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Should I remove Hotspot Shield?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
51% remove it49% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #11,800
United States Rank #17,711
Reach 0.0279%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.29 days
273.94 days >
Average installed length: 143.94 days


3.19 100.00%

Hotspot Shield 3.19

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
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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: 18.73 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Hotspot Shield 3.19

Program executable:HSSTrayService.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield\HSSTrayService.exe
Additional files:
  • af_proxy_cmd.exe - Hotspot Shield 2.93
  • FBW.exe
  • HssInstaller.exe
  • openvpnas.exe
  • openvpntray.exe
  • HssInstaller64.exe
  • Uninstall.exe
  • af_proxy.dll
  • cfghlp.dll
  • ConduitUninstaller.exe (by Conduit)
  • FBWMgr.exe
  • ffinst.exe
  • HSS-3.19-install-hss-409-conduit.exe - Hotspot Shield
  • hssfixme.exe
  • hssinst.dll
  • HSSTrayService.exe
  • hsswd.exe
  • libeay32.dll
  • libpkcs11-helper-1.dll (by OpenSC Project) - pkcs11-helper (pkcs11-helper - An easy way to access PKCS#11 modules)
  • libssl32.dll
  • NetworkRep.dll
  • openvpn.exe
  • tapinstall.exe (by Windows (R) Codename Longhorn DDK provider) - Windows (R) Codename Longhorn DDK driver (Windows Setup API)
  • vistahlp.dll
  • wddll.dll
  • zlib1.dll (by Zlib) - Zlib (Zlib: general purpose data compression / decompression library)

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 3.19, 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) 52%
Win 7 0%
Uninstall it 51%
Keep it 49%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.00%
Windows 10 26.55%
Windows XP 5.82%
Windows Vista 1.64%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 29.87%
Windows 7 Home Premium 20.58%
Windows 7 Professional 10.38%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.83%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.65%
Windows 8 Pro 4.55%

Distribution by countryGeography

23.64% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 23.64%
  Saudi Arabia 16.91%
  Iran 5.27%
  United Arab Emirates 5.09%
  United Kingdom 2.91%
  MA 2.91%
  Germany 2.73%
  France 2.55%
  SY 2.55%
  DZ 2.36%
  Pakistan 2.18%
  Canada 2.00%
  Italy 2.00%
  Turkey 2.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 22.98%
Hewlett-Packard 22.47%
Acer 17.93%
Toshiba 13.38%
ASUS 9.60%
Lenovo 3.79%
Samsung 3.79%
Intel 0.76%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.17%
Dell Inspiron N5110 5.29%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.08%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.64%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.20%

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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