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Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Free Wifi Hotspot

Free Wifi Hotspot is an application promoted as a beneficial application that “can satisfy all your device’s surfing needs.” If we believe the information available on its official website free-wifi-hotspot.com, it should allow users to turn their laptops info Wi-Fi hotspots and then share the Internet connection with such devices as Xbox, PSP, iWatch, iPad, and many others. Specialists working at pcthreat.com have tested Free Wifi Hotspot to find out whether it works as it promises. It seems that it really does what it says because it creates SSID (Service Set Identifier) “WiFiHotspot” with a default password “123456789”, and other devices can easily connect to it. Unfortunately, this still does not make Free Wifi Hotspot an application that can be trusted fully. According to researchers, this program should be categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). There are several reasons which have determined the choice of this category. Find them all listed in the following paragraphs of this article.

Although Free Wifi Hotspot works quite well, it cannot be called a fully reliable application by any means. First of all, specialists have noticed that it displays an irritating flashing pop-up on users’ screens after it is installed on their computers. This pop-up claims that the application needs to be updated. If users click on the Update button, a Download Manager is opened. It can, evidently, trick users into downloading additional programs next to updates. In our case, it was an antivirus program Bytefence, but, of course, a bunch of other suspicious applications can manage to enter a user’s computer too. This is one of the main drawbacks of Free Wifi Hotspot, but it is not the only one. It has also been found by our malware analysts that this potentially unwanted program is usually installed on computers together with other programs, e.g. RelevantKnowledge. It appears as an additional offer in the Setup Wizard, and users install it on their PCs if they mark Accept and click the Next button on the installation window without reading a single sentence provided for them there. RelevantKnowledge monitors and collects information about “online browsing and purchasing behavior” for “market research purposes.” Also, it is categorized as an ad-supported program (adware) by specialists, so it is not a very good idea to install this program and let it perform activities on the system. Have you quickly installed Free Wifi Hotspot without paying much attention to the information on the installation window? If the answer is yes, you could have allowed RelevantKnowledge and other untrustworthy programs to enter your computer too. Decent programs do not try to trick users into installing more programs, so Free Wifi Hotspot cannot be called decent by any means.

A suspicious sentence has been found in the Privacy Policy too. It is clearly stated there that Free Wifi Hotspot uses small text files called cookies which “work as your identification card and may record passwords, preferences and purchases.” In the opinion of malware researchers, this might result in the appearance of advertisements on your screen one day. Also, this means that information about you will end up in the hands of the Free Wifi Hotspot developer too. If you do not like how it acts, uninstall this potentially unwanted program today. You cannot do anything else to stop it.

Before we explain more about the removal of this potentially unwanted program, we should analyze how it usually shows up on users’ computers. This knowledge should help to prevent other potentially unwanted programs from entering the system. First of all, as has already been mentioned in the first paragraph, it is possible to download Free Wifi Hotspot from its official website free-wifi-hotspot.com, but it seems that it is not the only page it can be downloaded from. It might be available for download on file-sharing pages too. Last but not least, it is known that it can be spread in software bundles, so users might get it without even realizing that by installing a free application from a dubious page.

You will not need to put much effort into the deletion of Free Wifi Hotspot because it can be erased through Control Panel like an ordinary application, and it does not leave any leftovers on computers. If you are going to remove a program from your PC for the first time, let our manual removal instructions guide you.

Delete Free Wifi Hotspot

Windows XP

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel and click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Check the list of installed programs and select the undesirable one.
  4. Click Remove to erase it.

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Click on the button in the bottom-left corner.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Open Uninstall a program.
  4. Right-click on the undesirable application and erase it by clicking Uninstall.

Windows 8/8.1/10

  1. Launch Run (press Win+R).
  2. Type Control Panel and press Enter.
  3. Open Uninstall a program.
  4. Select Free Wifi Hotspot.
  5. Click Uninstall.
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