Mouse moves by itself

November 1, 2005 at 00:02:42
Specs: Windows ME, Intel Celeron

Hi, i was just wondering if anyone has experienced my current problem or knows how to fix it.

My mouse (cursor on the screen) moves by itself. It moves erradictally and randomly across the screen clicking and right clicking. As a result numerous programs are opened, shortcuts are created, etc. Norton Antivirus doesn't pick up any viruses. The only way to stop it is to unplug the mouse and operate via the keyboard only.

Is this a virus and mouse/software problem?

PS: The mouse is a Standard Microsoft PS/2 mouse.

Thanks for any help

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November 1, 2005 at 04:17:56

Are you connecting a GPS device, this can cause this problem. Plug the GPS in 'after' the computer has booted.

Have you tried another mouse?

Have you reinstalled the existing mouse?

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November 1, 2005 at 05:12:35

I have had similar problems with older mice. They are usually the three button mice with no scroll. I would just replace the mouse in question and see if the problem continues.

John Cambece

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November 1, 2005 at 09:06:00

there are a few viruses that cause this kind of activity. Ive never seen a malfunctioning mouse create a shortcut or launch a program. I would bet your infected with something or someone.

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November 1, 2005 at 09:09:51

I had the same problem about two years ago.

The mouse itself was bad.

$10 and I was up and running.


"Have no fear of perfection -- you'll never reach it."

Salvdore Dali

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November 1, 2005 at 17:43:27

Thanks everyone for the advice. I've unpluged the mouse and then plugged it back in with no success. It's just a standard mouse so it doesn't have any software/ drivers with it. Anyway, the computer works normally when the mouse is unpluged and i plan on buying a new computer in a few weeks, so i'll deal with it until then.


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November 2, 2005 at 15:01:18

Open up the mouse case and clean the scunge from the roller wheels then carefully blow the dust out. What happens a lot of time is this gunk gets on the circuit board and causes erratic behavior.

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November 21, 2005 at 01:07:29

I've got a similar problem, but not to the same degree. My problem is that a navigation menu (e.g., in the Programs list in the Start menu) won't stay 'stuck' when you get to the end of the thread and there are no more levels below to cascade to. Applies to both mouse and keyboard selection.

Also, if I hover the mouse over a taskbar application icon which isn't the current application, the current application is deselected. Hovering over an empty part of the taskbar is fine.

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December 28, 2005 at 21:15:08

I am having the same problem. Today my mouse and fingerpad will not work. I tried a new mouse, but it still will not work. The cursor also moves by itself OR it stays in the START box and will not move from there. Does anyone know if this is a virus?

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