Recently, a commonly reported virus infection has been the Artemis Trojan Horse. This piece of malware is only one of the many Trojan Horse type of viruses. The Artemis virus has been reported to specialize in one specific area – providing a passage for other viruses.
If you’ve ended up on this article, the chances are that your anti-virus software has detected the threat and notified you about its presence. It should be noted, though, that often security programs use the name Artemis Trojan to refer to any unknown or unrecognized infection. Therefore, the actual problem might not even be a virus but rather some harmless piece of programming that your security tool considers unreliable. Still, Artemis Trojan notifications should not be disregarded and taken lightly. Know that your PC might be exposed to actual danger and even if there are no signs of anything malicious currently happening to your machine, there are no guarantees that things will stay that way. In this article, we will attempt to provide you with all the necessary information concerning Trojan Horse viruses such as Artemis Trojan and how you can protect your PC from the harmful effects they may have upon it.
The Artemis Virus
Just like the typical Trojan Horse, the Artemis virus specializes in enabling other malicious programs to access your PC without much difficulty. In most cases a piece of malware cannot simply get on your PC, without you having done anything.
Now, without further ado, let us introduce you to the notorious Trojan Horse viruses – one of the greatest threats that you can encounter online. Trojans are notorious for their versatility when it comes to carrying out all sorts of illegal cyber activities. You can refer to them as the “swiss knives” of viruses, and for a good reason. Some Trojan Horse viruses can spy on you, steal money from your bank accounts and even use your PC as a mining tool for bitcoins. These and many others are potential harms that such a virus can bring to your machine.
Most viruses require some sort of aid from the user. The most common ways via which malicious programs infect people’s computers are opening spam e-mails, downloading unreliable files, visiting shady sites, etc. With Artemis, a virus no longer needs to utilize any of the aforementioned methods – it can simply access your system via the nasty Trojan.
The Artemis Trojan
Artemis Trojan itself does not attempt to harm your PC. As a matter of fact, it does everything possible to remain hidden and unnoticed – after all, this is the essence of its purpose. For that reason, Trojans like Artemis are infamous for their stealth and ability to stay under the radar for extended periods of time.
Having said this, it should be clear by now just how important it is to get rid of the nasty Trojan as soon as possible. Even if your PC does not seem to be affected by it, this might change at any moment. Besides, know that there are many other viruses that do not show any symptoms – for instance Spyware. A Trojan can also infect your PC with one of the nastiest viruses that is getting worse with every single day – the notorious Ransomware. Therefore, if you are one of the few lucky ones to have noticed the virus before it has infected your machine with some other malicious software, make sure that you head down to our Artemis Virus removal guide, that will hopefully help you handle the threat.
Just one last thing…
Removing the nasty Trojan is essential but it is also extremely important that you keep your PC safe in the future. Therefore, take a few more moments to acquaint yourself with the different ways via which Trojans get on people’s computers. As with most other viruses, there are several most commonly used methods for spreading Trojans.
There are, of course, the mandatory spam e-mails – a favourite tool of hackers and developers of unwanted software to distribute their products. Therefore, we advise all our readers to always be careful when opening new e-mail messages – especially such that seem shady and are from unknown senders. Remember that sometimes deleting an unopened e-mail letter without reading it might be the best course of action.
Another common method for the spreading of Trojans are infected torrents and illegal file-sharing sites. We cannot stress enough just how important it is to be very careful with the choice of sites you use to download software. Make sure that you stick to reliable and trustworthy ones while avoiding the shady and suspicious websites.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojan viruses themselves usually do not have any symptoms. However, if you’ve noticed the presence of another virus (for instance a Ransomware), yet you know you’ve kept your PC clean, then you might have a Trojan that serves as a backdoor for the virus you’ve noticed.|
|Distribution Method||The usual stuff – spam e-mails, shady sites, illegal torrents, etc.|
|Detection Tool||Artemis Virus may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Artemis Virus Removal
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
The first thing you absolutely must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. Artemis Virus may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
- This step is very important, because you can catch other threats (like Ransomware and Spyware) while looking for the Adware process.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If all the prior steps fail to help you or you have reason to believe your system is exposed to threats like Ransomware, we advise you to download a professional scanner and remover.
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!