Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Aartemis virus removal instructions
What is Aartemis?
The Aartemis virus is a browser hijacker, which modifies users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) by assigning the homepage and default search engine settings to Aartemis.com This redirect adware is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Commonly, computer users install this browser hijacker inadvertently without their consent when downloading free software. Internet users should be aware that, today, most freeware download websites use 'download clients' - small programs, which manage the download process of the chosen free software. Download clients are also used to promote free browser plugins.
Internet users who do not pay close enough attention to the download steps of chosen freeware can inadvertently install Aartemis or other potentially unwanted applications. Some free software download websites use dubious download clients that conceal the 'decline' button used to opt-out of installation of advertised browser extensions. Whilst Aartemis.com is advertised as a 'useful website', in fact, you are advised not to use this site for daily Internet searches. The Internet search engine presented by 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, your computer is infected with adware, and therefore, you are advised to eliminate it from your Internet browser/s.
The Aartemis browser hijacker is similar to other adware, which modifies browser settings, including Govome, Omiga Plus amongst many others. Whilst there are many other examples of adware that modifies the browser homepage and default search engine settings, Aartemis is especially rogue since it is bundled with a browser 'helper object' (Wsys Control), which prevents users from rolling back these changes. Moreover, this browser hijacker modifies the installed Internet browser shortcut targets, a change made in order to force computer users into visiting Aartemis.com To avoid installation of this adware, users should be attentive when downloading free software. If your download is managed by a download client, opt-out of installation of promoted browser plugins by clicking the 'decline' button. If your Internet browsers redirect you to this website, use the removal guide provided to eliminate the Aartemis browser hijacker from your computer.
- What is Aartemis?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Wsys Control application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Aartemis.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Aartemis.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Aartemis.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
Aartemis virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features."
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". Note that you must not skip this step since "Wsys Control" is a browser helper object, which prevents user-modification of Internet browser settings.
After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the Aartemis.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure 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:
The Aartemis browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the 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 on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove Aartemis.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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 to have problems with redirects to Aartemis.com, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click the "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 the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Aartemis virus from Google Chrome:
Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:
The Aartemis browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the 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 the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Extended Protection" and "Lightning Newtab", select them and click the trash can icon.
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "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 the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Aartemis" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue having problems with the removal of Aartemis.com browser hijacker you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". In the opened menu select "Extensions" and click "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Show advanced settings…." link. After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click on the "Reset browser settings" button. In the opened window click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Aartemis virus from Mozilla Firefox:
Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:
The Aartemis browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the 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 on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) 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 to have problems with redirects to Aartemis.com, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menuin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" icon then select "Troubleshooting Information", in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Aartemis Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of Aartemis Virus be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Aartemis Virus from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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