Hi there. Is Startgo123.com a safe website? I can’t tell the difference between it and other websites, but my computer runs slow since I saw it on my browser. Many pop-ups appear. Besides, this search engine would not provide the information I needed. I have been redirected to various unknown websites lately. Is it a common issue? I don’t know how to deal with Startgo123.com. Is there any computer expert who can help me sort this out? Thank you very much.
Startgo123.com is a deceptive website belonging to the browser hijacker family that pretends to a legit search engine. In fact, it does not have feature or function of the search engine. Its function is to promote related product but not to improve your browsing experience. Startgo123.com browser hijacker can attack Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, and can function in most versions of Windows, including Windows XP, Vista and Windows. Once infected, it can change various browser settings, such as your proxy server usage and your designated homepage. Furthermore, links to Startgo123.com may display advertisements or unusual warning messages in order to increase the risk of security. Browser redirects will take you to unsafe websites. Besides, you may suffer from a flood of pop-up ads when you use the computer to work and you will not be able to focus on work. More malicious plug-ins and applications will be installed to help Startgo123.com browser hijacker perform its tasks. The longer it stays in your system, the more dangerous your computer will be. If your computer is infected, you are suggested to remove it as soon as possible.
Startgo123.com will work immediately after it sneaks into your system. You will not notice it as it tries to change things on your computer secretly. Until one day, you find that Startgo123.com or other suspicious website replaces your original homepage. In order to hijack useful information and inject its links to its sponsored websites, it takes control of your search engine. The default browser settings have been changed without your permission or knowledge. In this way, it will always run while you use the browser to make sure that their affiliated websites will be viewed frequently. Its developer will generate revenue for creating traffic on related websites. It is known to us that Startgo123.com browser hijacker is spread for marketing purpose. To collect useful information on your computer for the product, it monitors your online activities. Your browsing habits and other sensitive information you entered on the browser can be sent to the remote developers. There is no guarantee that it will not try to access your credit card account & password and precious information. It is necessary to pay close attention to it. Last but not least, it will mislead you into installing useless applications, such as unknown video player, new browser and other useless programs. You might want to close a pop-up or notification, but you would see a new browser was installed and pinned to your taskbar. Your computer will take much more time to respond and always crash down for no reason. Therefore, Startgo123.com is definitely an unwanted and harmful website for your computer. Do not trust it.
No.1: illegal movies or music. You may note that lots of illegal movies and music demand a certain media player. The website provides link to download the software, but you need to be careful. The malware like this browser hijacker is embedded in the downloaded software on behalf.
No.2: pop-up ads. The cyber criminals usually design the browser hijacker programs very well and make them pop up in an attractive form. We have to tell you that unexpected clicks on suspicious links or pop-up ads may install this nasty browser hijacker on your computer.
No.3: malicious Trojan programs. Most of the Trojans are spreading via malicious software nowadays. Users who access these malicious programs in conjunction with Trojan virus will severally got infected with this browser hijacker.
No.4: ad-supported programs. Many people would like to download free software from the Internet. You should know that browser hijacker program usually is bundled with free software and shareware. It will be installed along with this kind of software as a plug-in. Cancel the plug-in installation to avoid unwanted programs.
1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options
(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the suspicious add-ons
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions
(2). Disable the extensions of Startgo123.com
2. End Relevant Processes
(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab
*For Win 8 Users:
Click More details when you see the Task Manager box
And then click Details tab
(2). Find out and end Startgo123.com’s processes
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization
(3). Click on Folder Options
(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window
*For Win 8 Users:
Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options
Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files
(1). Delete the registry entries related to Startgo123.com through Registry Editor
Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”
While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
Some of you may think that Startgo123.com browser hijacker is not a big deal. It can’t block your system or damage your computer in a short time. However, potential threats from browser redirects, pop-up ads and unknown software installations are approaching as soon as your computer is infected. In the short future, you will face serious computer threat like virus that locks your whole system and Trojan that creates backdoor on the computer for cyber criminals. Even worse, Startgo123.com browser hijacker is able to cause important information leak and numberless money loss. The final purpose of browser hijacker developers is to gain endless money. If they share your information with the criminals, it will be a horrible disaster. They might take all of your money away. You might be wronged and spend years in jail for what the criminals have done in your name. No one deserves such a miserable life. Please remove Startgo123.com browser hijacker out of your system right now! Do not waste any precious time. Stop Startgo123.com browser hijacker before it is too late!
Published by David MicKinney & last updated on August 26, 2016 7:59 am