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Free WiFi Hotspot

Posted: March 28, 2017

Threat Metric

Ranking: 6,624
Threat Level: 1/10
Infected PCs: 12,434
First Seen: March 27, 2017
Last Seen: October 10, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The Free WiFi Hotspot is a program that claims to provide users with the ability to turn their laptops into WiFi hotspots that can be used to share the Internet with other devices in the vicinity. However, the Free WiFi Hotspot may often end up being installed not just on laptops, but also on desktop computers that don't possess the ability to transmit WiFi signal, therefore turning the Free WiFi Hotspot into a useless application that does not offer any beneficial features. If you are wondering why a desktop user would install the Free WiFi Hotspot, then we have the answer to this question – because this software may often be featured in software bundles that ask for the user's permission to install 3rd-party applications on their computers. Unfortunately, many PC users tend to rush through the installation process, and they may sometimes authorize the installation of the Free WiFi Hotspot or similar software that they don't need or want on their computers unknowingly.

The Free WiFi Hotspot software is detected as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) by reputable computer security software. The good news is that PUPs are not threatening in general, and their installation is usually associated with some minor inconveniences which, thankfully, are considered harmful or potentially threatening rarely.

If you have the Free WiFi Hotspot installed on your computer and you are not finding this software to be particularly useful, then you might want to take action to uninstall it. Since the Free WiFi Hotspot does not utilize any self-preservation techniques, it should be possible to remove it by using the Windows Control Panel and uninstalling it from there manually. However, users who don't wish to trouble themselves with manual removal should know that they can rely on potent anti-virus software to help them remove this PUP's files from their computers.

Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

The following files were created in the system:

C:\Toshiba\Heriberto\Downloads\FreeWiFiHotspot.exe File name: FreeWiFiHotspot.exe
Size: 1.47 MB (1475056 bytes)
MD5: 28f8d92f5bab62391b892bd67dd142f0
Detection count: 28
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: C:\Toshiba\Heriberto\Downloads\FreeWiFiHotspot.exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: May 6, 2022

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

File name without pathFree WiFi Hotspot.lnkHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}Free WiFi Hotspot_is1

Additional Information

The following directories were created:
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Free WiFi Hotspot%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Free WiFi Hotspot%Appdata%\Free WiFi Hotspot New Version Available%PROGRAMFILES%\Free WiFi Hotspot%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Free WiFi Hotspot

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