NetShade
NetShade
8.2.1

4.2

NetShade free download for Mac

NetShade

8.2.1
25 September 2019

Browse privately using anonymous proxies and VPN servers.

Overview

NetShade is an anonymous proxy and VPN app+service for Mac. Unblock your Internet through NetShade's high-speed proxy and VPN servers spanning 17 countries.

  • NetShade masks your IP address as you browse the web, by routing you through a proxy server. Anonymous proxies are becoming more and more popular in this age of heightened security and privacy concerns, and NetShade provides an effective and straightforward interface to easily protect your privacy.
  • NetShade 8 is a complete rewrite of the app, which brings great new features:
  • SOCKS5 support
  • Kill switch
  • VPN scrambler
  • Hop client
  • Speed test
  • Ping test
  • Web access test
  • Custom proxy servers
  • Sync proxy settings with server
  • Touch bar support
  • Dark mode support
  • New servers

What's new in NetShade

Version 8.2.1:
General:
  • Removed motion blur preference
  • Minor visual changes in mini console view
Fixed:
  • Light/dark mode consistency issues (macOS Catalina)
  • A crash that could happen when reloading the proxy list while the Proxy Manager is open
  • Hit test regions of circular controls in mini console view

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xcoxco
11 January 2015

Most helpful

Why the negative reviews? This is a great product. It works as advertised, and is updated regularly. Users seem to confuse the application's functions with those related to the "public" Internet. For example, do you really think a VPN is going to work flawlessly in China, if at all? If so, you may not be living in the real world ...
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Version 6.1.4
Big77
16 June 2019
This page is giving release notes for Netshade 7 even though Netshade 8 is out. Netshade 8 is a newer GUI and now supports different connection modes (VPN, SOCKS, HTTP). includes a speed test, and Netshade 8 apparently also lays down the foundation for their new product, HOP, which lets you easily configure your own computer as a VPN server.
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Version 8.0
1 answer(s)
brandon_1
brandon_1
16 June 2019
Thank you for your vigilance! The inaccuracy has been eliminated.
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jpnedeleg
23 October 2018
Been using Netshade since NS3. Never had ANY problem with it. Smooth, easy, and very reactive developer, even for local problems! Won't change before next century :p
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Version 7.2.1
SprintiPhone
10 August 2017
Netshade is the only annually billed VPN/proxy that I've been willing to pay for. More reliable than the other paid or free ones I've tried. There are periods where there are issues, generally when there is an update. But developer is very quick to respond to inquiries, usually in a day or two.
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Version 7.0.3
ben-marko
07 January 2017
Good bit of software, but goes through periods where no network traffic can make it through. When it works however, it is very reliable.
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Version 7.0.3
Odysseus
29 October 2016
The app is buggy beyond a shadow of a doubt. The service is incredibly slow -- both the proxy and the VPN server.
Like (1)
Version 7.0.3
3 answer(s)
Rayner Software
Rayner Software
01 November 2016
I'm sorry to hear that. We try hard to squash bugs. This 7.0.3 release fixes a bug which showed up in Sierra. If you are still experiencing any bugginess, please let us know the specifics and we'll fix it.
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xcoxco
xcoxco
26 December 2016
Netshade has worked great for me over the years. The developer has proved very responsive when need be. I use it (primarily the VPN) on Mac and iOS versions, with the latest OS versions 12.x and 10.x respectively.
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Odysseus
Odysseus
19 February 2017
Cloak is a hundred times better than this. Much better integration in the OS, and for the rare problem, tech support usually responds within minutes.
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tcr
20 June 2016
For clarification: Today's MacUpdate promo is for 6 months of VPN + Proxy access, which would normally be $29.50. It works for new and existing customers.
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Version 7.0.1
3 answer(s)
Danm34
Danm34
20 June 2016
I got the app. How do I activate the 6 months of VPN + Proxy access? Thx
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tcr
tcr
20 June 2016
Hello,
Thank you. You should get an email from MacUpdate with the registration code. You can enter the code into the NetShade app and your service should be activated. Please let us know if you encounter any problems: support@raynersw.com
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tcr
tcr
11 July 2016
Hello davalentin,
Thank you- you can purchase a license for NetShade here:
https://secure.raynersw.com/store.php
Regards,
Rayner Software
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markr9439
20 June 2016
This is the best product by far i bought it at version 5 and never looked back its awesome and very secure the they reply really fast with queries. i made a mistake of buy another company VPN offering a lifetime subscription as i was installing it on another mac in another country but it was not as good as this one so the saving did not really work out. buying another one of these while its on offer ;) version 7 is really cool they are on the ball with this product and i feel safe and secure using it.
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Version 7.0.1
1 answer(s)
tcr
tcr
20 June 2016
Thank you. I really appreciate the review.
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Guido-Muldoon
01 June 2016
Version 7 is fast, easy to use and seems far superior to me versus other paid for VPN/proxy software I've tried. I first used Netshade back in version 4. All the problems/concerns/issues and needed features of past versions appear to have been addressed in version 7. Many VPN services are now offering lifetime licenses for less than the Netshade annual fee but they just don't seem to me as professionally implemented. Netshade does not now offer lifetime licensing but do offer several license options and occasional discounts. They also have Keyshade for password security and Flight Kit which looks like it might be nice for private pilots but I am not a pilot so I can not offer any advice on that one.
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Version 7.0.1
1 answer(s)
tcr
tcr
16 June 2016
Thank you for taking the time to write this review- I appreciate it. And thank you also for being a NetShade user since version 4- a lot has changed since then!

There are indeed many new VPN services offering "lifetime" subscriptions, but I think you're correct to question their legitimacy. VPN/proxy servers are expensive to operate because of their large bandwidth needs. In order to keep a VPN/proxy service running long-term (13 years in NetShade's case), it's necessary to charge a subscription. A VPN operator needs to be able to scale the server bandwidth capability to handle the number of users on the servers, and a one-time subscription fee doesn't allow for this. So I suspect these new "lifetime" VPNs will not be very long-lived (and that might be their plan.)
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Achim2
23 May 2016
7.0 crashes as soon as I switch to any other app. It's broken. The previous version worked fine.
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Version 7.0
2 answer(s)
tcr
tcr
23 May 2016
That's definitely not a common problem- please contact us at support@raynersw.com and we will hopefully be able to get it figured out.
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tcr
tcr
23 May 2016
I think I know what's happening in this case. I don't think this is a crash- it's a preference: NetShade -> Preferences -> Quit NetShade when last window is closed.

In the past this preference was off by default, but in NS 7 it's enabled by default. Sorry if this change has caused some confusion with users who were accustomed to a different default setting.
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tcr
17 May 2016
Hello NetShade is doing a promo this week, for the launch of NetShade 7. $39 for NetShade with a year of proxy & VPN access. (normally $59) https://secure.raynersw.com/store.php Free trial available too. -RS
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Version 7.0