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Windows 7: Very wierd, Programs opening on own

15 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Very wierd, Programs opening on own

This is very wierd, from the get-go when i purchased my sony vaio i would leave my laptop on and just put the top down with the wifi on. When i would lift the top back up everything is larger, like i mean the desktop items were huge! There would only be room for about 6 items they were soo big. This also applies to Internet Explorer. ( it looks like when hold Ctrl down and scroll down with the mouse wheel)

Also, programs would open on their own. I sometimes play a game called counter-strike. I had just installed the game and left for the afternoon when i came back it was open and it had said i had played for half an hour.......

I dont belive i have a hacker, im on a secure home network. I have the windows firewall up, with norton internet security running. Im very cautious about what i download looking for spyware, and viruses. I run the live update quite frequently and scan for viruses/spyware at least once a week.

Now, is there a way that i can check to see if i have a hacker or something???

p.s As a side note, when i put the top down and the wifi is shut off when i reopen the top everything was the way i left it. Also, nothing happens when the top is up and im using it, wierd stuff only happends when the top is down (not on stand-by).

Let me know what you think.

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12 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
Sony Vaio

Hey Danthom,

Well, it is nice to hear that we are not alone with this issue. We haven't noticed the change in icon size so much, but our laptop opens up several (sometimes up to 20) programs while not in use and while the lid is closed. My wife thinks she remembers this occuring once with the WiFi turned off, but every time I have dealt with it, the WiFi was on.

This actually started the very first day we had the laptop. First time it was connected to the internet, it was on a secure network at my office. We also have a secure network at home with a non-broadcasting SSID. So, unless we had a hacker who really knew what they were doing, they would have had a difficult time finding a way into our network. We also have Norton Anti-Virus Software, and it has been on the machine since the first day when we booted it up and replaced the default Anti-Virus Software.

We have been in contact with Vaio support several times, and they have tried an image restore, spyware screen, and everything else that they could think of. To be honest, they have been less than helpful and frustrating since each time we call, they try the same things even though I have told them that some other support technician had already done it. They don't typically listen too terribly well.

My wife just had a breakthrough today though (after 10 months...). She asked a very simple question. She said that she was displeased with the quality of the laptop we had received, and she wanted to know how we would go about getting it replaced. Surprisingly enough, the Vaio support tech. gave us a phone number to call. We have to wait until Monday to see what can be done, but this might be worth a try. After several discussions with Sony, we are pretty fed up with this issue, so like I said to start... it is good to hear that we are not the only ones dealing with this.

Good luck!
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13 Nov 2011   #3

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Keep in mind this post originally was created near a year ago, and moose might not even be around any longer. But in your case, You might try my methods
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by danthom11 View Post
I have the windows firewall up, with norton internet security running.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Moose11 View Post
We also have Norton Anti-Virus Software, and it has been on the machine since the first day when we booted it up and replaced the default Anti-Virus Software.
So you both have the same antivirus program?

I recommend uninstalling norton via this method, and then installing another antivirus (BUT if you like norton, by all means keep it).

When you uninstalled your last antivirus program, did you use an uninstall AV Tool to do it or just through control panel?

Microsoft Security Essentials is a great and free antivirus program recommended by many experts here. There are others, but this one seems to be easier to install, keep up to date, and more user friendly.

Update through windows updates. That has a lot of compatability updates you may be able to use for your system
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29 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64

I am having this same issue. It started with Google Chrome just opening on its own. Removed Google Chrome and 2 weeks later, started in MS Outlook. I have done SpyBot, MalwareBytes, Avast, CCleaner, Rootkit scans, everything negative. Removed Outlook last night and now this morning, it is my AOL software going haywire.

Any ideas? I'm ready to wipe the machine, which will be a big headache as I have programs that I use for work and will have to use their tech support to re-install them.
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29 Nov 2011   #5

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


Please don't use CCleaner unless you know more about the registry. Try an SFC scannow and see what that does. I also would recommend MSE over Avast (If you choose MSE, you will need to uninstall Avast via an Avast uninstall tool to keep the system from corrupting). Only use 1 antivirus at a time, but malwarebytes and virus scanners are fine, as well as a few other programs. Programs are opening automatically for you? Might try this if the scannow doesn't work: Startup Repair

What is listed in your startup folder? Found by clicking start>all programs>startup

During bootup of computer, press the function key "F8" to get the "safe mode" boot option.
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29 Nov 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Hello Angela and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might consider troubleshooting application conflicts by trying a Clean Startup (AKA Clean Boot.)

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
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29 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64

Thank you so much, Dusty. I am going to get started right now on the SFC scannow. Yes, my programs are opening automatically and won't stop even if I cancel them out.
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29 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64

I will try this as well, marsmimar! Thank you so much, you guys are wonderful!
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29 Nov 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Please post back to let us know if anything helped. If nothing worked, we can probably find a few more things to try.

If you did find a solution, posting back may help others in the future.
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29 Nov 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Don't worry about Sony "technicians", Angela. The good people on these forums will help you with a factory restore should you need it.

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