FIX: Steps to Fix Error ERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND

Google Chrome is considered to be at the very top of the internet browser food chain for almost every computer Operating System out there. However, just like all other internet browsers out there, Google Chrome is prone to having a few kinks, one of which is Error 6 (net::ERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND). Error 6 is a Google Chrome error that states “Error 6 (net::ERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND): The file or directory could not be found. Error 6 can present itself either when the user tries to open any website whatsoever or a specific website.

In almost every single case of Error 6 (net::ERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND) to date, a Chrome extension has been to blame. Since that is the case, simply getting rid of the extension that is causing users to be faced with Error 6 (net::ERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND) whenever they try to open any or a specific web page should fix the issue. The following are the two most effective known solutions to Error 6 (net::ERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND):

 Solution 1: Get rid of the Default Tab extension

In the case of many people who have been affected by Error 6 in the past, the culprit was a Google Chrome extension titled Default Tab that had somehow made its way onto their computer and was causing them to be met with Error 6. The Default Tab extension is not only a Chrome extension but is also a program in and of itself, which is why no matter how many times you remove it from the list of extensions in Google Chrome, it will come back. Fortunately, you can get rid of the Default Tab extension and consequently fix Error 6, and in order to do so, you need to:

Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program.

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Look for Default Tab in the list of installed programs. Once you have located Default Tab, uninstall it. Once the Default Tab program has been uninstalled, open Google Chrome. Click on the hamburger Menu button in the top right corner of the window. Click on Settings.

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In the Settings tab, navigate to Extensions.

In the extensions tab, find and remove the Default Tab This time, the extension will not come back once you delete it as you have already installed its program counterpart.

Solution 2: Determine which extension is causing the problem and remove it

If you do not have a Default Tab extension in the list of your Chrome extensions, the only plausible explanation is that an extension other than the Default Tab extension is causing Error 6. If that is the case, you need to:

Open Google Chrome. Click on the hamburger Menu button in the top right corner of the window. Click on Settings.

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Navigate to Extensions in the left pane. In the right pane, uncheck and disable all of the Chrome extensions that you have. Enable any one extension, and restart Chrome and see if Error 6 persists. If you do not see Error 6 like you did before, the extension you enabled is not the culprit. If that is the case, repeat these steps over and over again, each time enabling a different extension.

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The culprit extension will be the one which causes you to experience Error 6 when only it is enabled. Once you have determined which extension is the culprit, go to Extensions once again and remove it by clicking on the dustbin icon next to the Enable checkbox and click on Remove to confirm the action.

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Kevin Arrows


Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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