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Remove Aartemis

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as virus, Aartemis redirect, Aartemis hijack | Type: Browser hijacker

What is Aartemis?

Aartemis (you can also find it named as, Aartemis virus, etc.) is an annoying and really suspicious application, which is mostly used for promoting affiliate websites and programs that are related to it. Typically, it may infiltrate your PC system unnoticed and then may affect all Internet browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, at once. After doing so, it may alter some of your system settings, including your start page and the default search engine. After that, you may notice changes in these settings and then may also start suffering from unwanted activities, including slow downs, redirects, pop-up ads and similar issues. Beware that the clearest sign showing that you have this program on your computer is continuous redirects to and similar unknown websites. In addition, you may also notice continuous commercial ads and similar notifications that tell you about discounts, coupons and other deals. Please, don’t click them because you may be tricked into visiting very unsafe websites that may lead you to the infiltration of other adwares, browser hijackers and similar PUPs. Please, do NOT leave Aartemis on your computer because it may force you to install potentially unwanted software on your computer! In this case, you should run a full system scan with the reputable anti-spyware and fix your machine. For that we highly recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner .

HOW CAN Aartemis hijack MY COMPUTER? and similar search engines’ distribution is mostly related to freeware and shareware, which is filled with various components in exchange for money. This unfair distribution method is mostly called ‘bundling’ because people are not clearly notified that, instead of one application, they will download several or sometimes even three different programs. That’s why we always recommend paying more attention to the installation process of the freeware and unchecking all ‘additional downloads’, ‘free additions’ and similar things if you want to avoid For getting such ability, you should select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware. Of course, that’s not the end. What you also need is to uncheck all questionable chank marks that allow installation of this suspicious search engine. Otherwise, we can assure you that this program will take over your start page and default search engine. Besides, Aartemis virus may also initiate redirections and pop-up ads when you are searching on the Internet. You may be redirected to unknown sites, see annoying commercial ads or simply notice slow downs on your browsers. If you want to avoid these things, you should remove Aartemis from your computer. Here is a guide for that:


If you noticed redirects to unknown and very questionable websites, your system was affected by aartemis virus. In this case, you should immediately scan it with updated anti-spyware and see what it finds. It might be that your machine is full of browser hijackers. Of course, you can also get rid of this program manually. For that you need to follow manual removal steps that are given below:

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To remove Aartemis, follow these steps:

Get rid of Aartemis from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Aartemis and related programs
    Here, look for Aartemis or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Aartemis from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Erase Aartemis from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Aartemis or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete Aartemis from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Aartemis and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Aartemis removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate Aartemis from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Aartemis should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Aartemis from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Aartemis and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Aartemis removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Aartemis from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Aartemis and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Aartemis removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Aartemis from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Aartemis or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Aartemis, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Aartemis removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. viorel says:
    November 24th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    install yet another cleaner (free),scan your pc and your problem are finished

  2. Heather says:
    December 3rd, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Ive installed Malwarebytes, Trojan Killer and Bitdefender. Ive followed the directions to remove from the browsers and from the Control Panel – and yet my browsers still come up with Any other suggestions?????

  3. Bill says:
    December 4th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Dont install Spyhuner – jts junk

  4. tara says:
    December 25th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Click uninstall? Aartemis has grayed out that option in both internet explorer and control panel. Now what?

  5. sanjay says:
    December 29th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    aartemis sucks…..

  6. Riot says:
    January 5th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    there is no aartemis toolbar or add-on installed on my computer
    neither does it appear in Firefox>Options or anywhere else, USER.JS file is empty…
    and Ive reset everything using firefox configuration command but it still starts up everytime
    It has somehow gotten embeded in firefox secretely and hiddenly

    God may curse on the creators of !!!

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