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Should I remove Hotspot Shield?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
53% remove it47% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #17,011
United States Rank #20,852
Reach 0.0151%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.59 days
489.41 days >
Average installed length: 257.15 days


2.93 100.00%

Hotspot Shield 2.93

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What is Hotspot Shield?

The software is typically bundled with third party installers such as Open Candy. "Offer users the ability to browse the web anonymously to protect their privacy as well as gain access to region-restricted content portals like Hulu, Netflix and more. Note: This product may block advertisements on websites and/or the desktop."

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


It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is HssSrv.exe. The software installer includes 41 files and is usually about 14.98 MB (15,709,028 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: AnchorFree Inc.
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 2.93

Program executable:HssSrv.exe
Name:Hotspot Shield 2.93
Path:C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield\HssWPR\HssSrv.exe
Additional files:
  • af_proxy_cmd.exe - Hotspot Shield 2.93
  • fbw.exe
  • HssInstaller.exe
  • HssSrv.exe
  • openvpnas.exe
  • openvpntray.exe
  • HssIE.dll
  • HssIE_64.dll
  • HssInstaller64.exe
  • Uninstall.exe

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}.
  • HssSrv.exe runs as a service named 'Hotspot Shield Routing Service' (HssSrv).
Network connections
  • HssSrv.exe connects to (port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.82 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0010994016%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00077759%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00032181%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:276,264
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:58 Bytes
435.61 KB average
Memory:3.61 MB
Total CPU:0.0023308132%
Kernel CPU:0.00195354%
User CPU:0.00037727%
CPU cycles/sec:40,254
I/O reads/min:258 Bytes
I/O writes/min:11 Bytes
Memory:38.54 MB
Total CPU:0.0161000041%
Kernel CPU:0.00806712%
User CPU:0.00803288%

How do I remove Hotspot Shield?

Quickly and completely remove Hotspot Shield 2.93 from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Download Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’Remove Hotspot Shield 2.93 from your computer.
Or, 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Hotspot Shield 2.93, 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.
  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 2.93 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win XP 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 53%
Keep it 47%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.34%
Windows 10 15.41%
Windows Vista 5.14%
Windows XP 4.11%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.41%
Windows 7 Ultimate 26.30%
Windows 7 Professional 11.76%
Windows 8 Pro 6.23%
Windows 7 Home Basic 4.84%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.15%

Distribution by countryGeography

31.05% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 31.05%
  Germany 7.84%
  Turkey 7.52%
  United Kingdom 5.23%
  Iran 5.23%
  Saudi Arabia 3.27%
  United Arab Emirates 2.61%
  Canada 2.29%
  TN 2.29%
  Indonesia 1.96%
  France 1.63%
  India 1.63%
  Netherlands 1.63%
  Japan 1.31%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 19.90%
Dell 18.91%
Acer 18.41%
ASUS 12.44%
Toshiba 6.97%
Samsung 5.97%
Lenovo 2.49%
Apple 1.49%
Intel 1.49%
MSI 1.49%
Alienware 1.00%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.40%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.80%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.40%
ASUSTeK K52F 1.60%
Dell Inspiron N5040 1.60%
Dell Inspiron N5010 1.60%

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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