What is HssIE.dll?

The genuine HssIE.dll file is a software component of Hotspot Shield by AnchorFree.
HssIE.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that belongs to Hotspot Shield, a security program that lets users browse anonymously protect their personal information. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This file is a BHO (Browser Helper Object) that adds functionality for Internet Explorer. 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.

HsSIE stands for Hotspot Shield BHO for Internet Explorer

HssIE.dll is a browser extension for Internet Explorer. This add-on enables several additional functions for Internet Explorer. You can disable it through the Extras menu (key combination Alt + X) under Manage Add-ons. The following paragraph provides more information about HssIE.dll.

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HssIE.dll file information

The process known as HssIE.dll belongs to software Hotspot Shield by AnchorFree (

Description: HssIE.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HssIE.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 233,288 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 204,248 bytes and 7 more variants. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include F9E4A054-E9B1-4BC3-83A3-76A1AE736170. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The HssIE.dll file is able to monitor web browsers. The service has no detailed description. The file is not a Windows core file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. HssIE.dll is a Verisign signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 61% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of HssIE.dll, you may want to look for help from the software company Anchorfree or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramHotspot Shield.

Recommended: Identify HssIE.dll related errors

If HssIE.dll is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 58% dangerous. The file size is 230,448 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The HssIE.dll file is a Verisign signed file. It is able to monitor web browsers. The file has a digital signature. The service has no detailed description. The HssIE.dll file is not a Windows core file.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of HssIE.dll, you may want to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramHotspot Shield.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HssIE.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HssIE.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If HssIE.dll has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Its part of the Hotspot Shield Software (proxy type)
  Jey K.  
Hotspot Shield Proxy Software by Anchor
Its just Hotspot Shield, if you have this .dll or .exe you installed it. Dont worry about it :) its so Hotspot shield can connect too diffrent IPs
  AnchorFree Inc.  
Hotspot Shield
its a part from the hotspot shield software
Its part of the Hotspot Shield Software (proxy type)
This is safe, I have tested in many ways.
Hotspot Shield program. It keeps your websessions safe. Is Java enabled. Must have Java to run this software.

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Summary: Average user rating of HssIE.dll: based on 12 votes with 8 user comments. 7 users think HssIE.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think HssIE.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving HssIE issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active HssIE process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the HssIE.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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