Is the StartMeStick Right for You?

Whether you’re looking to replace your old, slow computer, or looking for more privacy and security while online, the StartMeStick is a fast, private, and secure operating system on a stick. Keep your computer, save money, and reduce waste with the StartMeStick! We’re going to answer all your questions about our newest product so you understand what the StartMeStick does, and whether it’s the right fit for you.

What Does the StartMeStick actually do?

Not to be confused with the FixMeStick, the StartMeStick is not a virus removal device. Rather, it’s a fast, private, and secure operating system on a USB that brings your computer back from the dead.

Simply plug it in, and you’ll be brought into the StartMeStick operating system. It will look and feel similar to any operating system you’ve used in the past, but minimal and slimmed down.

In its simplest form, the StartMeStick is a portable operating system that can breathe a new life into an old computer. It is designed to never slow down, break down, or become infected. The StartMeStick can be used by anybody to win against frustrating computer issues. It is like brand new every time you use it.

StartMeStick is a secure, private, and portable ‘computer on a stick’!

Reuse Your Computer

Since Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 in January 2020, up to 40% of the world’s PCs have stopped receiving security updates and are no longer safe to use on the Internet.

If Microsoft or Apple has ended support for your operating system, or, if your system is simply not working properly, you can still use your perfectly good computer.

So if you are one of the many who still continue to use Windows 7, the StartMeStick is a simple solution if you’re looking to continue using your computer, without having to deal with the stress of online security. The computer itself is still good, but it is probably just in need of a new secure and private operating system!

More Speed For Your Computer Needs

One of the main focuses of the StartMeStick is its speed and reliability. Because the device doesn’t store any data or prior information, each use of the StartMeStick feels like brand new, with nothing stopping your computer from running fast and smooth.

However, it’s good to keep in mind why it runs faster. Because the StartMeStick resets after each use, it treats each use as a new and fresh session – it doesn’t collect the junk that causes frustrating errors, crashes, freezes, and slowdowns.

Essentially, nothing is stored on the StartMeStick, and although this contributes to its high speed, it means that previous applications and files on your computer won’t be readily available, and all the data you save while using the StartMeStick will not be saved, or available upon the next use.

How it Affects Your Online Privacy

Operating systems like Windows or MacOS gather information from their users. Whether you like it or not, your data is constantly being compiled into several databases – ad tracking, location tracking, online browsing habits, and many more bits of information are all put together to create a digital profile of you. 

We designed the StartMeStick as an answer to those concerned with privacy and security. Built from the ground up to be private, the StartMeStick is minimal and effective – none of your information is ever stored on the device, so you don’t need to worry about your information being lost or stolen.  And every time you unplug the StartMeStick it goes back to the way it was.

Keep your StartMeStick on a keychain and take it with you while on-the-go.

Can I Access my Computer’s Files From my StartMeStick?

Depending on the type of file system on your drive, you may be able to see (i.e. read-only) the files on your computer. You are able to copy these files to an external drive if you plug it in after you start your StartMeStick.

This means new apps would have to be freshly installed upon each use.

However, the StartMeStick comes with a browser pre-installed so you can easily do anything you want online.

If my computer doesn’t work properly, can I still use the StartMeStick on it?

You’re in luck, the StartMeStick is designed to provide new life to computers that haven’t been working too well, or whose operating systems are no longer supported and receiving updates from Microsoft or Apple. As long as you can turn on your computer and it shows some form of life you can use the StartMeStick.

Don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10? Try switching to StartMeStick instead!

Who is the StartMeStick for?

The StartMeStick is great for anyone hoping to breathe a new life into an old computer that is no longer functioning properly. The StartMeStick is great for those looking for a quick and easy solution to their privacy concerns.

For example, the StartMeStick is perfect for:

  • Anyone looking to save an old computer, that is misbehaving, or stuck on the dreaded “Blue Screen of Death.”
  • A computer that is running slow, or no longer receiving security updates from Microsoft or Apple.
  • When you want to be confident that you’re secure and private online.
  • Keeping your good computer and reducing e-waste.

With all that in mind, you can gauge whether or not you think the StartMeStick is right for you! Ready to give it a try? Click here to check it out.

Have more questions? Leave them in the comments below!


  1. Albert Gibbs - Reply

    I use windows 7. Can I do my banking safely, pay my bills on line safely with the start me stick?

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Albert, thanks for your interest! And yes, the StartMeStick is designed to give you a secure and private operating system. There’s less chance of you being affected by a virus which can steal your online banking information as the StartMeStick resets itself after each use. If you have more questions, send us a message here and we’ll get back to you.

    • Keegan Anfield - Reply

      Hi Bruno, you can leave your StartMeStick in but depending on your computer you may need to restart the StartMeStick to get back into it.

    • Keegan Anfield - Reply

      A VPN can provide ‘network privacy’ by hiding your true IP address from the websites you visit, and the websites you visit from your Internet Service Provider. VPN software can provide privacy from harmful entities on the network, e.g. websites that try to reverse engineer your identity via tracking your IP address and similar, and/or ISPs that track what you’re doing online, however, they cannot provide privacy from your browser or other programs on your computer.

      Further, you can add a single-layer VPN to your StartMeStick by choosing a VPN provider that offers a Chromium extension. We’ve arranged a discount for StartMeStick/FixMeStick customers with NordVPN.

      If you install the NordVPN extension in Chrome on your regular host operating system, the extension will be there in Chromium when you run the StartMeStick if you sign in to Chromium to sync.

      If you prefer not to login and sync Chromium, you can manually add the VPN extension to Chromium each time. You have to do it each time because when you shut down the StartMeStick nothing from that session is saved to your computer or to the StartMeStick. That’s what we mean by the StartMeStick goes back to brand new after each use.

      No, the FixMeStick is not compatible with iPads

  2. Lynn Plesetz - Reply

    I have a VPN and McAfee Security suite with Cox internet and never take my computer out of the house. It is always on the Cox VPN. My computer is Windows 7. With the internet security I have do I still need the StartMe Stick or is my computer already secure with the Cox VPN and McAfee. I ran the FixMeStick a couple of weeks after Microsoft stopped their security and nothing was found.

  3. Mario Desormiers - Reply

    Is there an email system included with the Start Me Stick ?
    Or which email system will work under the StatMe Stick ?
    Thank you

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Mario, there are no built-in email apps directly on the StartMeStick. But using its Chromium web browser, you should be able to login to all your email accounts using the web-based email version.

  4. James - Reply

    I have Rogers for the internet but can the StarMeStick re-place Rogers which is going up in cost. If it can not do you know one that can

    Thank You

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi James, good question. Please note that StartMeStick does not replace your internet service provider. It is only a tool that gives you a secure, fast, and private to go online (via wi-fi or ethernet) but you will still need an internet service provider to provide this wi-fi or ethernet connection. If you have further questions please send us an email at

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Ronnie, both FixMeStick and StartMeStick will work if you do not know the password to get into a computer. However, some functions will be limited and neither of them will help you recover your password.

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