HT2490: Mac Basics: Set your preferencesLearn about Mac Basics: Set your preferences
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2012 12:53 PM (in response to snbvt)
Were you running Snow Leopard before? There is a feature of 10.7 and 10.8 called "resume" that will re-open any programs that were open last time you shut down your computer. Either quit all your programs before you shut down, or uncheck the box for resume when you restart:
If that doesn't work, go to System Preferences>Users, click on your user, then click on the "Login Items" tab, and remove anything there that you don't want to start up automatically with your computer.