What is Startgo123.com

Startgo123.com is misleading website that overrides settings in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. It sets as default homepage and search engine in this browsers and does not allow users to revert the settings. Hijacker also modifies browser shortcuts on the desktop. If you use infected shortcuts, Startgo123.com will open as start page. Startgo123.com visually mimics Google search engine, but has those social networks and shopping sites tabs on the main page. Users searches are actually redirected to Google. This is rather hazardous and unpleasant threat, because it may collect personal data, like browser history, search queries, online behavior and share it with third-party companies. In this article, we will explain how to remove Startgo123.com from browsers and restore default browser settings.

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How Startgo123.com infected your PC

Hijackers and toolbars is unwanted type of programs, and to be able to get installed on users computers, they use tricky techniques. For example, Startgo123.com can be set in browsers, while user installs some free program. This search engine is advertised as “helpful browser add-on” to “enhance online browsing experience”. Usually, users may overlook such offer, or just do not pay attention or attach importance to it. To help regular users, SpyHunter 5 created special database of such threats and capable of removing Startgo123.com and protecting PCs from bundled installation.

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Remove Startgo123.com manually for free

Here is manual step-by-step tutorial for full Startgo123.com removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of Startgo123.com installer on operating systems with latest updates and browser versions.

Remove Startgo123.com from Control Panel

To start removing Startgo123.com you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “StartGo123” or just “Startgo123.com”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller Pro to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Remove Startgo123.com from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Startgo123.com.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Startgo123.com from Windows 7:

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

Remove Startgo123.com from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Startgo123.com, click Uninstall.

Remove Startgo123.com from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Startgo123.com from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Startgo123.com in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate Startgo123.com in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall Startgo123.com

In some cases Startgo123.com won’t uninstall and gives you message that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Startgo123.com. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing Startgo123.com folder and files. This happens, because process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes AntiMalware or uninstall Startgo123.com in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting type F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove “Startgo123.com”

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Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling Startgo123.com from Control Panel often does not bring desired effect. It sometimes have browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove Startgo123.com related extension from your browsers manually.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions/.
  3. Find suspicious extensions.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove them.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose suspicious extension.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.
  5. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove Startgo123.com from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable Startgo123.com, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable Startgo123.com.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, Startgo123.com does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find Startgo123.com extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

Startgo123.com installs search engine that hijacks your browsers. Here is instruction to reset your browsers homepage, newtab and search engine to default values.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings/.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset browser settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Reset Firefox… button.
  4. Click Reset Firefox to confirm.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
  4. Click Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

Opera Browser:

  1. Close Opera and open command prompt from the start menu.
  2. Type following command del %AppData%\Opera\Opera\operaprefs.ini
  3. Start Opera.

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Cleaning browsers shortcuts

shortcut cleaner You can clean your browser shortcuts manually right-clicking on your browser icon, choosing “Properties” and removing hijacker address from “Target” field (leave just the path to your browser). However it is easier to use free Shortcut Cleaner from BleepingComputer. Download it here – its FREE:

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Final tips

Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like Startgo123.com may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of antimalware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-spyware and antimalware programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats like Startgo123.com.

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