My laptop has been infected by TrojanDropper:O97M/Artitex.A virus when I tried to download a free online game from a forum. I have Microsoft Security Essentials which gave me the virus infection warning again and again but never deleted the virus. I know nothing about computer. I heard that this Trojan should be removed manually. How do I do that?
TrojanDropper:O97M/Artitex.A is a malicious Trojan virus designed by cyber criminals to destroy computers around the world. Mostly you will get the virus after you downloaded or installed some unauthorized free programs, visited hacked websites or accidentally opened spam email attachments. This Trojan compromises your computer’s safety and security. It is designed for stealing account information, passwords, online banking data and credit card information from the target users. Once installed, the virus can perform a series of malicious attacks to damage the computer system such as corrupting system registry files, disabling security programs and turning off Windows firewall. It also interrupts your online activities by changing your browser settings without your knowledge. It is a dangerous Trojan horse that needs to be removed completely and immediately.
The role of TrojanDropper:O97M/Artitex.A virus is to help install other malware and potentially unwanted programs. So it takes up large system resources and when you run a certain program or document, computer will freeze all the time and you may keep getting an error saying “Not Responding” or “Windows Explorer is stop working”. Even if you don’t have any program opened in the computer, you still see CPU is highly occupied from the Task Manager. Whenever you are online, numerous pop-up ads window about coupon, deals or other misleading information will be shown on your browser. They can neither minimize nor exit out. Besides, you may notice the default homepage or search engine has been alerted to irrelevant pages without any authorization. Some of the users may even find their browsers get redirected to various harmful websites against their wills. That is because TrojanDropper:O97M/Artitex.A has the ability to affect the functioning of your Internet browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox as well as Google Chrome. Similarly to other Trojan viruses, this one also enables hackers to do anything they wish on the infected computer including sending, receiving, launching, and deleting files, displaying data, and rebooting the computer. It traces your web browser record and further steals your personal confidential information like credit card number and all kinds of passwords of your accounts without your awareness. Therefore, don’t hesitate to remove TrojanDropper:O97M/Artitex.A virus if you already found it on your machine.
1. This virus slows down your computer speed which make you in a trouble while opening program and surfing Internet. It takes forever to open a program or website.
2. Antivirus you have installed keeps popping up messages while you are surfing on the internet and showing you computer is at risk but you can’t get rid of it all.
3. This virus will shut down your other anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. And it will also infect and corrupt your registry, leaving your computer totally unsafe.
4. This virus will disable the proper running of many different programs or even disable some functions of your computer.
5. System restore can’t help to remove this Trojan completely.
From malicious drive-by-download scripts from corrupted porn and shareware / freeware websites.
Through spam email attachments, media downloads and social networks.
When clicking suspicious pop-ups or malicious links.
Open unknown email or download media files that contain the activation code of the virus.
Note: No matter how the virus accesses your PC, users should know that there are no tools can remove this pesky Trojan automatically at this moment, it is suggested users not spend much time in downloading or paying any security software which claims can delete this stubborn virus. It is totally useless. To completely get rid of TrojanDropper:O97M/Artitex.A Virus, professional manual guide is needed.
Currently many computer users had the same experience that this virus couldn’t be removed by any anti-virus applications. So the manual approach is always required to combat this virus. And here is the step-by-step removal guide for all computer users.
1. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once JS/Adinject virus is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
2. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
3. Open Registry entries. Find out the malicious files and entries and then delete all.
Attention: Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
a. Press Windows key + R to open Run box. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.
Then a Registry Editor window will pop up as the following picture shows:
b. Search malicious files and registry entries and then remove all of them:
TrojanDropper:O97M/Artitex.A is a high-risk Trojan that eats up system resources, displays unwanted ads and installs different type of viruses to system. It is able to function in all the Windows operating systems no matter you are using XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. This malicious program usually invades computer system without getting any authorization from PC owners. Once access, it seriously endangers the privacy of computer users because it can steal your personal and financial information or give a malicious hacker access and control of your PC. Therefore, the hackers can easily capture your passwords, account numbers, and other data used to log into online banking accounts and then earn illegal money. Furthermore, it can lower your Internet browser security and turn off your firewall. To sum up, TrojanDropper:O97M/Artitex.A virus can cause serious damages to the infected computer and it is a serious threat for your privacy. You should delete it from the computer as quickly as possible.
Note: If you are not knowledgeable enough to be able to distinguish the location of this virus, or you are afraid of making mistake during the manual removal, please contact experts from Yoocare Online Tech Support for further help.
Published by & last updated on October 14, 2015 1:31 am