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Browser launches at startup, how to stop?

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    Browser launches at startup, how to stop?

    I am a new user to windows 8.1 and am getting more familiar with it each day. I have an issue that I have not been able to resolve however and would appreciate any advice on how to stop this happening. My browser launches immediately after I sign into my windows account on initial boot only, does not happen when it awakes from a sleep condition. It happens regardless of the browser, it happens with whatever the default browser is. The browser opens the local (Australian) MSN page, has a bing search bar, lists all MS services, one drive, etc. plus the local news. Bing is not my selected search engine. I was being automatically signed into and others but was able to turn off the MS sign in assistant in services. This page is not my set home page.
    I have followed the various tutorials on this site and have checked the services, the startup entries, the task scheduler and the registry entries ( great tutorials! Thanks) but it persists. I am at the point of accepting this as part of the "windows experience" but thought it worth a question here to see if anyone has a way to turn it off. Appreciate any help.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit


    If you go to the following directory on your machine:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

    Are there any files in there? it sounds like you may have a HTML file or internet short cut in there.
    Anything in this folder will start up automatically when you log in, delete anything you don't want to start up.
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    Andrew, thanks for the response. Yes, I have checked that folder, also the startup folders in the "user" directory, no files there. It is proving to be elusive.
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    I fixed the problem by doing a clean install of windows but did not accept the standard install but used the custom install selecting only the features I needed and was sure of(their function). fixed!
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