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-2.88-install-hss-512-conduit.exe by AnchorFree Inc has been detected as a potentially unwanted program by 1 anti-malware scanner with very strong indications that the file is a potential threat. The program is a setup application that uses the HotspotShield installer.
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This is an installer which may bundle legitimate applications with offers for additional 3rd-party applications that may be unwanted by the user. While the installer contains an 'opt-out' feature this is not set be defult and is usually overlooked.
6/10/2016 1:53:20 PM UTC (ten months ago)
5.7 MB (5,948,472 bytes)
Executable application (Win32 EXE)
HotspotShield (using Nullsoft Install System)
3/28/2011 3:00:00 AM
4/14/2014 2:59:59 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 4:22:54 PM
Packer / compiler:
Nullsoft install system v2.x
25 KB (25,600 bytes)
The file hss-2.88-install-hss-512-conduit.exe has been seen being distributed by the following 10 URLs.