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What percent of users and experts removed it?
64% remove it36% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #24,435
United States Rank #34,937
Reach 0.0074%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.84 days
614.79 days >
Average installed length: 323.03 days


2.67 100.00%

Hotspot Shield 2.67

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 creates a virtual private network (VPN) between your laptop or iPhone and our Internet gateway. This impenetrable tunnel prevents snoopers, hackers, ISP‘s, from viewing your web browsing activities, instant messages, downloads, credit card information or anything else you send over the network. Hotspot S...  Read more
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Bundles additional prorgams in setup
Hotspot Shield 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: AnchorFree
URL: www.hotspotshield.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 14.98 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Hotspot Shield 2.67

Program executable:HssSrv.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield\HssWPR\HssSrv.exe
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...
Additional files:
  • af_proxy_cmd.exe - AnchorFree Helper Proxy
  • HssIE.dll
  • HssIE_64.dll
  • HssInstaller.exe
  • HssInstaller64.exe
  • HssSrv.exe
  • Uninstall.exe
  • af_proxy.dll
  • fbw.exe - FBW Application
  • ffinst.exe
  • gui-ara.dll
  • gui-bur.dll
  • gui-chi.dll
  • gui-eng.dll
  • gui-fre.dll
  • gui-ger.dll
  • gui-jpn.dll
  • gui-per.dll
  • gui-rus.dll
  • gui-spa.dll
  • gui-tur.dll
  • gui-vie.dll
  • hssfixme.exe
  • hssinst64.dll
  • HSSTrayService.exe
  • hsswd.exe
  • libcurl.dll (by The cURL library, http://curl.haxx.se/) - The cURL library (libcurl Shared Library)
  • libeay32.dll
  • libidn-11.dll
  • libpkcs11-helper-1.dll (by OpenSC Project) - pkcs11-helper (pkcs11-helper - An easy way to access PKCS#11 modules)
  • libssl32.dll
  • openvpn.exe
  • openvpnas.exe
  • openvpntray.exe
  • tapinstall.exe (by Windows (R) Codename Longhorn DDK provider) - Windows (R) Codename Longhorn DDK driver (Windows Setup API)
  • vistahlp.dll
  • wddll.dll
  • winhlp.dll
  • zlib1.dll (by Zlib) - Zlib (Zlib: general purpose data compression / decompression library)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • HssIE_64.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Hotspot Shield Class' with the class of {F9E4A054-E9B1-4BC3-83A3-76A1AE736170}.
  • HssIE.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Hotspot Shield Class' with the class of {F9E4A054-E9B1-4BC3-83A3-76A1AE736170}.
Scheduled Task
  • Uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D699B3CF-E439-4A4E-87ED-962D7BC7F504}' (runs on registration).
4 Services
  • HssSrv.exe runs as a service named 'Hotspot Shield Routing Service' (HssSrv).
  • openvpnas.exe runs as a service named 'Hotspot Shield Service' (hshld).
  • hsswd.exe runs as a service named 'Hotspot Shield Monitoring Service' (HssWd).
  • HSSTrayService.exe runs as a service named 'Hotspot Shield Tray Service' (HssTrayService).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.32 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0029597387%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00168203%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00127771%
0.015104% average
70 average
Memory:21.94 MB
Total CPU:0.0070939586%
Kernel CPU:0.00381279%
User CPU:0.00328117%
Memory:3.44 MB
Total CPU:0.0061344360%
Kernel CPU:0.00345030%
User CPU:0.00268414%

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 2.67, 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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Hotspot Shield 2.67 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win XP 3%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 64%
Keep it 36%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 72.41%
Windows 10 12.41%
Windows XP 11.03%
Windows Vista 4.14%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 34.72%
Windows 7 Home Premium 26.39%
Microsoft Windows XP 11.11%
Windows 7 Professional 6.25%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.08%
Windows 8 Pro 2.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

21.33% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 21.33%
  Iran 14.00%
  Germany 14.00%
  Saudi Arabia 6.67%
  Italy 3.33%
  Turkey 2.67%
  United Kingdom 2.67%
  Vietnam 2.00%
  Thailand 2.00%
  Philippines 2.00%
  Spain 2.00%
  Israel 2.00%
  United Arab Emirates 2.00%
  MK 1.33%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 19.79%
Dell 17.71%
Acer 16.67%
Toshiba 13.54%
ASUS 11.46%
Samsung 4.17%
Sony 3.13%
Medion 1.04%
Intel 1.04%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.80%
TOSHIBA Satellite L500 2.80%
Dell Inspiron 1564 1.87%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 1.87%
Acer Aspire 5734Z 1.87%
Dell Studio XPS 435T/9000 1.87%

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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