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Posted: November 13, 2013

Threat Metric

Ranking: 9,427
Threat Level: 5/10
Infected PCs: 19,198
First Seen: November 13, 2013
Last Seen: May 20, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Aartemis.com Screenshot 1Aartemis.com is a search site that currently promotes PUP system cleaners and security products. Because these PUP programs have no advantages for your PC and cannot perform any of their marketed functions, malware experts categorize Aartemis.com as an infection vector that should be avoided, although many of its other links don't lead to such content directly. Since this site also is in the middle of an ongoing browser-hijacking campaign, your browser also may be redirected to Aartemis.com. These attacks or any PC threats related to them should be blocked and removed by using reliable anti-malware products as is needed.

Aartemis.com: Far from a Divine Search Engine

The original Artemis was a Greek goddess known for her precision archery, and, in its own way, Aartemis.com is just as precise in its targeting – but not to your benefit. Along with many links to various reputable sites and a Yahoo-powered search engine that are ample smoke covers for its real goals, Aartemis.com promotes PUP system-cleaning applications that have been cloned from previous generations of PUP security software. Malware experts haven't concretely identified the family of threats involved in this case, but do warn that installing PUPs from Aartemis.com has utterly zero benefits to your PC's performance or security. Current side effects of a PUP installation actually cause the opposite of its stated functions, with marked symptoms including browser hijacks, overall system slowdowns and pop-up warnings for nonexistent computer problems.

Aartemis.com also is anticipated to benefit from browser-hijacking attacks that may redirect Web traffic to its site. Common forms of these Aartemis.com hijacks may include:

  • A homepage being locked to Aartemis.com regardless of your browser's homepage settings.
  • Web searches redirected over to Aartemis.com (and from there, over to Yahoo).
  • Pop-ups, injected links and other Web content that displays automatically and provides links towards Aartemis.com or affiliated PUPs.
  • Desktop shortcuts being modified to include redirects to Aartemis.com.

Hunting Down the Heart of the Aartemis.com Dilemma

Just as the time for Greek deities has passed, you should allow Aartemis.com to sink into Internet antiquity – as this site has no benefits to offer your PC and may attempt to mislead you into installing PUP software. Currently, malware researchers haven't detected any kind of exploits being hosted through Aartemis.com, and Aartemis.com appears to require an intentional effort on the part of victims to install its PUPs. Despite this minor positive, any contact with Aartemis.com is a good indicator for it being time to scan your PC with anti-malware products. In particular, you should remove Aartemis.com hijackers and related kinds of unreliable software through the dutiful use of good anti-malware programs, without exception.

The major distribution method for the browser hijackers redirecting victims over to Aartemis.com hasn't been identified. However, most similar low-level PC threats use software bundles and free download-based sources (torrenting networks, freeware sites with poor reputations, etc.) for their distribution. As long as you surf the Web with all due precautions intact, your PC may be at low risk for being inflicted with Aartemis.com hijacks.

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Technical Details

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

Regexp file mask%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Firefox\browser\searchplugins\aartemis.xml%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Mozilla Firefox\browser\searchplugins\aartemis.xmlHKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}SOFTWARE\aartemisSoftwareSoftware\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\aartemis.comSoftware\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\DOMStorage\aartemis.comSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\aartemisSoftwareHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}aartemis Browser Protecter

Additional Information

The following directories were created:
The following URL's were detected: