How to Completely Remove Hotspot Shield from a Mac OS X

by Avery Martin

Hotspot Shield can protect your Internet connection using encryption and IP masking. However, the free version of the software doesn't run as quickly as the commercial version and subjects you to advertisements unless you decide to upgrade your plan. Completely removing Hotspot Shield from your Mac requires you to first disable all of the running processes. Once you complete that step, you can delete the remaining files from the library, application folder and from the menu bar.

Step 1

Launch Hotspot Shield, click on the "Preferences" tab and uncheck the "Show on Restart" option, when the application starts.

Step 2

Select the "Preferences" tab and choose the "Pause Protection" button.

Step 3

Choose "Until I Ask to Resume" from the drop-down menu and click the "Pause Now" button.

Step 4

Click the red close button on the application window and select "Quit."

Step 5

Click a blank area of the Desktop to show the Finder menu. Select "Go" and choose "Applications" from the drop-down menu.

Step 6

Right-click the "Hotspot Shield" application icon and select "Move to Trash."

Step 7

Access the Finder menu again, click the "Go" menu and select "Computer" from the drop-down list.

Step 8

Open your main hard drive folder and double-click the "Library" folder.

Step 9

Access the "Application Support" folder and drag the "Hotspot Shield" folder to the trash. If the item doesn't display, you successfully uninstalled the program already by dragging the application icon to the trash.

Right-click the trash can and select "Empty Trash."


  • Information in this article applies to OS X Mavericks. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


About the Author

Avery Martin holds a Bachelor of Music in opera performance and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies. As a professional writer, she has written for, Samsung and IBM. Martin contributed English translations for a collection of Japanese poems by Misuzu Kaneko. She has worked as an educator in Japan, and she runs a private voice studio out of her home. She writes about education, music and travel.

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