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Windows 7: Random mouse and keyboard strokes


04 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 
Random mouse and keyboard strokes

Hello all! It's been awhile since I've been around (my apologies), but I am in need of your help.

I've been having some weird problem with my computer, but foremost on that list at the moment is this.

The Problem:
After a few hours online, my computer will start getting random mouse and keyboard clicks. Sometimes it's an occasional left click. Sometimes it's a bunch of right clicks every few seconds. Other times it just randomly types things that I typed earlier (this freaked me out). Occasionally it will stick a key or something where basically nothing works right.

What I've Tried:
Unplugging and replugging the keyboard (this worked at first)
Turning off any process that seemed the least bit suspicious (no effect)

What I've NOT Tried:
Reinstallation of Windows (though I might do this anyways since it's about that time, but not sure if problem will continue)
Updating firmware or drivers for mouse/keyboard (honestly didn't seem worth trying)
Safe Mode
Clean Startup (through msconfig)

Some of that hasn't been tried because the problem randomly occurs and disappears; I cannot replicate it.

So my friends, just WHAT could be causing this? Random clicking is one thing, but it sometimes just types WHOLE SENTENCES that I typed earlier....

This is driving me insane.


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04 Apr 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello David,

It's good to see you mate.

You might do a full scan of your system to make sure it's clean in case this may be side effects from malware.

Installing the latest keyboard/mouse drivers wouldn't be a bad idea to at least eliminate that.

You might also check to see if you may have any special function buttons on the mouse/keyboard set to something that may cause this when clicked by mistake.
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04 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello David,

It's good to see you mate.

You might do a full scan of your system to make sure it's clean in case this may be side effects from malware.

Installing the latest keyboard/mouse drivers wouldn't be a bad idea to at least eliminate that.

You might also check to see if you may have any special function buttons on the mouse/keyboard set to something that may cause this when clicked by mistake.
All good ideas. I'll let the MSE virus scan run and I'll try updating drivers and firmware on the keyboard/mouse.

I did make sure I cleared any macros setup, but the problem is that it's not just like one key being hit randomly, it will type whole sentences out, hold keys down indefinitely, click constantly. Never happens in the morning either, only happens when it starts to get late at night.

Honestly I'm probably just going to go through and do a clean install (it's about that time anyways), but I would like to know what is causing this. Driving me up the wall this is.
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04 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Well looks like the virus scan came up clean.

Reinstalled the firmware and drivers for my keyboard and mouse.

Unfortunately, the problem only occurs randomly, so I won't know if this fixed it for a while.

Any other ideas?
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04 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Alright well I just updated mouse and keyboard drivers. Shortly after I got a BSOD with the 0x0000001E error code.

Now my mouse is clicking randomly, and things. Never had it happen this early in the day before.

EDIT: Checked Google, appears to be caused by drivers. Definitely making my suspicious, since I just updated the mouse/keyboard drivers.... I suppose my mouse/keyboard could be bad. Luckily I'm getting the keyboard RMAd very soon (hardware problems with it, not sure if related), but I've had this mouse forever and I've never had this issue.
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04 Apr 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yep, most likely a driver. You might troubleshoot with a clean startup to see if that may help to ID the culprit.
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04 Apr 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Yep, most likely a driver. You might troubleshoot with a clean startup to see if that may help to ID the culprit.
This is what I would have done to begin with, but the problem only occurs randomly. I would guess it involves the keyboard/mouse driver.

The concerns I have with that is that it's both the keyboard and the mouse having problems, not just one or the other. My other concern is that it's a keylogger or something. I have changed all my passwords on another computer for that.

Here is a question for you though, why would a driver issue cause the keyboard to type things? Somewhere, somehow, something recorded my EXACT keystrokes, and then randomly types them out on the screen. Word for word, letter for letter, even mistakes.

I think at this point I'm just going to go ahead with a clean install since I have that all prepped. It just confuses and concerns the hell out of me that it somehow recorded and saved keystrokes.
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04 Apr 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'll agree with you that doing a clean install may be the safest option in case it may be a keylogger at play.
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04 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

While I have a thread, I do have one other issue.

My computer no longer shuts down properly. Windows shuts down normally, but the computer remains on. Fans, lights, pump, and everything remains on. I did just flash the BIOS recently, but I don't think that that should cause a problem like this. Perhaps a setting in the BIOS that got changed or something?
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04 Apr 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Could be tied to your other issue. Especially if you may be infected.
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