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Remove Aartemis Portal Site Homepage ( Browser Hijacker Removal Guide) constantly appears within your web browser and replaces your homepage and new tab with Aartemis Portal Site? Can’t get rid of this redirects even after you modify your web search settings? In this article you will find how to get rid of hijacker and related PUPs.


What is Aartemis Portal Site (


Aartemis Portal Site or is an ads-supporting platform, categorized as browser hijacker because it sneaks into system to hijack the web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome by replacing the homepage, default search engine and even adding its shortcut to be stubborn to remove.

The presence of Aartemis Portal Site hijacking your web homepage results from installing some software downloaded from the Internet. These software are often audio/video player, PDF converter, download manager, software informer, etc.


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aartemis hijacker

The Aartemis Portal Site seems like a useful search provider with many convenient shortcuts. However, things would never be what it looks like.

Once inside the system, will always appear when you open your web browser. It will appear even when you open a new tab. You seems to be forced to use the Aartemis Portal Site search. However, this is definitely not safe to do so. Then you may ask a question like whether Aartemis Portal Site a virus or not?


Is Aartemis Portal Site or a virus?


Aartemis Portal Site or is technically not a virus. As we said above, it is a browser hijacker, called PUP (potentially unwanted program) by the industry. Of course, Aartemix Portal Site is not safe to use although actually it just utilizes the reputable Yahoo search and displays real results from Yahoo, just like the Nation Zoom hijacker.

search results by aartemis

However, in view of Aartemis Portal Site as an ads-supporting platform, the search will record your search habits when you are using it, in order to display more related advertisements or sponsored links.

As such, Aartemis Portal Site browser hijacker serves as an ads-promoter via displaying extra advertisements or promoting its sponsored website ranking using blackhat SEO techniques, let alone its sneaky way of distribution.

With Aartemis Portal Site, your privacy is not secure and floods of unreliable ads would be mixed among real search results, not to mention that it adheres to your web browser.


For any reason, Aartemis Portal Site or is not a good thing to keep. Remove the hijacker upon sight.


Similar browser hijackers are, Zoom, Qone8/, Do Searches,, etc.



Below is a removal guide to get rid of Aartemis Portal Site homepage or browser hijacker.


–To keep away from browser hijackers like this Aartemis Portal Site, you can make full use of below tips:

♥ 1. Use caution when surfing online. Basically you should ensure turn on security features of your web browser (see detailed instructions to turn on security features of IE, Firefox and Chrome). Or you can also make full use of some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker (download) to block any tricky pop up ads or risky/phishing websites to trick you into downloading PUP or even malware.

♥ 2. Use caution when you do need to install some freeware from the Internet, ensure it is malware-free also with no extra bundles.

♥ 3. Pay close attention when you are installing some freeware from the Internet. Always opt for custom install instead of continuing hitting next step and finally find unwanted programs are bundled.

♥ 4. During the install, be attentive about pre-checked items. If anything unwanted or suspiciously risky, uncheck it to continue the install.

♥ 5. Chances are some PUP still installed even after you deselect it to install. Then, the last solution would be to uninstall the PUP and the undling software.

To remove Aartemis Portal Site or browser hijacker, you need to not only uninstall the related PUPs, but also necessarily do the browser repair including remove homepage, reset search provider, delete unwanted browser add-ons, plus get rid of its shortcut to the properties of your web browser. To prevent any leftovers of the PUPs or the browser hijackers to cause survive of the issue, you also need some security tools and system cleaners to do the cleaning.

See below removal guide for more details.



How to Remove Aartemis Portal Site Homepage ( Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)


Step 1. Remove hidden components using Antimalware

Step 2. Uninstall related PUPs from computer

Step 3. Remove Aartemis Portal Site/ from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

Step 4. Remove key leftovers and maintain system performance

Step 5. Block malicious websites and pop up ads using Anvi Ad Blocker



Step 1. Remove hidden components using Antimalware


To facilitate the afterward removal and ensure the computer is clean from any hidden components of the infection, it is necessary to use Antimalware/antivirus scan and removal. Here we use the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender as an example for demonstration purpose. You can also take a try by following below steps:

Antimalware Download:

(If you want more protection of Anvi Smart Defender, you may upgrade it here. )

remove malware components of 24x7 help and eazel toolbar using Anvi Smart Defender


Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2. Switch to the second tab-the scan tab and click on Full Scan button. 3. Remove the malicious results scanned by Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.



Step 2. Uninstall related PUP from computer


Choose an option you prefer to uninstall:

Option 1. Automatic Uninstall–Uninstall Related PUP using Anvi Uninstaller

Option 2. Manual Uninstall–Uninstall Related PUP from Control Panel 

Tips: If you can not figure out which software is related to Aartemis Portal Site or, it is a good idea to remove all programs installed on the date that you firstly detect the presence of hijacking page within your web browser.


Option 1. Automatic Uninstall


Anvi Uninstaller featured in Cloud System Booster contains a Recently Installed Tab can help you conveniently find the related PUP from recently installed program list to uninstall.

To use Anvi Uninstaller, you can follow below steps:

1. Download and install the Cloud System Booster. (Safe download link:

2. Start it and click on Toolbox at the bottom of the main screen to access where you can locate Anvi Uninstaller to Download and Run.

3. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the related programs to uninstall.

Anvi Uninstaller

Note:  The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the browser hijacker or PUP.


Then you will see below window

Anvi Uninstall

clean leftovers of search protect by conduit uninstalled


Please note that here the process 3 is only available for Pro version users. This step can help you clean out those left files, mainly registry entries of the uninstalled PUP.

And if you want this, you can conveniently purchase the Cloud System Booster here:

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Option 2. Manually uninstall Related PUP from Control Panel


Some adware or PUP related will install its program to the Control Panel. To remove it, you can:


For Win 8 users: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate  related PUP → right click on the icon→ Click Uninstall from the appeared toolbar at the bottom of the screen.


For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start →Click Control Panel → Locate Programs, and click Uninstall a program→ find related PUP from the opened list → Locate the item you want to uninstall and right click to open the dropped menu, where you need to click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.


For Windows xp:  Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.




Step 3. Remove Portal Site homepage from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome


For Google Chrome users

For Mozilla Firefox users

For Internet Explorer users


chromeReset Google Chrome


1. Remove extension

Open Google Chrome and click bars icon to navigate to toolbars and extensions, find related or unwanted extensions to locate and click on the Trash can icon to remove it.

2. Remove startup page 

Click Settings at the left menu, find On startup area and click set page

change startup page in chrome


Then locate it and click X to remove the



3. Remove homepage

Then locate the Appearance area, click Change.



Then remove the url from the text box. Click OK to save the change and exit.



4. Remove related search engine

Browser hijacker also changes your default search engine in chrome. Check it and choose your preferred search engine as default.

Find Search area, click manage search engines… button.


Then,  make your preferred search engine, like, as default and then remove any other suspiciously related search engine from chrome by locating it and clicking X as it shows.



5. Remove shortcut from Chrome properties. 

Now close Chrome and find its desktop icon. Right-click its desktop icon and navigate to Properties → Shortcut



Remove from target text box.


When finished, open Chrome to check if the issue is gone.

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Firefox  Mozilla Firefox


1. Reconfigure Firefox

Open a new blank tab in your Firefox, and type about:config in the address bar to open a window as shown in below picture.


Firefox configuration


Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.


Then,  on the appeared window, type aartemis respectively in the search box to find any items with value containing the keywords of the PUP from list there and highlight the item, right click on it to select Reset, one by one.





2. Remove shortcut from Firefox properties

Now close Mozilla Firefox, and then right-click its desktop icon to navigate to Properties → Shortcut.



Remove the url from the Target text box.

When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.

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IE Internet Explorer


1. Remove add-on 

Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on

IE manage add-on


There will open a window of Manage add-ons, where you need to locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find related add-on. Click the item to disable and remove.

Note: Some PUP’s inserted add-on/plugin in IE can only be removed through control Panel, that is to say, if you uninstall it from the Control Panel, this add-on will automatically disappear in IE.


2. Remove Search provider

Still on the window of manage add-ons, switch to Search Providers tab, and then search for related or unwanted search provider to locate it and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the search provider to remove is set as default, firstly you need to set other search engine like bing or google as default and then proceed the removal. )




3. Reset homepage

Click on Settings icon and then select Internet Options. On the coming up window, locate → General tab → Home page area, you can either click on the Use Blank button or type your desired homepage like in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit. That’s it.

reset homepage in IE



4. Remove shortcut from Internet Explorer properties

Now close Internet Explorer, and right click its desktop icon to navigate to Properties → Shortcut



Remove the from the text box of Target 

Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.




Step 4. Remove key leftovers and maintain system performance


Some browser hijacker like Aartemis Portal Site/ would also inject its tracking cookies or use other means to track your online search habit and access to all your browser data. Thus it is necessary to remove the related browser data including its tracking cookies and browser history to prevent its survival. In this regard, Cloud System Booster would be helpful. Not only will it help you automatically clean the browser data, but also it will maintain your system performance in order to return a smooth uncluttered OS.

Cloud System Booster download:

Instructions: 1. Download and install.

2. Click Disk Cleaner button on the main screen and then on the left navigator, locate the web browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome that you use, and then select item of removing cookies. It is recommended to select all web browsers that you have on your PC.

remove cookies using Cloud system Booster


2. Click Home button to back on home page and click Quick Care button and the system maintenance begins.




Recommended for a slow PC→

 -Anvi Ultimate Defrag

If you want deep optimization, it is a good idea to defrag your hard disk using Anvi Ultimate Defrag:

This is a trial version of Anvi Ultimate Defrag download:



Step 5. Block malicious websites and pop up ads using Anvi Ad Blocker


To block malicious websites and pop up ads for safer surfing online, some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker would be a nice choice. It provides a huge online database to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and annoying advertisements.

ad blocker

Anvi AD Blocker download:

Please note this is a trial version of Anvi Ad Blocker for 15 days free use. If you want it for longer time, you can conveniently buy it here.


Not only can this tool help you block those malicious, phishing websites and most advertisements to reduce risks of getting infected, but also it can assist you in filtering those unwanted URLs like this by adding the URL into its black list.

block unwanted websites using Anvi Ad Blocker


>> See more on Safer Surfing online with Anvi Ad Blocker


If any question in the process, leave it below.