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Should I remove Hotspot Shield?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
60% remove it40% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #41,025
Reach 0.0023%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 63.87 days
775.39 days >
Average installed length: 407.41 days


2.76 100.00%

Hotspot Shield 2.76

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
  • 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: 15.3 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Hotspot Shield 2.76

  • Uninstall.exe
  • ConduitUninstaller.exe (by Conduit)

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 2.76, 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) 76%
Win Vista (SP1) 2%
Uninstall it 60%
Keep it 40%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 80.00%
Windows Vista 13.33%
Windows XP 6.67%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 35.56%
Windows 7 Ultimate 24.44%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.89%
Windows 7 Professional 8.89%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.67%
Windows 7 Starter 4.44%

Distribution by countryGeography

20.00% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 20.00%
  United States 14.00%
  Canada 10.00%
  United Arab Emirates 8.00%
  Iran 6.00%
  Colombia 4.00%
  Sri Lanka 4.00%
  Philippines 4.00%
  Netherlands 4.00%
  Saudi Arabia 4.00%
  Nicaragua 2.00%
  Chile 2.00%
  Singapore 2.00%
  Brazil 2.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.00%
Acer 22.22%
Dell 13.89%
ASUS 13.89%
Toshiba 8.33%
Lenovo 8.33%
Sony 5.56%
Samsung 2.78%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite C655 2.78%
Micro-Star MS-7529 2.78%
LENOVO Lenovo IdeaPad Y58... 2.78%
HP-Pavilion WC826AA-ABH s... 2.78%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 2.78%
BIOSTAR Group TZ77XE3 2.78%

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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