For the past few days whenever I have turned on my laptop, a "My Computer" window has popped up at startup once Windows has finished loading. There weren’t really any good answers online until I came across this page at www.sevenforums.com, which suggested that Adobe CS6 might be the culprit (more specifically, the Adobe Bridge utility). Well, I had just installed CS6 at about the same time that this problem started occurring, and indeed it was the problem. Here is the more thorough description on how to fix it.
Adobe has added a blank entry named "AdobeBridge" to the registry editor’s list of programs, which it tries to execute at startup. Since the entry is blank, it doesn’t know what to open and defaults to opening a "My Computer" window.
There are two options to fix this problem. The first option is safer because you install some software that lets you remove the blank registry entry with the click of a button. The second option is more dangerous to perform since it involves manual intervention.
The easy, safe solution:
- Download and install Piriform’s software program called CCleaner (http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER).
- Once installed, run the program, go to "Tools" in the left-hand menu, select "Startup", and then click on the "Windows" tab (see picture below).
- In the table that it shows, click on the word "Publisher" in the table’s header row – this will sort the rows by their Publisher entry.
- After sorting, the entry for AdobeBridge will be near the top. Click on it.
- The tool won’t let you simply disable/ignore that entry, but it will let you delete it. After selecting the AdobeBridge entry, click the "Delete" button and then click "OK" when it asks if you are sure.
That’s all! Restart your computer to verify that the "My Computer" doesn’t pop up anymore.
The more difficult & dangerous solution:
If you really insist on following the second, more dangerous option… then here goes, but be forewarned that making mistakes in your registry can really mess up your computer:
Make a change in your registry. In your registry, go to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" and delete the blank "AdobeBridge" entry. I am being intentionally vague with this option, because you shouldn’t go into you registry editor and change anything unless you already understand what I’m talking about here.