Windows 10 startup with 16 gb or RAM slow with the following .lnk & .bat & .exe files

Updated Windows 10 to the latest service pack and I noticed a slow down and the following notepad files pop up on the desktop. I have to close them before I can launch anything on my desktop. Does anyone know what might cause this?McAfee
Snagit11
VPNGUI
STunnelAA_EventMonitorIINK.jpg
AA_HotlinksKey.jpg
Macromaker.jpg
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
Delete Desktop.ini file.
Locate all that files and delete them all.
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
Reset IE settings.
Also run File Assosiation Tool from here for EXE files.
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
I am not sure if this is the same issue but you can check it anyway.
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RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Press Windows key + R and then Type Shell:startup
Hit Enter
is there anything ?
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RUA Volunteer2?Tableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
The Desktop INI file.....there are two. Do you know which one or should I delete both?Two desktop INI which one do I delete?
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RUA Volunteer2?Tableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
Here is what is under Shell StartupShell Startup
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RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Create a Restore Point.

Copy all of them on somewhere else(to backup),  then delete all of them and restart your computer.

you can then add them one by one and check the result after a reboot.
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
Delete both (all you can find) .ini files. Then reboot.
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
Check Startup items and Task Scheduler if there are any suspicious items.
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
I meant to delete all LNK items that pops up.

Are you running two antiviruses?

It seems like some EXE files were renamed or some files were moved/deleted that's why you see LNK items. I guess these apps are in Startup items but they aren't running after startup.

Do this:
msconfig -> Boot without Startup items and Services. What's the result?
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RUA Volunteer2?Tableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
Do I create a restore point first before I delete INI files or delete INI first then restore point?
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RUA Volunteer2?Tableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
I think it is just McAfee Antivirus. I used to run MS Essentials but I think that is off because of McAfee
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
Perform clean boot as I suggested.
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RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Create restore point before doing any change.
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
If you have only one antivirus, disable it. Then boot normally. What's the result?
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
We suggested a lot of things. Try them all one by one.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
First, NEVER delete files regardless of what anyone tells you until your certain you don't need them.  MOVE THEM.  Or RENAME them.  Deleting as if it doesn't matter is foolish.  You can quickly and relatively easily in most circumstances recover from a move or a rename... deletes tend to be permanent.

After you have resolved the problem (and I usually wait WEEKS or MONTHS), then you can delete when you're CERTAIN you won't need the backups/old files.

Given your symptoms, it appears the .lnk file assocation got corrupted and now opens with notepad.  If you pay attention to the items that are opening, all are reasonably in startup - and while removing them can prevent them from popping up, it's not actually fixing the problem.

This is old, but should still apply.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/172053/restoring--lnk-file-associations
Make sure you EXPORT the key prior to making any changes so you have a backup

I would also check the entry for .bat as well.

For the batch file, look for this registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.bat\UserChoice
If it exists, export the settings for ...\.bat and then remove ONLY the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.bat\UserChoice entry.
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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
Just download a fix for LNK from HERE.
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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
These fixes are applicable for Windows® 7 systems only.
From the link you posted in #a42433719
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
Sorry. Here is the correct link for the quick fix.
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RUA Volunteer2?Tableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
I removed all the Desktop.ini. I created a restore point. I also utilized the File Association Fixer. I went through all the comments other than changing the registry manually. I think the FAFv2 actually does automatically and restarted several times after performing each individual task. I never shut off the McAfee AV tool which maybe I should have done .... not sure now? When I did all these things like remove startup items listed above. Upon restart got the same errors. Did not have to reinsert any of the startup files. It errored just as before. Then I looked at the Desktop.ini files. There were more than the two on the machine. 16 Desktop.ini files I deleted them all. No change again? So I have included two images for searching the entire PC for Desktop.ini files and this is returned.

INIfiles.jpg
Also I looked at the File Association Fixer v 2 for Windows 10 and when I ran it. I got the following image. It would appear that the .lnk  if that is an ".LNK" and not an .ink file. The FAF2 shows the following associations. So I am not sure if it is an " i " or an " L "?

FAFv2.jpg
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
It's a little mistake in this program. It's not .ink but .lnk
Somewhere in the universe there is .ink file. But this is not the case.
Select .ink and fix your issue.
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RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
select ink and click on "Fix Selected" and check if that fix the issue.

if that didn't fix the issue, try Shaun's link or below link and download LNK file type association for Windows 10.
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8703-restore-default-file-type-associations-windows-10-a.html
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RUA Volunteer2?Tableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
Unfortunately running File Association Fixer did not work. I tried turning off McAfee Antivirus and then redoing file Association fixer with. I n k. I guess I can try the manual  registry changes to see if that works.  I  did notice upon restart that the MacroMaker. Exe file was trying to take control of my machine and I tried both accepting YES as well as NO and neither made any changes. I still got all 7 of the files popping up.
 On another note, did the image I up loaded with all the ini files still need to be deleted even though they're not desktop.ini. In other words do I delete all INI’s listed or just the ones Desktop.ini. In that capacity there's only one that seems to regenerate.? I WISH the FAF would have fixed this...
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RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
If none of the above suggestion did fix the issue then:

Create a new USER account and switch into it and test if the issues also happen there.

                                                                                           * * * * *

You can also disable all startup items from Msconfig command (Run Msconfig and select "Startup" Tab) and check if that helps.  you can enable them one by one to see which one cause the issue.

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    Go to the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from this link:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 
Click on Download Tool Now, save it on desktop,  then run it as Administrator, accept license agreement, then Choose Upgrade This PC Now, let Windows to Update drivers. make sure that Keep Personal Files and Apps  is Selected  and let the Windows do the rest.

Note: The Procedure takes at least one hour.
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RUA Volunteer2?Tableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
I am going to use the Media Creatioto setup n Tool anyway. I did a Windows Button R and looked at the startup list and there they were. All  of the files listed in the initial question. I deleted and rebooted. It worked. Not sure why it did not before the files I listed were all that showed up. I am thankful to everyone for your help. I am going to go ahead and select the Media Creation Tool and run it anyway to see if there is any thing outstanding it might correct. If there is any reason why I should not go ahead and run that please let me know. Thanks again.
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