Remove “Next Search” Browser Hijacker

 

Next Search Overview

WARNING! READERS, PLEASE BEGIN HERE! You being here means you were infected by an browser hijacker – meaning a malware that operates through advertisements. There are several things you should know about these before proceeding, as the following few lines can save you a lot f headaches. The first rule of Next Search’s type is that it will try to trick you into installing more of its kind, because it cannot infect you without you accepting it. That practically means it has to catch you unaware – something that is usually not very hard with online users. However, I will now outline several of the best-known tactics Next Search will use in the hopes that you will ignore them. I repeat – simply ignore anything you see from the following:

  • Banners on footer and header sections on pages, that inform you of missing plugins
  • Updates on legit applications like Java or Flash Player – Next Search often uses them as a front. These are easily discernible – if it’s a thumbnail, it’s probably fake. These can be displayed when doing anything on your PC, not just on web pages.
  • Anti-virus scanners you most likely have never heard of may miraculously appear wanting to scan you because they “suspect” you are infected by a virus.
  • Outright prompts to install supposedly useful programs – these can be disguised as windows alerts, although not necessarily.
  • Viruses have become cunning in the sense that some of the more sophisticated specimens have gained the ability to read what programs you won and try to imitate them – basically anything is fair game, so be wary.

These are the usual tricks employed, but rest assured that the more we research viruses, the craftier the people who create them become, so expect anything. My personal recommendation is to ignore absolutely anything you see and focus on this removal guide. There are just a few other things that need to be emphasized, like some of the side-effects associated with browser hijacker:

  1. Your system may slow down significantly due to the ads being processed by the CPU. This varies on a case by case basis, but it can be ameliorated by closing most of the tabs you have active.
  2. If you make the mistake of clicking on the ads you will probably be redirected to random websites – exit these immediately. They are filled with viruses, some of which are much more problematic than Next Search.
  3. The moment this malware found its way in, a clock started ticking. browser hijacker are notorious for collecting browsing history and cookies. They will likely records your user names and passwords, which could be extremely dangerous if your credit cards use these accounts. The information is sent in 5-7 day intervals over and over, so if you just noticed this, you probably have time. Change your passwords AFTER you’ve dealt with the pest though.

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How to Remove Next Search

STEP 1:

Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:

Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.

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Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:

 Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.

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Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

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Proceed to Step 2.

For OS X Users:

When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.

Proceed to Step 2.

STEP 2:

  Next Search has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

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

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Find Next Search . Disable it.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-ons.

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Hit Extensions next.

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Next Search  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.


chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users
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 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.

 

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In  Extensions,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon   again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

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safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

STEP 3:

(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)

Hold windows-buttonand R together. Write appwiz.cpl  in the new field, then click OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Next Search and anything else suspicious-looking.   Uninstall  it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstallchoose NO:

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STEP 4:

This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

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Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on after you supposedly removed it, the reason is that you missed something here.

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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.

STEP 5 – Optimization

And that’s it. Well done for removing Next Search. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.

 

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