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Artemis Trojan

Posted: December 27, 2013

The Artemis Trojan is a high-level PC threat that may hijack Web browsers, block essential security apparatus and use your PC's resources to commit various illegal acts (such as mining Bitcoins). Since variants of the Artemis Trojan, such as Artemis!48028DDB7571, tend to be concealed Trojans with multiple attack capabilities that potentially are supported by other forms of threats, removing the Artemis Trojan is both critical for your computer's safety and difficult to manage without assistance from dedicated anti-malware tools. Symptoms of an Artemis Trojan infection may vary in visibility, but may be related to issues using the same security programs that would be helpful for removing the Artemis Trojan.

The Trojan Archer Taking Aim for Your Other Programs

However, most examples and, in particular, recent Artemis Trojan attacks have involved widespread aggression against infected PCs, with the overall operating system being heavily limited in terms of what programs it's allowed to use. Some of the attacks that malware experts have been able to verify may include:

  • Terminating other programs automatically, regardless of whether or not they're in use. Web browsers are most likely to be stricken by this attack.
  • Blocking you from opening new programs, include anti-virus scanners, Web browsers, the Registry Editor or Windows Task Manager. There are multiple ways by which the Artemis Trojan may block other programs, but, in most cases, Registry changes may be involved that change how your PC interacts with these files until the Registry is restored. You may see a default 'open with' Window when a program is blocked.
  • Limited or no access to modifying or deleting files.
  • Degraded PC performance, including lag and instability in any programs that you are able to open. The Windows interface also may be less responsive than usual. This sometimes is a sign of the Artemis Trojan using your PC for illegal activities via a botnet interface.

Deflecting the Artemis Trojan's Anti-Security Bolts

While the Greek goddess Artemis was known for never missing her mark, the Artemis Trojan is a bit less foolproof in its attacks against your PC and may be thwarted by standard security strategies. However, the Artemis Trojan almost always is a serious threat that should be treated as a top danger to your PC until the Artemis Trojan is removed. Distribution methods for Artemis Trojans still are being examined, and malware researchers only can recommend using good security products and safe browsing habits in general, for now.

Despite being able to block other applications on a whim, the Artemis Trojan also may be blocked. Loading an emergency OS from any safe thumb drive and launching in Safe Mode should be adequate for blocking the Artemis Trojan. After the Artemis Trojan is blocked, deleting the Artemis Trojan should be relative child's play with the right anti-malware program.

The Artemis Trojan is unrelated to the Aartemis.com site, which is a compromised site that specializes in distributing fake security programs that are slightly less harmful than the Artemis Trojan, itself.

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If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Artemis Trojan may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

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One Comment

  • Andrea says:

    I think my computer was infected with artemis trojan because I mistyped AnimalJam.com as AnimalJa.com when I wanted to play the game.