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Browser suddenly auto opening when computer is turned on

  1. #1

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8

    Browser suddenly auto opening when computer is turned on

    Hi Guys,

    Recently my laptop has started automatically opening my Google Chrome browser when I turn on the laptop and sign into my account... Quite annoying having pages automatically open when I haven't pressed them... Could anyone tell me how to stop this from happening? I'm running Windows 8.

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  2. #2

    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Hi Kmm, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    Open Task Manager (right click an empty spot on Taskbar, select Task Manager), go to Startup tab to see which programs are set to start automatically when Windows is started (enabled = starts automatically). If you find Google Chrome on the list, right click it and click Disable:

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    Alternatively you can check the two Startup folders and delete Google Chrome shortcut if found in either of them. In these two folders users can add shortcuts for programs they want to be started automatically. Here's how to check the Startup folders:
    • Your personal Startup folder contains the shortcuts to programs which will be started automatically when you log in to your personal user account. It is located at C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. To open it type %appdata% in File Explorer's addressbar and hit Enter to open the the AppData\Roaming folder and browse deeper in file structure to Startup folder, remove Google Chrome shortcut if present.
    • The all users Startup folder containing shortcuts for programs launched regardless which user logs in to Windows are located at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp. Open the ProgramData folder by typing %programdata% in File Explorer's addressbar and as above, browse all the way to the Startup folder, remove Chrome shortcut if found.

    Notice that both AppData and ProgramData folders are hidden by default. To access them without changing folder properties to view hidden system folders you can use the above method to open them, accessing AppData\Roaming with %appdata% and ProgramData with %programdata%.

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  3. #3

    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64

    You can also try Autoruns for Windows to show you any other places the start-up may be hidden.
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