RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
July 14, 2022
Recently, we had Facebook Messenger start loading at startup. We had not enabled this to happen; it seemed to have a mind of its own. Let’s explore one way to fix this behavior.
This is for Windows 10 and 11. Screenshots are from Windows 10
Besides us, Windows users have raised complaints that Facebook Messenger opens up automatically as soon as the OS starts up.
Notably, this issue is not limited only to Facebook Messenger, but it is happening to other apps, including Windows Messenger, Skype, etc. as well.
The result of this is that the unwanted process running right during the startup makes the boot a bit slow, and hampers the overall performance of the Windows PC.
Reportedly, the issue is so severe that sometimes, users are also experiencing frozen screens, blue screens, high CPU and RAM usage, laptops getting heated up, etc., problems.
This can be pretty annoying if you simply do not use any of the apps on your PC.
Reasons for Startup Issue
Apps opening or running during Windows startup is quite common, but for some essential apps. For instance, system processes, antivirus software, and productivity tools load right during the startup.
However, there are a few notorious apps that muscle their way into the startup process. These apps are not necessary to load up during the startup as they are not essential.
There are a few reasons why several users are experiencing Facebook Messenger or other apps opening during Windows startup.
The app is added to the list of start-up apps. This can be done by the software itself, without your input. For some users, apps like Facebook Messenger have made their way to the top of the startup apps list and caused trouble for them.
Besides, most apps come with a built-in toggle or option to run the program at startup. For obvious reasons, if this feature is turned on, your PC will load the program during startup.
Stop the App From Opening at Startup
The fix we like the best for Windows 10/11 is using Windows Settings.
First, press the Win + I buttons to open Settings, or right-click the Start icon, then the Settings option. Refer to the below image:
Next, on the Settings screen, click on Apps. See the below image:
Now, select Startup from the list of options in the left pane. See the following image:
Next, locate the Messenger app. You may see two Messenger apps. To the right of the Messenger app(s), toggle the switch to OFF. Refer to the below image:
Now, exit Settings and reboot. You should not see Facebook Messenger loaded.
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