What is af_proxy_cmd.exe?

The genuine af_proxy_cmd.exe file is a software component of Hotspot Shield by AnchorFree.
Af_proxy_cmd.exe is an executable file that runs the AnchorFree Proxy Command, a part of Hotspot Shield, a security program that lets users browse anonymously protect their personal information. This file is not a critical Windows component and can be removed if known to create problems. Hotspot Shield protects user identity, browsing location, browsing history, and provides complete anonymity over the Internet. The program provides a bypass around Internet censorship and restrictions letting users access to blocked websites. It also secures computers on WiFi networks and protects them from hackers and malicious programs trying to steal information. ExpatShield lets users hide their IP address and makes content available only in certain countries accessible from anywhere in the world. AnchorFree is an American company that develops and distributes virtual private networks (VPNs) for safe web browsing. It offers software based on the freemium model - free to download and use but with advertising. Paid versions contain no ads. The company was founded by David Gorodyansky in 2005. AnchorFree currently has over 20 million monthly subscribers. It is headquartered in Mountain View, California, USA.

af_proxy_cmd stands for AnchorFree Proxy Command for Hotspot Shield

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the af_proxy_cmd.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Af_proxy_cmd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with af_proxy_cmd
Af_proxy_cmd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Hotspot Shield (version 3.11) belongs to software Hotspot Shield by AnchorFree (

Description: Af_proxy_cmd.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Af_proxy_cmd.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 321,320 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 339,240 bytes, 583,888 bytes or 343,848 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with af_proxy_cmd.exe, you can also uninstall the software Hotspot Shield using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify af_proxy_cmd.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as af_proxy_cmd.exe. Therefore, you should check the af_proxy_cmd.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

It stopped my computer i tried to Uninstall it but it didn't want to delete itself - so I had to delete it from registery in safe mode

Summary: Average user rating of af_proxy_cmd.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks af_proxy_cmd.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving af_proxy_cmd issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with af_proxy_cmd. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the af_proxy_cmd.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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