10 Reasons to Try the StartMeStick!

We recently launched our latest product, the StartMeStick. It turns any computer into a fast, secure and private one and can bring your computer back from the dead! Whether you’ve already purchased a StartMeStick or you’re thinking about buying one, check out these 10 cool things you can do with it.

1. Securely Shop Online & Do Your Online Banking

If you’ve ever heard of a keylogger, you’ll know that it’s a very powerful virus that runs in the background of your computer – keeping track of everything you type including online banking usernames and passwords.

When you use the StartMeStick, you are less likely to be affected by viruses such as keyloggers that are hiding on your computer. That’s because the StartMeStick is designed with security (and you) in mind.

Person holding a credit card next to a computer
We recommend using StartMeStick to do your online shopping and banking.

The StartMeStick has quality security settings, and prevents people from making changes to those settings. It also drastically reduces the amount of software and corresponding complexity compared to your regular operating system. This reduces the potential vulnerabilities and surface area for attack. This is possible because the StartMeStick is focused on only doing one thing extremely well: Internet browsing.

There are many other probable security advantages of StartMe OS (our enhanced, slimmed down, locked down, Linux-based operating system). As open source software, the StartMeStick’s source code is transparent to public reviewers and thousands of experts who find and fix security issues fast. Further, the number of “in the wild” threats for Linux-based operating systems is still way lower than threats for Microsoft Windows or Apple OS X.

With this in mind, you can do all your online shopping, banking and browsing with peace of mind knowing you’re secure!

2. Stop Worrying About Viruses

Are you constantly worried about accidentally clicking on something and getting a virus on your computer? If you don’t have an antivirus program in place, or if you are worried you might accidentally click on a malicious link, then consider using a StartMeStick.

cartoon drawing of a virus on a computer screen
Use a StartMeStick and stop worrying about viruses!

It is very, very, improbable that the StartMeStick could be infected by viruses. If you are ever concerned that your StartMeStick has somehow been compromised, you simply factory upgrade it from a known clean computer to get it back to its ‘fresh out of the box’ state. With the StartMeStick you can confidently browse the internet to your heart’s content.

3. Enjoy a Private Browsing Session that Leaves no Trace

If you are tired of constantly deleting your internet history or clearing your browser to get rid of tracking cookies, try using a StartMeStick!

When you shut down your computer at the end of a session, StartMeStick goes back to a “brand new” state. That’s because StartMeStick doesn’t store any of your browsing histories.

4. Save Money & Revive an Old or Slow Computer

Have a computer that turns on to a blue screen? How about another one that is so slow you cannot do anything on it?

A StartMeStick will breathe life into these old computers so you can use them once again, all day, every day. It also works on both Mac and Windows computers!

Give a second life to slow and old computers, or a one that boots to a blue screen.

5. Share Your Computer Safely With Kids

Or if you have children who regularly use your computer to browse the internet – consider giving them their own StartMeStick instead.

That way, there are no risks of your children:

  • Deleting important documents or applications from your computer
  • Clicking on something and infecting your computer with a virus
  • Downloading ‘grayware’ i.e. applications that are annoying or undesirable but don’t fall into the category of major virus threat
Young boy sitting next to a computer.

The StartMeStick doesn’t interfere with your computer’s files and applications so there’s no chance that they can make any changes.

6. Save the Environment

Once you toss an old computer to the curb its life does not end there. It often ends up in an electronic graveyard where metals and toxic waste leak into the surrounding environment.

With the StartMeStick, give your old computers another chance by extending its life. You can learn more ways on how to extend the life of your computer here.

For Windows 7 users, remember that on Jan 14, 2020, Microsoft ended support for all Windows 7 systems. Give these older computers another chance and try a StartMeStick today!

7. Watch Blazing Fast Videos And Video Calls Online

Do you ever want to go online to watch your favorite show or video call a distant friend or relative but it takes forever to turn on your computer and open a browser?

Save time with the StartMeStick. Simply plug it in and it turns any computer into a speedy one. It never slows down because it doesn’t collect the junk that causes frustrating errors, crashes, freezes, and slowdowns. It is like brand new every time you use it so you can always binge your favorite shows!

8. Speed Print Your Documents

If you have a slow computer that you use to print your documents, it might be counterproductive to wait 15 minutes for that computer to turn on and another 10 minutes for that computer to open and load the document. You can avoid this hassle with the help of the StartMeStick

Simply boot into the StartMeStick on a Mac or Windows computer open your document, and hit print! No more waiting for your computer to load to be able to print that important document or picture.

Note: Your document needs to be uploaded onto an online cloud for this to work. See our guide on How to Receive, Edit, Share, and Print Microsoft Word Documents on the StartMeStick.

9. Lighten up Your Backpack or Purse

Stop bringing a chunky laptop with you to work or school!

Simply place a StartMeStick on your keychain, find any public computer, and you can enjoy your very own online browsing session.

Don’t worry, the StartMeStick will not interfere or modify the host computer. Whether you are using your friend’s computer or a library computer, simply shut down the StartMeStick after your session and the host computer will go back to the way it was.

Carry a StartMeStick instead of your laptop!

10. Work Online Without Distractions

If you have a lot of applications installed on your computer, especially social media or games, these applications may distract you when you are doing online work or research by constantly sending you notifications.

With StartMeStick, turn these online work periods into highly productive work sessions. You will not receive any notifications that you’d normally get on your regular operating system so you can stay focused!

Have a question about StartMeStick? Check out our FAQ page here or leave us a comment below!


    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Neal, thanks for your interest! The pricing differs depending on your location and subscription. Scroll down to the bottom of this web page to see how much it costs in your location.

  1. Chuck - Reply

    Why is the price different depending on our location? I don’t like the sounds of that and I’ve had Fix Me Stick for years.

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Chuck, if you place your order in the US, you should get the prices in USD. If you place your order in the United Kingdom, you should see prices in GBP. Same for Canada. There are also different tax rates in different states and countries, so that’s why you will see a different price depending on where you are located.

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Cheryl, thanks for your interest! There are different types of subscription for the StartMeStick. To view their respective costs, click here and choose “Buy StartMeStick”.

  2. Bob Smith - Reply

    Have purchased a different product, Xtra-PC, which is suppose to bring new life to old computers. Is this like your product, or is StartMestick better?

    • Keegan Anfield - Reply

      Hey Bob,

      Thanks for reaching out! Xtra-PC is very similar to the StartMeStick. What’s great about the StartMeStick is that we use the same booting technology as the FixMeStick to make getting into the operating system fast and foolproof. The StartMeStick also automatically connects to the Internet so you can go online easily. If you want to compare them you can give the StartMeStick a try for 30 days. Check it out here: http://www.startmestick.com!

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Sharon, to better assist you with troubleshooting, we’ve sent you an email. Please reply to this email for further assistance. Thanks!

    • Jody - Reply

      I work in the Adobe suite from my desktop. Will the start me stick help me with the lag I sometimes get when working with InDesign or photoshop?

      • Linda - Reply

        Hi Jody, please note that StartMeStick uses a Linux operating system and is mainly designed to give you a fast, private, and secure way to browse online. This means you will need a Linux version of an application (in your case, Adobe suite) to be installed on StartMeStick if you want to use it on the StartMeStick. If you have further questions, please leave us a message here.

  3. ELIZABETH - Reply

    how can I return to my windows 7 screen after using start me stick!!!!! It will not go back
    to original screen

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Elizabeth, sorry to see that! Simply click on the StartMeStick logo (with the letter ‘S’) on the bottom left corner, and then click on “Shut down”. After that, your computer should shut down and you’ll just have to turn it back on again to get back into your regular computer.

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi there, I’m not sure which subscription model you are looking at. But generally, if you purchase the 2-year subscription for any of our products, it will cost more initially but will save you money in the long run as the cost/month is lower.

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Hazel, yes! The StartMeStick is designed to give a second life to these computers. If it does not work for any reason, we offer a 45-day refund policy for orders purchased directly from our website so you can try it risk-free!

  4. Thomas Sekersky - Reply

    hi.. do i keep the stick plugged in all the time the computer is turned on or after i have used it once it is good for how long on that computer..how many computers can i use the same stick on… thanks for understanding.. it doesnt state what to do in the instructions.. Thomas

  5. Marc - Reply

    I have the startmestick and i do not like it. The reason is because have to shut down the computer everytimr i want to go back to the window system. I would like to be able to go online and switch back to my desktop without restarting the computer.

    • Keegan Anfield - Reply

      Hi Marc,

      Thanks for the feedback. Part of what makes the StartMeStick secure and private is that it runs from the USB stick. Sorry that it’s not for you!


        • Linda - Reply

          Hi Brian, as long as this Windows XP computer has functioning hardware, then StartMeStick should work! Specifically, the system requirements are Intel and AMD processors released after 2001.

  6. YC - Reply

    I have a Start Me Stick and Fix Me Stick (love this one) but was thinking about returning the START ME STICK because when I go in it I don’t know what to do with it. I checked YOU TUBE for helpful videos but nothing there. The question I have is, do I need to work in the START ME STICK as if I am starting in a new computer??… I mean do I have to put in all my passwords in all of the things I open ex: emails, bank, netflix, prime video, etc, etc EVERY TIME I go in with START ME STICK as this was never mentioned in the Q&A page. If yes, would that be a loss of time every time I use to put passwords, etc? One last question, I have a laptop which does not want to open, I believe it is the start button which does not work. Would START ME STICK open the laptop? Thank you for your help.

  7. Richard - Reply

    I bought Startmestick to do private banking. My bank wants an access card NUMBERS. Startmestick only accepts letters. Can you help?

    • Keegan Anfield - Reply

      Hi Richard,

      Can you please send us an email to support@StartMeStick.com so we can look into this for you? Please include the serial number from the side of your StartMeStick.


  8. Terry Lynch - Reply

    I have an old clunker laptop running on Vista, tried the Start-me stick, but it didn’t seem to work, unless I’m doing something wrong (which is more than possible!)

  9. Georges Sylvestre - Reply

    Bonjour, J’ai un ordi autre qui a fonctionné en le partant avec Startmestick mais maintenant il ne part plus et émet un bip et plus rien. Il me semble que Sheron Holliday a eu le même trouble ?? Merci Georges.

  10. Jerry Walter - Reply

    I feel really secure using this on windows 7. I have no issues using this product. I would recommend this product.

  11. Ash - Reply

    I bought the startmestick and it did not work. No matter what I tried I could not get it to run on my computer. I tried several times to get you to fix my problem and each and every time, your solutions failed. I still have the physical product but have not attempted to try it again. Is there anything new on this front? Have you found some glitches which you have corrected?

    • Keegan Anfield - Reply

      Hi Ash,

      We’re always working to improve the compatibility. Can you please send us an email with the serial number from the side of your StartMeStick so we can look into this for you? You can email us at support@StartMeStick.com.


  12. RD Michaels - Reply

    Several questions, please. Can I retrieve files, photos, etc. from my PC’s hard drive or flash drive and save files to the PC’s hard drive and flash drives? Are files interchangeable; can files be saved on the StartMeStick? Can it modify my PC to speed it up? Thank you for your considerations and prompt response.

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi there, thanks for your interest! Depending on your computer the StartMeStick may be able to read files saved on the hard drive, but any changes made to files on your hard drive are not possible, as StartMeStick is designed to prevent the user or viruses from making changes on the host computer. However, you may be able to transfer files from your computer’s hard drive onto another external device with the help of StartMeStick. The StartMeStick does not modify or change anything on your computer as it simply gives you a separate operating system. If you have further questions, feel free to leave us a message here.

    • Keegan Anfield - Reply

      Hi Mike, the 1 Year StartMeStick is $69.99 USD/$79.99 CAD.

  13. Marc Renaud - Reply

    Bonjour !

    You say that we can print Word documents with startmestick.

    What about PDF files ? I sometimes receive or find on websites documents that are available only in PDF format.

    What other file formats can be printed ?

    Have a nice day

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Marc, you should be able to print the PDF file from StartMeStick by adding your printer using these instructions. We don’t have a list of any specific file types but if you find that you are having issues printing a type, feel free to send us a message here and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  14. Marc Renaud - Reply

    Please note that this is a personal opinion for which I have no proofs.

    Vous dites qu’il faut utiliser un CLOUD pour pouvoir imprimer un document à partir de Smartstick.

    Personnellement, je n’utilise pas de CLOUD pour deux raisons bien simple :

    1 – J’ai le contrôle sur mon disque dur et les logiciels que j’utilise pour le protéger.
    Ce n’est pas le cas des CLOUDS !

    2 – Le CLOUD facilite totalement la vie des GAFA qui veulent – et plus que probablement le font – écumer nos fichiers à la recherche d’informations qu’ils peuvent revendre.
    Nous n’avons AUCUNs CONTRÔLEs sur les CLOUDS et ces dernier évitent que les GAFA viennent fouiller dans nos disques durs ce qui est illégal.

    Pour ce qui est de votre procédure à suivre pour imprimer, ça prend bien plus que les 15 minutes pour l’exécuter…….Dans ce cas particulier, vive Windows/MAC

    • Linda - Reply

      Bonjour Marc, Nous comprenons que certaines personnes préfèrent ne pas utiliser le cloud pour stocker leurs fichiers. Ce choix dépend entièrement de vous! La principale utilisation du StartMeStick est de permettre à l’utilisateur de naviguer sur Internet en préservant sa confidentialité en ligne. Si vous rencontrez des problèmes avec l’impression à partir de startemestick, n’hésitez pas à contacter notre équipe d’assistance à support@startmestick.com.

  15. Greg Taylor - Reply

    Is there any break if you get more than 1 Stick. We constantly use a laptop and desk top at the same time?

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Greg, thanks for your interest! Unfortunately, at this time we do not have any on-going promotions for purchasing more than one StartMeStick. But we encourage you to stay informed by reading our biweekly newsletters so you can take advantage of any upcoming promotions.

  16. Jerry Walter - Reply

    Love my StartMeStick. I have been using it on two separate computers for several months now. Thanks for putting out a outstanding product.

  17. Kyle - Reply

    I wish I had seen this page before buying. I bought for the security it claims to provide for online financial transactions, but when I do my online banking, bill paying, or purchasing I always take screenshots of any relevant information from payment forms and amounts, shipping addresses, carrier, tracking, receipts etc. But if I am understanding the mechanics of the startmestick, this will not be possible as no data can be modified or saved while using this device?

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Kyle, you are correct as to no data can be saved permanently on the StartMeStick (everything stored on the StartMeStick is deleted after your session). However, you can still download any payment forms or screenshots to the StartMeStick and then transfer them onto another USB storage device or email them to yourself before you boot out of your session. If you have further questions about this please email us at support@fixmestick.com.

  18. Carolyn Jean Chambers - Reply

    I think I will not use this start me stick. Too many negative comments. I am 76 years young and not very good with computers. I do not want to have to go through all this re-adding of pass words etc. I will return it.

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Carolyn, no problem! If you’re still interested in trying it out we offer a 45-day satisfaction guarantee. No need to mail the StartMeStick back to us to get a full refund. If you require technical assistance with re-adding your passwords via Google sync, our support agents would be happy to set it up and show you via a remote connection! Simply email support@fixmestick.com for more details.

  19. Anonymous - Reply

    8/15/2020;order StartMeStick on 30 of July 2020.Today is August 15 in the pm . IT HAS NOT BEEN DELIVERED TO ME .I have tried to track it,several times at USPS .They said it was delivered August 14,2020,but not at my address.

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi there, sorry to see that your order has not arrived. If you’ve contacted the post office and they are sure that it is lost due to a wrong address, then we can definitely help! Please send us an email to support@fixmestick.com with your order number starting in “FMO” (ie. FMOAA12345) that’s printed on the digital receipt sent to your email and our agents will assist you from there.

  20. Carole Times - Reply

    I purchased a trial version of the start me stick on August 1st. As of yet, I have not received it. How do I know if it was mailed to me ? Or the status of delivery.

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Carole, I checked your account and saw that your package should be out for delivery today! If you don’t receive it by tomorrow please send us an email at support@fixmestick.com so we can check to see if it’s lost in the mail. Thanks!

  21. Anonymous - Reply

    Am I correct in assuming that with the Start Me Stick, I can get rid of the expensive VPN that I currently have ? Or should I keep my VPN ?

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi there, when used in combination with a VPN the StartMeStick adds an additional layer of endpoint security, internet privacy, or anonymity.

  22. Angeline Walsh - Reply

    I placed an order for a StartMeStick on 8/13/20. This was placed on line ande was charged to my credit card. I understood I would receive it in a few days. I am already a user of FixMeStick. I have not received my order nor have I heard from your company with a confirmation. Can you help me with this problem?

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Angeline, sorry to see that no order arrived. I checked your email and I don’t see an order for StartMeStick. Did you place the order using a different email address and did you place it directly from our website? Please send your full billing address as well as your order number (starting in ‘FMO’) to support@fixmestick.com so we can track your order for you!

  23. John Vandenbor - Reply

    Hello I ordered a startmestick #FMO583454 on August 29th 2020 I have had the the money charged to my credit card (CAD$22.53) but as of this date 9/10/2020 I have not received the startmestick! can you find out what has happened to it? Thank you

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi John, looks like your order is still on its way! We’ve sent you a follow-up email so if you have further questions about it, please reply to our email.

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