The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of "ProDe.DownloadGuide" manually.
Use this guide at your own risk; software should usually be better suited to remove malware, since it is able to look deeper.

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Threat Details:

  • malware
  • downloader

ProDe.DownloadGuide is a fraudulent download manager that pretends to be the net installer for free software like Spybot S&D Free Edition. It fraudulently installs lots of malicious toolbars with no use or little use for the user. These toolbars are all installed without proper user consent.
Removal Instructions:


Important: There are more files that cannot be safely described in simple words. Please use Spybot-S&D to remove them.


Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these folders.
  • The directory at "<$LOCALAPPDATA>\DownloadGuide\Offers".
  • The directory at "<$LOCALAPPDATA>\DownloadGuide".
Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If ProDe.DownloadGuide uses rootkit technologies, use our RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify folders!

Final Words:

If neither Spybot-S&D nor self help did resolve the issue or you would prefer one on one help,
  1. Please read these instructions before requesting assistance,
  2. Then start your own thread in the Malware Removal Forum where a volunteer analyst will advise you as soon as available.