XP automatically opens folders at start up

By fuzmnky
Apr 30, 2004
  1. This started happening yesterday. I'm running XP home and when I boot into windows, it automatically opens: Windows media player, windows online help and support center, and three random folders -one that winamp resides in, one that my hex editors are in, and one that a shareware program called "what's on my computer' is in (which I've been meaning to delete anyway).

    I went into msconfig and turned off the support and wmp, so those stopped. I've checked regedit, none of those in the run folders (not even run once), I just don't understand why it happened in the first place and why these random folders keep showing up? Am I missing something? If it is a virus, why these three random folders?

    I've ran avg, spybot, adaware, and a trojan scanner-all clean and my firewall hasn't picked up anything funny.

    What could it me and how do I turn off these folders?

    Any suggestions would be cool.

    (I renewed this thread to change the title.)
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Check in the properties of Windows Explorer. Maybe someone has "hacked" the parameters for opening.
  3. fuzmnky

    fuzmnky TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    Sorry, but exactly what should I be looking for?
  4. fuzmnky

    fuzmnky TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    I got it.

    I found those folders in my startup folder in the start menu. I can't count how many times I was searching through msconfig and regedit. I didn't even think of that folder because I never use it.

    I now realize it must have been my brother. He came to visit for a week and was using my hex editors and was the one who installed winamp.

    Man I'm glad I figured that out, I thought I had some weird virus that had a fetish for random folders!

    Now to chat with my bro about messing with my baby.

    Thanks for the reply Real!
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