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67950 Views 18 Replies Latest reply: Dec 18, 2008 6:08 AM by Dearon16
Currently Being ModeratedAug 12, 2008 5:13 AM (in response to hannehanne)the point of a vpn or an ssh connection is that is uses encryption so can be used on an untrusted network to securely connect to other servers.
I do not use any 3rd party security on my mabook pro other than waterroof which is a gui to configure the built in unix firewall ipfw.
I never connect to banks, email etc when using a untrusted wireless hotspot. I vpn or ssh into my server and open a vnc session and then open mail and my webrowser on the server not locally.
If you have system wide removal problem then check for any entries of the software in
I just downloaded it to have a look at it. I will need a while to figure it out.
I see that they are just offering a vpn server for you to tunnel into and a GUI to manage that connection.
If you have a desktop mac at home you can configured it to be an ssh server and achieve the same thing without costing you any money.Mac Mini Core Duo 1.8ghz ;MacBookPro 2.2ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.1), Be Pro 24megabit ADSL2+
Currently Being ModeratedAug 12, 2008 6:43 AM (in response to Tim Haigh)Thanks --
I had a look at the /Library folders you refer to but haven't been able to identify anything specifically related to hotspot shield.
It would be really helpful if you could let me know what files/folders are possibly added into any of those system wide folders, or changed. On my system, I guess this trick would not help since whatever is there already just gets overwritten so I don't see the difference.
--MB 13, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 22, 2008 2:55 AM (in response to Super Ann)Thanks -- can you please specify what do you mean by resetting Safari? Merely restarting it or cleaning the cache does not do change anything on my box.
HSS must have installed something in the system area, outside user's home directory or browser profile; it is independent of the browser one is using. To see that this is the case I created a test user account and bang! the banner was there immediately.
Also, in my case I thought I had uninstalled HSS. It was only a month later when I went to a cafe when the banner started reappearing. It does not appear in all cafes, only a couple of them. Again this is worrying since it means it may be the case the software is actually working, it's just that the user is not aware of it.
For these reasons I have absolutely not trust in that software. I'll reinstall my whole system asap. Nobody seems to know how HSS works; their webpage and OS X uninstall instructions are useless: they say what one knows anyways (drag the app to trash box), but that does not help. One can't email them; their forum is a closed one. And if you think of it, there is no reason to install for security reasons anyways. If I go to a bank or email, one should use a SSL connection anyways, in which case I don't need a vpn.
--MB 13, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 22, 2008 2:59 AM (in response to hannehanne)
Thanks -- can you please specify what do you mean by resetting Safari? Merely restarting it or cleaning the cache does not do change anything on my box.
Goto safari's application menu-->reset safariMac Mini Core Duo 1.8ghz ;MacBookPro 2.2ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.1), Be Pro 24megabit ADSL2+
Currently Being ModeratedAug 22, 2008 4:57 AM (in response to Tim Haigh)Resetting Safari -- seems equivalent to Delete Private Data in other browsers -- has no effect whatsoever. The phenomena I've described -- that the banner appears in every user's browser -- couldn't occur if cleaning personal browsing data would do the trick. I even deleted my browser profile for firefox; didn't help either.
--MB 13, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 26, 2008 10:50 PM (in response to hannehanne)Check your /Library/Extensions and /System/Library/Extensions folders for a file called foo.tun. A quick way to check if this kernel extension is installed is to run the following command in Terminal:
kextstat | grep -v apple
If you didn't disconnect the VPN before trashing the app, then this is probably still installed. Simply quitting Hotspot Shield does not disable it. What I did find is that even if you disable the VPN and then delete the application, the extension will still be loaded in memory as running kextstat showed the foo.tun file, but I couldn't physically locate it on the hard drive. A reboot took care of this. After rebooting, foo.tun no longer showed up when running kextstat.
I used AppZapper to delete the app, and it didn't find any other associated files, so I'm not sure if there's anything else lingering. If you do find the foo.tun file installed on your system even after a reboot, it might be a good idea to reinstall the app and disable the vpn using the little menu that appears in the top right corner of your screen. Then quit it and drag the app icon to the Trash.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to find any difinitive uninstall instructions. If anyone finds some, please post it.MacBook Pro 15.4" Core 2 Duo/2.33GHz/2GB RAM/250GB HD/256MB VRAM, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 27, 2008 7:02 AM (in response to Andy Calado)Thanks --
but the foo.tun extension is in the Hotspot Shield.app directory and it gets trashed with the application.
hanneMB 13, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 24, 2008 7:49 PM (in response to capiendo)Hi thanks.
My ISP started to block rapidshare and I decided to try hotspot shield with the same results as the comments above. The only way I can stop the banners is by quitting the ajaxserver which is shown in Activity monitor. This can be quitted when hotspot has been disabled, otherwise it immedtiately starts again if hotspot is running. There is no owner for the process just shows as ??? and I guess that this could be seen as a security breach.
Please help us Apple.....Power MAC Dual 2.0 G5, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
Currently Being ModeratedOct 1, 2008 5:57 PM (in response to hannehanne)Hi,
I also installed Hotspot Shield. It works by running a web server as a proxy in order to create the vpn connection. To see if it is running, point your browser to http://localhost:895/config . If you get a response, then it is running. Make sure you disconnect from it.
In my case, I just had to kill the ajaxserver process, which was running under /Applications/Hotspot Shield.app/Contents/Resources
Also check you network DNS Servers, to see if it left something behind.
JorgeiMac, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2008 10:16 AM (in response to hannehanne)I've been dealing with this for the last few days with Firefox, and have tried everything on this page. Clearing private data doesn't work, but I had success when I cleared cookies - there's a whole bunch associated with Hotspot. I'd suggest clear all of them and see how you go.
Can't guarantee anything, but I hope this helps.Mac OS X (10.5.5)