Programs Opening Overnight

On a Windows 10 PC i Have an issue that I have never seen before. If I leave the computer on overnight, there will be several programs open in the morning that were not open when I left it the night before. These are programs that are installed on the PC and used semi-frequently such as - video editing, DVD burning and the on-screen keyboard. I have run virus scans and checked for malware and spyware but have not been able to prevent this from happening. Please advise.

Thank you.

Robert EhingerIT specialistAsked:
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RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Replace Keyboard and Mouse with another one and check the result.
William MillerIT SpecialistCommented:
You mentioned you've checked for malicious software. This is not necessarily the only thing that could lead to this issue. Does the machine in question have any form of remote access software installed on it? Could also be human interaction. Had a similar issue happening to a few user PCs at my office. Turned out we had an unscrupulous party working on the nightly cleaning crew that would use left-online PCs for leisure activities while at work.
Robert EhingerIT specialistAuthor Commented:
We have changed the keyboard and mouse. There is no remote access software installed and only one person has access to this computer.
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NerdsOfTechTechnology ScientistCommented:
Could it be that the computer is restarting after updates and these programs are set to run on startup?

Also, check Task Scheduler.

Last, for good measure, I would run

As some malware goes undetected in many cases.

When you said
We have changed the keyboard and mouse.
. Does that mean someone else can use the computer? Maybe set a password as another layer of security.
Robert EhingerIT specialistAuthor Commented:
This issue has nothing to do with updates. The computer sits all night long and when the end user goes to use it in the morning the programs have opened.

There are no scheduled tasks.

We changed the keyboard and mouse because the wireless mouse was umping around the screen randomly.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
Disconnect the Internet connection overnight.  (Just pull the cable out).  See if the problem still occurs.

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
The computer sits all night long and when the end user goes to use it in the morning the programs have opened.
Have you checked that under all users nothing is scheduled?
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
I'm with dbrunton.  Sounds like there is an open backdoor in the machine and somebody is using it.

Disable all remote access applications, both Windows remote desktop and add-ons such as TeamViewer.
i would try turning off the pc, and see what happens
why leave it on anyway? personally, i turn all my pc's off several times a day, and completely everything during the night (router etc..)
Robert EhingerIT specialistAuthor Commented:
There are no scheduled tasks under any or all users. And there are no remote access programs running.
can you shutdown it at night?
NerdsOfTechTechnology ScientistCommented:
Set a password (that only you know), temporarily, see if programs are opening when you log in the next day.
Robert EhingerIT specialistAuthor Commented:
I have asked my client for feedback on this issue but he has not yet responded.
NerdsOfTechTechnology ScientistCommented:
@Dbrunton for the bulk of the points for the most upvotes (160 points). 140 points to those that provided the rest of viable solutions/troubleshooting for this type of issue.
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