VPN One Click Review: Access blocked and restricted websites

We’ve already talked about the TOR (The Onion Router), UltraSurf, SpotFlux, OpenDNS and many more tools that offer you privacy and other related features like parental controls, etc. You can type the names in the search bar towards the left to read their reviews on The Windows Club. This review of VPN One Click tells you how the VPN functions and compares it to the other free VPN software we’ve already covered, so that you know whether or not to use One Click VPN.

VPN One Click review

Installation

Installing the program right away after download will install some third party programs too. You have to be careful and decline all the unwanted stuff before you get the installer to install VPN One Click. The interface is tricky so you might end up installing one or more third party programs. Check Programs and Features to see what programs were added. You can sort using the date column to be more precise and remove the unwanted programs.

One of the third-party programs closes your browser without any warning – during installation – so you may want to bookmark all the open tabs before installation so that you do not lose the websites. The same happens when you uninstall it. I cannot recall the name of that program as I uninstalled it from my Windows 8, after installing One Click VPN.

VPN One ClickFeatures

There are more than two versions available for One Click. One of them is free, and I have tested only the free one since there are already some good privacy and VPN software already reviewed that are free to use. The list includes SpotFlux, CyberGhost, Ultrasurf, TOR, Betternet and Jumpto Browser.

The One Click VPN is nowhere near any of these. It does its work, but the free version has plenty of restrictions.

It shows flags of different countries but if you click on any, you get a message to get the ELITE version. Even the website of One Click says that the free version offers only Europe-based servers. But it does not state that you have to select RANDOM ones by clicking on the World Map Icon. If you try to click on the flag of any European country, it gives a pop up saying get the ELITE version. In other words, to get the VPN working, click on the icon showing world map instead of flags.

It works well as a proxy by changing your IP address to something other than the real one. I checked my IP address after starting the program and it was different from the real one. The only problem was that it took a long time to connect to the server and dropped the connection two times saying the Internet connection was too slow. I am running 16Mbps Airtel broadband and that works well with SpotFlux, the free VPN that you can use without any fuss.

As the name suggests, you just have to click on VPN/Proxy option available on the main window to switch between a VPN and proxy. I do not know why it has the option as both options did change my IP address. Maybe the proxy option was just to use the proxy without an encrypted connection so that browsing is a little faster. Check it out if you want and let us know your experience.

Conclusion

The free version takes too long to connect to the servers. If you are up for quick browsing, this speed can be disappointing. You may want to try other VPNs – like Spotflux – for privacy and other proxy services – like UltraSurf – if it is only about accessing blocked sites.

You can download it from its home page. The service can be used free for an unlimited time on Windows, Linux, and Android. Mac, iOS users will have to pay for it, however.

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Arun Kumar is a Microsoft MVP alumnus, obsessed with technology, especially the Internet. He deals with the multimedia content needs of training and corporate houses. Follow him on Twitter @PowercutIN