Have any of you guys seen “Face Off”? Pretty freaky movie, but let’s just use for comparison’s sake – you peel off the skin, put on another one, and BAM – you’re a new person. Right? Well, definitely wrong, because you can never change what you are inside (I sound so philosophically romantic now). Anyways, that’s the main point with computer infections as well. And here now I bring you Aartemis, the new reliable search engine that will definitely improve your web browsing experience.
NOT. You seriously couldn’t have believed that. Aartemis is one of those “Face-Off” cases, when it looks like a new and sleek software application on outside, but deep down inside is the same good (bad?) old Castor Troy. So here’s what we have with Aartemis as well. I mean, it looks like a search engine related to the Ancient Greek goddess (*cough*Artemis*cough*), but in reality it just a browser hijacker from the same group as Dosearches – an infection I’ve talk about previously. So much of a renewal. Still can’t hide your nasty nature.
So what can I say more about Aartemis? Nothing much, except for the fact that we’ve all been there and done that. I mean, if you have encountered one of those nasty buggers, you know them all. Especially as Aartemis practically copies the behavior of all the previously released browser hijackers from the same family, including isearch.omiga-plus.com, Qone8 Virus, Qvo6 Virus, Delta-Homes and so on. It also changes target shortcut, so as to say HA!! when you change your browser settings (or reset it manually) and the aartemis.com home page is still there even when you restart your browser or your computer.
What’s the main problem with Aartemis? It’s a browser hijacker after all, so it may collect information on what websites you visit, or like spam you with pop-up ads and stuff like that. Naturally, the initial idea is that it is extremely annoying, but I’d say it’s a lot more than that. Hijacked browser basically is a direct way to a dangerous virus infection, and before you know it – you could really be infected with something nasty.
The best way to counter it? Get rid of Aartemis right now! Yeah yeah, you might think, easy for you to say when you’re actually not infected with. But what if I told you how to make it disappear from your browser? Would that be a deal?
How to remove Aartemis
Change Shortcut Target
- Right-click your browser’s shortcut.
- When drop-down menu appears, click Properties.
- When menu opens, click Shortcut tab.
- Find Target line. Delete the text that is OUTSIDE of quotation “ ”marks.
- Click OK.
Reset Internet Explorer
- Press Alt+T and click Internet options.
- Open Advanced tab and click Reset button.
- Mark Delete personal settings option and click Reset again.
- Press Close.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
- Press Alt+H and click Troubleshooting information.
- Click Reset Firefox at the top right corner of a new tab.
- When a pop-up box appears, click Reset Firefox again and then press Finish.
Change Google Chrome Settings
- Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
- Under On Startup select Open a specific page or set of pages.
- Click Set pages, delete aartemis.com, enter a new home page address and click OK.
- Under Search click Manage search engines button.
- Set a new default search engine, delete aarmetis.com from the list and click Done.
If you don’t want to reset your browser, it’s completely understandable – just change settings manually. Although TAKE NOTE, that removing Aartemis from your browser does not mean that it’s entirely gone. Unless you run a full system scan with some antispyware tool to check for any residual files, it could be that you might hear from Aartemis again, sooner or later.