Remove Default Tab by Search Results, LLC virus

Browsers Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox on my computer are infected with Search Results, LLC virus. It is now set as the default search engine and I do not make those changes. I suppose this browser redirect virus tries to send me to some online advertisement for moneymaking objective of its creators.

So far, I have removed Default Tab add-ons from IE and Firefox. It is still intact in Google Chrome. When I tried to delete it, I am receiving this warning “”Please close Chrome before uninstalling Default Tab”.

I cannot confirm that removing Default Tab add-on clears my computer. So far, I am still seeing that the search result occupies my home page. Same with Chrome, each time I open a new tab, Search Results, LLC will appear.

The time that I install a program linked to Search Results, LLC, my antivirus warns of Virus detection. Too bad, I just ignored the warning and proceed with the installation. If that is the case, why does scan comes clean whenever I run a check on my computer now?

Any help in removing Default Tab by Search Results, LLC is highly anticipated.



  1. synergy

    Uninstall ‘Default Tab by Search Results, LLC’ from Microsoft Windows
    1. Open Windows Control Panel.
    2. Choose Programs (Uninstall a Program).
    3. It will open a list of installed programs, find ‘Default Tab’ or any related term and click on ‘Uninstall’.

    How to remove ‘Default Tab’ on Internet Explorer
    1. Open Internet Explorer.
    2. On top menu, go to Tools > Manage Add-ons.
    3. On right panel look for ‘Default Tab’ entry and click on Disable button to stop the service.
    4. You may now restart Internet Explorer.

    Here is Internet Explorer’s frequently asked question for your reference:

    How to Uninstall ‘Default Tab’ in Google Chrome
    1. Open Google Chrome Internet browser.
    2. Click on Settings (three horizontal bars icon or wrench icon for old versions) or ‘Customize and Control Google Chrome’ button located on top right corner of the browser.
    3. Click on Tools > Extensions from the drop-down list.
    4. You can see ‘Default Tab’ from the list of installed extensions; remove it by clicking on the ‘Trash’ icon.
    5. Please restart Google Chrome.

    If you cannot delete the extension, you can simply disable it. See how to manage Google Chrome Extension from this page:

    How to Remove ‘Default Tab’ in Mozilla Firefox
    1. Open Mozilla Firefox Internet browser.
    2. On top menu, go to Tools > Add-ons.
    3. Remove ‘Default Tab’ from the list of installed add-ons.
    4. Restart Mozilla Firefox.

  2. Michael

    Neither of these steps worked. In the “manage addons” tab it shows up however it wont let me disable it. Vista 32 bit. Dell PC. Also when i go into control panel, uninstall options, when i click UNINSTALL it says i don’t have permission to uninstall this program contact the Administrator. I AM THE ONLY ONE THAT USES THIS PC. there are no other accounts on this OS. the program shows up as DefaultTab publisher name is: Search Results, LLC. Please help me to remove this.

  3. candice

    thank you, that has been very helpful!

  4. Erika

    I had the same problem and this is how I fixed it:
    First I unistalled the Default program from Add/Remove Programs
    Installed and ran Malwarebytes (Twice with a reboot after each)

    If you still have the problem, you may have to edit the Registry (carefully)

    1) Click on Start

    b) Type regedit in the search textbox and click enter to open registry editor window
    c) Navigate to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects
    d) Check the add-on you want to delete. (DefaultTab is identified when you click on the addon associated with it

    IMPORTANT: This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs.
    Back up the registry

  5. Naveen

    best solution ——- system restore

  6. ryan

    Type “about:config” into your address bar in Firefox.

    Type “newtab” into the search bar

    right click “browser.newtab.url” and then click reset.

    Boom new tab virus gone.

    I suggest a scan in safe mode to be safe.

  7. Erika

    Thanx Erika that worked

  8. William

    In Add/Remove Programs I kept getting the same message to close Chrome before proceeding. What I had discovered was that “Default Tab” had control over IE and Firefox too. After I stopped all three browsers in Processes in the Windows Task Manager, was I able to use Add/Remove programs to delete “Default Tab” It seems to have worked but no guarantees.

  9. thomas

    I used the uninstall in C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Default Tab

    Seems to work.

  10. Camille Hyatt

    I have done all of the above but it keeps coming back. Also, in Windows, it will not let me uninstall until “Chrome, Internet Explorer” is “Shut down.” All of my browsers were shut down. I even used task manager to end task. Still won’t let me uninstall in Programs and Features. It keeps reappearing in my google extensions and I keep deleting. But it keeps coming back.

    I did not realize that there are three files associated with this “Default Tab” and am going to try to search my computer to find them.

    Any other suggestions how to uninstall it from Windows?

  11. kryppen

    i had infecting mine… toolbar removal was easy, getting rid of the startpage hijack wasn’t
    firefox >> help >> problem solving : showed a non mozilla javascript users.js

    show map >> removed it

    worked for me

  12. DaveD

    If the above procedure doesn’t work in removing Default Tab, you can automate the removal process by scanning the computer with Avast Browser Cleanup. This is a stand-alone tool that doesn’t need installation. It works will most PC browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. You can download the scanner here:

  13. ally

    Thanks synergy for the Default tab part. It actually helpful!

  14. Vera

    Thank you, SYNERGY, the first solution worked! bye bye annoying default tab! :)

  15. dallo

    Thanks SYNERGY… “How to Uninstall ‘Default Tab’ in Google Chrome” solution worked a treat for me!

  16. Paul

    Engrid, I had the same problem with not being able to uninstall DefaultTab. But I tried something that seemed to work.
    After receiving this warning “”Please close Chrome before uninstalling Default Tab”, I uninstalled Chrome. After that I was able to uninstall DefaultTab.
    I am now reinstalling Chrome on my clean machine! Hopefully the ghost won’t come back ;-)

    Best of luck.


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  18. Leszek

    @synergy — Thanks a lot!

  19. Reddy

    Seems , there are many ways to get rid off it..
    i had the same problem , and the following helped me..
    Open Task manager -> Processes -> if you check, you will notice Chrome.exe is runnng, even though your chrome browser is not open -> select it, , right click , and End process.
    Then remove Default Tab ( on Control Panel > uninstall programs > select Default tab from the displayed programs)

  20. Tommieboy

    My problem with Defaulttab is just like Michaels….When I try to uninstall it from Windows7, it tells me I need “permission from the system administrator”–which is ME! How do you get around that????

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