Remove Search Results LLC (Default Tab)

This article is all about browser hijacker known as Search Results LLC. Removal guide and simple ways to protect your computer from this threat is also part of this topic.

Search Results LLC is the maker of Default Tab, a search box that is almost similar to Google. Search box provided on the page function just like any other search engine. However, results are far more different. Search Results LLC provides an outcome filled with advertisements. It is obvious that the company tries to generate online revenue through this scheme.

What is more irritating about Search Results LLC is its ability to take down you default search provider. This is the reason my many computer users deemed it as malicious software. No decent program will alter settings on the computer without asking permission from the owner. It overrides the home page with self-search box. Furthermore, the adware makes the removal difficult by installing unknown plug-ins on Internet browser.

Software download and installation is the main factor why this hijacker enters the PC. It is built-in to programs that you may download from various servers. Thus, installing the obtained software also loads Search Results LLC on to the browser. It is added as browser helper object or extension to attain execution when user surf the web.

Removal of the adware may not be achieved by deleting the known plug-ins alone. In fact, it is using various labels to delude users. Only way to remove Search Results LLC instantly is by scanning the computer with anti-malware program.

TypeAdware
Sub-TypeAdd-on/Extension
OS AffectedWindows

What are the Symptoms of Search Results LLC – Default Tab Adware?

Search Results LLC

The adware is found to be more active in Google Chrome. Added as Search Results LLC Default Tab, some computer users consider it as very invasive and malicious. See image of the customized search box above.

Follow these Procedures to Remove Search Results LLC

Procedure 1 : Uninstall Search Results LLC

Procedure 2 : Scan computer in Safe Mode using Anti-Malware Tool

Procedure 3 : Remove Search Results LLC from Internet Explorer

Procedure 4 : Uninstall Search Results LLC from Mozilla Firefox

Procedure 5 : Delete Search Results LLC from Google Chrome

Procedure 1: Uninstall Search Results LLC from Windows Control Panel

1. Begin the removal process by uninstalling the adware program from Windows. To do this, we need to open Control Panel. Please ensure that you are logon with the Administrative privilege to access this function.

How to access Control Panel in Windows XP, Windows Vista/ 7

- Click on Start button that can be found on bottom left corner of the screen.
- From the list, choose Control Panel to access settings of Windows and make the needed changes.

Cpanel Win7

How to access Control Panel in Windows 8

- The easiest way to access Control Panel on Windows 8 is through the Search function.
- Simply press Windows Key + Q on your keyboard to display the Charms Bar. Alternatively, you can drag mouse pointer to lower-right portion of desktop until the Charms Bar slide-out.
Magnifying Glass icon and search for 'Control Panel'. Click the item on the result to access this feature.

cpanel-win8

2. Under Programs, click on Uninstall a program. It will open a program and features window where-in you can uninstall, change, or repair installed software.

3. Look for the name Search Results LLC or any related term. Please note that the adware may change the title anytime. Once found, please select the item you wanted to remove.

NOTE: To represent Search Results LLC, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that Search Results LLC may use other names or terms such as the following: Default Tab, Yontoo, My Search Results

Uninstall Item

4. Click on Uninstall button to remove the program automatically.
5. If it prompts for confirmation, please click OK to proceed.

Procedure 2: Scan Computer in Safe Mode Using Anti-Malware Tool

In troubleshooting a PC, one common step is to boot operating system into Safe Mode with Networking. The same approach will be used in the removal of Search Results LLC. Please execute instructions based on your Windows OS version.

Start in Safe Mode with Networking (Windows XP/Vista/7 Instruction)

- Please restart the computer and just before Windows start, press F8 on your keyboard repeatedly. You will be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.

win7-safemode

Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode with Networking

- Please restart the computer and as soon as it begins to start, please press Shift+F8 keys.
- Instead of seeing Advance Boot Options, Windows 8 will display Recovery Mode. Continue with the given steps until you reach Safe Mode function.
- Click on 'See advanced repair options'.

win8-recovery

- Then, click on Troubleshoot.
- Next, please select Advanced options.
- On the next window, please choose Windows Startup Settings.
- Lastly, click on Restart button. Windows 8 will now restart and boot into Advanced Boot Option wherein you can run the system in Safe Mode with Networking.

win8-safemode

Scan and remove Search Results LLC files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove Search Results LLC, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware by clicking on the button below. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download Search Results LLC Removel Tool

1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.
2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.
3. Once update has completed. The tool will launch.
4. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program.

Procedure 3: Manually remove settings created by Search Results LLC on Internet Explorer

If the hijacker was not removed properly during the scan, you can use this guide to uninstall it from the computer. We prepared procedures to remove this unknown search program from various Internet browsers including Internet Explorer 8/9, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Uninstall Search Results LLC from Internet Explorer 8:

1. Launch the program Internet Explorer 8.
2. On top menu, please navigate to Tools > Internet Options.

Internet Options

3. It will open the options window; make sure that you are viewing the General tab. Look for the area that says "Search" and click the Settings button.

IE 8 Search Settings

4. You will see a list of search providers. Select your preferred search provider and click the button Set as default to replace Search Results LLC.

IE Unknown Search

NOTE: To represent Search Results LLC, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that Search Results LLC may use other names or terms such as the following: Default Tab, Yontoo, My Search Results

5. You may now remove Search Results LLC from the list. Highlight the item and click on Remove button.

For Internet Explorer 9:

1. Launch the program Internet Explorer 9.
2. On top menu, please navigate to Tools > Internet Options.
3. On General tab, proceed to Change search defaults and click the Settings button.
4. You will see a list of search providers. Select your desired search provider and click the button Set as default to replace Search Results LLC.
5. You may now remove Search Results LLC from the list.

Procedure 4: Instructions to uninstall Search Results LLC from Mozilla Firefox

1. Launch the program Mozilla Firefox.
2. On the address bar, type about:config and press Enter on the keyboard to view the list of preferences.

About Config

3. If it display a warning message stating that the action might void your warranty, just click "I'll be careful, I promise!"

Configuration Warning

4. Type Search Results LLC (or Root Name Only) in the search box to display the list of references that were altered by the adware. Please refer to the image below.

5. There is no button to remove the preference set by Search Results LLC. All you need to do is restore it to Firefox's default settings. Right-click on the item and select Reset from the drop-down list.

Reset Config

6. After resetting all affected preferences, you can now restart Firefox.

7. Navigate to toolbar and on Google's Search box, click the arrow down sitting right beside the 'G' logo.

Manage Search Engines in Firefox

8. Click on Manage Search Engines... from the drop-down list to see all search engines installed in Firefox.
9. Choose your preferred default search provider by placing it at the top most position. Highlight the item and click on Move up until it reaches the first spot.

Firefox Default Search

NOTE: To represent Search Results LLC, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that Search Results LLC may use other names or terms such as the following: Default Tab, Yontoo, My Search Results

10. To remove Search Results LLC from Firefox, highlight on its name and click the Remove button.

Procedure 5: Delete Search Results LLC from Google Chrome

1. Launch the program Google Chrome.
2. Click on the Wrench or 3-Bars icon on top right corner of the browser.

Google Chrome Settings

3. Choose Settings from the drop down list. It will open a window containing Google Chrome settings.
4. Find the area that says "Search". This is located in the middle part of the page.

Manage Search Engines in Google Chrome

5. Click on Manage search engines. It will show a list of Search engines including the default one.
6. Mouse-over to your preferred search engine and click Make default.

Remove Unknown Search in Chrome

NOTE: To represent Search Results LLC, we used the term 'Unknown'. Be aware that Search Results LLC may use other names or terms such as the following: Default Tab, Yontoo, My Search Results

7. Then, to remove Search Results LLC from Google Chrome, mouse-over to that item and click on the X mark.

Protect your PC from Search Results LLC or Similar Attack

Turn On Safe Browsing Features

Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter

Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious files online. To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:

1. Please open Internet Explorer.
2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.
3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.

IE SmartScreen Filter

4. Please restart Internet Explorer.

Google Chrome's Enable Phishing and Malware Protection

With Google Chrome's Phishing and Malware Detection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious. To enable Phishing and Malware Protection, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.
2. Click on the Customize and control Google Chrome (3-Bars Icon) located on top right corner of the browser.
3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.
4. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.
5. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Enable phishing and malware protection'.

Chrome Security Settings

6. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.

Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries

Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats on the computer. To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
2. On top menu, click on Tools. Then select Options from the list.
3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:

  • Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
  • Block reported attack sites
  • Block reported web forgeries

Firefox Security Settings

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2 Responses to“Remove Search Results LLC (Default Tab)”

  1. ske
    March 5, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    Easy way to remove Default Tab to computer:

    1-close all aplications
    2-Go: My Computer -C: -Users – “Your name” -AppData(invisible for default) -Roaming -Default Tab and delete folder Default Tab

    if not work…go step 3
    3-for that you need make all folder visibile in folder option.
    4-open “Start Task Manager(ctrl+alt+del) -Services -check Default Tab -right click to him -Stop Service -go to step 2

    sorry for my english

  2. Tom
    April 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    Thank you so much using your information I found the Default Search hijacker “Live” which caused my IE8 XP home to lock up.

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