When my Windows 10 starts, every now and then I see that the "delete file" dialog window runs very briefly. It's way too quick for me to see which file/folder it pertains. This happens right when the desktop first shows after the start up.

Also sometimes, again on startup, I'm seeing a series of cmd windows show up and close really quick. Again too fast too tell what they're about.

Could this be some malware?

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    "Could this be some malware?" - Anything is possible. We would need more information, like what exactly is being launched, automatically. Autoruns is a great program.
    – Ramhound
    Jul 28, 2021 at 20:46
  • You can also do a full scan with Windows Defender (on all Windows 10 computers)
    – John
    Jul 28, 2021 at 20:53

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You can open Task Manager -> Startup to see your startup programs:


Select the bad guy and Disable it.

If you don't see it, go to Settings and search for 'startup apps'. See anything you don't recognize?


Disable it!

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