This is the downloadable installer to AnchorFree's Hotsopt Shield, an ad-supported VPN client that integrates with the browser. The free version injects ads in the web browser. The installer includes a bundle of various unwanted software including the Conduit web extension and Search Protect which will modify the browser's search pages. The application hss-2.84-install-hss-466-conduit.exe by AnchorFree Inc has been detected as a potentially unwanted program by 3 anti-malware scanners. The program is a setup application that uses the HotspotShield installer.
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This 'download manager' is also considered bundleware, a utility designed to download software (possibly legitimate or opensource) and bundle it with a number of optional offers including ad-supported utilities, toolbars, shopping comparison tools and browser extensions.
10/6/2015 7:12:20 PM UTC (today)
5.5 MB (5,773,624 bytes)
Executable application (Win32 EXE)
HotspotShield (using Nullsoft Install System)
3/28/2011 2:00:00 AM
4/14/2014 1:59:59 AM
CN=AnchorFree Inc, OU=Digital ID Class 3 - Microsoft Software Validation v2, O=AnchorFree Inc, L=Sunnyvale, S=California, C=US
9/9/2009 3:22:54 PM
Packer / compiler:
Nullsoft install system v2.x
25 KB (25,600 bytes)
The file hss-2.84-install-hss-466-conduit.exe has been seen being distributed by the following URL.