Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Aartemis virus removal instructions
Aartemis virus is a term used to describe a browser hijacker which alters user's Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) homepage and default search engine settings by changing them to aartemis.com This redirect adware is being distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called bundling - most commonly computer users installs this browser hijacker without their consent when downloading some free software. Internet users should be aware of the fact that nowadays the majority of freeware download websites are using download clients - small programs which manages the download process of the chosen free software. Download clients are also used to promote free browser plugins.
Internet users who doesn't pay close attention to the downloading steps of some chosen freeware can easily end up installing aartemis or any other potentially unwanted application. Some of free software download websites are using shady download clients so it would be hard to notice the "decline" button which is used to opt-out installation of advertised browser extensions. While aartemis.com is advertised as a useful website in reality it's not recommended to use this site for one's daily Internet searches - the Internet search engine which is presented in this site is crowded with sponsored search results which may lead to malware and virus infections. If your Internet browsers redirect you to aartemis.com you can be sure that your computer is infected with adware, it's recommended to eliminate it from one's Internet browsers.
Aartemis browser hijacker is similar to other adware which alters user's Internet browser settings, for example Govome, Omiga Plus and many other. While there are many adware which changes user's Internet browser homepage and default search engine settings aartemis is especially rogue due to the fact that it comes bundled with browser helper object (Wsys Control) which doesn't allow user's to roll back these changes. Moreover this browser hijacker changes one's installed Internet browser shortcut targets, this change is also used to force computer users into visiting aartemis.com To avoid installation of such adware computer users should be very attentive when downloading free software. If your download is managed by some download client be sure to opt-out installation of promoted browser plugins by clicking on a "decline" button. If your Internet browsers already redirect you to this website use the provided removal guide and eliminate aartemis browser hijacker from your computer.
Aartemis virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window: look for "Wsys Control" select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove". Notice that you shouldn't skip this step - "Wsys Control" is a browser helper object which doesn't allow to change one's Internet browser settings.
After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs which causes browser redirects to Aartemis.com website scan your computer for any left unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software. Remove all of the entries that this program detects to make sure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
Aartemis.com homepage and default search engine removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Aartemis virus from Internet Explorer:
Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:
Aartemis browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of one's Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this - locate your Internet Explorer shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate text (hxxp://www.Aartemis.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove Aartemis.com and enter your preferred domain which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "aartemis".
If you continue having problems with redirects to aartemis.com you can reset you Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove Aartemis virus from Google Chrome:
Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:
Aartemis browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of one's Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this - locate your Google Chrome shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.aartemis.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
Remove Aartemis related browser extensions:
Click on bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Extended Protection" and "Lightning Newtab" select them and click on a trash can icon.
Click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over aartemis.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click on the "Bars" icon (top right corner), select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "aartemis" and add or select your preferred.
Remove Aartemis virus from Mozilla Firefox:
Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:
Aartemis browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of one's Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this - locate your Mozilla Firefox shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.aartemis.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
To reset your homepage click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove aartemis.com and enter your preferred domain.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "aartemis"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
If you continue having problems with redirects to aartemis.com you can reset you Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top left corner of the main window click "Firefox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.