Why does Windows open up a folder every time the system starts up

I have a toshiba laptop that every time it starts up the first thing it does is open up a folder and it immediatly goes full screen with only two folders in it.  Everything is fine after I shut it off.  what is causing this and how do I stop it from happining?
Will Schmidtowner Asked:
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RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
what is in those folders ?
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
I think you must scan your PC first for Virus / Malware,
NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
Check the Startup folder. Make sure a shortcut to that folder is not in there.
See https://scottiestech.info/2015/10/23/where-is-the-startup-folder-in-windows-10/

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RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
also run msconfig from command prompt and check startup items, look for any suspicious entry ( you can print screen it and post it here for analyzing ) , deselect it. Restart and test again.
Will Schmidtowner Author Commented:
I made a screenshot of the two files in the folder.  I have run three different scans - Spyhunter, Avast, and combofix.
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
can you  post your startup items, if possible.
When this start to happen ?
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Download, install and run CCleaner free version, go to registry, scan for issues, when finished, fix selected issues. restart and let us know the result.
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
NVIT is most likely correct,  you probably have a shortcut in your startup item that is causing this.  If it is windoes 10 press ctrl-alt-del and click more details.  Click the startup items tab.  Disable the item that is causing this by looking for an item that points to that folder.
Will Schmidtowner Author Commented:
This is windows 7 home premium ( sorry I didn't tell you sooner).  The only thing I have in the startup is Avast antiviurs.  I ran CCleaner (ran 3 scans) , restarted the laptop and it still does the same thing.  just now I shut off even Avast and it still did the same thing.  
I am not sure when this started.  The customer claimed she didn't notice it doing it but it done it to me the first time I started the laptop.
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
Look in the registry under hklm->software ->microsoft->windows nt->winlogn->run
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Run msconfig from command prompt, go to startup disable all items, apply then ok.
restart and check. if it solve the issue try to enable them one by one to see which item causes the problem.

if it didn't solve the case, run msconfig  again > services > tick the checkbox to Hide all Microsoft services ( very Important ) > then disable all services > apply and ok. then restart and start to enable them one by one ( you can also enable some of them together) to check which one is the cause.

Don't forget to tick the checkbox to Hide all Microsoft services every time you go to Services tab.
Will Schmidtowner Author Commented:
Ok, I found the solution to the issue.  NVIT was right - I deleted what was in the startup folder and now it doesn't bring up that folder anymore.  Thanks a bunch
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
Glad to hear you got it resolved.
Will Schmidtowner Author Commented:
I thought I had closed this out once but i guess I hadn't
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