The Startgo 123 is a program which falls under the category of malware from web browser hijackers family. It affects web browsers and changes its settings like startpage, newtab and default search provider. It’s currently very active spreading on the Internet. Many users have problems with cleaning a computer from Startgo 123 redirect virus and restoring the Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge settings.
Being infected by Startgo 123 virus, every time you start your browser you will see this site. Of course you may setup your home page again, but next time you open a web-browser you will see that Startgo 123 virus return. As mentioned above, the hijacker virus can alter the default search engine on this annoying site too, so all your search queries will be re-directed to Startgo 123. Thus the authors of the virus can collect the search terms of your queries, and redirect you to intrusive web pages.
Some viruss also contain ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) that can be used to show annoying advertisements and or gather lots of personal info that can be sold to third parties. These unwanted advertisements may be opened as pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text ads, video advertisements, text links or banners or even massive full page ads. Most of the ‘ad supported’ software is designed to show ads, but certain ad-supported software is form of spyware that often used to track users to collect lots of personal information.
Most often, the Startgo 123 browser virus affects most common internet browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge. But such browser viruss as well can infect other browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of web browser’s shortcut). So every time you open the web-browser, it’ll show Startgo 123 web site. Even if you setup your home page again, the annoying Startgo 123 web page will be the first thing which you see when you start the web browser.
Table of contents
- What is Startgo 123
- How to remove Startgo 123 virus
- Delete Startgo 123 redirect virus without any tools
- Uninstall Startgo 123 associated software by using MS Windows Control Panel
- Clean up the browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by Startgo 123
- Delete Startgo 123 redirect virus from Internet Explorer
- Remove Startgo 123 virus from Chrome
- Remove Startgo 123 from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
- How to automatically delete Startgo 123 browser hijacker virus
- Delete Startgo 123 redirect virus without any tools
- Block Startgo 123 redirect and other unwanted web-pages
- How to Startgo 123 browser hijacker virus get installed onto machine
- To sum up
We suggest you to clean your computer of virus ASAP. Use the few simple steps below that will assist to get rid of Startgo 123 virus and adware, that may be installed onto your PC system along with it.
How to remove Startgo 123 virus
The Startgo 123 is a hijacker virus that you might have difficulty in removing it from your computer. Luckily, you have found the effective removal guide in this blog post. Both the manual removal method and the automatic removal method will be provided below and you can just choose the one that best for you. If you have any questions or need help then type a comment below. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to exit your web browser or reboot your computer.
Delete Startgo 123 redirect virus without any tools
The useful removal tutorial for the Startgo 123 virus. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove Startgo 123 virus let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Uninstall Startgo 123 associated software by using MS Windows Control Panel
In order to get rid of Startgo 123, first thing you need to do is to remove unknown and suspicious programs from your machine using Microsoft Windows control panel. When removing this virus, check the list of installed software and try to find suspicious programs and remove them all. Pay special attention to recently installed software, as it is most likely that the Startgo 123 virus сame along with it.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category like below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown in the figure below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of applications installed on your machine. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of advertisements and browser redirect to the annoying Startgo 123 web-page. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of harmful programs by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused application, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
After the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown on the image below.
You will see a list of programs installed on your PC system. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the programs that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of pop ups and browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. When the program which you need to remove is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as shown on the image below.
Clean up the browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by Startgo 123
Now you need to clean up the internet browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the web-browser, and not on any unknown file.
Right click to a desktop shortcut for your internet browser. Choose the “Properties” option. It will open the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The browser virus can replace it. If you are seeing something such as “…exe http://site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the web browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example as shown in the figure below.
Once is done, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for web-browser shortcuts which redirects to an unwanted web sites. When you have completed, go to next step.
Delete Startgo 123 redirect virus from Internet Explorer
By resetting IE internet browser you restore your internet browser settings to its default state. This is first when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by browser hijacker virus like Startgo 123.
First, start the IE. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the screen below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
Remove Startgo 123 virus from Chrome
Like other modern internet browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby recover the web browser start page, new tab and search provider by default that have been modified by the Startgo 123 virus.
First open the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the main menu. Further, press the option named “Settings”. Another way to display the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the browser adress bar and press Enter.
The browser will show the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, like below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will display the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The browser will launch the process of cleaning. Once it’s finished, the browser’s settings including newtab, start page and search provider by default back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Remove Startgo 123 from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
First, open the Mozilla Firefox and click button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web browser. Further, press the Help button () like below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the Startgo 123 virus. Once, it is done, click the “Finish” button.
How to automatically delete Startgo 123 browser hijacker virus
Manual removal guidance does not always allow to completely remove the browser virus, as it’s not easy to identify and remove components of virus and all malicious files from hard disk. Therefore, it is recommended that you use malware removal tool to completely get rid of Startgo 123 off your computer. Several free malicious software removal utilities are currently available that may be used against the hijacker virus. The optimum solution would be to run Zemana Anti-malware, Malwarebytes Free and AdwCleaner.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to delete Startgo 123 redirect virus
We suggest you to use the Zemana Anti-malware which are completely clean your computer. Moreover, the tool will allow you to get rid of PUPs, malware, toolbars and adware that your computer can be infected too.
Download Zemana Anti Malware on your system from the link below. Save it on your desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
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When downloading is done, close all windows on your system. Further, start the install file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown below, click the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana Anti Malware on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, Zemana Anti-Malware will automatically start and you may see its main window as on the image below.
Next, click the “Scan” button for scanning your machine for the browser hijacker that redirects your browser to intrusive Startgo 123 web page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
After finished, it’ll display a scan report. Review the scan results and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware will start to delete Startgo 123 browser hijacker infection and other kinds of potential threats such as malicious software and ad-supported software. Once that process is complete, you may be prompted to restart your system.
How to get rid of Startgo 123 with Malwarebytes
Remove Startgo 123 browser virus manually is difficult and often the browser virus is not completely removed. Therefore, we suggest you to run the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your personal computer. Moreover, the free application will help you to remove malicious software, potentially unwanted programs, toolbars and ad supported software that your PC can be infected too.
Download Malwarebytes from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
Once the downloading process is finished, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup like below.
When the install begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your machine.
Once setup is complete, you will see window as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button It’ll scan through the whole personal computer for the hijacker which developed to redirect your web browser to the Startgo 123 page. This process may take quite a while, so please be patient. During the scan it will detect all threats present on your computer.
As the scanning ends, it’ll display a list of all threats found by this utility. Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now start to get rid of Startgo 123 hijacker infection and other malicious software and ad supported software. When disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to restart your PC.
The following video explains tutorial on how to get rid of browser hijacker infection, ad supported software and other malware with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Scan your computer and get rid of Startgo 123 virus with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that can be downloaded and run to get rid of viruss, ad-supported software, malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and other threats from your system. You can run this tool to find threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security program.
Download AdwCleaner utility from the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: November 17, 2018
After the download is finished, open the directory in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as shown on the image below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to open the application, press Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Scan” . This will start scanning the whole PC to find out Startgo 123 hijacker infection and other web browser’s malicious addons. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the utility is checking, you can see number of objects and files has already scanned.
As the scanning ends is finished, it will show a list of all threats detected by this utility as shown in the figure below.
You may move threats to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will delete browser hijacker infection which cause Startgo 123 site to appear. Once disinfection is done, the utility may ask you to reboot your personal computer. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Block Startgo 123 redirect and other unwanted web-pages
By installing an ad blocking program like AdbGuard, you’re able to stop Startgo 123, autoplaying video ads and remove lots of distracting and annoying ads on web sites.
- Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
- Once downloading is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the setup is finished, click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your machine, AdGuard will start automatically and stop popup advertisements, web-sites such Startgo 123, as well as other malicious or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
How to Startgo 123 browser hijacker virus get installed onto machine
To sum up
Once you’ve finished the guide outlined above, your PC should be clean from malware and browser hijackers. The Chrome, Firefox, Edge and IE will no longer open Startgo 123 annoying home page on startup. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step tutorial does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker virus, and then the best way – ask for help.
- Download HijackThis from the link below and save it to your Desktop.
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Update: November 7, 2015
- Double-click on the HijackThis icon. Next click “Do a system scan only” button.
- When finished, the scan button will read “Save log”, press it. Save this log to your desktop.
- Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the undesired Startgo 123 redirect virus.