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Windows 7: Hovering over desktop icons autoselects several of them

24 Mar 2013   #1
n10669

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Hovering over desktop icons autoselects several of them

Hi, I've got a strange problem that I can't understand. For some reason that I haven't found out yet, I've been having several desktop icons selected at once lately. I don't think that the cause is hovering over them but I'm not sure. It acts like I've right clicked on the desktop and dragged the mouse over several icons to select them as a group but I haven't. When this does happen, I can right click and I get the usual dialog for right clicking on a single icon but nothing happens when I click on any of the options. Also when this happens the keyboard becomes inactive and the only way to get back to normal is to logoff or reboot.

I'm running windows 7 home premium.

Has anyone else had this problem? Can someone tell me where to start looking for the cause?
Mark


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24 Mar 2013   #2
TwoCables

 

I've never heard of this or seen this, but I'm suspecting some kind of malware.

For now, try this:

Single-Click or Double-Click to Open an Item
  1. Open the Folder Options control panel (an easy way is, open the Start Menu, type folder options, then press Enter. You might only need to type fol and then press Enter)
  2. In the Folder Options control panel, select the option named "Double-click to open an item (single-click to select)"
  3. Click OK
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24 Mar 2013   #3
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Keyboard?

It could be a keyboard problem.
Do you have another keyboard you could use to determine if that is the cause?

My old keyboard had a sticky "Shift" key, which caused all sorts of weird problems.
You could try disassembling your keyboard and cleaning it.
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26 Mar 2013   #4
n10669

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Well, I tried what was mentioned above with no success. I ran a full scan with ESET NOD 32, it found three threats and deleted them. I also changed the keyboard and mouse and its still happening. I also changed the way the mouse was setup, it was already setup the way you suggested, Twocables, but I changed it and it didn't help so I changed it back.

Any other ideas?
Mark
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26 Mar 2013   #5
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by n10669 View Post
Well, I tried what was mentioned above with no success. I ran a full scan with ESET NOD 32, it found three threats and deleted them. I also changed the keyboard and mouse and its still happening. I also changed the way the mouse was setup, it was already setup the way you suggested, Twocables, but I changed it and it didn't help so I changed it back.

Any other ideas?
Mark
Try running a scan with MalwareBytesAntiMalware (MBAM). Free download from the following link;

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/chameleon/

HTH
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29 Mar 2013   #6
n10669

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Sir George, I downloaded the free trail of malwarebytes, did a in depth scan and it came back clean. I'm still having the problem, so I uninstalled all the programs that I think I had downloaded since the problem started and its still doing it.
Any other ideas?
Mark
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