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Windows 7: disable autocomplete, it's in everything not just the browser

04 Jul 2011   #1

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disable autocomplete, it's in everything not just the browser

i have no idea what is doing this or where to find it or shut it off.

it shows up when i am in chrome, in internet explorer, when i was trying to put my name and address in the autofill even then it was doing it, and i wasn't using a browser to do that, i was in windows settings. it is happening every 3 or 4 words, and what's worse, what comes up has nothing to do with what i am typing. for example, when i just typed "with" a few words ago, it filled in "With theg but the". it is *also* doing it when i am using speech recognition and notepad and a couple other things. Here's how "once upon a time" shows up in notepad without me cancelling and fixing the changes: "With the once the good withup on a time". you get the idea.

it is driving me insane because it happens every few words, then i have to stop typing or talking, wait til the box decides what it is going to suggest, then cancel it. arrrrgh.


oops, forgot to say thank you for taking the time to try to help me.


i would also like to know how to "add" words to the speech recognition. it is impossible to get it to recognize "facebook" and my email addy and stuff like that. it would also be nice to be able to add to the windows one too.

I have windows 7. i've just done a factory reset on my notebook and am setting it back up, this just reminded me to check for updates. so far, i've just installed chrome, copied pictures from my desktop, deleted some shortcuts, and set up the network connection to my desktop.

this has never happened before i did the reset.

in the first pic i was trying to type "windows 7", in the second one, the name of my town which starts with the letter V, and it filled in the junk in front of that.

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04 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)

Have no idea what software you have that does that auto-complete...I never seen that in Windows before. I thought maybe tablet stuff but then it probable would have been a handwritting box.
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04 Jul 2011   #3

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit

After you did the factory reset did you install some kind of antivirus and antispyware before you started going online to download Chrome, updates etc? You might try running a full scan with Malwarebytes free. I have to agree with logicearth. I've never seen any kind of legitimate software do what you're experiencing.

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04 Jul 2011   #4

windows 7

oops, thanks for reminding me. so many things to reinstall i forgot malwarebytes.

also, windows 7 firewall, how good is it? with xp everyone used to disable the windows firewall and use a different one. should i do that for 7?

and thank you.
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04 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)

Are you behind a router? If so the Windows 7 firewall is good enough. Adding a third-party firewall will be more of a burden then again. A router will block pretty much everything already.
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09 Jul 2011   #6

windows 7

well, an older firewall i used, i got messages "such and such wants to connect to the internet" and it's stuff i don't want to let connect, how would i tell the firewall that? like, i used to have a firewall that i could block stuff with. windows firewall just tells me it let whatever go through, it doesn't ask me if i want it to.
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09 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)

If you're using a router you don't need one at all.
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