Remove Hotspot Shield – Unwanted Software (Uninstall Guide)

In this case we write a article about the removal instruction for Hotspot Shield. Do notice that Hotspot Shield is not a virus. But it does act like a Potentially Unwanted Program. We got questions from customers who installed Hotspot Shield on their computer without notice. This is because Hotspot Shield comes bundled with known adware contained custom installers from Download.com and CNET. The CNET custom installer is where we got Hotspot Shield installed. If you try to decline Hotspot Shield during installation of the free software you are trying to download, the whole installation quits. Even the free software is not installed. This behavior might vary from customs installer.

You are being forced to install the offered application if you want to try the free software you originally trying to install. Therefor this removal instruction for Hotspot Shield.

Also we added 2 free tools to remove additional offered adware that is also forced to be installed onto your computer. We use AdwCleaner and MalwareBytes Anti-Malware for detection and removal of adware on your computer system. Both AdwCleaner and MBAM are known adware removal tools and completely free of charge.

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Remove Hotspot Shield Community Toolbar

remove hotspot shield community toolbarHotspot Shield Community Toolbar is a browser extension, plugin or addon for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, also called a Browser Helper Object for Internet Explorer. The Hotspot Shield Community Toolbar is made and promoted by Conduit Ltd and will replace or hijack your default homepage to search.conduit.com and in this case the search results are promoted by Bing.com called HotSpot Shield Customized Web Search. The Hotspot Shield Community Toolbar is bundled during the installation process of free or shareware downloads by download managers. This PUP – Potentially Unwanted Program is not a malicious process, but it’s build to promote services, advertisements and should not be bundled during the installation process to trick users into installing it without a decent notice.

It is advised to always read the Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast thru the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers a Advanced or Custom option button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.

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