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Solved auto typing in password and search boxes

January 3, 2013 at 09:53:36
Specs: Windows 7

When my computer has been idle for a while, or even when I start it after being turned off, most of the time, the password field is automatically filled in as if I were holding down the space bar. Sometimes this occurs in a search box, once i'm logged onto the computer. It isn't typing characters, just spaces. I ran numerous virus checkers, and found nothing. then I reset my computer to the factory settings - but that didn't solve the problem!

I had this problem fixed once by a company I can't contact any more. But I believe I undid the fix when my iPod wouldn't work - when I followed the troubleshooting instructions for the iPod, I enabled something that had previously been disabled. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to get back to that "place." Since my iPod now works, I can't get troubleshooting information from it.

If you have any ideas, I would be so grateful!

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✔ Best Answer
January 3, 2013 at 16:03:11

No, symptoms don't sound at all like a virus.

If you feel like checking it out, this free program is good at unearthing things that your AV might miss (green button top right):
http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...

It doesn't run in the background you just Update it and give it the Quick Scan if you are suspicious.



#1
January 3, 2013 at 12:04:34

Is this a laptop or PC? Make and model would be useful.

As factory restore didn't help it might just be a defective keyboard (such as a stuck spacebar connection).

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#2
January 3, 2013 at 12:09:17

It's a Gateway laptop - NV53A. I don't think it's a defective keyboard because the problem had been fixed...and it started up again. There's another bizarre sign... sometimes when I press "b" it types an extra space. Another intermittent problem. Thank you!

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#3
January 3, 2013 at 12:31:58

Maybe you can hang on a spare keyboard somehow just to prove the point. It still seems the thing that most fits the current symptom.

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#4
January 3, 2013 at 12:40:47

I do have a wireless keyboard - is there a way to disable the laptops keyboard?

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#5
January 3, 2013 at 13:20:01

I've had a good look around but was unable to find any easy way to disable the keyboard on your particular laptop. There were some fancy general programs around but they all seemed very complicated.

About the only thing I can suggest you try is turning off the laptop then giving the spacebar a series of fairly hard taps (at least 20). There is just a chance that will unstick the spacebar connection. Presumably you haven't spilt anything on the keyboard?

Keyboards can be changed (plenty in Google about doing so for a Gateway NV53A and getting replacements) but laptops can be fiddly unless you are used to doing this sort of thing.

I appreciate that you are not really convinced that it is a keyboard fault. You might be right but I can't think of any other possibilities. Let's hope someone else will join in with some fresh ideas.

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#6
January 3, 2013 at 15:57:38

I'm glad you don't think there are any other reasons - that gives me confidence that it's not a virus. It's just bizarre. I can "fight it"and it stops - sometimes it looks like it's not in action, but when I type the first character of my password, it starts up. I press the back space key to fight it. Sometimes it stops, sometimes I have to reboot. And sometimes it seems like it's not there, then I'll open up a browser and it'll scroll by itself - which is evidence of this unnatural thing on my computer.

I can live with it, as long as I don't have to worry I have a stealthy alien on my computer. Thanks for checking it out for me.
Joy


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#7
January 3, 2013 at 16:03:11
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No, symptoms don't sound at all like a virus.

If you feel like checking it out, this free program is good at unearthing things that your AV might miss (green button top right):
http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...

It doesn't run in the background you just Update it and give it the Quick Scan if you are suspicious.


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#8
January 10, 2013 at 16:15:42

i'll try the download - this is not a keyboard problem. Usually, if I restart the computer three times, it stops. but when the computer is idle for too long, it comes back. it makes the computer ding when it's not even active ... sometimes when I restart it, I hear loud bells - beep beep beep - for about a minute, before the computer turns back on. It's frustrating. but I am relieved to know it doesn't sound like a virus.

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#9
January 10, 2013 at 16:49:14

Best try MalwareBytes first just to be sure.

3 beeps points to a RAM error:
http://support.gateway.com/s/server...

This could account for a lot of weird things happening. It all depends how you are about working inside a laptop (they can be fiddly). My first step would be to clean the RAM edge connectors with a pencil eraser then pop the RAM sticks in an out a few times to clear any oxide off the sockets themselves. If the problem persists I would then try it with one RAM stick at a time (if there are more than one) to try to identify the culprit.

If you have a CD drive there is a memory test you can run from a CD:
http://www.memtest86.com/download.html
Version 4.0a would be suitable - the instructions are all on links from that page. You boot up with it in the drive and it runs the test (takes a while). That's fine if your CD drive is ahead of the HD. If it still boots to Windows then you have to go into BIOS and set the CD drive ahead of the HD.

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#10
May 17, 2013 at 21:26:05

I have the same provlem. I desable the keyboard and connect usb keyboard but still same typing by it self. Something really we r missing that's an virus ! I don't know what to do ! Any one please help

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#11
May 17, 2013 at 21:30:32

Only u can remove the keboard cable by opening it but be careful that's so sensetive but still it will be same I tried and still same

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#12
May 21, 2013 at 09:31:24

azizahmed

Please create a new post with your computer details - no two problems are ever quite alike.

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