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Should I remove Hotspot Shield?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
59% remove it41% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #13,278
United States Rank #20,251
Reach 0.0230%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.68 days
256.18 days >
Average installed length: 134.60 days


3.13 100.00%

Hotspot Shield 3.13

What is Hotspot Shield?

Hotspot Shield is a software program that allows users to surf the Internet privately by creating a virtual private network (VPN) so the user can gain secure access to all internet content, while staying in control over their personal privacy. The free and trail versions of the product inject advertising within the user's web browser including banner ads.

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


The main program executable is af_proxy.dll. The software installer includes 4 files and is usually about 17.96 MB (18,832,671 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: 17.96 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Hotspot Shield 3.13

Program module:af_proxy.dll
Path:C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield\bin\af_proxy.dll
(From the publisher) “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,...”
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe
  • cfghlp.dll
  • 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 3.13, 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.

Uninstall it 59%
Keep it 41%
PC installation base

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.30%
Windows 10 24.45%
Windows XP 5.73%
Windows Vista 3.52%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 30.09%
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.89%
Windows 7 Professional 7.52%
Windows 8 Pro 7.08%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.97%
Windows 8 4.65%

Distribution by countryGeography

23.49% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 23.49%
  Saudi Arabia 10.23%
  Germany 7.44%
  Pakistan 6.74%
  United Arab Emirates 5.35%
  Canada 3.26%
  Iran 3.26%
  Turkey 2.79%
  United Kingdom 2.33%
  MA 2.33%
  SY 2.33%
  LY 1.86%
  Philippines 1.86%
  Egypt 1.63%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 21.47%
Acer 20.55%
Dell 20.25%
Toshiba 13.19%
ASUS 10.43%
Lenovo 3.37%
Samsung 2.76%
Intel 0.92%
Medion 0.92%
Sahara 0.92%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.58%
Dell Inspiron N5110 5.08%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.06%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.54%
Dell Inspiron N4050 2.03%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.03%

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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expert comment
Jim Brown (Expert)over a year ago
Although a very nice VPN, its is packed with ads and has slowed down the browsing experience of my PC.