My IP Hide Is 13 Times Faster Than VPN

We tested the speed of My IP Hide as well as the major VPN protocols (OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP/IPsec). The result is that My IP Hide is 13 times faster than VPN.

Recently we made a test to check the speed of our product My IP Hide. It’s an encrypted proxy service to hide IP and unblock websites. In theory, it should be much faster than its main competitor, VPN. How was its performance in reality? Let’s see.

The Speed of Direct Connection

The test computer was in Los Angeles with a high-speed network access. We checked the speed of its direct connection (no proxy, no VPN), which is the maximum velocity of its Internet access.

Speed of Direct Connection
Speed of Direct Connection

Since ordinary users do not upload files frequently, we will focus on the download speed. It was 345Mb/s. It means 345 million bits per second. Since one Byte equals to 8 bits, the download speed in Chrome should be 345/8 = 43MB/s in theory. However, there was some loss in reality.

Direct Download
Download Speed in Chrome

Since the download speed in Chrome was unstable, we only tested the connection speed by speedtest.net in the following test. To be fair, we used the servers in Los Angeles for both VPN and My IP Hide.

The Speed of OpenVPN Protocol

OpenVPN is the most frequently used VPN protocol. Most VPN vendors recommend it and use it as the default protocol. It has two versions, a 256-bit version, and a 160-bit one. We check the 256-bit version first as it is used more often.

OpenVPN 256bits
OpenVPN 256bits

We tested it twice. The first result is 20Mb/s. The second one is 21Mb/s, close to the first one. It was a dramatic decline in speed. We weren’t surprised because the VPN used a strongly encrypted connection. It is the expense of security.

Then we tested the 160-bit encrypted OpenVPN. Its encryption is a little weaker than its 256-bit brother.

OpenVPN 160bits
OpenVPN 160bits

Its speed was only a little faster than the 256-bit encrypted OpenVPN protocol. However, it was only 20.26Mb/s in the second test. There was little difference in speed between them.

The Speed of Other VPN Protocols

Then we tested the PPTP protocol with 128-bit encryption. It used to be popular on Windows. Its speed was faster than OpenVPN. In fact, it was the fastest among all the VPN protocols.

PPTP is Faster
PPTP is the Fastest VPN Protocol

In the second test, PPTP got a result of 104Mb/s, close to the first one. Then we tested the last VPN protocol, L2TP/IPsec with 256-bit encryption. Just like PPTP, most desktop and mobile devices natively support it.

L2TP IPsec
L2TP/IPsec

In the second test, L2TP/IPsec got a result of 47.38Mb/s, close to the first one. Its speed was between the OpenVPN and PPTP protocol. It was because its encryption strength is between them too.

The Speed of My IP Hide

My IP Hide has many IP addresses (servers) in the United States. It automatically tested all of them and sorted them by speed. The servers in Los Angeles were on the top of the list, as we expected.

IP Addresses List
IP Addresses List

We tested two of them. The faster one US28 had the speed of 285Mb/s. It was the 2.5 times of PPTP, 5.7 times of L2TP/IPsec, and 13 times of OpenVPN, the VPN industry standard protocol.

US28 285Mb/s
US28 285Mb/s
US17 238Mb/s
US17 238Mb/s

The slower LA server US17 had a speed of 238Mb/s, not bad. Just for the curiosity, we tested two Dallas servers.

US22 Dallas 178Mb/s
US22 Dallas 178Mb/s
US19 Dallas 171Mb/s
US19 Dallas 171Mb/s

Their speeds were above 170Mb/s. It was pretty good, considering that Dallas is 1240 miles away from Los Angeles.

The Comparison of Speed

We made a chart to demonstrate the speed difference of those VPN protocols and My IP Hide.

My IP Hide vs. VPN
My IP Hide vs. VPN

From that graph, we can see that My IP Hide achieved the 83% (285Mb/s) speed of the direct connection (345Mb/s), while OpenVPN only retained 6% (22Mb/s). Since OpenVPN is the VPN industry standard protocol, we can conclude that My IP Hide is 13 times faster than VPN.

 

Fix the Proxy Settings Locked by Spigot Malware

It’s the process how we fixed the browser hijacking for a user. A Spigot malware locked his IE proxy settings. We finally solve the problem by Malwarebytes.

Recently one of our customers had a strange problem. Some program locked his proxy settings. It was one kind of browser hijacking.

We could not change the proxy settings from the Internet Options dialog. There was an error message “Some settings are managed by your system administrator.

IE Proxy Settings Locked
IE Proxy Settings Locked

Our product My IP Hide failed to work because of it. It showed the error message “You are using the unencrypted regular proxy 127.0.0.1. Your real IP address may leak.

MyIPHide Not Working
MyIPHide Not Working

Reset Internet Explorer Settings

We tried to reset his Internet Explorer settings by clicking its menu Tools > Internet Options > Advanced tab > Reset. But it didn’t work. We have to try other methods.

Reset IE Settings
Reset IE Settings

Change Proxy Settings in Control Panel

Then we modified the proxy settings in the control panel. But it will be reverted to 127.0.0.1:8080 immediately.

System Proxy Settings
System Proxy Settings

However, we didn’t find any program listening on (managing) the 8080 port. It caused the browsers could not open any page.

Found the Suspect: Spigot

Then we try to find what program was changing the proxy settings. Finally, we found a suspicious program “PreferencesManager.exe” by Process Monitor.

PreferencesManager.exe
PreferencesManager.exe

That program belonged to a company named Spigot Inc. It produces many Adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUP). They compulsively redirect users to their advertiser’s sites to earn money. It will cause a lot of problems for the user’s system.

Manually Fix the Windows Registry

We removed the Spigot program YTD Toolbar from the Control Panel. But it didn’t solve the problem. The proxy settings are still locked. We tried to fix it by manually changing these Windows Registry entries which control the system proxy settings.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings

Use Anti-Virus/Malware Programs

However, it still could not solve the problem. It was too hard for us to fix all the corrupted registry keys manually. Thus We decided to use a professional tool to fix it. We tried these anti-virus programs.

  • Avast
  • 360 Total Security
  • Tweaking Windows Repair
  • AdwCleaner

One by one, download, install, run, scan, repair, reboot for each of them. However, sadly enough, none of them were able to solve the problem.

Avast Scanning
Avast Scanning

The Finisher: Malwarebytes

Finally, we find the finisher, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It successfully cleared the system and fixed the problem after a quick scan and reboot.

Malwarebytes
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Thanks to Malwarebytes, our product My IP Hide worked again.

MyIPHide Working Again
MyIPHide Working Again

Conclusion

We spent about 4 hours on trying all those methods and programs to fix the problem. It was a real pain. Next time we will directly use Malwarebytes to save time.

And we recommend Malwarebytes for all our users. The free version is a manual scanner. The paid (Premium) version provides real-time protection against malware, ransomware and malicious websites. Either one is a great tool to keep threats off your system.

Google Proxies Are All Dead

We used to provide a list of free Google proxy servers on google-proxy.net and update it daily. But Google blocks all the public proxies in the year 2016. So there is no google proxy server (IP address and port) on that page anymore.

What is Google Proxy?

A Google proxy (also know as the google-passed proxy) is an HTTP proxy which has the following two features.

1. It must support searching on Google. Proxies in China cannot access Google. So they are not Google proxy. Since Google uses HTTPS instead of HTTP as its primary protocol, a Google proxy should support HTTPS/SSL.

2. Google must not block it. To stop abuse, Google blocks suspect IP addresses which have unusual traffic. A Google proxy should not be on the blacklist of Google.

Why use Google Proxy?

Many SEO (Search Engine Optimization) programs such as Scrapebox make a significant number of queries on Google to get information such as ranks and competitors. If you use them, you should use a Google proxy to avoid being banned by Google.

Some countries (such as China) block Google. You need a Google proxy to access it.

Google Blocks Proxy in 2016

Google shows a page to verify that you are a human instead of the robot if a proxy is detected. Before the year 2016, Google allows using that proxy for some time if you can pass this human verification.

Google blocks proxy

But Google changed that rule in 2016. Now a verification is required for every search as long as you are using a public proxy. It makes the public proxies useless for Google searches. This image shows that Google blocks all the public proxies. In the Google proxy checker program, Elite Proxy Switcher, “Partial” means you need to pass a verification before every search on Google.

Google Proxy Checker

Update: The new version (1.29) of Elite Proxy Switcher removed the function to check whether a proxy supports searching on Google. It’s because none of them support it. Google proxies are all dead.

How to Unblock Google Now?

All the public proxies cannot be used on Google now. However, you can use private (paid) proxies. If you need to search Google by programs (with a large number of queries) such as Scrapebox, you can buy private proxies. Then import their IP addresses and ports into Scrapebox.

If you use Google manually (properly), you can use a hide-IP program such as My IP Hide. It’s much easier to use.

How to Use My IP Hide in PS3

Question: I want to know how to use My IP Hide on my PS3?

Answer: You can run My IP Hide on your Mac/Windows computer. Then use your PS3 (PlayStation 3) to connect to My IP Hide.

However, My IP Hide only supports the browser on PS3. It doesn’t support the games.

1) Your PS3 and computer should be in the same LAN (WiFi).
2) Click the “Setting” button on My IP Hide
3) Go to the “Misc” Tab of the “Settings” dialog
4) You will see a Proxy IP (Server) and Port in that Tab

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5) Set that proxy IP (server) and port in your PS3

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Press the “Right” button all the way until you see the “Proxy Server” option. Then choose “Use” and click the “X” button.
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6) When you exit My IP Hide on your computer, you should set your PS3 to use the direct connection. Otherwise, it can’t open any web pages.

How to Change IP Address?

Tell you how to change IP by comparing different methods and different services: proxy software, web proxy, http proxy, VPN, socks proxy and SSH proxy.

What is IP address and how to change IP address? An IP address (Internet Protocol address) is a numerical way to identify your computer on the Internet. Web sites can know much information by your IP address. For example, from your IP address, we can know your country.

How to Change IP Address

People change IP address to avoid online bans and protect online privacy. How to change IP address? Before trying any other methods to change your IP address, try turning off your Cable/DSL modem for five minutes. In many cases, this will change your IP address.

But that method can only change your IP address slightly within a small range. How to change IP address to another country? Here are some methods to change IP address completely to another one.

My IP Hide

There are many kinds of proxy software can help you to change IP. Among them, we recommend My IP Hide which supports both Windows and Mac. It uses enhanced proxy technology with encrypted connections. It’s much faster than VPN and SSH proxy. With My IP Hide, you can completely change IP address while watch youtube smoothly.

My IP Hide open blocked sites

Using it is easy. Just keep My IP Hide (MIH) running when you surf the Internet. If you exit or disable MIH, you will use direct connections. For Opera, you need to set its proxy option to direct connections manually.

Cons: My IP Hide only support browsers. If you want all your programs to go through the encrypted connection, you will need a VPN account.

Http Proxy

All the browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera, Safari, and others) support the proxy option. When you set a proxy in the browser, the proxy will fetch the web pages for your browser. The websites regard the IP of proxy as your IP so it cannot trace your real IP. Thus the proxy helps you to change IP address.

Http Proxy List

How to use HTTP proxy in the browser? You can manually set the proxy option. We recommend using Elite Proxy Switcher to configure the proxy for your browser. The free edition is enough for you.

Where to get HTTP proxy? You can get some free proxies from our free proxy list. You can also buy proxy from us.  We check and update our proxy lists every hour.

Cons: The public HTTP proxies are unstable because they die fast. Http proxies are suitable for the users who need a lot of IP addresses but use each IP address for only several hours.

VPN

VPN is short for Virtual Private Network. It uses strong encryption to ensure that only authorized users can access the network and that the data cannot be intercepted. It’s usually used to securely connect the branch offices of an organization to its headquarters network through the public Internet. Now many VPN vendors open this service to the public. You can use it to change IP. We recommend the VPN service of Hide My Ass. Your can choose many IP addresses from it.

VPN

Cons: There are two problems of VPN. (1) If you use VPN, all the programs will use the VPN connection. You can not choose which program use VPN and which use the direct connection. (2) Because of the strong encryption, VPN is much slower than the direct connection. Here is a detailed comparison between the Hide My Ass VPN and My IP Hide.

Web Proxy

The web proxy is the easiest way to change IP. Web proxy is a website with an URL bar. Just input the URL of a blocked site into that bar and click the “Surf” button. Web proxy will fetch the web page for you showing on its own site.

Web Proxy

The problem is that web proxy doesn’t support all the sites. It uses a plugin to support youtube. But it can’t support Hulu or Pinterest. Another problem is the security issue. If you use a web proxy to visit secure sites (ex. bank or PayPal), your information may be intercepted.

Socks Proxy

Socks proxy is similar to HTTP proxy. The difference is that socks support all the Internet protocols (such as HTTP, FTP, and VoIP) while HTTP proxy only supports HTTP. So it supports more programs besides the browser. It supports Skype, Thunderbird, FileZilla, mIRC and any program/game that has a socks proxy option.

Socks Proxy List

Same as HTTP proxy, socks proxy is unstable. You can use Socks Proxy Checker to test the socks proxies before using them. The free edition is enough for you to change IP. You can get some free socks proxy here. You can also buy socks proxy from us.

SSH Proxy

SSH proxy is encrypted socks proxy. The SSH (Secure SHell) protocol is usually used to control a Linux server via a secure channel. Some program (Putty or MyEnTunnel) can convert SSH connection into encrypted socks proxy service. The configuration is a bit complicated for non-technical personnel.

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With SSH proxy you can completely change IP. The problem is that the speed of SSH proxy is slow because of the strong encryption. There are few SSH proxy vendors. But you can find some free SSH proxy on Google.

How to use My IP Hide in iPhone?

This is a tutorial showing how use the proxy software My IP Hide in iPhone. It can help you to hide IP in your iPhone and surf anonymously.

Question: I want to know how to set it up on my iPhone to open the blocked Facebook and YouTube.

Answer: You can run My IP Hide on your Mac/Windows computer. Then use your iPhone to connect to My IP Hide to open blocked Facebook and YouTube.

1) Your iPhone and computer should be in the same LAN (WiFi).
2) Click the “Setting” button on My IP Hide
3) Go to the “Misc” Tab of the “Settings” dialog
4) You will see a Proxy IP (Server) and Port in that Tab

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5) Set that proxy IP (server) and port in your iPhone

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6) When you exit My IP Hide on your computer, you should set your iPhone to use the direct connection. Otherwise, it can’t open any web pages.