84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove DownloadHQ?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
62% remove it38% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #42,341
United States Rank #31,188
Reach 0.0022%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 30.80 days
908.47 days >
Average installed length: 477.33 days


What is DownloadHQ?

DownloadHQ is a bundled installation using a download monetization platform. Installing the co-bundled software through the modified installer may not be optional. From the distribution site: "This product is totally free and offers the user additional bundle products that may include advertisements. The software can be installed without any additional software by opting out of the offerings.


It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named DownloadHQ.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 4.22 MB (4,429,345 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Starts automatically
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in DownloadHQ.
DownloadHQ.exe (a500317c8443ff0e89028ec7304bf9f3) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Comodo Security 15156 Heur.Suspicious
Trend Micro 10.465.08 ADW_KRADARE
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.220 ADW_KRADARE

Program detailsProgram details

URL: download-hq.net
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\downloadhq
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\DownloadHQ\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 4.22 MB

Program filesFiles installed by DownloadHQ

Program executable:DownloadHQ.exe (Malware detected)
Name:DownloadHQ p2p for Windows
Path:C:\Program Files\downloadhq\DownloadHQ.exe
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) DownloadHQ.exe - DownloadHQ p2p for Windows
  • chatServer.exe (by Ares Development Group) - Ares Chat Server
  • bass.dll (by Un4seen Developments) - BASS
  • libfaad2.dll
  • uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • chatServer.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{37D3EC0A-6273-4D20-8CE2-CC6294CAA141}' (runs on registration).
  • chatServer.exe runs as a service named 'Ares Chatroom server' (AresChatServer) "Hosts your chatroom on the Ares network.".
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • chatServer.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'AresChatServer' and executes as C:\Program Files\Ares\chatServer.exe.
  • DownloadHQ.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'downloadhq' and executes as "C:\Program Files\DownloadHQ\DownloadHQ.exe" -h.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • chatServer.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Ares\chatServer.exe'.
  • DownloadHQ.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\DownloadHQ\DownloadHQ.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:10.9 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0004400009%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00033194%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00010806%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:21,588,277
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:374 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:846 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove DownloadHQ?

You can uninstall DownloadHQ from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program DownloadHQ, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove DownloadHQ.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win 7 2%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 62%
Keep it 38%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.44%
Windows XP 13.95%
Windows 10 9.30%
Windows Vista 9.30%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 46.51%
Microsoft Windows XP 13.95%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.63%
Windows 7 Professional 9.30%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.98%
Windows 10 Home 4.65%

Distribution by countryGeography

69.49% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 69.49%
  United Kingdom 6.78%
  Australia 3.39%
  Japan 3.39%
  South Africa 3.39%
  United Arab Emirates 1.69%
  Belgium 1.69%
  Canada 1.69%
  Germany 1.69%
  Israel 1.69%
  Mexico 1.69%
  Norway 1.69%
  Romania 1.69%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 30.56%
Hewlett-Packard 19.44%
Dell 16.67%
Intel 5.56%
Toshiba 5.56%
Sony 5.56%
American Megatrends 5.56%
Lenovo 2.78%
Common models
VMware, Inc. VMware Virtu... 2.70%
Toshiba NB505 2.70%
TOSHIBA Satellite C655 2.70%
ThirdWave Corporation Pri... 2.70%
Sony VPCF115FM 2.70%
Sony VGN-NW270F 2.70%


user comment
No one has commented yet. Help others learn more about this software, share your comments.