What is Startgo123.com?

Startgo123.com is fraudful website that imitates Google and hijacks homepage, newtab and search engine settings in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. It uses Google logo and main page of Startgo123.com is filled with links to popular social and shopping websites. Search queries are redirected to Google results. Authors of this hijacker force users to use Startgo123.com by hijacking browser shortcuts and settings of all browsers. Main goal of such programs is to get commission from user clicks on the ads and sponsored search results. Hijacker also gets access to the personal data about user searches, browser history and may share this information with advertising companies. Today we describe how users can remove Startgo123.com from browsers, reset browser settings and set preferred pages.

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How Startgo123.com gets on your PC?

Like many other hijackers, Startgo123.com infiltrates using installation in a bundle with freeware. When does it usually happen? This may happen when users install wide-spread utilities, like media (audio, video) players, file converters (.wav to .mp3, .avi to .mp4), downloaders (video downloaders, file downloaders), torrent clients (uTorrent, bitTorrent), PDF readers (even Adobe Reader can be dangerous in some cases). This apps distribute such unwanted apps. Antivirus products provide poor protection from potentially unwanted applications. Programs that can remove Startgo123.com completely and prevent installation of it are Norton, EmsiSoft Anti-Malware and SpyHunter.

How to remove Startgo123.com from your computer?

To uninstall Startgo123.com remove it from Control Panel, then delete all files and regkeys.

In our view, there are 3 products that potentially have Startgo123.com in their database. You can try to use them for removing Startgo123.com.

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Alternative Solution:

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You can try both of these products to remove Startgo123.com

Or uninstall Startgo123.com manually.

Step 1: Remove Startgo123.com from Control Panel

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Control Panel.
  3. Then click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Startgo123.com.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows 7/Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Then Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Startgo123.com and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 7.

Windows 8/Windows 8.1:

  1. Open the Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Then as in Windows 7, click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Startgo123.com, select it and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 8 (8.1).

Windows 10:

  1. Click on the Start button (or press the Windows key) to open the Start menu, click on the Settings at the top.
  2. Click on App & features on the left menu.
  3. On the right side, locate Startgo123.com and click it, then click on the Uninstall button.
  4. Click on Uninstall to confirm.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 10

Note: If you can’t find required program, sort programs by date in Control panel and search for last installed programs.

After that remove Startgo123.com from your browser.

Step 2: Remove Startgo123.com from browsers

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Push Alt + F.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Choose Extensions.
  5. Find Startgo123.com.
  6. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Push Shift + Ctrl + A.
  3. Choose Startgo123.com.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open IE.
  2. Push Alt + T.
  3. Click Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable Startgo123.com.
  6. Click More information link in the left-bottom corner.
  7. Click Remove button.
  8. If this button is grayed out – perform alternative steps.

Learn more about removing extensions from IE.

Step 3: Resetting your browser search and homepage settings

Reset browser setting in Google Chrome:
  1. Click the Chrome menu (3 bar button) in the top right corner.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Go to Reset browser settings section.
  5. Click Reset browser settings.
  6. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Google Chrome.

Reset browser setting in Mozilla Firefox:
  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Go to Help.
  3. Go to Troubleshooting information.
  4. Click Reset Firefox… button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Mozilla Firefox.

Reset browser setting in Internet Explorer:
  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the cogwheel in the right upper corner.
  3. Click Internet options.
  4. Go to Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Put a tick near Delete personal settings checkbox.
  7. Click Reset button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Internet Explorer.

Step 4: Remove Startgo123.com from shortcuts

For every browser (Chrome, Firefox, IE) do the following:

  1. Right-click on the corresponding shortcut.
  2. In opened menu choose Properties.
  3. Look carefully at the Target field.
  4. Remove Startgo123.com from this line.
  5. Click Apply button.
  6. Confirm changes by clicking Continue button in opened window.
  7. Click on the shortcut to check.

Step 5: Remove following files and folders of Startgo123.com:

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Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov

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