What is Free Wifi Hotspot?
If you are looking for a tool that can help you share the Internet with different devices from one spot, Free Wifi Hotspot might be on your radar. This program works as a virtual WiFi router, and, as our Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers have found, its services are legitimate. Unfortunately, this seemingly beneficial program is not all that great, and, unfortunately, it has to do with things that are not related to the main service. Despite being able to serve you in a beneficial manner, you have to take other things into consideration, and we discuss all of that in this report. Even if you decide that you do not want to delete Free Wifi Hotspot from your Windows operating system, you might have to remove a few other suspicious programs. Anti-Spyware-101.com malware research team has conducted tests and analysis to reveal the true face of the PUP (potentially unwanted programs), and the information presented in this report and help you figure things out as well.
How does Free Wifi Hotspot work?
According to our research, Free Wifi Hotspot can be acquired from an official source, free-wifi-hotspot.com, or it can be downloaded packaged with malware using third-party installers. In either case, you are likely to face undesirable and, possibly, malicious software. Since the PUP offers services that many users are likely to be attracted to, malicious software distributors could use it to trick users into executing software bundles, and malicious infections could be hidden behind it. Unfortunately, the official installer is not that much better, and it was found that adware (e.g., RelevantKnowledge) and other potentially unwanted programs could be packaged along with Free Wifi Hotspot. When you are installing new software, you have to be extremely cautious about the process. If you automatically click “Accept,” “Install,” “Next,” and other buttons that you normally see on installers, you might end up letting in undesirable software by accident. Even the update service could be used to download additional software, and that is truly surprising and displeasing. Obviously, if a program you like works to download unfamiliar software, you should consider its removal.
If you install a trusted malware scanner to inspect your operating system – which is what we strongly recommend – it might warn you about tracking cookies as well. Although the cookies employed by Free Wifi Hotspot are not exceptionally intrusive or dangerous, we know that the potentially unwanted program created by FreeWiFiHotspot Co., Ltd. can showcase surveys. It is possible that the cookies will be employed to record data and help determine which surveys you are more likely to interact with. If you face surveys, we suggest ignoring them, especially if they are asking to share confidential and personally-identifiable information. Needless to say, the surveys will stop showing up when you remove Free Wifi Hotspot, and that might be another good reason to get rid of this suspicious program. Of course, before you jump to the removal of this PUP or the programs introduced to you via it, we suggest performing a full system scan, especially if you are determined to get rid of all undesirable programs manually. If more dangerous threats are found, you have to delete them first.
How to delete Free Wifi Hotspot
Is Free Wifi Hotspot the only suspicious piece of software present on your operating system? If it is, we are sure that you can successfully get rid of it using the instructions shown below. All you have to do is erase a registry key and a few folders containing the files of the potentially unwanted program. This is the method we propose because we want to show you where the PUP operates from. You can remove it just as successfully by uninstalling it via the Control Panel, which might be the more conventional and easier option for most users. Manual removal is not the best option if threats are detected, in which case, it is best to utilize software that can automatically erase malicious infections. Should you want to discuss the infection further, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.
- Simultaneously tap Win+R to launch RUN.
- Type regedit.exe and click OK to access Registry Editor.
- Move to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ (depending on the Windows version, it might be HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\).
- Delete the key called Free WiFi Hotspot_is1.
- Simultaneously tap Win+E keys to launch Windows Explorer.
- Delete the folder named Free WiFi Hotspot in these directories (enter into the Explorer’s bar at the top to access it one at a time):
- %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\
- %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Start Menu\Programs\
- Enter %Appdata% into the Explorer’s bar at the top.
- Delete the folder named Free WiFi Hotspot New Version Available.
- Perform a full system scan to check for leftovers.
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