What is HSSCP.exe?

The genuine HSSCP.exe file is a software component of Hotspot Shield by AnchorFree.
HSSCP.exe is an executable file that is 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.

HsSCP stands for Hotspot Shield Control Panel

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 HSSCP.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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HSSCP.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with HSSCP
HSSCP.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Hotspot Shield (version 3.09, 3.42, 3.23, 5.1.3, 5.0.4) belongs to software Hotspot Shield by AnchorFree (

Description: HSSCP.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HSSCP.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,805,608 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 1,787,688 bytes and 11 more variants. 
The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. HSSCP.exe is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. HSSCP.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using HSSCP.exe, you can remove the entire program Hotspot Shield using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HSSCP.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HSSCP.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.


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Best practices for resolving HSSCP issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with HSSCP. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the HSSCP.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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