Hide Your IP Address and Surf Anonymously with UltraSurf

ultrasearch-icon [Windows Only] UltraSurf is a tool that hooks your web browsers up with a free anonymous proxy. It hides your true IP address. Why is that important? I found a good answer at about.com:

When connecting to the Internet, your home computer (or network router) is assigned a public IP address. As you visit Web sites or other Internet servers, that public IP address is transmitted and recorded in log files kept on those servers. Access logs leave behind a trail of your Internet activity. If it were possible to somehow hide your public IP address, your Internet activity would become much more difficult to trace.

UltraReach, the group behind the UltraSurf application, talks about a another good reason for their service. Their purpose is as follows:

UltraReach is the first company with a mission that offers Internet technology and service immune to the national Internet censorship in China. The outstanding performance of our service has made UltraReach Internet well known among the users who seek the Internet freedom in the censored country, and at the meantime attracted heavy attacks from Chinese Internet police.

In other words, UltraSurf allows users to get past internet censorship. I don’t know exactly how it works, but I’ve tried UltraSurf and so far I’m impressed with it.

It’s easy to use. Just download it, double click the EXE file to run it, then start surfing.


Once it’s running, you’ll see a simple interface.


It will also launch Internet Explorer and you can start surfing if you want to. If you don’t want to use Internet Explorer, just close it and use your other web browsers. You can also go into the settings and tell UltraSurf not to start Internet Explorer.

If you’d like to, you can check your IP address at whatismyip.com to find out what it is. You’ll see that running UltraSurf changes your address after it starts up.

You can download UltraSurf here.

In the past, the writers here at Techie Buzz have shared some other surfing tips with you. Here are a few:

Are Web Proxy Servers Safe To Enter Passwords?
How To Access Blocked Websites
How To Access Blogspot Blogs From China
Unblock and Access YouTube From China

I’ve also written about two free web browsers that let you surf anonymously.

Xb Browser
OperaTor Browser

Techie Buzz Verdict:

UltraSurf is one of the easiest ways you can find to surf the internet with anonymous freedom. I can’t tell you if it can bridge the great Chinese firewall, but the authors of this program are dedicated to doing that.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

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  • Martin

    The Ultrasurf software has been flagged several places for containing malware. Some says it safe, some says it's not. Check out these sites and make up your own mind: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/073109-blachttp://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=151http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=2http://forum.sysinternals.com/topic20299.html

    I'd be careful before I used this software..

    • Ricky Martin

      I agree with you. I read a lot of bad reviews on Ultrasurf and decided not to go with it. Currently, I am using Hide-My-IP and it is working perfectly for me.

  • Gosh, they've already released ver 9.95 now, have they! I stopped using it at 9.6 (about a couple of months back) when my China-inspired institute blocked it. I was pretty impressed by it too, because there was almost no lag in browsing speed after turning it on.

    P.S. UltraSurf works out the box (mostly) on IE, Chrome and Safari. To make Firefox and Opera work with it, you've to tweak their proxy settings manually. This is because Chrome and Safari basically use IE's connection settings in Windows, whereas Firefox and Opera don't.

    • Ben

      You can download the firefox addon to make it work with Firefox. Just go to the download page.

  • RicH

    If I'm using UltraSurf, do the logs of my own ISP reflect my true surfing history?

  • Strange that a website that offers to hide my ISP from others has this in its TOS:

    "(1) Web Server Logs.

    When you visit our Website, we may track information to administer the site and analyze its usage. Examples of information we may track include:

    Your Internet protocol address (IP).

    The kind of browser or computer you use.

    Number of links you click within the site.

    State or country from which you accessed the site.

    Date and time of your visit.

    Name of your Internet service provider.

    Web page you linked to our site from.

    Pages you viewed on the site."

  • Mindblower

    After installing the program I ran your IP address finder and my WAN IP was changed. Then I ran another program which provides LAN & WAN IP's, and my true address appeared. I'm more confused since both programs cannot be correct (can they), Mindblower!