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PC boot up problem

When my other PC tries to boot up, it has has a difficult time and I wind up hitting some key until it finally gets to the desktop. After that, when I go to open an application, it tries to open multiple windows - usually between 80 to a 100. After I fight with closing each window getting and error each time, the PC runs fine. Needless to say, I haven't rebooted in quite some time.

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I believe this is some kind of registry goof up or a malare infection.
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