You're most likely not going to find a free VPN that won't log your traffic and will refuse to cooperate with the law. If you're adamant about getting a free VPN, I would recommend Spotflux. However, you'd be better off using NordVPN, as they're pretty anti-LE. It's also only like 60 bucks for a yearlong subscription. I feel like, if you're willing to go the extra mile of using a VPN to hide your Tor use, you should be willing to spend 5 bucks a month on it.
Solution found (temporary)
Download the program Spotflux. This is a VPN client that masks your IP. For the lazy, download link here
Open Spotflux. On the top left corner, click the little tool icon (Settings)
Click on the Filters tab, and click "VPN-only mode"
Click the OK button
Click the Enable button on Spotflux until it says that your connection has been "Enabled"
Open your TERA Launcher
If you're still getting error 8001:0001, try rebooting your computer, and make sure you're not running any other VPN program.
Edit: Sorry for bad editting.
Update: This program may cause TERA to lag. It may also prevent you from using voice chat programs (e.g., Skype). In my case, I was having problems with Mumble; I restarted Mumble and it started working. Have not personally tested other voice programs.
Honestly, I'm not very satisfied with the list.
For one, on this "Must-Have" list, there are two new-tab replacements. Obviously they can't both be must-have's; they don't work together.
Another, Spotflux, from what I've read has ads injected into the free version.
Admittedly, there are great extensions: namely LastPass (which I've always used) and Pocket (which I don't use). But as a end-all list for Chrome it's disappointing.
Hey, I'm an Australian gamer who wanted to pick up premium, thought this would be a good place to post how to do it without paying the Aussie Tax.
I had some issues with redeeming the key. I figured it out, though-
Install it and run it.
Then start the game.
Once the game has started go to Steam and put it into offline mode by pressing Steam --> Go Offline...
Then you can turn off spotflux and enjoy your game.
Then just keep Steam in offline mode until the 23rd.
Remember whenever you go back online without using VPN it will be locked again until you log in using spotflux.
Install a VPN like Spotflux. That's what I did and it works perfectly fine for me.
Read this thread but use Spotflux, it works better
There's a couple of threads about this over on /r/wwenetwork. To get the network properly you'll need a VPN server, not just a fake US address. Unblock-US seems to be the general consensus. However I use Spotflux for a Mac and that works fine too!
Actually with Spotflux it's as simple as installing and running the program. When it's running you're connected to the VPN, when it's not running... you're not. Super easy to use.
Pentru plăți, n-am idee, dar metoda prezentată de /u/cosu ar trebui să meargă.
I FOUND A WORKING WAY FOR EU
Download Spotflux here
After installing it, run the program and go on to the origin website.
Add BF3 to cart and add all the details.
If you need a US address:
90210 as a postcode (lol)
Melrose Avenue as street name
Los Angeles as the city
California as the state
EA said it would take 48 hours to confirm the order however, it took me 2 hours to receive the confirmation.
Hopefully it works and I just finished downloading it.
> Used Spotflux and buyed myself MohW and NFS MW activates succesfully on origin and now downloading them even tho im from EU.
How does that exactly work? Can you acces them from your european origin account? Are EU and US accounts even separate? Can you play on european servers if you buy something like FIFA 13?
Thanks for the answer :)
It's sort of like a proxy/VPN. Changes your IP. You have to download it, and it slows down your connection since you're basically going through a tunnel in Spotflux's servers whereas Mediahint just changes your DNS settings if I'm not mistaken.
Oh yeah, there you do probably want to play offline. I'm a bit rusty at this, I haven't done it since Borderlands 2.
So basically, run Spotflux to trick Steam into opening the US page, play Saints Row for a few minutes, then change Steam into offline mode and keep playing!
EDIT: And you can turn Spotflux off once you've done this, it tends to lower your download speed considerably.
I have a question about this. Say I want to play some Dota 2 in a few days - can I log onto Australian servers again, and then simply unlock SR4 again with Spotflux? Something tells me I should just try and finish SR4 first to avoid territory swapping like crazy, but I thought I'd see if anyone had any ideas.
Haha, I'm in Pakistan and when this happened all the guys here were angry at this fucking kid. Then everyone started using either Hotspot Shield or Spotflux. If that fails then torrents to the rescue!
Get a proper, torrent friendly, paid VPN
>Do you support torrents?
>Unfortunately, we cannot support the use of Bittorrent (or similar P2P file sharing protocols) on our network due to its widespread abuse in violating copyright laws.
>IMPORTANT NOTE: If you're using our free service on Windows, only your web browsing will be routed through Spotflux. Any other applications, including torrenting applications, will use your regular connection.
As of now, All Twitter IPs are banned. VPN is the only way to get through. Here is a list of available VPN applications for iOS, some of them for Android too:
VPN in Touch
Spotflux. I was paying $10.88 a month for HotSpot VPN when a kind redditor pointed me in the direction of this FREE VPN service that works better than HotSpot. He got gold fo sho.
BlackVPN, Spotflux og PrivateInternetAccess.
Spotflux er den eneste av de som har gratis kontoer, men om jeg antar at du har tenkt å laste ned ting er du nok uansett nødt til å kjøpe premium for å få litt hastighet.
Hab seit einiger Zeit ähnliche Probleme. Gestern war es ganz besonders schlimm. Ich konnte trotz einer 50k Leitung nur auf "low" schauen... sonst ging immerhin "medium" bis "high" je nach Tageszeit, aber Böhmermann hat das Gestern irgendwie gesprengt.
Livestreamer hatte ich auch ausprobiert, bringt allerdings nur marginal was bei mir. Die Lösung hab ich (hoffentlich) heute gefunden. Hier hab ich gelesen, dass es über VPN zu weniger Problemen kommt. Hab dann Spotflux installiert und kann seitdem wieder mit "source" schauen. Werde das zwar noch weiterhin beobachten, aber es scheint zu funktionieren.
>VPN with spotflux allows me to mount the shares.
Well, yeah, that's what a VPN is supposed to do, and the way you should be doing this anyway. But why Spotflux? Why not just use OpenVPN or something?
Spotflux slows down the internet quite a bit from my experience. Not very handy for gaming when I played War Thunder online. Too much lag ruins my day. But it's great for Netflix and Hulu or your right hand.
As of now, All Twitter IPs are banned. VPN is the only way to get through. Here is a list of available VPN applications for iOS, some of them for Android too:
VPN in Touch
Did that tweak try to install a profile? That's how they work, you have to allow the profile otherwise the app won't work.
Wait, I get it- that is a tweak that turns your VPN on and off automatically? Cripe, I would not allow that either.
I use Spotflux sometimes, with less hassle, that tweak might have helped.
There is a temporary fix for what you seem to be describing.
Do know that it will raise your ping a bit and it doesn't seem to work for instance servers. I still seem to have major lag spikes in those.
Get yourself the free vpn software called Spotflux.
It seems the problem is caused by specific traffic routing issues. Using the vpn makes you use different routing which fixes the lag spikes and disconnects. At least for world servers.
If your problem is like mine I can say that I've been able to play almost non-stop since friday night (when I first installed the software) and had a total of 0 lag spikes or disconnects whereas I'd get many spikes before and was getting error 90000 (disconnect) once every 15-20 minutes.
tldr; Get software called spotflux, it fixes the problem.
If you have Netflix, you can use an app like Spotflux to access the American content - all the series and a couple of the films are on there from what I remember.
Having done this to play XCOM on Steam, I confirm this works (on Steam at least). I have used Hotspot Shield and Spotflux, which are both free VPN softwares. I'd recomend Spotflux, Hotspot Shield messes up with some drivers. (both of them are US VPNs)
I can't say as I'm not a privacy expert. I'd like an opinion on using Paranoid Android and not utilizing G Apps on an Android phone.
You can make use of TOR via Orbot and Spotflux (or other VPNs) on it.
Okay. So I use Spotflux to get past the S.K. problem. When you use the installer you have to use Spotflux, but after that you can close the VPN and use the game normally. So before hitting play, just close the VPN.
Anyone also who had the game fully preloaded have to download an extra 17mb or so when starting steam using Spotflux? It won't even download it, just been stuck on 0kb/s for 10 minutes :(
Edit: Just had to wait long enough and it started the download, about 15 mins in.
Stealthy can be a bit temperamental, or it was when I tried using it.
Anyone in the UK may be better off using Spotflux, although that will only get you on the US Netflix at the moment. It seems a lot more reliable than Stealthy, at least if you're in the UK.
Tip para los que tengan Netflix: Bajense Spotflux (o usen cualquier VPN, sugiero Spotflux porque es gratis y anda relativamente bien), con eso tienen acceso al catalogo de Estados Unidos, que es excelente.
Use Spotflux VPN, they have 3 days free trail with no credit card required and the quality is higher ( for me atleast) than using Beeps, i got 27mp/s on with my 40mp/s connection in Israel
This is what I found on other forums, too.
I tried Ghost and Spotflux, only to have it fail at the same point. (Even made sure my ps4 was listed to be in the usa / uk by the ip)
Relay gets frustrating...
Also tried the DNS change to google dns, didn't help
Use Spotflux and see if you can login. If you can, Contact your ISP to get it fixed. I had the same issue out of nowhere in one morning and i just called them up. They asked if im gaming on the connection and switched me to "some IP range". then i could play.
If you're on Chrome then use ZenMate VPN from the Chrome store, shit's free.
If you're on a phone then try Spotflux or HotSpotShield but tbh if you live in the Middle East you probably have that anyway. :P
There's one called Spotflux that is fairly cheap and they offer a no strings attached free trial that is like 3 or 5 days. One subscription can be used across multiple devices and it is pretty easy to implement. No harm in checking it out.
Hola? As in Spanish for hello?
I read the EULA. What's Spanish for 'hell no?'
I'm not a lover of sellin' bandwidth to others
Leaving me exposed to little and Big Brothers
I tried that mess, took it to the test, wasn't the best, now I'm doin' the rest.
Take your pick: PIA, Nord, or Spotflux
Been using them before Mos Def was on Rawkus
Download a VPN, I used Spotflux, change the region in the VPN to AUS, open Steam, download the update and when steam says play on Fallout go to the top right click steam - offline mode - open steam again, close the VPN, play Fallout!
Hola, Media hint, whatever one wants to use. There's plenty, I said one.
As for peer to peer, I know it is. So many stuff is peer to peer. Even freaking is peer to peer if you don't disable it. Windows updates same, so forth.
You don't need to have Hola for websites to track your ip+OS btw. So I also don't understand that part.
Are you gonna link something like this everytime mentions a piece of software that is peer to peer and basically TRACKS what you do?
Spotflux and Zenmate any better than Hola or is every free VPN super duper malicious?
Many free VPNs don't support or allow torrenting. Quickly googling it looks like HSS and spotflux specifically don't allow it. Also some free VPNs will log & pass on any notices they get to your ISP.
Just pay for a VPN, it's worth it (and not that expensive).
I've been using TorGuard for 2+ years now. $19.99 for a full year is very reasonable.
PIA is also widely used, and comes highly recommended by others.
>Unfortunately, we cannot support the use of Bittorrent (or similar P2P file sharing protocols) on our network due to its widespread abuse in violating copyright laws.....
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you're using our free service on Windows, only your web browsing will be routed through Spotflux. Any other applications, including torrenting applications, will use your regular connection.
In that case try Googling "Spotflux installation guide", "steam vpn guide", "steam cellphone tethering guide" or "Fix Steam blocked college network". If you don't have the know-how, put in the small effort needed to learn. There's guides all over the internet so It's really not that hard.
once I played using Spotflux VPN connected to SEA server.. constant 530ms ping... I just spamming one second ahead all of my skill.. and luckily able to win with good teammates Dotabuff btw I don't recommend you to play with this high ping though.. this YOLO play..
If you confront them there is ways to block IPs from getting out! Route 1. Use Incognito or Route 2. Use Spotflux...Spotflux if what people use to get american nextflix, it harms nothing just gives out a random US IP address :)
Dintr-un post mai vechi de-al meu.
Highly recommend Cyber Ghost.
Spotflux was shitty for me and leaked my dns on default.
Private Tunnel is the best by miles in terms of speed, but you only get a hundred mb, so it's to be used rarely in a pinch when you need a high speed vpn.
Most of your questions have been answered, but as for Spotflux, I use it and I haven't had a problem. I'm on a Mac, however, so I don't know how well it works on a PC. I turn it off when it's not "in use" because there's usually a pop-up ad at the bottom of your browser.
Update After contacting the cd key site they said it's the Europe version. Spotflux allowed him to add it to steam but it sounds like it's still going to be censored. Sorry about that.
A friend of mine just purchased a key through a site called cdkey vast.
He went to activate it on his steam and was told the game was not available in his region. He has been able to activate the key using spotflux as a VPN.
Based on this I'd like to assume it will be the uncensored version because it seems they added proper region locking to this game. I still can't confirm 100% for you though.
Edit - Added update to top of post
For free users, we do not support torrenting software.
For premium users, we do support torrenting software but will comply with any DMCA or other requests forwarded to us related to illegal activity stemming from the use of that software. Thus, all premium users must employ their best judgment in the use of torrents.
So yes, they both ban torrents, AND log -- even on the 'premium' service.
I am using the network in the UK, getting a flawless HD live stream and the VOD is working perfect. I'm using Google Chrome on a HP laptop. The program I am using is Spotflux, you can find my guide to connect here:
I'm in the UK and the game isn't out until Friday. I managed to get in by using a US VPN (Spotflux is a free one). However it does mean only using my Steam when using the VPN (or offline mode) or else the game would relock.
If it's for a brief bit of personal website viewing, I recommend .
If you're looking for something more permanent, try a free trial of Spotflux. There's a paid version, but the free one is pretty good as well.
What do you like most about it? And do you know if any VPNs are good for gaming? I don't know a lot about them. Why do you say Spotflux isn't good for gaming? Thank you so much and sorry for the questions.
I have the PC version and I found a fix for this. I ended up having to download a proxy program. I ended up downloading Spotflux for free. After this, the game loaded within 30 seconds. Hope this helps others.
Was using Hola, but stopped working on Pandora
Started using Spotflux
I'd recomend Hotspot shield or Spotflux (warning, if you like to use Tunngle, hotspot shield fucks it up after install).
Never used a VPN for Origin, but I did the same thing on Steam for XCOM, it was a matter of openening the VPN, opening steam, and opening the game. Not sure if it will be the same for Origin, but it should.
I didn't say it was difficult (I use Spotflux personally, as I have it for Netflix anyway), but for those who only know about mirror sites rather than VPNs or alternative DNS servers, it's somewhat annoying. Still really easy in the great scheme of things, but just drawing a distinction.
Exactly! Steam does not allow the buying of games using a VPN, but there is no problem with playing them while using one. Spotflux is just my VPN service of preference, feel free to use your preferred one!
You can use Netflix with VPN like Spotflux (). Spotflux is free, I'm not sure if you would want to pay for Netflix considering the workaround, but definately try it out. I used it in Italy to get past region restrictions.
Maybe test with Hulu or something.
Try following this guys guide: (not the whole thing, just the Spotflux part)
I had SRIV gifted to me and after preloading it, this allows me to play it, just make sure you don't buy anything on Steam while you have Spotflux on or Gabe might eat you.
When I was in residence in my first year of uni, I also couldn't play without having insane latency due to certain ports being blocked. I ran proxies, which didn't fix it 100% but certainly made it playable. Freeopenvpn has some proxies running out of Romania and some of the eastern European countries if you're in Europe. The setup process is a bit convoluted, but i can try to explain if need be. Spotflux is another proxy that runs out of the states that is pretty decent. I'd suggest trying those 2 to see if any work :)
Same thing happened to me while using Spotflux, so i would be able to watch Netflix.
The problem was solved quickly and with no implications what so ever, even though I must admit I was quite angry at the time.
Now I use Mediahint extension for chrome, works like a charm :-)
I've downloaded a free one, hahaha.
Spotflux, it's wonderful. I've only downloaded it yesterday, though, so haven't been able to use it much so far. I'm looking forward to browsing /r9k/ some more again!
Green man Gaming currently has the heroic version for $36. If you are having a problem buying it in your region, use Spotflux. It's a free VPN. I have to use it to purchase games there and on steam sometimes as I live in Taiwan but my billing info is US.
P.S. buying gw2 for my friends is exactly what I did a few weeks ago and they all love it! Cheers :)
Actually, I think the main problem is that the pirate bay was down for a good couple of weeks, so not as many people were seeding content. It's getting better now that they're back up.
Also, if you use a VPN like Spotflux to access some of the more interesting sites on the internet, make sure you turn it off, since it throttles your connection.
Yeah, sounds pretty counter-intuitive when I said it... Do it there in the land of freedom and dreams. But yeah, VPN services (Spotflux, Hotspot Shield, etc...) usually does the job of fixing the DNS for you too. It should do the trick.
Spotflux. Couldn't for the life of me get Guild Wars 2 to work when it first came out because of my college's shitty internet. Installed that VPN and it worked immediately. If you do try this, I'd recommend disabling any VPNs when not gaming because they tend to slow your network speed down. But seriously, try this before you give up.
I use Media Hint (chrome extension). Make an account or download the installer and login with your credentials. From time to time (2 weeks I think), you'll get a yellow error message in Spotify that your country does not match ..something. To bypass that, close Spotify, download and install Spotflux (it's an easy to use VPN). Open it, enable the connection, open spotify as normal, disable the Spotflux connection and close the program. Enjoy Spotify.
I don't know if it's blocked in Tunisia, but I think that Spotflux is a pretty fair VPN. Worth a shot. I can't remember the other VPN programs I have, I'll have to dig, but I know this one works.
I have Spotflux, but I have been informed that, that is not a good solution to my VPN issue. As for Android, I have found that installing alternate software has been a hassle; I just don't have the experience.
What worked for me; multiplayer and single-player.
Run Spotflux and connect
Launch Borderlands 2
Close Spotflux (no point tunnelling traffic through VPN at this point)
Continue to play Borderlands 2
The unlock is reset when the VPN is closed however as long as the game is open multiplayer and single-player seem unaffected.
Disclosure: I have no connection to this company, but I used them I was in SE Asia this past year.
Well, it takes all your traffic and tunnels it through their servers. That means that your ISP cannot see the traffic (assuming they are doing it correctly) and that web sites see you coming from a Spotflux IP rather than one from your 's of use if you don't want to be tracked by your ISP or government, and don't want web sites knowing where you're coming from.
Additionally, you might consider /x posting your question to r/netsec (or as a female friend once called it "r/ nutsac") or to r/privacy if you don't get enough responses here in this more generalized subreddit.
Edit RaptorVPN is also a term to search for in regards to Spotflux
Edit 2* Just caught that I typed "moral generalized subreddit" instead of "more generalized subreddit". Interesting.
God I wish i had the same access as you guys do.... Us simpletons in Canada are limited to Netflix's retarded cousin. That is... without something like Spotflux to spoof IP and block tracking cookies..
Basically what you can do is install Spotflux - or equivalent - and make sure it is running. Then open up steam, and you should see prices on the store page in Dollars.
At this point Steam will download the unlock for the game in your library.
Hit play and voilà!
I tend to keep Spotflux running the whole time I have Steam open until the UK release date, but that's just because I'm paranoid.
Please note that Steam says in its EULA that it does not want you using a VPN of any kind to mask your IP. However, I have been using this method for a while now and have never had any issues. Some argue that as long as you pay for the game in your own currency Steam turn a blind eye. Can't confirm this, but it's worked for me so far.
There's something called Spotflux which is free and can VPN you into the states.
Oh and very possibly. I've spent ages scouring the net to try to find stories of banned accounts. Lots of warnings (from Valve on their forums and other users) but no confirmed kills unless you buy from the store. I'm still not risking it though. :)
Same, I'm off to South of France with no computers for a week from Friday and wanted to get a little playtime in before hand. Chelloveck is right, but I would argue that you should check to see if your IP originates from the US before attmepting to log back into steam and 'play' (or finalise the download and unpacking of) XCom. Once connected to Spotflux, you can verify your rerouted IP using a site like: I connected, unpacked, installed and ran successfuly from a Seattle based IP, then I set Steam to offline mode and turned off Spotflux.
This was an awesome documentary. Thanks for the share. This makes me want to play with organs too, but i won't. After watching it, i have some questions. They said at the beginning of the documentary that the rat's heart and the human heart are very similar. And the ones doing experiments with rat organs managed to "repopulate" the extracellular matrix and then, send a pulse that reanimated the heart. So, can you, in theory, also send a pulse to the repopulated human heart and make it beat again? Like they said, it's all a question of size. And wasn't that tissue on the on the human heart living? If yes, then, it is possible. It's been about a year or so since that documentary was posted. So, by know, they should have figured out something new.
Also, for those of you who can't see the video, i would recommend using either Spotflux or Hotspot Shield.
These days I don't think many tweaks could help. I'm not sure why you've had an increase of 50ms, but unless your ISP is doing something annoying, like packet shaping, I don't think there's much you can do.
Back in WotLK days, there were some registry 'hacks' you could do that definitely improved latency for me.
If it will help you today, I don't know. Things have changed.
Have a look at "Gaming Tweak - Disable Nagle's algorithm" section in that link. The TcpAckFrequency=1 bit is the only part you should follow.
You may get a better result with latency when using a VPN, but I doubt it.
TunnelBear, Hotspot Shield and Spotflux have free VPN trials/tiers and could be used to assess whether or not you may experience improvement.
I recently got Spotflux on a friends recommendation, but it doesnt seem to play well with a few programs, namely Curse Voice and TOR. Are there any recommendations on how to fix this? Don't care too much as I am mainly doing it out of principle rather than wanting to hide something.
Does anyone know of a VPN that is good for Mac OS / OSX? I am looking for a VPN that is free, unlimited, does not block sites, and has the privacy, anonymity, and protection of a VPN? Also, one that does not log your information. Hotsheld and Spotflux does not work for me.
Downloading while using a VPN worked. I guess Spotflux didn't want to download something so big.
Thank you very much for the help! I wouldn't have been able to do it without ya.
"[a]nyone who runs a large enough IT infrastructure knows that running that infrastructure with ZERO logs is impossible."
Spotflux, Debunking the Myths of VPN Service Providers
If you go deeper into any of those articles you will see why the whole "no logs" argument is crap and provides a false sense of security. A VPN alone will not anonymize you, especially if you have poor OPSec. If the FBI wants to find you and all you have is a VPN, they will find you. Period.
Tried 3 different VPN's (BetterNet, Tunnelbear, Spotflux) and incognito mode in Chrome (W10) but I only get an error as it tries to load the redeeming function on the top of the page "Too many redirects" officially giving up on this.
Most free ones have bandwidth caps that make watching videos difficult. If all you want to do is watch Netflix from other regions the best thing to do is just change your DNS settings. If that's too much work Spotflux may work. I don't have any experience with it though, and I don't see the limitations of their free version on their website.
Spotflux is a good free simple to use VPN-like solution to get your feet wet on the idea of protecting your privacy:
Other than that there are a lot of other options out there including paid services that'll offer better thoroughput if downloading heavily.
Yes. I even added what are supposed to be the fastest DNS servers and my nearest DNS servers to my DNS server list. Tried with my firewall off, and changed my VPN to Spotflux as someone on planet minecraft suggested. It never happened to me before, and all the other servers in my list are working fine.
ow.... China and their internet restriction -_-
Oh well, then try using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to bypass the firewall restriction?
I think you can try download Spotflux or HotSpotShield, they offer free service.
Yeah, my ip got blocked for some reason, as well. I was an avid lister but certainly not a spammer. Anyways, I used an IP masker of sorts, Spotflux. There are plenty of other similar programs. They did not block my account, only my IP address. Alternatively, I hear you can request a new IP address from your internet service provider. After they issue one, you can open a new craigslist account.
The is a part of Windows that isn't blocked even when the school network blocks running of any .exe's. You're lucky they don't block that, but glad it works :P
And odd, it could be that UltraSurf is being blocked, did you try selecting either of the second or third server options? (there's three on that home screen when it launches)
You could try downloading Spotflux maybe, though I've noticed it's pretty bad for gaming because of how secure it is (very high latency)
I've only actually run it off a USB a couple times, usually you don't need to. You could try downloading the newer version and seeing if an updated version works maybe...
I use a proxy called Spotflux. Works well; whenever I try to see where my IP is it says I'm a few states over, which is good. I used to get emails from my ISP that called me out on my torrenting, but now that I used a proxy when I try to torrent something, I've never gotten another email.
Spotflux seems to do data compression with LZO, but it might be an option you have to enable yourself. It's worth a shot, as easily compressible data (as in not .7z or video files.) will be uploaded as smaller files and downloaded as smaller files, simulating higher bandwidth too. It's not great, but it seems like it'd be worth a shot.
Yeah, I have been using Spotflux which has servers relatively close to me, but I still accrue large amounts of lag, and I was just hoping to find a better solution. I didn't realize it would be so slow, but thank you for your advice.
I've looked into it a little; some people have had success using a VPN such as CyberGhost to download an update with this error.
I use Spotflux pretty much all the time for LoL, because my uni internet blocks some ports. I get a steady 20 ping to Amsterdam, so I don't see why the pros shouldn't play CS on VPN, except when they're in tournaments.
That letter might actually come from Spotflux. They are likely still required to abide by "lawfull" requests for records. I think non-US based VPNs are favored at this point for that reason.
And with the investors being Big Data folk, I would think they are leveraging your usage as a product. If you care about that.