Get rid of Next Search Browser Hijacker (Removal Guide)

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Next Search stands for a potentially unwanted search engine that changes web browser preferences and turns the homepage and default search engine into It actually belongs to the same malicious clan as Trovi Search browser hijacker and normally goes bundled with cost-free software. If you now see that your browser is stuck with this Next Search virus, follow this guide and its step-by-step instructions to get rid of this infection.

Next Search browser hijacker

Next Search performs the role of adware in your computer. For example, you may notice that the home page of your hijacked browser displays some absolutely irrelevant ads, which aren’t really safe. They typically lead you to various third-party websites of doubtful origin, and this means that such domains may infect your system more considerably. Plus, you will notice that these pseudo search results redirected through Next Search and its domain will be diluted with many sponsored links. Likewise, such links aren’t safe and may infect your PC in the long run.

Next Search is actively distributed in the world wide web through being bundled by default with many other free programs. Users who spend a lot of time downloading and installing all kinds of free software need to make sure they don’t permit any extra applications to become the part of their PCs. First of all, for this purpose it is important to carefully read the EULAs (End User License Agreements) of all free applications. Typically such documents clearly mention third-party stuff which you definitely do not need. Also, another good tip is to always switch to the advanced or custom installation mode, i.e. the place where you may uncheck any unwanted extras from becoming the part of your computer.

Hijackers like Next Search penetrate into the PCs when users fail to be duly attentive and simply click on “Next” and “I agree” buttons, without actually understanding what exactly they agree with. Then users see all these unwanted modifications with their browsers. By the way, this plaque may infect practically all major browsers, including Google Chrome, Opera, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. Definitely, you need to get rid of Next Search as soon as you identify its presence in your system.

There are several ways to remove Next Search from your browser. One method is fully manual. For this purpose you need to uninstall Search Protect program from the Control Panel of your computer. Only after you get rid of Search Protect completely you may go ahead and change the home page of your browser back to or any other page you like. Another method to fix your browser is to scan your system with some reliable antispyware program, which will perform the removal job automatically. You may do it right now with the help of GridinSoft Trojan Killer as instructed below. You will need to remove all the infections it finds (with its full registered version) and to reset your browsers with its help. In case you need more assistance on our part, please feel free to contact us at any time of your choice. Good luck!

Anti-malware tool necessary to eliminate Next Search automatically.

Download GridinSoft Trojan Killer

Step-by-step automatic uninstall tutorial:

  • Download GridinSoft Trojan Killer through the download button (above).
  • Install the application and scan your computer with it.
  • At the end of scan click “Apply” to remove all infections related to this browser hijacker:
  • Apply scan results by Trojan Killer

  • Important! It is also very important that you reset your browsers using GridinSoft Trojan Killer after you delete this particular hijacker. Shut down all your available browsers right now.
  • In GridinSoft Trojan Killer click on “Tools” tab and select “Reset browser settings“:
  • Tool to reset browser settings

  • Select which particular browsers you would like to be reset and choose the reset options:
  • Options to reset browsers

  • Finally, Click on “Reset” button.
  • You will receive the confirmation windows about browser settings reset successfully.
  • Reboot your system now.

Video explaining how to reset your browser using GridinSoft Trojan Killer:

Manual (free) instructions to get rid of Next Search.

Step 1. Uninstalling suspicious software from the Control Panel of your system.

  1. Make sure that all your browsers infected with Next Search are shut down (closed).
  2. In Windows XP, Vista and 7 click on “Start” and go to the “Control Panel“:
  3. Accessing the Control Panel in Windows XP, Vista and 7 versions

  4. To access the Control Panel in Windows 8 or 8.1, move the PC mouse next to the left-bottom hot corner of your Windows 8 or 8.1 screen, then right-click on it:
  5. How to access the Control Panel in Windows 8 and 8.1

  6. In Windows XP click on “Add or remove programs“:
  7. Add or remove programs in Windows XP

  8. In Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 click on “Uninstall a program“:
  9. Uninstall a program in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1

  10. Uninstall all suspicious programs from your PC. To do it, in Windows XP click “Remove” button related to it. In Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 right-click on the suspicious program with the computer mouse and click on “Uninstall / Change“.
  11. Step 2. Removing all junk items from the list of add-ons and extensions of your browser.

    In addition to removal of any suspicious programs from the Control Panel of your PC as explained above, you also need to remove all suspicious elements from the add-ons or extensions of your browser. Please follow this guide for managing browser add-ons and extensions for more detailed information. Remove any items related to this particular hijacker and other unwanted applications installed on your PC.