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Danger level 5
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Slow internet connection
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Annoying Pop-up's

Hotspot Shield Toolbar

There is an extensive list of browser toolbars that are created based on Conduit platform. Hotspot Shield Toolbar is one of them. This browser extension is compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer web browsers and it comes from the Community toolbar group that unites a variety of seemingly different toolbars. However, when one takes a closer look at them, one sees that all of these toolbars are practically the same and what is worse – it would be detrimental to your system security. Hence, it is suggested that you remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar from your browser to avoid potential security issues.

Since it is a Conduit toolbar, Hotspot Shield Toolbar is directly related to Freecorder Toolbar, Findr, VisualBee Toolbar and many other browser plugins that are supposed to improve your overall web browsing experience, and yet it does not seem to work this way. Hotspot Shield Toolbar is available for download at, and a lot of users think that this toolbar can even improve their system security, as there is a computer security application called Hotspot Shield. Unfortunately, Hotspot Shield Toolbar simply copies the name of a legitimate program, but it is not as sophisticated as to copy all the functions as well.

What is more, should you install the full version of Hotspot Shield Toolbar (which can easily happen as users often skip through software installation steps), you will also end up modifying your browser settings, and changing your default home page and search engine to Conduit Search. Naturally, this home page does seem to perform its function, but the question is as to how reliable Conduit Search is. This platform is known to have loose privacy policy which supports third party advertisement. Therefore, should a malicious party exploit Hotspot Shield Toolbar and Conduit Search by embedding corrupted external link into its advertisements, the plugin could not be held responsible for it, because that would not be part of its “jurisdiction”.

These are the security risks that you cannot overlook, so it would be for the best to remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar from your computer via Control Panel. Afterwards, be sure to scan the system with SpyHunter free scanner and then invest in a security tool if necessary, to remove residual unwanted files and safeguard the PC from harm.

Manual Hotspot Shield Toolbar Removal

Windows 8

  1. Move mouse cursor to the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Click Settings and go to Control Panel.
  3. Open Uninstall a program and remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program and remove Hotspot Shield Toolbar.

Windows XP

  1. Open Start menu and go to Control Panel.
  2. Select Add or remove programs and uninstall Hotspot Shield Toolbar.

Remove Conduit Search from your browser

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and click Internet Options.
  2. Under General tab press Use default and click OK.
  3. Press Alt+T and click Manage add-ons.
  4. Click Search providers on the left.
  5. Set a new default search engine and remove Conduit from the list.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Firefox button and go to Options.
  2. Under General tab click Restore to Default button and press OK.
  3. Click the search engine icon on the left of Firefox search box.
  4. Select Manage search engines from drop-down menu.
  5. Remove Hotspot Shield Customized Web Search from the list. Click OK.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and click Settings.
  2. Mark Open a specific page or set of pages under On Startup.
  3. Click Set pages and change your home page address. Click OK.
  4. Press Manage search engines button under Search.
  5. Set a new default search engine and delete unwanted search provider. Click Done.
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  1. gbfhb Dec 14, 2014


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