Originally Posted by Herve
For some reason the same firefox window of the same website pops up every time the computer is booted. I have not told Firefox or Windows to do this. How do I prevent this from happening in the future? In other words, what I want is the computer to boot up without any browser or site opening automatically -- just have the desktop staring me in the face when the computer is fully booted.
Originally Posted by cowbodude99
Is this Windows 10? You may want to check your start-up items.
You can do so from the task manager. If FireFox shows up, disable it.
Originally Posted by m0j0
Maybe try uninstalling and reinstalling Firefox, or use a different browser like Chrome.
Originally Posted by brazen1
What website? Maybe malware associated with something you installed?
Originally Posted by captain_video
This is what I'm thinking as well. I can see where this may be possible if you do a hard boot, but a clean restart shouldn't allow this to happen under normal circumstances. You must have picked up an unwanted passenger from a site you visited or an email.
Originally Posted by mushroommunk
As the others have said, I too would suspect malware.
My recommendations in this case: Malwarebytes, Windows Anti-virus (called windows defender on windows 10 I think?), and a program called CCleaner. All of those should be free. First two for malware/spamware/etc. Third one will let you easily see what's set to start when the computer starts up and toggle/remove what you don't want. This will get rid of the firefox popup, but you still want to run the first two to make sure nothing is going to just put it back again.
Originally Posted by brazen1
Recommend to use CCEnhancer prior to CCleaner.
Originally Posted by Charles R
Google "Firefox Windows 10 auto opens" or some such and you'll find how to turn off this "feature" within Firefox.
Thank you all very much for trying to resolve my computer's problem. Because my goal was to stop what was happening, unfortunately I used a shotgun approach rather than a step by step process of changing only one thing at a time, rebooting, etc. Here's what I did.
-I checked TaskManager Startup tab and Firefox was not
on the list. Weird.
-I run Malwarebytes free every time I boot the computer -- usually once per day -- and it downloads the most recent definitions and scans the computer in 30 seconds. MWB has never reported a problem. I did the same today. No problem.
-I also have AVG Free and scan with that occasionally. It has also never found a problem. Today I ran AVG and it reported no problem.
-Today I installed CCleaner and CEnhancer and ran CCleaner. About 3 gb of stuff was deleted.
-I did an about
:config in Firefox and switched that auto restart option to "false". (The thing is, the website that opens every day is NOT the last site that is was open when I finally close down Ff and shut down the computer!)
To make a long story short, after doing all of the above, that pesky window no longer opens on initial start. Something worked, but I have no idea which something.
Thanks for all your suggestions. I really appreciate it.