Darenjarvis Virus


Darenjarvis is a potentially unwanted program that alters the settings of a web browser without user approval. Usually, Darenjarvis modifies the default search engine or the homepage and introduces some unwanted browser tools that redirect users’ searches to sites full of commercials.


The Darenjarvis virus

Our article is aimed at clarifying some things about one of the latest browser hijackers called Darenjarvis. If you have been affected by it, stick around, as the information provided here will help you deal with it. The browser hijackers are some of the web’s most annoying types of software. Getting one installed in your system will mess with your browser in no time as the uninvited program may star to change its settings. Whether you’re using Chrome, Firefox, or another browser, you may notice a new homepage and a new default search engine that will start page-redirecting your searches to specific ad-supported sites. You may also experience a flow of aggressive pop-up ads, banners, and box messages on literally every webpage you visit. And what makes matters worse is the fact that no matter what you do, it will usually be be impossible to remove those ads or uninstall the imposed search engine or homepage changes as long as Darenjarvis is on your computer. Fortunately, our removal guide below will help you with that and will show you exactly how to locate and remove the browser hijacker files effectively.

The Darenjarvis Virus

Browser hijackers such as the Darenjarvis virus are generally categorized as potentially unwanted programs due to their aggressive ad-generating and page-redirecting behavior. Yet, they are not viruses or malware and when compared to a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware, for instance, it becomes apparent that the browser hijackers are pretty harmless since they are not able to perform any malicious processes on your machine.

However, these programs are responsible for the generation of hundreds of pop-ups, banners, plain text hyperlinks, box messages, and other intrusive ads that keep your browser’s screen busy. Their goal is to make you click on the displayed ads, as this is how their developers make money. Thanks to a common online advertising scheme known as PPC or Pay Per Click, every pop-up that gets clicked on translates into cents for the people behind programs like Darenjarvis, which explains why the ads don’t won’t go away from the screen unless you click on them. Sometimes, in their attempts to land more of your clicks, the commercials may stretch to cover half of the screen, or just place themselves over the navigation button on a page so that you have no way to avoid them.

While this practice won’t damage your computer or compromise your data and software by itself, we need to point out that clicking on random adverts may hide some risks. We are mainly referring to the increased popularity of malvertisements as means of virus and malware distribution – the chances of clicking on one such malvertisement among the various commercials that can pop-up on your screen is increased due to the hijacker’s presence. Of course, we need to point out that it is unlikely for a program like Darenjarvis to deliberately make you click on malicious ads. But we have to mention that fake ads may accidentally sneak inside the stream of regular ones and you may happen to click on them without knowing it. In the worst case, those ads may be configured to guide you to a malicious website loaded with Ransomware, Trojans, and other viruses that could immediately detect a weak spot in your system. That’s why, for your system’s safety, we recommend that you keep away from all the pop-ups and ads and use the removal guide below to permanently uninstall the software that generates them.


Name Darenjarvis
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A stream of sponsored ads may constantly spam your web browsing activity.
Distribution Method Torrents, free download managers, shareware and freeware sites, software bundles, spam.
Detection Tool

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Remove Darenjarvis Virus

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


    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.

    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.


    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    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:

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    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



    • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

    Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

    NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Darenjarvis from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    firefox-512 Remove Darenjarvis from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Darenjarvis from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

    Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up 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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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