing session, detects and blocks malicious websites, makes you private and anonymous online, and allows you to access any blocked content. Hotspot Shield allows you to Secure your Web session, data, online shopping, and perso...  Read more
  • Possible malware installed by this program
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Hotspot Shield.
Hss_Elite.A.I.exe (13f3c39639c03f10a891e5ae14a44d53) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Bkav FE HW32.CDB
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7094 Heuristic.LooksLike.Win32.Suspicious.R
Symantec 6/20/2014 rev. 6 WS.Reputation

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: AnchorFree Inc.
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 24.87 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Hotspot Shield 3.42

Program executable:Hss_Elite.A.I.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield\Hss_Elite.A.I.exe
Additional files:
  • af_proxy.dll - Hotspot Shield 5.0.2
  • af_proxy_cmd.exe
  • cmw_srv.exe
  • cmwhydraplugin.dll
  • FBW.exe
  • FBWMgr.exe
  • HSSCP.exe
  • HssInstaller.exe
  • hydra.exe
  • ConduitUninstaller.exe (by Conduit)
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{084F51DE-9BFD-437E-A568-2B3A22F18CF1}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Hotspot Shield?

You can uninstall Hotspot Shield 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Hotspot Shield 3.42, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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.
  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.

Win 7 (SP1) 51%
Win 8 0%
Uninstall it 57%
Keep it 43%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.90%
Windows 10 36.37%
Windows XP 2.66%
Windows Vista 2.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.85%
Windows 7 Home Premium 19.63%
Windows 8.1 10.87%
Windows 7 Professional 9.85%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.28%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 4.92%

Distribution by countryGeography

34.64% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 34.64%
  Saudi Arabia 8.46%
  Iran 5.09%
  Germany 4.96%
  United Kingdom 4.67%
  United Arab Emirates 3.86%
  Pakistan 3.13%
  Canada 2.52%
  France 1.89%
  IQ 1.86%
  Turkey 1.86%
  Qatar 1.52%
  Indonesia 1.50%
  Kuwait 1.39%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.62%
Dell 20.59%
Acer 18.31%
ASUS 10.93%
Toshiba 8.74%
Lenovo 6.80%
Samsung 4.21%
MSI 1.14%
Intel 0.75%
Alienware 0.61%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.51%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.88%
Dell Inspiron N5110 4.66%
Dell Inspiron 3521 4.34%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.58%
ASUS All Series 2.93%

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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sakamranover a year ago
Opens up unwanted tech browsing pages and adds, and takes up about top 1/5th of the screen real state in any new page it opens for adds. Very annoying but offers unlimited free VPN at regular speed.