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What percent of users and experts removed it?
58% remove it42% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #9,524
United States Rank #13,346
Reach 0.0396%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.01 days
295.31 days >
Average installed length: 155.16 days


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Hotspot Shield 3.09

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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
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Connects to the Internet
  • Adds a background Windows Service
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Hotspot Shield.
HssSrv.exe (e521d91d1a3ddeb2867aa091a8a9d156) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.Siggen.bbwhyo
nProtect Trojan/W32.Agent.413040.B
The Hacker Trojan/Agent.btae
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.244 TROJ_GEN.F47V1018
Bundled relationships

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: AnchorFree Inc.
URL: www.hotspotshield.com/trial
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 19.73 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Hotspot Shield 3.09

Program executable:HssSrv.exe (Malware detected)
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 - Hotspot Shield 3.09
  • cmw_srv.exe
  • fbw.exe
  • FBWMgr.exe
  • HSSCP.exe
  • HssInstaller.exe
  • HssSrvlib.dll
  • HssIE.dll
  • HssIE_64.dll
  • HssInstaller64.exe
  • (Malware detected) HssSrv.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}.
Scheduled Task
  • Uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D699B3CF-E439-4A4E-87ED-962D7BC7F504}' (runs on registration).
2 Services
  • HssSrv.exe runs as a service named 'Hotspot Shield Routing Service' (HssSrv).
  • cmw_srv.exe runs as a service named 'Hotspot Shield Service' (hshld).
Network connections
  • af_proxy_cmd.exe connects to (port 80).
  • af_proxy_cmd.exe connects to ec2-54-228-133-29.eu-west-1.compute.amazonaws.com ( port 105).
  • HSSCP.exe connects to 74-115-0-51.anchorfree.com ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.27 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0027150688%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00207177%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00064329%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:41,163
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:8 Bytes
435.61 KB average
Memory:6.85 MB
Total CPU:0.0336286908%
Kernel CPU:0.02454180%
User CPU:0.00908689%
CPU cycles/sec:341,411
I/O reads/min:86 Bytes
Memory:7.01 MB
Total CPU:0.0039176674%
Kernel CPU:0.00148659%
User CPU:0.00243108%
CPU cycles/sec:763,539
I/O reads/min:3.47 KB
I/O writes/min:88 Bytes

How do I remove Hotspot Shield?

Quickly and completely remove Hotspot Shield 3.09 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 3.09 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 3.09, 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 3.09 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 58%
Keep it 42%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.75%
Windows 10 25.98%
Windows XP 3.92%
Windows Vista 2.35%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 27.49%
Windows 7 Home Premium 22.91%
Windows 7 Professional 10.99%
Windows 8 Pro 6.15%
Windows 8 4.58%
Microsoft Windows XP 3.93%

Distribution by countryGeography

28.57% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 28.57%
  Saudi Arabia 8.91%
  Iran 7.21%
  United Arab Emirates 4.46%
  United Kingdom 3.80%
  Germany 3.41%
  Canada 3.01%
  SY 2.75%
  Egypt 2.62%
  Turkey 2.62%
  MA 1.70%
  France 1.31%
  IQ 1.31%
  LY 1.18%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.60%
Dell 23.60%
Acer 15.40%
Toshiba 11.80%
ASUS 9.00%
Lenovo 3.00%
Intel 2.20%
Samsung 2.20%
Apple 0.80%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 7.64%
Dell Inspiron N5010 4.73%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 4.36%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.91%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.55%
HP ProBook 4530s 2.18%

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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