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It can be really frustrating when you want to watch a video on YouTube, only to receive a notice saying that viewing is region-restricted for your country. The same goes for accessing other websites available only to certain countries.

Luckily, there are tools like Hotspot Shield which create a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and allows access to geo-restricted websites.

If you’re interested in viewing content from countries other than the US, or are just looking for a comparable alternative to Hotspot Shield, there are a ton of great tools that'll let you view the content you want, no matter where you are.

Cyberghost VPN

Cyberghost VPN is a nice alternative that lets you access region-restricted online services, as well as browse anonymously online. There is a free VPN package available for download on the developer’s website that includes up to 1 GB of traffic per month, as well as access to free servers. There are also other monthly paid plans if you want less wait time and more server availability.

UltraSurf

UltraSurf is well-known as a tool to browse the web anonymously, but it can also help you view sites that are otherwise restricted based on your location. Simple to install and use, UltraSurf  is a tool for Internet Explorer that works automatically on startup. You can also use it on Firefox, thanks to the handy UltraSurf Firefox Tool.

TunnelBear

Much like Hotspot Shield, TunnelBear enables users to view region-restricted web content securely. By creating an encrypted connection between your computer and a server in the country you want to connect to, TunnelBear essentially lets you experience online content as if you were viewing it from another country. TunnelBear is available in three pricing plans, one of which is free and gives you up to 500MB of free data per month via the developer’s website.

ExPat Shield

ExPat Shield is essentially Hotspot Shield for users who want access to UK-specific content from outside of the United Kingdom. It does this by connecting your IP address to a UK IP. Installation of ExPat Shield can be a bit arduous, but the surfing speed is pretty impressive. In addition to offering simple VPN connectivity, ExPat Shield also has an anonymous browsing option.

If you're looking for a few more options for streaming video content, there are even more browesr add-ons and tools you can use.

Commented

  • craig |
    19/03/12
    craig

    The new HSS 2.5 [just released last week] is amazing - far surpassing the usability of the v2.4.

  • djomid |
    21/03/12
    djomid

    Hi ... I thank you for your beautiful site you ....

  • Alex |
    30/09/12
    Alex

    I down loaded expat shield it worked fabulously the stopped. no matter what I do, unintall, reinstall the darn program won't run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DaN |
    30/11/12
    DaN

    Downloaded CyberGhost and got 1 month for free. Brilliant software. Shhh but thanks to it i could activate Steam game from UK with region block for Poland. Thats what I was looking for! And it let u choose server you want to connect by.

  • adnan |
    07/12/12
    adnan

    i need alternative of hotspot shield.which can help me for downloading videos also.

  • Gaming Video Games |
    26/02/13
    Gaming Video Games

    Are all of these are only good for a month?

  • Fahad |
    01/05/13
    Fahad

    I need an unlimited software for surfing blocked sites in Pakistan. Is there any good replace of hotspot ? Hotspot ain't working here properly :/

  • belfast |
    25/06/13
    belfast

    hotspot shield does not work on windows 8, very frustrating

  • pantaleo |
    30/06/13
    pantaleo

    version 3.09 works perfectly on Windows 8

  • Jin Sanan |
    06/07/13
    Jin Sanan

    yes fahad there is ,,, ultrasurf unblocks all sites..

  • Klary |
    06/07/13
    Klary

    Maxidix Hotspot is a good alternative. It is a most useful program I ever hade.

  • dv |
    07/07/13
    dv

    excellent on more is vpn4all

  • Bill |
    07/07/13
    Bill

    CyberGhost wasn't able to access any UK virtual IP's, for me. My loaction, Canada.

  • Jake |
    08/07/13
    Jake

    Not really sure what all the fuss is about. It's quite easy to configure your own private web proxy. The thing with most free web proxies is the slow speeds and the severe restrictions on downloaded content. 1GB per month? Are they serious?

  • Ali |
    09/07/13
    Ali

    Any suggest 4 mobile hotspots

  • KK |
    11/07/13
    KK

    CyberGhost VPN is it available for mac

  • JG |
    17/07/13
    JG

    Dave - try Expat Shield, the program mentioned in the story that is designed for the UK.

  • Wayne King |
    18/07/13
    Wayne King

    Hot spot shield seems to have circumvented my ex pat shield. Every time I try to access a website via ex pat shield I am immediately directed to the Hot Spot shield download site. How can I prevent this?

  • Max |
    19/07/13
    Max

    I recommend Maxidix Hotspot. It is very well-designed and easy-to-use software.

  • mohammad |
    22/09/13
    mohammad

    thanks :)

  • Danny Price |
    27/09/13
    Danny Price

    All of these free ones seem to have a catch somewhere along the line. I've been using http://www.laptoptelly.com since Expat Shield switched the BBC off.

  • Backstabber |
    02/10/13
    Backstabber

    Expat Sheld now CHARGES for access to the UK BBC site. It works fine on ITV; Channel 4 etc but on Sep 30th 2013 I started being redirected to a payment page.

  • Beeb Watcher |
    03/10/13
    Beeb Watcher

    Expat Shield is still advertising free even though it's not. TunnelBear crashes every time after connection (it still works though) but connection speeds are 10-15% for me, not the 80-85% they advertise.

  • Tom |
    04/10/13
    Tom

    I had great service from Hotspot Shield Elite for a sort time followed by problems. It may be I have not installed it correctly but, compared to the old Expat Shield, it is a complicated process seeking private information which I prefer not to give.

    They have been trying to fix it but with no success so far.

  • lisa ownen |
    07/10/13
    lisa ownen

    expat shield continues to put out and advertise wrong information. Since a few months ago--it is not only not FREE..it also doesn'#t work for the UK. Useless! And don't pay--for hotspot--it doesn't work for the UK. Again--USELESS!!!!

  • chinadam |
    25/10/13
    chinadam

    Anybody found something free that would allow me to view Australian TV from the UK?

  • Joshua M. |
    05/11/13
    Joshua M.

    Hey KK!

    Yes, I am using CyberGhost on my Mac through OpenVPN and it's working great. Soon they will release a Mac client too.

    Cheers!

  • 100001786035716 |
    27/01/14
    100001786035716

    CyberGhost is just awesome.

  • RahulChavan.in |
    22/02/14
    RahulChavan.in

    gr8 you all

  • |
    07/06/14

    i love it supper

  • joe.bishop.75 |
    02/08/14
    joe.bishop.75

    hotspotshield hijacks your browser. DONT USE IT

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